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  • Play Dead

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,374

Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harlan Coben is the Master

  • By Philip on 10-01-10

Really good listen

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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: 01-02-19

I like to be surprised. This story kept me interested till the very end. Give it a try!

  • Tara Road

  • A Novel
  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Material good - quality, not-so-much

  • By B. W. on 09-05-08

I gave the story only 4 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I gave the story only 4 stars because there are so many characters, I had trouble keeping them all straight in my head. I definitely could have done without a couple of them. But then it wouldn’t have been the same story so.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,780
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,678
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101,193

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • just ok

  • By Bluebird on 01-29-18

This is trevors story. His reading was excellent.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Tragic, silly, Painful, and very educational. The things we can never know about another culture until someone comes out of it and tells us. I am glad I listened, I learned so very much.

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  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,992

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-12-18

Lived it

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Thanks for the wonderful time learning about people who live in the bush of Alaska. It was so wonderful. I loved all the Characters, the place, the hardships. It was an amazing story. Thank you Thank you!

  • The Old Man

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,099
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,082

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most 60-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 'old man' is not old!

  • By Wayne on 08-15-17

Way above average

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

This book kept me on the edge for 2 Days. I could not put it down. Give it a try

  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Judith Light, Grace Gummer, Zach Appelman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,316

Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum", alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a 100-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating historical fiction+Hoffman interview!

  • By mendolynne on 06-04-14

Wonderful Story

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

One reviewer talked about the enjoying the weird characters in this book. Yes there were many interesting people. But for me the history of the shirtwaist factory fire and the fire at dreamland blew me away. Anyone who loves NYC would totally love this book. As I did!

  • Mob Boss

  • The Life of Little Al D'arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia
  • By: Jerry Capeci, Tom Robbins
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco, the former acting boss of the Luchese crime family, was the highest-ranking mobster to ever turn government witness when he flipped in 1991. His decision to flip prompted many others to make the same choice, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, and his testimony sent more than fifty mobsters to prison. In Mob Boss, award-winning news reporters Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins team up for this unparalleled account of D'Arco's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, accurate information, great narrator

  • By Lisa on 12-01-13

Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

Ugh this was very disappointing. De4tails, details, and more details. This book just goes on with details, but the story is no story. If you like facts this is for you. If you want a good story... Faget about it!

  • Never Love a Stranger

  • By: Harold Robbins
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

Never Love a Stranger, still considered one of Robbins' most powerful books, tells the story of Francis "Frankie" Kane, an orphan growing up in the dirty world of New York's Hell's Kitchen. After being kicked out of a Catholic orphanage when it is discovered that he is of Jewish descent, a confused and deeply distraught Frankie turns to a life of crime, the only life he knows, and he's good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robust Rags 2 Riches of Hell's Kitchen Orphan

  • By W Perry Hall on 08-09-15

Excellent story

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

If you enjoy a full life story You will love this. I loved and hated the main character Frankie. He did life his way and be damned to all the others in the World. Very interesting captivating and a great listen.

  • Perfect Peace

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Black
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother, Emma Jean, tells her bewildered daughter, "You was born a boy. I made you a girl. But that ain't what you was supposed to be. So from now on, you gon' be a boy. It'll be a little strange at first, but you'll get used to it, and this'll be over after while." From this point forward, his life becomes a bizarre kaleidoscope of events. Meanwhile, the Peace family is forced to question everything they thought they knew about gender, sexuality, unconditional love, and fulfillment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing!

  • By Ann Abanaka on 09-24-16

raised as a girl???

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

This is a great story. There are many well developed characters, and it tells a very strange story that is at times very hard to take in. I loved it, and if you don't mind a large amount of of characters, and a very long story. Which in my opinion needed time to tell, you too will enjoy this book.

  • The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

  • By: Nadia Hashimi
  • Narrated by: Gin Hammond
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

Nadia Hashimi's literary debut is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See. In Kabul, 2007, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inner View of Hidden Women

  • By SydSavvy on 01-04-15

Eyes wide open

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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: 09-21-16

This story will break every woman's heart. It is a must read for every free woman of the world. The characters are so beautiful and they endure so much. I highly recommend