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  • The Woman on the Orient Express

  • By: Lindsay Jayne Ashford
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933

Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can't neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling's first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson - newly married but carrying another man's child - is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable "woman on transportation" book

  • By Ruth on 02-20-17

Dry as the desert/

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

The background history and geography was the only thing that kept me reading.
Nothing interesting happens for practically the entire book and whatever happens is childish and predictable.
Boooooriiiiinggg....

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,450
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,483

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Best book I've listened to in years!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Engaging writing, great narration and a most unusual story of an aristocrat keeping his chin up and surviving, after his detention and the destruction of his entire life. Even the description of non essential events to the main story are so beautifully written that you seem transported to the small world of Alexander Rostov. Long but very enjoyable.

  • The Accidental Empress

  • By: Allison Pataki
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 436

The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe's most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • learn your pronounciation

  • By Susan on 03-18-15

Should have been called "Sophie"

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

I grew up delighted by the sweet and fairy tale style "Sissi" films with Romy Schneider. As an adult, grew interested by the connection with the tragedies of Mayerling, death of Francis Ferdinand and assassination of Empress Elizabeth. In spite of all this, I struggled trying to finish this "romance novel". Grew tired of Sophie, the witch, Franz, mamma's boy and poor suffering Sissi.
Too bad, it's really an interesting part of history.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Romanov Sisters

  • The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
  • By: Helen Rappaport
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive, and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution - the nightmare that would sweep their world away and them along with it. The Romanov Sisters will surprise people, even aficionados.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made you want to change the ending

  • By MissSusie66 on 01-23-15

Bittersweet

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

I read "Nicholas and Alexandra" many years ago and became fascinated by the Romanov family. The lives of Peter, Catherine, Russka,(by Edward Rutherfurd), etc. followed. Recently, I was lucky to visit their three magnificent palaces and sadly also, their tombs. This account of their lives was even more moving to me, hearing their own words through their letters. Russia was ripe for a revolution at that time, but their ineptitude, superstition, isolation from reality surely did not help in their tragic end. These girls (and Alex) lived a "bittersweet" short life in their gilded palaces and it would not be fair to criticise their lives with our 21st century knowledge.

  • The Vatican Princess

  • A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842

Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized 15th-century Renaissance Italy, and Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty's ambitions. Slandered as a heartless seductress who lured men to their doom, was she in fact the villainess of legend, or was she trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story

  • By Patricia on 05-11-16

Kept me interested.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

I've said this before : a lot of people forget that this is HISTORICAL FICTION, not a History book. You can read ten biographies of the Borgias and you will find ten different versions of the facts and character of this very interesting family. We will never know exactly what happened, like many other events of the past.
I enjoyed the book and I think the narrator did a good job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Haunted House

  • By: Jack Kilborn
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 702

At Butler House a series of grisly murders over a century have led many to believe it's haunted. To one scientist it's the perfect place for an experiment in fear. Eight people, each chosen because they lived through a terrifying experience, are offered a million dollars to spend one night at Butler House. They can take whatever they want with them - religious items, survival gear, and weapons. All they need to do is last the night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By CoCoPuff on 07-23-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

It took forever to introduce the many characters, (I had not read the prior two books), and then, the blood, gore, torture of every kind starts and it seems to never end. Predictable end, typical of many other gory novels. The narrator tries his best, only to sound like an old radio scary program. No more of Kilborn!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Amy Snow

  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220

Winner of the 2014 Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition. Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy's only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits ... if only she can unlock the secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating historical fiction

  • By Olivia on 10-09-15

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

If you compare it to Jane Austin or the Bronte sisters, this is the LIGHT version. Some traces of other novels here and there and somewhat predictable, ( although I hate to guess endings), I just let the book take me there. Easy to listen to. Good narration. Nice break from Crime and Punishment !!

  • Dime quién soy [Tell Me Who I Am]

  • By: Julia Navarro
  • Narrated by: Daniel Albiac, María Belén Roca
  • Length: 32 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

Un periodista investiga la apasionante vida de una antepasada suya, una mujer que vivió intensamente el siglo XX desde los convulsos años de la república hasta la caída del muro de Berlín. Un periodista recibe la propuesta de investigar la vida de su bisabuela, Amelia Garayoa, una mujer de la que solo sabe que huyó abandonando a su marido y a su hijo poco antes de que estallara la guerra civil española.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good audiobook to listen to in SPANISH!!!

  • By Allan on 12-10-14

I'll finish it out of curiosity.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

The one positive thing I can say is that the historical research is interesting and well done. (it got the three stars). I'm half way into it and I tired of it. None of the characters stand out or are likable at all. There is no depth to any of them. Amelia seems to be involved in every important event of the XX century and I still can't figure out why. Other that beautiful, there is nothing outstanding about her. The narration, by so many different people is so confusing that after a while, I forget about who is the one telling the story. The "scavenger hunt" way of developing the narration seems childish and makes the book like a looong soap opera.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Circles

  • By: Ruby Standing Deer
  • Narrated by: Karen Rose Richter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

With much of the world still undiscovered, a small band of people live a peaceful life, until the dream vision of a young boy, Feather Floating in Water, changes everything. Only nine winters old, Feather's dreams turn his seemingly ordinary childhood into the journey of a lifetime. He must help his people face a terrifying destiny from which they cannot turn away. He must find a way to make his people listen. Bright Sun Flower, the boy's grandmother, guides his beginnings, teaching him about the Circle of Life, and how without it, no life can exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful coming of age with a touch of fantasy

  • By Michael on 07-25-14

I don't know how to say this...

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

Reviewed: 08-28-14

Given all the five stars to this book, I'm a little afraid to give my opinion. I still have 4 hours to go, and I can't wait to finish it. First of all, the slow cadence of the narrator almost puts me to sleep every time, combined with the slow pace of the story. The subject is most interesting and I've read several books about this fascinating people. I had trouble accepting the almost "holiness" of all the characters, the utopian life to be destroyed by the "bearded ones". I don't deny and I abhor the barbaric treatment of American Indians by the white invaders, but this story does not reflect the reality of human beings, warts and all. It reads more like a lyrical bedtime story. I'll find out what the last 4 hours have to offer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,071
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,244
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,159

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Alan on 07-08-14

WOW !!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-14

The perfect novel narrated by the perfect voice. Sissy Spacek makes it alive and touches your heart. I'll listen to it again and probably again.
No need to say more.