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  • America's First Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,459

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, best-selling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph - a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By SDR on 05-25-16

Elegant, informational, and witty

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

Wow! This text is much, much more than I expected when purchasing. I like historical fiction, but I was hesitant to purchase this piece. Fortunately, I did and I was treated to an eloquent work that I did not want to set aside. I cannot wait to pick up another piece by these two authors.

  • Prep

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Julie Dretzin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 339

This New York Times best-seller is a funny and poignant coming-of-age story, a dead-on examination of adolescent angst, and a sharp criticism of America’s social structure. Fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora enrolls at the prestigious Ault School of Massachusetts and is surrounded by beautiful, wealthy students. She immediately feels like an outsider, but manages to carve out a niche for herself. Then everything falls apart when Lee’s private thoughts become public information.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy & Enjoyable Listen

  • By Lorraine on 06-07-12

Flat main character

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Ultimately the entire text centers around a flat main character. At the end she realizes her mistakes and that she should have evolved, but she didn't. Thus, she reflects on her lack of ability to socially adapt.

  • The Theory of Second Best

  • Cake Series, Book 2
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,425

Kyle McKallister has lived his life in the shadows. Younger brother to one of the world's most elusive and embattled celebrities, Kyle has carved out a comfortable existence touring with his famous brother and living in the lap of luxury with no commitments or plans of his own, only a deep, haunting loyalty to his brother. But his life is about to be shaken up when the opportunity comes to compete on a popular reality show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series!!

  • By jodiod on 05-01-17

Light & Cheery Fairy-tale

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Of course, there is the expected temporary disappoint when the couple seems not to make life work out, but ultimately, TToSB is a typical fairy-tale, which delights its readers with its expected and happy ending.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,440

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

Slow start and expected plot

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

TSK contains raw undeveloped minor characters, a scripted and expected story-line, and easy conclusions to the "mystery." The overall story was nice but not overly riveting or noteworthy. Furthermore, due to the slow start (over 7 chapters to feign interest), I put this book down twice before returning and restarted. Another complaint that I have is that the connections (events and characters) are too scripted and even forced. Several of the minor characters should have either been further developed or omitted, as their current appearances are almost unnecessary and simply work to prolong the book. Truly, for a character to be established or presented, he or she needs to have a purpose. In this case, many characters and chapters should have been excluded, as Morton spent too much time with these unnecessary details, and they weakened her text causing it to become monotonous and boring. (These undeveloped details and characters are part of the problem with the text's slow start.) Jerry, specifically, is posed to be an important character, but his personality and character traits are undeveloped and possibly suggest that he is autistic, but this is never confirmed due to repetitious comments concerning his genius character and special needs. Another character and event that should not have made the final cut is Dolly's adult character and the party scene for her adult self. These elements need to be further developed to show their significance.

  • Anathema

  • Causal Enchantment, Book 1
  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots, and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn 18 and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone. When Evangeline meets Sophie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she's found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie's assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just couldn't stay hooked

  • By S. Shopper on 01-03-17

Just couldn't stay hooked

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

I've tried for two weeks, & I couldn't get hooked on this book. I love K.A. Ticker's other books and have read all, but this one does not live up to her others. (This could be for my own personal lack of imagination and love for vampire storylines though.)

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Two by Two

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,634

At 32 Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six-year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive, and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear, and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I Am Stunned At The Good Reviews!

  • By Wendi on 10-17-16

A Win for Sparks

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

I've never read a book by Sparks that I didn't enjoy, and, likewise is the situation for this one. Initially, I struggled with this book, and I only continued it bc of my previous appreciation and experiences for and with Sparks' work. I am not sure if my initial struggle was with the Fliakos, the male character, or just the book, but I made it through and have come to enjoy and appreciate each of these three. Truly, this text will touch the heart of the reader and present a very likeable character in Russ (Fliakos).

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,298

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Complex

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Great plot and well read--however, there are so many different plots playing out that, at times, the storyline is hard to follow. Additionally, although I enjoy happy endings, there was too much of a fairy tale ending for the many various plots.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • See Me

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,903

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. At 28, he's focused only on walking a straight line - getting his teaching degree, working out at the gym religiously, and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his earlier life. The last thing he's looking for is a serious relationship. But when Maria Sanchez crosses paths with him on a rainswept night in North Carolina, his plans are upended in a way that will rattle the foundations of his carefully structured life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book Nicholas Sparks Has Ever Written!

  • By Wendi on 01-07-16

Sparks' predictability

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

Let me begin by saying that I never read a book by sparks that I did not appreciate. The same is true with see me. However it has become very predictable as to what's going to happen within stories.