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  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,347

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Read Any (other) Reviews of this Book!

  • By HDJ on 12-15-12

Torture to finish

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

VERY hard to follow. Hoped it would get better, but it did not. Poor characterization.

What does Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Accents

Did Code Name Verity inspire you to do anything?

no

  • The Opposite of Everyone

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427

A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally best-selling author of Someone Else's Love Story and Gods in Alabama - an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goddess of destruction and rebirth

  • By Janice on 06-27-16

heart warming story

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

Would you listen to The Opposite of Everyone again? Why?

No.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Opposite of Everyone?

Henry the cat

What does Joshilyn Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

the circle of life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

how all the pieces ended up together at the end

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,524

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Riveting Story

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Where does The Life We Bury rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best

Who was your favorite character and why?

lead male character.and his interaction with mother, brother and girlfriend

What about Zach Villa’s performance did you like?

Made visualization possible

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

Keeps you guessing

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  • Find Her

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,266

Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, so damn good.

  • By Christine on 02-12-16

Surprising Ending

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Find Her to be better than the print version?

Yes, as the inflection of the voice adds to the story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Multiple twists and turns.

Which scene was your favorite?

Kidnapper's Mom scenes

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Revenge of the kidnapped character on her kidnapper.

Any additional comments?

Held my interest. Would recommend.

  • The Battle for Room 314

  • My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School
  • By: Ed Boland
  • Narrated by: Ed Boland
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

In a fit of idealism, Ed Boland left a 20-year career as a nonprofit executive to teach in a tough New York City public high school. But his hopes quickly collided headlong with the appalling reality of his students' lives and a hobbled education system unable to help them: Freddy runs a drug ring for his incarcerated brother; Nee-cole is homeschooled on the subway by her brilliant homeless mother; and Byron's Ivy League dream is dashed because he is undocumented.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did you like the book? Yes But...

  • By Ms Madden on 03-06-16

VERY very dry!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

What would have made The Battle for Room 314 better?

Very boring.

What could Ed Boland have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Hard to believe it was read by the author.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ed Boland?

How did the book get published?

What character would you cut from The Battle for Room 314?

all of them

Any additional comments?

WASTE OF TIME.

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  • The Japanese Lover

  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Joanna Gleason
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My first negative review

  • By Karen O'Byrne on 11-11-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

A very boring story. No heart. Poor character development. Disjointed. Predictable. Glad when it ended.

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  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,240

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

BORING and does NOT get better!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone with an 8th grade education.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

I have enjoyed his books in the past. This one was horrible.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Performance was satisfactory.

What character would you cut from Memory Man?

I would cut the main character. Unbelievable, hollow, no depth.

Any additional comments?

How could anyone like this book?

  • Ruby

  • A Novel
  • By: Cynthia Bond
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 885

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city - the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village - all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • disturbing yet beautiful

  • By Beth Anne on 07-06-14

Hard core child porn that did not need such detail

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

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

Removing all detail from the child porn descriptions.
also, the occult was not appealing to me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Cynthia Bond again?

NO

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cynthia Bond?

anyone else would have been better.
dour.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

it ended

Any additional comments?

VERY disappointed.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,065
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,378
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,301

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

I enjoyed the historical perspective.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

What made the experience of listening to The Nightingale the most enjoyable?

learning about France during WWII.

What other book might you compare The Nightingale to and why?

all historical fiction is a learning experience for me

What does Polly Stone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

voice inflection and great expression

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was a bit too long to hear in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I found parts were dragged out.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,526

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Dont Waste Your Time

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I cant think of how ANYONE could like this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Paula Hawkins again?

NO

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

Yes

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The ending was a surprise, but NOT worth the pain of getting there.

Any additional comments?

How ANYONE could even mention Hitchcock's Rear Window when comparing this book is beyond me.
Flat characters, boring, waste of time.

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