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  • Winter Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,762

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I made a mistake

  • By A. Musser on 11-29-17

Should be on chapter long

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Most of it is a theme beaten into the reader with a baseball bat. Mom doesn’t love daughters, daughters fight and are cold... then some tragic and predictable story explains the mother and everyone lives happily ever after with a pink ribbon on top. There are better books.

  • Hild

  • A Novel
  • By: Nicola Griffith
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 23 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: Hild. In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. A new religion is coming ashore; the old gods are struggling, their priests worrying. Hild is the king's youngest niece, and she has a glimmering mind and a natural, noble authority. She will become a fascinating woman and one of the pivotal figures of the Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd give it 10 stars if I could

  • By David on 03-27-14

Quite possibly the most boring book ever

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Endless lists of towns and names with small crumbs of interactions.... I simply couldn’t take it any more and quit 3/4 into the book. Life is too short and millions of books to choose from.

  • Every Anxious Wave

  • By: Mo Daviau
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 515

Why would we need music if our lives were exactly as we wanted them to be? Karl Bender is a quiet guy who lives in three places: his bar, his apartment, and the cheap Mediterranean place on the corner that keeps him well fed with his daily portion of hummus and chicken shwarma. But that's all about to change. When he stumbles upon a time-traveling wormhole, Karl develops a business selling access to people who want to go back in time to hear their favorite bands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, character driven story.

  • By Besendorfer Books LLC on 11-24-16

So enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

The writing is perfect, the story intriguing, the characters gritty and lovable. Music and time travel as the framework is surprising and delightful.

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,346

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you finish it, you'll listen again!

  • By Cathleen on 10-05-06

Too many slow words.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

The whining voice of the reader and insignificant details just makes the book painful to listen to. I had to quit. Some people love the book, I did not.

  • The Kennedy Debutante

  • By: Kerri Maher
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

London, 1938. The effervescent "It girl" of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy moves in rarified circles. Eager to strike out on her own, Kick is soon swept off her feet by Billy Hartington, the future duke of Devonshire. But their love is forbidden, as Kick's devout Catholic family and Billy's staunchly Protestant one would never approve their match. When war breaks like a tidal wave across her world, Billy is ripped from her arms as the Kennedys are forced to return to the States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not just a piece of fluff!

  • By Rosemary on 10-06-18

Good fictional account

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I enjoyed the story, I think Kick was probably more wild than portrayed. Many young women of the 30’s were expressing independence and sexual freedom, even the good catholic girls. (According to my Irish Catholic grandmother and her sisters.)

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  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,590
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,406

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

Beautiful writing

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I’m really not of fan of magical fiction, but Deborah Harkness handles it with exquisite writing wrapped in accurate historical facts. I highly recommend you begin with her trilogy first so you are invested in the characters.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,028
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,117

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

A perfect book

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Woman as hero. Very nuanced, beautifully read. From a brief character in Homers’s epic poem, to an epic story of her own.

  • The Truth According to Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee, Tara Sands, Julia Whelan, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 479

In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck's father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the Potato Peel Pie Society...

  • By Jan on 06-15-15

Engaging story, endearing characters

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I need a book that I could submerge myself into and this book fit the bill. The main characters are flawed but lovable. The setting - during the depression— was a quiet and not an overwhelming tragic backdrop to the action.

  • The Redeemer

  • Harry Hole, Book 6
  • By: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion cuts through the music and the bitter cold: One of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole - the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant - has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia. Yet it’s when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Harry Hole, RIP Robin Sachs :(

  • By Private on 06-06-13

Original plot twists

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Great story, nicely paced with delicious details. The characters are fully developed with human failings and flawed heroism. Highly worth the read.

  • The Devil's Star

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370

A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!

  • By JayAre on 12-12-11

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

One of the best detective stories, keeps you on the edge of your seat! I highly recommend it!