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Beaufort, SC United States
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  • The World's Largest Man

  • A Memoir
  • By: Harrison Scott Key
  • Narrated by: Harrison Scott Key
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55

Harrison Scott Key was born in Memphis, but he grew up in Mississippi, among pious, Bible-reading women and men who either shot things or got women pregnant. At the center of his world was his larger-than-life father - a hunter, a fighter, and a football coach. Harrison, with his love of books and excessive interest in hugging, couldn't have been less like Pop, and when it became clear that he was not able to kill anything very well or otherwise make his father happy, he resolved to become everything his father was not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The disease of saying things

  • By ande johnson on 08-22-18

As good or better than Conroy and Bragg

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I have never laughed so hard! Fantastic, funny, phenomenal and Southern. And Dr Key’s narration is understated hilarity. I wish I was just beginning it instead of finished. He sets a high bar for memoirs. Definitely worth the credit.

  • A Dangerous Inheritance

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 25 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

Historian and New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is acclaimed for her absorbing works about the infamous House of York and House of Tudor lines. In A Dangerous Inheritance, Weir uses her wealth of knowledge to craft a compelling novel about two women, living 70 years apart, who are linked through the mysterious disappearance of King Richard III's nephews, Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury - also known as the Princes in the Tower.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Weir's Best

  • By Joshua on 01-08-13

Not her best...not even close

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

After 6 hours I gave up! Too hard to keep the Katherine’s stories straight, did not care for the narrator, did not like the characters. Love historical fiction but this just wasn’t good.

  • The Fortune Hunter

  • A Novel
  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi", is the Princess Diana of 19th-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse. Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to this one

  • By Mary on 09-08-14

Great History and Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Loved this one! Great details of Victorian Age and the Empress of Austria. Was sorry when I finished. Narrator did a fantastic job

  • A Place for Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Fatima Farheen Mirza
  • Narrated by: Deepti Gupta, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia, their headstrong eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Started on Audible, finished with a book in my hand

  • By CO Mom on 09-17-18

Wanted to like it

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Thought I would love this book but it was not that great . So much jumping back and forth and hard names of characters to follow. I think this is a book that would be better read. Still, fascinating look at Muslim-Indian culture in America .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After the Night

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273

"Of all of my novels, After the Night remains one of my personal favorites – and Faith Devlin and Gray Rouillard are two of my favorite characters. Faith is strong, proud, and fearless, and Gray – well, he’s just downright sexy. Faith’s search for the truth about the devastating scandal surrounding her mother and Gray’s father blazes with intrigue. Add some sultry Southern hear, and you’ve got a real scorcher of a listen." (Linda Howard)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can I give 6 stars?

  • By Judy on 06-18-10

Too much sex

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Not a bad who-done-it-but way too much time on the sex which I fast forwarded through in boredom. Not my type of book- I like historical fiction and non-fiction- but not a complete waste of a credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mao's Last Dancer

  • By: Li Cunxin
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041

This is the true story of how one moment in time, by the thinnest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world. One day he would be a friend to a president and first lady, movie stars, and the most influential people in America. One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Has the "ring" of truth

  • By Deborah on 04-04-08

Li Cuaxhin's story made my heart do an Arabesque!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

Although my ballet knowledge consists of just 2 years in elementary school to please my mother and seeing the Nutcracker once by a Professional Corps and my knowledge of Red China limited this story was enthralling! A wonderful story of love for family and superman dedication to dance. I had never heard of Li Cuaxin and I regret not having seen him dance. I have since pulled up some YouTube videos of him dancing. Wowed by his wonderful performances! And growing up a peasant under Mao- difficult to imagine. I loved his family stories, especially his Nana who hobbled around on her crippled bound feet and took the blame for his youthful catastrophe and his love and respect for his parents and brothers. The narrator was very good and professional but as other reviewers have noted his accent throws off the narrative for me a little. Otherwise a great great book! I am going to look for the movie on Netflix or Hulu!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mercer Girls

  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,136

It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kirsten Balckwell on 02-04-17

Based on true history

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

First half was great, second half dealing with suffragettes bogged down for me. I think this one would better read than listened.

  • The Bright Hour

  • A Memoir of Living and Dying
  • By: Nina Riggs
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

An exquisite memoir about how to live - and love - every day with "death in the room", from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young sons and the direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the tradition of When Breath Becomes Air.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awe inspiring legacy of A Brave Young Woman.

  • By Julia on 06-18-17

Bright Memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

Like Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air, Gawande's Being Mortal, and Nuland's How We Die this is a must read for everyone who is interested in life and death. Nina faces her journey without self-pity determined to love the bad days not just the good. I am currently having my own experience with breast cancer so it particularly touched me how Nina was able to write so brilliantly and nakedly about facing her death.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Mercies in Disguise

  • A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them
  • By: Gina Kolata
  • Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In Mercies in Disguise, acclaimed New York Times reporter and best-selling author Gina Kolata tells the story of the Baxleys, an upstanding family in small-town South Carolina. Many of them were doctors, but still, they are struck down by an inscrutable illness. Finally they discover the cause of the disease after a remarkable sequence of providential events. Meanwhile science, progressing for 50 years along a parallel track, handed the Baxleys a question - not a cure but a blood test that would reveal who had the gene for the disease.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True Medical Mystery

  • By KarenLee on 05-12-17

True Medical Mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

Fascinating true story of a lovely SC family cursed with a rare and terrible genetic disease that manifests itself in middle age. Well told, kept my interest to the end. I was very anxious to hear the outcome of the screening tests that some of the family members sought and how they are trying to put an end to this tragic legacy.

  • 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 6,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,682

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

you will cheer for The Old Captain and Johanna!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

This was a delightful story of a dignified , elderly, and moral veteran of the Mexican-American War making a living giving newspaper readings around rural post Civil War reconstruction Texas. He is asked to return a 10 year old Kiowah captive to her family 400 miles away through harsh and unforgiving territory populated with outlaws and would-be kidnappers wanting the little girl for sex trafficking.