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  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,331

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty-something coming of age

  • By Kate Terrell on 06-23-18

Inspiring!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Really enjoyed hearing this author's journey. I have never liked alcohol, but I can relate to the ither addictions: shopping and eating. I started getting rid of clothes before I even finished reading!

  • Out on a Limb

  • A Smoky Mountain Mystery
  • By: Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by: Jodi Gaylord
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Phoebe McFarland has just moved back to her hometown of White Oak, Tennessee, a sleepy rural community nestled in the mist-shrouded ridges and isolated hollows of the Smoky Mountains. Now she spends her days working as a rural home health care nurse, making calls on a quirky roster of housebound characters she's determined to take care of whether they cooperate or not. She applies this same optimism to her love life, despite the fact that she's been dating for 38 years without locating any husband material.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cannot tolerate the narrator

  • By lahna on 06-28-18

Cannot tolerate the narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

Just bought this and started it. Made it to 5th chapter, painfully, as I just cannot tolerate this narrator. I will read the Kindle instead.

  • The Book Case

  • A Short Story Featuring Detective John Corey
  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,292

"The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They never disappoint

  • By Christina Holloway on 11-12-11

Wish it were longer!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

If you could sum up The Book Case in three words, what would they be?

Best of John Corey

What did you like best about this story?

How he figured out the "who dunnit?"

Which scene was your favorite?

When he announced the victim was not dead.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

Only wish there were many more books about John Corey. I have almost read all of the DeMille books. Really great author. (But don't get the "bighead", DeMille!)

  • Fall From Grace

  • Jane Candiotti and Kenny Marks, 1
  • By: Clyde Phillips
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134

When David Perry confides the sordid details of his bitter divorce to a sympathetic stranger, he never imagines the nightmare he would unleash. Now his socialite wife is dead, brutally murdered by a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants…Veteran San Francisco homicide detective Jane Candiotti never allows her personal feelings to interfere with the job - until Jenna Perry is found strangled in the hills of Marin County.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great twist at the end!

  • By Wayne on 09-15-15

First part good, last part too bizarre

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

What did you like best about Fall From Grace? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the first section; then the part where the perpetrator becomes obvious was just too unbelievable

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

have a different ending

Any additional comments?

If all the Jane Candiotti books have endings such as this, I will not read more.

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  • Girl Waits with Gun

  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,603

In 1914 collisions between motor cars and horse-drawn carriages are an everyday occurrence on the streets of Paterson, New Jersey. But when an out-of-control driver smashes into a buggy driven by Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp, their lives change forever. Constance, the oldest, demands payment for the damages but quickly realizes that she is dealing with a madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slice Of Life From Another Time

  • By Sara on 11-09-15

SOOOO BORING! I GIVE UP!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the story were more interesting

Has Girl Waits with Gun turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What three words best describe Christina Moore’s performance?

It was okay

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Girl Waits with Gun?

Too many to count

Any additional comments?

This was sooo boring. I kept going back to it, then reading the positive comments & going back again. I finally admit, I just cannot get interested in this book. I can usually at least finish, but his is definitely not worth my time.

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  • No Baggage

  • A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering
  • By: Clara Bensen
  • Narrated by: Clara Bensen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 693
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 628

No Baggage is a memoir that will resonate with adventurers and homebodies alike - it's at once a romance, a travelogue, and a bright, modern take on the age-old questions: How do you find the courage to explore beyond your comfort zone? Can you love someone without the need for commitment or any expectations for the future?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I think I can finish, I think I can finish....

  • By Lisbeth on 08-20-16

Still struggling to get through it...

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

#1--the narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of Clara Bensen’s performances?

No

Was No Baggage worth the listening time?

So far, no. I love travel books but just couldnt find enough to keep me interested in this one.

Any additional comments?

Not sure I can finish it. I occasionally go back to it & listen for a short time, get bored, turn it off.
So many better books out there.

  • $2.00 a Day

  • Living on Almost Nothing in America
  • By: Kathryn Edin, H. Luke Shaefer
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

There are, in the United States, a significant and growing number of families who live on less than $2.00 per person, per day. That figure, the World Bank measure of poverty, is hard to imagine in this country - most of us spend more than that before we get to work or school in the morning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Stays with You

  • By Jason Comely on 09-24-15

Got bored midway

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

Would you try another book from Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer and/or Allyson Johnson?

Probably not.

Do you think $2.00 a Day needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There was enough information midway through the book. I lost interest after that. Good facts but too much.

Any additional comments?

Couldn't force myself to finish it.

  • Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

  • By: M. Louisa Locke
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Wallace
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 334

It's the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie's husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide, and to pay off a debt, one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns. Annie also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco's most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of her clients has died. The police believe his death was suicide, but Annie believes he was murdered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story, annoying narration

  • By KarenB on 04-26-13

Sorry I wasted my time & money

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Mainly, the narrator. This was the worst narration I think I have ever heard. Really ridiculous.

What was most disappointing about M. Louisa Locke’s story?

the person who read it

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her use of different inflections for the different characters just did not play out well at all. None of them was good.

Any additional comments?

I eventually was able to get interested enough to want to figure out whodunit. That is all that kept me with this book. I would never read any others by this author, and absolutely NEVER EVER listen to this narrator again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shoemaker's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Adriana Trigiani
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136

The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story written in Adriana Trigiani style.

  • By Barbara on 04-22-14

FABULOUS STORYTELLING

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Where does The Shoemaker's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top 5 or 6

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shoemaker's Wife?

When the two main protagonists get together

Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but she has a fabulous voice that is just perfect for this content & characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but there was a lot of sadness, but the happy parts seemed to moderate it.

Any additional comments?

It was getting kind of long at the end, but no way would I not finish it. I could have been happy with fewer deaths, but I realize that was really the way life was back then.

  • Kingdom Come

  • The Elizabeth Harris Series 1
  • By: Jane Jensen
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,720

In Kingdom Come, the first in a new mystery series from Jane Jensen, an ex-NYPD detective seeks escape in Amish country and finds darkness instead. When a beautiful, scantily clad "English" girl is found dead in the barn of a prominent Amish family, Detective Elizabeth Harris knows she's uncovered an evil that could shatter the peace of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kingdom Come - excellent detective story

  • By Brain on 04-02-16

HELD MY ATTENTION FROM THE FIRST PAGE

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

If you could sum up Kingdom Come in three words, what would they be?

Couldn't put down

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kingdom Come?

When she discovers the cellphone

What about Rachel Fulginiti’s performance did you like?

Her voice was just perfect for all actors, her inflection spot-on. No one could have performed better.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Protect your children, regardless of race, religion, or creed.

Any additional comments?

Dont start this book unless you have time to read it straight through. It is intense. I admired Detecive Harris' persistence. Only weakness she showed was poor judgement regarding her love life, but who could blame her!
I will definitely look for more of the author's books.

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