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  • 84, Charing Cross Road

  • By: Helene Hanff
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, John Franklyn-Robbins
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

When Helene Hanff makes an innocent inquiry about the possibility of purchasing hard-to-find books through Marks and Co., Booksellers, she begins a 20-year love affair with Frank Doel, the proper English bookseller who answers her letter and sends along her first order in the fall of 1949. They are two very unlikely correspondents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Story About How Books Connect People

  • By Kitty on 01-11-18

Loved this!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I enjoyed getting to know the staff of 84, Charing Cross Road and Helene. I wasn't ready for the end, but a very delightful quick read.

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,839

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't ask for guarantees

  • By Darwin8u on 07-04-17

Not a fan.

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Tim Robbins did a great job but I just didn not like the book. There were places in the plot that didn't make sense. On the whole, I found the book despessing.

  • Phantastes

  • By: George MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Brad Powers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

A young man named Anodos experiences dream like adventures in Fairy Land, where he meets tree spirits, endures the presence of the overwhelming shadow, journeys to the palace of the fairy queen, and searches for the spirit of the earth. The story conveys a profound sadness and a poignant longing for death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing but the Best!

  • By Ron Hutchcraft on 07-14-17

An enchanting story thru faerie land!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

George MacDonald takes us on an captivatingly dangerous yet beautiful, enchanting, and allegorical journey through faerie land. I can see why C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien enjoyed reading his books so much and I can see the influence of MacDonald had on their stories as well.

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,971
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,973

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Alternative Dystopian Viewpoint

  • By CScott on 12-20-16

Survival is Insufficient!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I do not usually like apocalyptic-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it kind of books, but this one grabbed me and just wouldn't let go. The basic premise of the book is a pandemic strikes the world in the form of a flu virus and wipes out the vast majority of the population. You are left with a world without all the modern conviences we are familiar with and take for granted. There is also a back and forth timeline going on between the present (20 years after the pandemic) and before the flu wipes out the greater majority of the population. Also there are several stories that are slowly being woven together, and the connections do not become clear until later in the book. I was very impressed with how well the author weaves it all together and tells a beautiful story.

People have banded together into settlements, and you follow a traveling symphony that travels by caravan from settlement to settlement preforming Shakespeare and orchestral pieces. Another character in a settlement at an airport person begins a Museum of Civilization, which has cell phones, laptops, tablets, and handheld game devices that are only memories in the older generation of people!

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,036

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

An absolutely heart breakingly beautiful story!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

This was an amazingly well written book and is told from an interesting point of view. It's about a young girl who is placed with foster parents during WW II and the person telling the story is Death. The place is a German town which has a mixture of Hitler supporters, people just trying to get to by, and people who do not support Hitler. The author has a gift for words, and the descriptions are captivating. The narrator did an excellent job as well. This story made me laugh and cry. It's one of those books that you carry around with you and you some how feel like you are better for reading it despite the moments of heart break.

Note: parents may want to preview it before letting their young adult listen/read it. I would say middle to high school not upper elementary.

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,413

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made Alligator Alley fly by

  • By Tracey on 06-26-14

Enjoying this series!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

This is a little more dark than the first but I found that I enjoyed the plot and storyline better than the first. I found that I liked Strike even more and liked the growth of Robin's character. She has a few tricks up her sleeve that make her very admirable. I am excited to see these characters develop.

Narrator did another excellent job!

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,175

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Very enjoyable mystery!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I was not impressed with the language though I supposed it was fitting for the characters that used the prolific profanity. However, on the whole I enjoyed getting to know Strike and Robin. The storyline kept you engaged.

The narrator did and excellent job.

Great debut novel in the mystery genre for Galbraith/Rowling!

  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

  • A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life
  • By: Laura Vanderkam
  • Narrated by: Laura Vanderkam
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,216

According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A statement or two could summarize this book

  • By Teresa on 07-22-12

Great quick listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Parallels 168 hours in some ways but still great advice for making the most of your day by focusing and stream lining your morning.

  • Love Does

  • Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World
  • By: Bob Goff
  • Narrated by: Bob Goff
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,900
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,898

Love Does shares powerful stories coupled with eye-opening truths and empowers anyone who longs for a better world and a richer faith. You don’t need another Christian message or a self-help book. You need to have your paradigms about the world shifted into truth. That’s exactly what you get in Love Does. Have you ever noticed that the real change in your life - the growth that sticks and becomes a part of you - never happens with a program or the sheer grit of your best efforts?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most amazing books I have ever read!

  • By J. Guy Muse on 03-11-14

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Bob Goff did a great job writing and narrating Love Does. I found it both empowering and inspirational. I have had the pleasure of hearing him speak and he has a love that is infectious and contagious. He is one those people you just want to spend the day with...but one day will not be enough.

  • Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

  • By: Jonathan Auxier
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been forced into a life of crime. One fateful afternoon, Peter steals a mysterious box that contains three magical pairs of eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island where he is presented with a special quest: to travel beyond the known world and rescue a lost kingdom from its treacherous ruler....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Tale!

  • By Jim N on 02-01-15

What an amazing adventure!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

This was so fun and became a family favorite! My daughter (9) and my son (7) greatly enjoyed it! The story was full of fun, adventure, intrigue, twists & turns, redemption and friendship. I would highly recommend this book for any adventure seekers.