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  • The Warmth of Other Suns

  • The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  • By: Isabel Wilkerson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,646
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,124

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most amazing books I have ever read!

  • By Ernest on 04-09-12

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

A must-read book! Or must-listen to! Very well-written and constructed with compelling stories that illustrate large themes.

  • What If...the Conspiracy Is Real?

  • By: G. W. Steen
  • Narrated by: Cindy Piller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Maggie Weiss, a vibrant, free-thinking, grown-up "child of the 60s", was an only child, born of German immigrant parents, and although inquisitive to the extreme, her heritage was never discussed. After graduation she applies to the University of Munich and is accepted. She heads to Europe; her goal, to study international journalism, but she is soon drawn to, and delves into, her family’s history. What she discovers sets her on a frightening and dangerous journey. She, along with her fellow journalist and companion, Jake Rigley, uncover a radical plan aimed at destroying the most powerful nation on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story and narrator

  • By timj26 on 03-22-19

Excellent job by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Cindy Piller continues to shine and gives a professional and sharp reading. The book was not to my taste but I enjoyed her work.

  • Stormy Weather

  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Colleen Delany
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

The Stoddard girls know no life but an itinerant one, trailing their father from town to town as he searches for work. And in every small town, their mother, Elizabeth, does her level best to make each sparse, temporary house they inhabit a home. But the fall of 1937 ushers in a year of devastating drought and dust storms, and the family's fortunes sink further when a questionable "accident" leaves Elizabeth and her girls alone to confront the cruelest hardships of these hardest of times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, unpredictable and defined a local era

  • By L. L. Witham on 02-03-19

Great writing, as usual

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Jiles is a master of the written word. She doesn’t disappoint as she paints a verbal portrait of depression-era Texas.

This book, which is not strong on plot and could be seen as simply a “feel good” effort, provides another strong-willed heroine who triumphs.

There are some puzzling inconsistencies in the time line. If you’re bothered by things like a character who’s born in 1918 turning 21 in 1938, be prepared to be bothered!

The narration is very good, though the voice used for the main male character makes you wonder what our heroine sees in such an uninteresting and bossy person.

  • Surrender, New York

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,286

In rural, impoverished Burgoyne County, New York, a pattern of strange deaths begins to emerge: Adolescent boys and girls are found murdered, their corpses left hanging in gruesome, ritualistic fashion. Senior law enforcement officials are quick to blame a serial killer, but their efforts to apprehend this criminal are peculiarly ineffective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to love this but...

  • By Mark Hancock on 09-27-16

A disappointment

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

The book is over-long. Overwrought and implausible plot. Could have benefitted from some judicious editing.

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,685

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cookie cutter cowboys need not apply

  • By david1j on 01-13-17

If I Had More Stars, I’d Use Them.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

A wonderful story by a gifted writer and a wonderful performance by a gifted reader.

  • Seeking Signs

  • By: Staci Angelina Mercado
  • Narrated by: Cindy Piller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

One hundred years ago, Minnie Seamer's death shocked her rural Iowa community. A young farmhand found her body hanging in the barn on a rainy summer morning in 1913. The coroner ruled it a suicide, but distraught family members were not convinced. Was it suicide or was it murder? Seeking Signs, based on actual events, is the story of a young girl's search for answers in the wake of a family tragedy. To solve the mystery of her older sister's puzzling death, 13-year-old Elsie follows tips from a booklet titled The Baum Detective Agency Course.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An attempt to solve a 100 year old mystery

  • By Susan on 04-20-18

An attempt to solve a 100 year old mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Very enjoyable reading by C. Piller. An interesting fictionalized treatment of a death in a small community in 1913.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,539

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Disappointing. A fairly predictable story line.

Author’s reliance on first-person narrative results in an abundance of angsty questioning that makes this book about twice as long as it should be.

The present-day narrator is beautiful and brilliant and wastes not one opportunity to mention these qualities to the reader.

In addition, the author doesn’t lose an opportunity to toss a simile per-page in.

The underlying historical events are described realistically but the characters are paper-thin.

  • 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 23,656
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,848

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

Pure delight!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

Well-written, well-structured, well-read - and a terrific and informative story on top of all that. I've listened twice. It just keeps getting better.

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Philippe Duquenoy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins begins with Mr. John Herncastle stealing a mysterious yellow diamond from the statue of a sacred Indian god while fighting with the British army in India. The diamond makes it way to back England after John Herncastle returns from his tour with the British army. The sacred diamond is bestowed to a young woman, Rachel Verinder, a relative of John Herncastle, on her 18th birthday.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of Victorian Mystery and Mood

  • By Susan on 08-23-17

Lots of Victorian Mystery and Mood

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Do you have any additional comments?

One of the first detective novels - and a very interesting look into Victorian life for a certain segment of the society at the time.

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  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,387

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham wrote this?

  • By Dan on 06-13-17

Not one of Grisham's best

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Any additional comments?

There are a few too many coincidences and bits of foolishness to make this a real winner. A good beach read or listen; the shift to the world of books and publishing was interesting but not compelling enough to save the effort.