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  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,735

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

so pleasantly surprised!

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

I put this on my wish list some time ago, and can't really remember why. I began it recently when I realized it was the only book I had downloaded, and was about to board a long flight. I am so glad I did! It was a wonderful story, and wonderfully narrated. It is one of those books where I find I am missing the characaters now that I have finished it. I had not heard of Jess Walter previously, but will learn more now.

  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

  • A Novel
  • By: Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,564

When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book was like a touching adult fairytale.

  • By sally stanton on 09-17-12

I wanted to like this...

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

Reviewed: 05-25-13

I really wanted to like this; it had been recommended to me by 2 people whose recommendations I usually love. However, it didn't quite do it for me. I found the structure of the story -- a retelling of history from one person to another - was a bit contrived, and I don't think successful in this application. i kept hoping it would take flight, but i never felt that it did. I found the narrator contributed to this too - not the best choice for this story.

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The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]
    
    
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        Kate Morton
    
    


    
    
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        Caroline Lee
    
    


    
    Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
    4,200 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,122

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superbly written mystery

  • By Cathy on 03-18-07
  • The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]
  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee

pretty good; had me hooked

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

Any additional comments?

I was very intrigued with the story line, but did not feel a particular attachment to the characters.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,695

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Amazing! My new favorite book.

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved this book. The story was riveting, the characters were dimensional and fascinating, and the story telling was absolutely amazing. I have recommended it to anyone who asks.

  • Wild

  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,546

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Took the Trip

  • By FanB14 on 04-08-13

love a good tough girl story

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

Any additional comments?

Great book; brave woman; a little self absorbed, but she knows that, I think. Overall though -- incredibly inspiring.

  • A Fine Balance

  • By: Rohinton Mistry
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903

In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Praise for the Narrator as much as the Writer

  • By Karen P. Smith on 05-10-09

heartbreaking; heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

What did you love best about A Fine Balance?

wow -- such a powerful story. Loved it. Made me cry, smile, and be grateful.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,036

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over - she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

great story; good for providing some perspective

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

What did you love best about What Alice Forgot?

Really enjoyed this book; well written, clever story line, and very well crafted. HIghly recommend.

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  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,596

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration

  • By Mary Lynn Richardson on 03-20-09

Riveting story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-11

I enjoyed this book immensely. The characters were rich and interesting and the story writing was wonderful. I highly recommend.

  • The Reluctant Widow

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Governess's New Position

  • By Joseph R on 02-28-10

tedious

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-11

not worth the listen. It was slow, predictable and the characters were flat. I would not recommend it.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,807

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

a tender story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-11

I absolutely loved this book. The characters were so rich and the narrative so descriptive. A wonderful story about a terrible time in our history. Highly recommend it.