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  • Leaving Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,851

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

The mind of elephants

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I couldn’t turn it off. The story is so informative while full of twists and turns. I know more about the plight of elephants than ever before. I loved the characters and the weaving of the story of the characters and the mind of elephants was hypnotic. Highly recommended.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,051

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Beneath Scarlet Skiies

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-17

I was a little girl during the war but it was very vivid in our lives. We hear about U.K., France and of course, Germany. We don't hear much about Italy. This is an amazing story, well narrated, and so poignant. The characters are so strong and real. . I loved the twists, mystery, intrigue, courage,and the love story. To learn that these characters were real only makes the story better. I was mesmerized to the end. War is hell, but fighting for what you believe, for your country, history, family, culture brings out the best in humanity. Through the pain we grow, become strong, live our lives and learn what is important. Through it all we always have our memories. Great book.

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  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,201

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

Kitchen House

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-17

An exciting, realistic tale which was probably more fact than fiction. I loved all the characters and the suspense throughout the book. Slavery was part of our history and we should never forget the horrors these people endured. Narration was good and all's well that ends well.

  • Property of a Noblewoman

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,311

Faded photographs of a glamorous couple in postwar Europe. Old letters hinting of tragic loss. And a breathtaking array of magnificent jewelry, spectacular stones in exquisite settings. These are the contents of a safe-deposit box long abandoned in a New York City bank. If no heir can be identified, the jewelry will be auctioned. But who was the woman who left such a fortune and no will?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A typical Danielle Steel book

  • By w.g. on 05-10-16

A noble attempt

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-17

The story was a bit too contrived, very repetitious, and at times I like I was reading a mushy Christmas letter. The narration was good, but the rich, elitist family was over the top.

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,620

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

Divergent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-17

This story held me mesmerized until the end. Narration good. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes futuristic stories.

  • Killing the Rising Sun

  • How America Vanquished World War II Japan
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,524
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,486

Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes listeners to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bill O'Reilly paints an amazing picture.

  • By Carmen Ohio on 07-16-17

Rising Sun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-17

This book was an eye opener for history buffs. It is not for the faint of heart. The explanations and descriptions of the war in the Pacific revealed the horrors of war, how dedicated our military was and what incredible endurance and will they had. The atrocities by the Japanese and the millions who lost their lives have never really been emphasized. Thanks for telling this story and explaining the decision to drop the atomic bombs. It changed the world. A magnificent book.

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  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 54 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,298

Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Mousy Little Man From Missouri Revisited

  • By Sara on 07-23-15

A true American

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-17

Outstanding book, well narrated and thoroughly researched. Truman was a man of virtue, honesty, self- assurance, humility and great foresight. His presidency will go down as one of the best. He was faced with decisions most presidents never face both domestic and foreign. As a Conservative, I have great respect for his values and willingness to serve his country in a noble way.

  • The Queen's Fool

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559

It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward's protector, who brings her to court as a "holy fool" for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Narration With a Great Story

  • By Theodore on 05-09-12

A smart fool

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-16

This was a captivating story of devotion and power in a country in turmoil. Vert well narrated. Phillips Gregory always tells a good story to the end.

  • Burying Water

  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Josh Goodman, Elizabeth Louise
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,364

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives - but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to "Jane Doe" for another day, the woman renames herself "Water" for the tiny, hidden marking on her body - the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding! Perfect love / mystery book!

  • By Rebecca on 11-07-14

Suspenseful mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narrator. It kept me spellbound to the end. I couldn't turn it off.

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  • Baggage

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 940

Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she's never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date. A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who's there whenever she needs help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-16

Depressing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-16

A bit too gory and depressing for me. The narration was good which kept me going on.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful