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  • When All Is Said

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Griffin
  • Narrated by: Niall Buggy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual ­- though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Grief is the price we pay for love" Qn Eliz II

  • By Anonymous User on 03-14-19

This, my friends, is a true love story

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

As a hospice nurse I often wonder what runs through my patients heads in the last days of their lives when they are thinking over life events. This book is an elderly man telling his son his life story. The good, bad, ugly and wonderful parts of it, But he is doing it in his own mind because he doesn't know how to do it in person. Each chapter is a toast to an event or person that was important in his life. This book made me laugh and cry out loud. The narrator is outstanding. The author makes you feel the emotions of the man telling the story. This, my friends, is a true love story.

  • Scandal in Skibbereen

  • County Cork Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Bostonian Maura is beginning to feel settled in her new Irish home, just in time for summer tourist season to bring fresh business to her pub. But the first traveler to arrive is thirsty for more than just a pint of Guinness. Althea Melville is hot on the trail of a long-lost Van Dyck painting. Maura agrees to help Althea meet with the residents at the local manor house, the most likely location of the missing art. But when the manor's gardener is found murdered, Maura wonders what Althea's real motives are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gentler World

  • By Chalis on 10-04-15

Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I listened to book 1 and 2 in this series and they were cute but this one is so repetitive I couldn't finish it. I'm not sure if the author was trying to make the book longer by repeating the same information over and over and over, or if she thought her readers are too simple to remember the details from page to page.

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  • Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore

  • A Novel
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore". But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you Debbie!

  • By N. Bradley on 12-30-14

A facinating book for the open minded

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

This book is so different from anything I have read. It is about the porn industry but there is so much more. Walter Mosley's exquisite writing handles this subject with raw reality but also dignity and respect for the humans that are in and around this world. I liked and respected the main character for her confidence and knowledge of who she is and what she stands for. This book is for those who have an open mind and able to see the good and bad in all people and accept those things even if it is not what you would have chosen in their own lives. This book will stay with me for a very long time

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Let Me Go

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Chris Chappell, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,931

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors--beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother, Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational and humbling and awesome.

  • By Michele on 11-08-15

It takes a village

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

This is an emotional, funny, earnest story about a little girl whose mom is a drug addict. Her apartment neighbors don't want her to go into the foster system so they band together to care for her. This sounds like a familiar story but it is far from ordinary due to this writer attention to detail and interaction between the characters. Each character was brought to vivid life to the point that I became emotionally attached to them. Wonderful book, great writer, both narrators were perfect. I will look for more from all of them.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,296

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Superb all the way around

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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: 02-26-16

I am one of those few people who have not read "To Kill A Mockingbird" I read fantastic reviews of "Go Set A Watchman" so started with it. The story seems to be a sweet southern tale but then changes to so much more. It speaks of a life and struggle that is so touching. The characters are flawed but strong. I had no prior knowledge of them but the writer brings them to life. Reese Witherspoon is the perfect narrator. The way she made the dialogue flow with all the emotion I'm sure the writer meant to be the was perfect. As soon as I heard "audible hopes you have enjoyed this program" I down loaded "To Kill A Mockingbird". Very much looking forward to this listen!

  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,264

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing author

  • By ReaderReader on 07-24-15

The best kind of fairytale

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

Reviewed: 12-31-15

Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved! The main character is a sweet, smart, funny, different, almost 8 girl who loves Harry Potter. (Which makes her my super hero.) The story is about her Granny and all the people who live around her as she goes on a treasure hunt her Granny sends her on. This makes it sound like it's for children but I assure you it is not. Wonderful story. Beautifully narrated. This I will listen to again!

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,246

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

A - MAZE - ING!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

I bought this book because I am a nurse and have dealt with many of the subjects in the story. But it turned out to be so much more than that. It explores the devastation of loss of Independence, the ignorance of other about the effects this has on the person who in now a quadriplegic and the right to choose to die with dignity.
This author was able to help you "see" the people and care about them and share in the struggle of acceptance, selflessness and love. The caregiver Lu is funny and quirky and made me laugh out loud at times. I cried at times as well. I could actually feel the fear and grief and struggle for understanding and acceptance of different perspectives on difficult subject.

I don't always like books with multiple narrators but with this book they flow flawlessly from one to the other and identify the characters in thoughts and feelings.

Before I got half way through this book I pre ordered the second one. I highly recommend this book.

  • Dead Sexy

  • By: Tate Hallaway
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

Tall, Dark & Dead introduced Garnet Lacey, a bookstore manager/witch who accidentally unleashed the dark goddess Lilith on Vatican assassins. Now she has other things to worry about-like pesky frat boy zombies, a gorgeous FBI agent hot on her trail, love spells gone wrong, and keeping her vampire boyfriend a safe distance from her vampire ex-boyfriend. There's just no rest for this Wiccan...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • you will get hooked...

  • By christa on 11-16-13

Cute story

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-14

This was suggested to me by Audible because I listen to Molly Harper's books. This was a fun read but pales in comparison to Molly Harper's books.

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  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,507

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. H. In TN on 06-10-11

Odd but good

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-14

I wasn't sure about this book at first but I ended up loving it. The narrator speaks slowly and calmly but it suits the main character. The description of the Amazon and the people there and the scientific work was well written. The way the characters became intertwined was unusual and made sense at the end.

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  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

  • A Flavia de Luce Mystery
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,483

It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal!

  • By 'Nathan on 03-03-10

Wonderfully British to the core!

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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: 08-16-14

This book is told from the prospective of an 11 yr old genius with a curious mind. Its is a murder mystery with humor and intelligence. The narrator is perfect for this book. Its funny and interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful