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  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,183

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

WOW and More Wow

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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: 08-06-18

20 hours and I have loved every moment. I have three more to go. What a book. First of all I always love the narrator, George Guidall. The story is fantastic and very interesting. I want to check out what else the author has written. Wonderful storyteller.

  • Garden of Beasts

  • A Novel of Berlin 1936
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410

Paul Schumann, a German American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hitman known as much for his brilliant tactics as for taking only "righteous" assignments. But then Paul gets caught. And the arresting officer offers him a stark choice: prison or covert government service. Paul is asked to pose as a journalist covering the summer Olympics taking place in Berlin. He's to hunt down and kill Reinhard Ernst - the ruthless architect of Hitler's clandestine rearmament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favs

  • By nicholas on 11-02-17

kept you guessing<br />

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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: 05-22-18

excellent writing and narrator! Best book I've read/listened to all year so far. excellent credit

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  • The Auschwitz Escape

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,994

A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging novel of Nazi horrors

  • By Mark on 02-26-18

Wonderful novel

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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: 12-17-17

Excellent writing and narration! Will check out his other books. I see he has 24 others to explore!

  • The Long and Faraway Gone

  • By: Lou Berney
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,119

Lou Berney's The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors - and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives. In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie theater employees were killed in an armed robbery while one inexplicably survived. Then a teenage girl vanished from the annual state fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's all together here

  • By Ted on 08-25-16

A Solid 5

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-17

This book was so good, I am ordering his other two books at Audible today!!! He's a new author for me. Excellent writer!! So glad I found him.

  • Y is for Yesterday

  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a 14-year-old classmate - and film the attack. Not long after, the tape goes missing, and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state's evidence, and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-29-17

another winner

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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: 08-26-17

i' m sad...one more letter to go. Have read all of them! Wondering about her future novels ...can't wait!

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  • Collared

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

Lawyer Andy Carpenter's true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. All kinds of dogs make their way to the foundation, and it isn't that surprising to find a dog abandoned at the shelter one morning, though it was accompanied by a mysterious anonymous note. But they are quite surprised when they scan the dog's embedded chip, and discover that they know this dog. He is the "DNA dog".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boy, this series just gets better and better!

  • By Kathi on 08-04-17

yea Andy!

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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: 08-02-17

I love Andy! I've read every book of this series. He's so snarky-funny not snarky-mean! The story was very told with lots of twists and turns. Use your credit...you'll be a fan too!

  • Write to Die

  • By: Charles Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,060

Hollywood's latest blockbuster is all set to premiere - until a faded superstar claims the script was stolen from her. To defend the studio, in steps the Harold Firm, one of Los Angeles's top entertainment litigation firms and as much a part of the glamorous scene as the studios themselves. As a newly minted partner, it's Rory Calburton's case, and his career, to win or lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Good Storyline.....

  • By R. Pontiflet on 12-18-16

Very well written

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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: 02-24-17

This author is new to me and I intend to buy his 3 on Audible.

  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,807

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

5 star enjoyment

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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: 01-30-13

Great historical fiction! Strong female characters. Story line is terrific! Well worth a credit!
Characters you won't forget soon!

  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

  • By: Farahad Zama
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a delightful, multicultural experience

  • By Rio Delta Wild on 02-11-10

Cute story line!

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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: 12-29-12

I really enjoyed this book. Very funny and charming. The narrator was perfect for this book.
I usually read alot of blood and guts and this book was a nice diversion. Plus I love
Indian authors---their humor is fabulous! Worth a credit for sure!

  • Black Cross

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233

It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good WW II yarn

  • By Old Hippy on 04-24-10

5 stars for sure!

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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: 12-29-12

My second Greg Iles book--what a writer! The story line just flowed and flowed--never bogged down. Dick Hill has always been one of my favorite narrators. He brought this book to life! Lately I have "gotten into" Holocost books---a subject we never should allow to drift away from history. Very powerful book and characters not to be forgotten soon.