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  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,440

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Would make a 5 star four hour novella, ...

  • By Wayne on 11-03-18

Surprise Ending

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I won't spoil anything for you here, but lets just say I was surprised with the way the story turned out and I can't say that I liked it. It was probably just my preference and most likely the way the story would have happened in real life. I always seem to want more of an author. I want more details and story here or there. I loved how the story began. I wasn't crazy about how it veered off to Viet Nam but I understood the importance of that detour. If it hadn't been for what happened in Nam then the story wouldn't have occurred the way that it did. I had a problem that there was all that time that had gone by where no contact was made. I just feel the story could have been so much more. I finished the book, but it left me wanting more and not in a positive way.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,675

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Needed a lot more

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

This story was a bit weak. The characters could have used more development and each section of the story needed an added something. It was an ok book. I found myself bored several times, but did manage to finish the book. There was much more the author could have done with the characters.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fairytale

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Luis Moreno
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

Deeply in love, Christophe and Joy Lammenais built Chateau Lammenais into a small but renowned Napa Valley winery and an idyllic home where they raised their beloved daughter, Camille, who takes on increasing responsibilities for the estate they all treasure. But after Joy's early death from breast cancer, a lonely Christophe soon falls prey to the machinations of a sophisticate from his native France - who moves, with her two reprobate sons, to consolidate her power over Camille and the property when Christophe is killed in a plane crash.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • There is a story in the telling

  • By cindi wallace on 11-16-17

Beginning good THEN DISAPPOINTMENT

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

I have been a Danielle Steel fan for most of my life. The Ring is my favorite book thus far that she has written. Why? She did the book justice, she did the research and gave the book tons of attention and time. Over the last several (10+) years it just seems to me that she is just meeting her contract obligations. Some of her books seem to have interesting concepts, probably based off of people she has met and experiences she has had, but the problem seems to be that the first half of the book seems to be given detail and attention and the second half seems to be rushed in a effort of wrap up the book. It's as if she gets to a certain point and then hits some magical number or chapter and feels she has reached her "mark" and then tries to tie all the ends up quickly. I just feel robbed so much of the time lately. (Spoiler alert) I wanted more detail when the husband died. I kept thinking he was going to show back up at some point. I wanted more incidents of abuse and cruelness from the step-monsters, I have more instances than those in my own life. I wanted more history with Phillip, it was alluded to but not explored enough. I wanted more deviousness from the former vineyard manager, he was such a good character. .As readers we needed more satisfaction when the step-monsters finally got their just rewards and we didn't get that satisfaction. They were just hauled off by the police. I wanted more bonding with the grandmother after all was said and done. I wanted Sam to be more involved after the private detectives gave them their report, maybe leading step-mommy on a bit of a wild goose chase. I wanted to see a little more at the ending, possibly past the wedding with Phillip. I've given several examples, but honestly if I had any connections in the publishing world I would try to publish, maybe I will try anyway. I shouldn't complain without putting something out there that I would love to read myself.

Again, I love DS. I just always want more from her.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,257

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Good, but I wanted more

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

The narrator was super! The story was good but I felt that there could have been more. I wanted more.

  • Distant Shores

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Quigley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a future together. But after the children leave home, they quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job offer, Elizabeth puts her needs aside to follow him across the country. Until the sudden death of her father changes everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hit way too close to home

  • By Kiki Gee on 01-28-17

Boring and predictable

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

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

Maybe an older person wiht a boring life would like this book.

What was most disappointing about Kristin Hannah’s story?

There was no real story. The plot line was predictable and the narrator was not good at all. The southern accent was completely off and annoying.

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator is a must.

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

The book was about love, choices and redemption. The ideas were ok, but not in any way exciting.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rushing Waters

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 639

Ellen Wharton has flown into New York from London, regardless of the weather and her husband's worry. The successful interior designer is intent on seeing her lively architect mother and has an important personal appointment to keep. But despite Ellen's urging, when the storm hits, seventy-four-year-old Grace Madison refuses to leave her Tribeca apartment in the midst of the evacuation zone, and they must eventually wade through chest-high water to the police boats outside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-02-16

Boring!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

This book is like a cup of Luke-warm hot chocolate. Just a little sweet but not at all satisfying! She can do much better than this and she has. What's up? Weak characters very little action and not any real conflict. The dual story line didn't seem to fit and there was no reference to Rushing Waters. And I was shocked when it ended. It was like she just got tied of writing and quit.
#bigdisappointment!!!!!!

  • Pretty Baby

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,701
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,690

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your time.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-15

Anticlimactic

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

Would you try another book from Mary Kubica and/or the narrators?

I doubt I would read another book by Mary, but I did love the narrators. Mary used too many similes and the text went on and on. It took quite a while to get the story going. The climax came toward the end and then there was no real follow up with the characters.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm not sure what I will listen to next. It will be fiction.

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

The narrators make the book come alive! I especially loved the narrator that read the Claire part, she was so innocent sounding.

Did Pretty Baby inspire you to do anything?

It inspired me to write this review.

Any additional comments?

I was not happy with spending time time listening to the book for it to have ended so suddenly. I just felt that with all the buildup that the readers/listeners somehow deserved a follow through on the main characters. I did love the little reminder that Matthew was still keeping up with Claire at the very ending. That was clever.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chasing Sunsets

  • A Novel
  • By: Karen Kingsbury
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 519

Mary Catherine grew up in a comfortable life despite an array of health issues, including a congenital heart condition (which she quietly obsesses over). She loves her parents, who are quite wealthy, but the lifestyle never appealed to her. Instead she pursues meaning through an abundance of charity work, always giving away a part of herself in service of others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good reminder

  • By Candice H Brown on 06-26-15

Intensely dramatic

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

What did you love best about Chasing Sunsets?

I loved the story line, the way Ms. K deals with real-life issues and how God comes through for us all one way or the other.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I had several favorite characters. I really like the angels. Maybe Marcus would be my favorite.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where the gun is pulled on Jag and he has the choice to shoot the gang member.

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

It moved me all the way through. The story was filled with one moving scenario after another.

Any additional comments?

I cannot wait to see what happens when MC goes to Africa, will she have to come back early due to her health? Will someone go get her? Will she be able to get married one day? I'm in such suspense. I can't wait for the thrid book to come otu!!!

  • When Joy Came to Stay

  • By: Karen Kingsbury
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

When Joy Came to Stay illustrates the miraculous power of faith to overcome even the most debilitating suffering. Maggie Stovall has a successful career and a happy marriage, but she also bears the crippling weight of a secret from her past. As she slips farther and farther into depression, her only hope lies in God's loving forgiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hopeful inspirational novel

  • By Christine on 09-01-07

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

If you could sum up When Joy Came to Stay in three words, what would they be?

real life issues

What did you like best about this story?

My favorite part of this book was how we suffer the reality of our choices and how God will always work His will into our circumstances if we allow Him to do so.

Which character – as performed by Barbara Caruso – was your favorite?

Amanda Joy was my favorite

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

The abuse, the kidnapping and how Amanda reacted to it, her faith.

Any additional comments?

The book was just lovely, it was real and it was motivational.

  • The Longest Ride

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,441

91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story

  • By Bj on 10-13-13

Absolutely LOVED this book!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it has something for everyone ... guys and gurls alike.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked all of the main characters. I loved Ruth and Ira, they had such a beautifyul relationship that stood the test of time. Luke and his sweet love were wonderful as well.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think the scene at the auction house was my favorite.

If you could take any character from The Longest Ride out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Probably I would take Ira out to dinner.

Any additional comments?

I saw the movie after I read the book and I loved the movie just as much as the book!