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  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396

Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh a little Cry a little Love All

  • By Patricia on 11-11-09

Awesome book

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

This was an awesome book, so interesting and in detail went back to lives that journey back to an era of Chinese history. Lots of emotions that was deeply moving, An emotional roller coaster. very well written and the reader was excellent.

  • Garden Spells

  • By: Sarah Addison Allen
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,804

The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Charming

  • By ~Beloved~ on 09-09-12

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Enchanting and heartfelt, loved this captivating novel. Very good reader, which really makes this story come alive

  • The Rose Girls

  • By: Victoria Connelly
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 322

Thirty-year-old Celeste Hamilton's life is at a crossroads: she has just left a disastrous marriage, and her estranged mother has recently died, leaving the family's rose business in jeopardy. Reluctantly, Celeste returns to the family home, a moated manor house in Suffolk, to help her two younger sisters sort out the estate and revive the business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fragrant, Beautiful, and Worth the Thorns

  • By Debbie on 08-21-15

Absolutely wonderful story.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I loved this story, I could not put it down, It was a book i never wanted to end. The reader was very good, it was like i was there. Would recommend this highly.

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  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,180

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

What a book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-16

Suspenseful, scary! I hope to God this never happens to us, but can see how it could. I can only imagine the story getting scarier with the next book, but I feel compelled to read it anyway. I would of read it 24/7 but had lots of things to take care of, but read in between. Only thing I didn't like was the long chapters. Reader was excellent.

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  • The Last Anniversary

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,686
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,149

Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger. And dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Moriarty

  • By cristina on 08-05-14

Average read

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, implement some type of action.

Would you recommend The Last Anniversary to your friends? Why or why not?

Not really. was an average read. too slow for me.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Average

Did The Last Anniversary inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

She is a very good Author, writes well, but was not as good as her other books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • When Crickets Cry

  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918

A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My all time favorite read!!!

  • By JimG on 10-04-13

well written

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

What made the experience of listening to When Crickets Cry the most enjoyable?

I enjoy hearing the characters come alive

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

How fast the beginning grabbed you, then very slow to the end for me.

What three words best describe Adam Verner’s voice?

Good, not great.

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

Loved that she understood and accepted her illness.

Any additional comments?

A bit wordy for me, and more like a talking book, lots of thoughts, and conversations. I like a little more action. Because it moved fast in the beginning and grabbed you, I thought it would be that way all the way through. Well written, though.

  • True Colors

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

The Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their father provided for them physically on Water's Edge, the ranch that had been in their family for three generations, each of them however, longed for their father's love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, POORLY narrated... :(

  • By Brenda on 07-14-10

Love the reader

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

If you could sum up True Colors in three words, what would they be?

reader makes story.

What other book might you compare True Colors to and why?

can't think of one.

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

she makes the characters alive and easy to distinguish by voice change.

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

Hated Winona in the beginning of the book, but understood more as the story unfolded

Any additional comments?

Not as good as her other book "The Nightingale" but was worth the read.

  • A Wilder Rose

  • By: Susan Wittig Albert
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

The Little House books, which chronicled the pioneer adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, are among the most beloved books in the American literary canon. Lesser known is the secret, concealed for decades, of how they came to be. Now, best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert reimagines the fascinating story of Laura's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, an intrepid world traveler and writer who returned to her parents' Ozark farm, Rocky Ridge, in 1928.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Author Chose Her Angle And Ran With It

  • By Sara on 11-27-15

a bit slow

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-16

A nice story but a bit slow. Complicated relationship between Mother and Daughter. Some interesting facts throughout book, but still very monotone. It was hard for me to finish.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Three Daughters

  • A Novel
  • By: Consuelo Saah Baehr
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752

Born in rural Palestine, just before the dawn of the 20th century, Miriam adores her father and is certain his love will protect her, but she soon finds that tradition overrides love. Uprooted by war, Miriam enters a world where the old constraints slip away with thrilling and disastrous results. Miriam's rebellious daughter, Nadia, is thrilled with the opportunity for a modern life that her elite education provides. But when she falls in love with an outsider, the clan reins her back with a shocking finality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling

  • By valerie on 12-18-14

interesting

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

What did you love best about Three Daughters?

Loved all three main characters, somewhat alike due to being brought up in certain culture and yet different in their demeanor.

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

This book took me longer than normal to finish, because of time constraints, plus long chapters. However I wished I could of listen to all at once. was a longer than average book too.

Any additional comments?

writing style of the author changed towards the last generation, I felt, maybe because she wanted to accommodate the time period of the 50's however it threw me off a little and I did not like it as much as the way she wrote at the beginning of the book. All in all a good read.

  • Can You Keep a Secret?

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071

Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Chick Lit

  • By A on 02-04-08

light read, light humor

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

Where does Can You Keep a Secret? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

up there with some of the best.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

excellent at playing all the characters.

Any additional comments?

I found this easy to listen to, and humorous. Characters were like most people ,normal with a little quirkiness. Reader was very good and kept me interested. Would recommend, if looking for something not too serious.