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  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060

In this poignant parallel story to Harold's saga, acclaimed author Rachel Joyce brings Queenie Hennessy's voice into sharp focus. Setting pen to paper, Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harold's. One word after another, she promises to confess long-buried truths--about her modest childhood, her studies at Oxford, the heartbreak that brought her to Kingsbridge and to loving Harold, her friendship with his son, the solace she has found in a garden by the sea.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In Many Ways Beautiful, In Many Ways Tedious

  • By Marjorie on 04-14-15

Finishing the story...

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

I loved the Pilgrimage of Harold Fry! This is the story of what Queenie did while she waited for Harold. Rachel Joyce captured the human spirit, friendship, loss, and the meaning of a life well lived--even when we think we have a life of missed opportunities. Rachel's weaving of faith, compassion, and humor into the other characters encourages the reader to reflect on people that share the road with you on life's journey, even if it is three months, five years, or a lifetime. Read it. Read them both. Harold and Queenie will remain with you long after the last word is spoken. They are the echos of our own call for forgiveness and grace.

  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037

On a spring morning in 1951, 11-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite series: try it!

  • By Margaret on 02-01-14

The end of the series, but not really

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

Reviewed: 10-21-14

I must admit, when I purchased the first audiobook of the series, The Sweetness At The Bottom of the Pie, I was not immediately impressed. So I stopped listening. Audiobooks are like that, you have to be ready to accept the story into your life. About six months later, I was looking for a book to listen to, and I began listening to The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie. I was hooked. As I listened to each book in the series, I began to understand how Alan Bradley slowly began to reveal aspects of Flavia, her family, Dogger, the village. Flavia's sluething ways, her love of all things chemistry, and her desire to be viewed as a detective in her own right makes you love her old soul trapped in an 11 year old's body. This book should not disappoint you. Read from the beginning of the series. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches hopefully will have you cheering as I did as Flavia closes the chapter on being 11. I can't wait to begin reading about Flavia and her new adventures.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Way Home

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,975

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment in the series

  • By Vermonter on 09-29-14

The way this book moved me...

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

Reviewed: 09-05-14

I love this series. From the first sentence in the first book "Still Life" to the last sentence in this book has been a journey that was worth every step and the hours of listening. Each book digs deeper and deeper into the humaness of each character, their joy and their pain. Penny's artistry is in her ability to breathe life into each character throughout the series. When you find a little of yourself in Gamache, Jean-Guy, Clara, Reine-Marie, or Myrna. But these are only some of the myriad of characters that leap off the page, or materialize in from of your face. Louise Penny helps you understand yourself a little bit more. Ralph Cosham, is nothing short of brilliant in his ability to tell a great story. Listen to each book. If this is your first introduction to Inspector Gamache, begin with Still Life--you will not regret it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Give and Take

  • A Revolutionary Approach to Success
  • By: Adam M. Grant PhD
  • Narrated by: Brian Keith Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • recycled material

  • By Matt Dallas on 11-26-15

I found my self arguing during the commute.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

I typically like books that focus on how to improve corporate cultures, and leadership skills. However, this book fell flat. Not even one bounce. As I listened, I found that I was arguing with the author during my commute-mostly about how I have known many givers in my personal and professional lives. But they, like everyone, gives and takes in this world. It is almost like a "currency" of sorts. The goal is to have a sustainable amount in your "bank" account, not too much, not too little. A healthy balance. It was a challenging listen in the fact that despite the statistics that were presented, I wasn't that impressed how the author states that if you practice giving, your career, relationships at work, etc will improve. Read the book, don't read the book. It is one of those choices. Kind of like be a giver, or be a taker. Once again-a choice, and what I find in the end it should be a zero sum game.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,034
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,318

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Past, Present, Future

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

Ready Player One is by far one of my favorite books! Listening to this book walks you through the 1980's culture where you remember in large towns it was the pizza joints with the video game room, the small town cafe with video games--where kids connected, played music, and were introduced to technology. At the same time you are transported to 2044, faced with economic and environmental crisis, it is easier for humans to live inside a game, than to face the real world. And yet, as the reader you are stuck in the present--full of nostalgia and a little fear of what our world could look like in 30 years. You come to love the characters, hate the villains, and as the plot twists and turns, you find yourself at the end of the book wanting more, but not needing more. Check out the websites, book trailers , to see the culture around this book.

The only downside to the book was the slam towards religion. The book would be just as good had he not even broached the subject.

  • While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

  • By: Wendy Wax
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 269

When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and - even more unexpectedly - with one another.... For Samantha, Claire, Brooke - and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings - it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life's hardest moments - all of it reflected in the unfolding drama of Downton Abbey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful! A total blast!!

  • By L. Barrell on 04-14-13

Great book for commuting or vacation

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

Reviewed: 08-08-13

As a fan of Downton Abbey, the title intrigued me. It was a nice light listen, and the narrator is spot on for the characters. Some books are one time listens, others like this one, you can listen to again and again. It is like a bubble bath, the story takes you away from the hectic barrage of life.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,191

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Gaiman Does It Again!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-13

The Graveyard Book-hooked me, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane has reeled me in. It is a book that you should bring with on a camping trip and don't forget the portable speaker so Gaiman can do his magic around the campfire--you will become 7 years old again, and your world transforms. It tugs at you to recall your perspective of adults at that age, the belief in magical beings, and ponds that become oceans. It is a tale you will treasure over and over again.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Looking for Me

  • By: Beth Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,321

Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is like listening to a friend....

  • By Jill on 07-11-13

It is like listening to a friend....

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

Reviewed: 07-11-13

If you want to listen to a book that tugs not only at your heart, but is like listening to a new friend tell you their story--then get this book. While some may get frustrated with the back and forth between childhood and adulthood, just remember no life story is ever told chronological. It is told piece by piece-memory by memory. Beth Hoffman is a great story weaver--as story teller does not capture the essence of her talent.
Jenna's performance provides your imagination an opportunity to make the movie in your head. It is 3D without the hype. She adds dimension to each character, right down to all creatures great and small. And if you haven't listened to Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, then add it to your list. Both are books that I could listen to over and over again. In fact, I have listened to Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt about four times in the last year. It is like watching your favorite movie, you never tire of the characters, the story, the way it moves your soul. Looking For Me is right there along side Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. If audiobooks could ever look tattered, dog-eared, and tear-stained...

21 of 22 people found this review helpful