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Aurora, CO United States
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  • 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 5,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,321

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
  • Delightful story....but not True Grit

  • By DenGig on 04-14-17

Great western story.<br />

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

This tells the story of a kidnapped Indian girl and her return to her homeland. it could have very well happened. Reminder me a bit of Chynthia Ann Parker except this girl was returned much earlier in her life. Good story and deliverabce.

  • Be Frank with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Claiborne Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,059
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,059

Reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies - with a few stipulations: no Ivy Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Whirlwind

  • By Sara on 09-02-16

Frank

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

this is an interesting book about the struggles of a young boy. While autism is never mentioned it is a pretty obvious fact. Well written and preformed but the voice and actions of Frank were at times a bit too much.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101,999
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94,490
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 94,053

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-18

Informative and funny.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

this was a wonderful read. ready for his next book.
he tells of an interesting life.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16,719
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,667

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

Middle of the road

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Spoiler - If the car is flipped over on it’s roof, how can the snow build up on the windshield and cause it to crack inward?

This was a decent enough thriller. I agree with several reviewers that many of the descriptive sections were overly drawn out. I liked the narrator and think she did a fine job.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,309
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,199

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Dysfunction at its best.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

just when I thought this family could not become more violent and cruel they just kept going. Good for the author to continue her quest.
i do take some of the incidents with a grain of salt. A struggle to finish this book.

  • In the Shadow of Statues

  • A White Southerner Confronts History
  • By: Mitch Landrieu
  • Narrated by: Mitch Landrieu
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 296

When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this

  • By Carol Carlson on 03-23-18

History of New Orleans.<br />

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I wish I had listened to this before visiting New Orleans. Wonderfiul history lesson. Especially the last chapter that tells the facts behind the statues. Should be required reading especially for Southern schools.

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,308

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Mystery that has too many turns and turns

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

A good mystery but a bit long and by the time I was half way onto the story line all I wanted to know was what happened to Theo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,225

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Wonderful story.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

Simply could not put this book down. Great story. Celeste Ng puts you right in the middle of these families and Shaker Heights.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,407

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

Great Story.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

It took awhile to really get into this book but definitely worth thread. be sure and listen or read the authors remarks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Light of Paris

  • By: Eleanor Brown
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Madeleine is trapped - by her family's expectations, by her controlling husband, and by her own fears - in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside it looks like she has everything, but on the inside she fears she has nothing that matters. In Madeleine's memories, her grandmother, Margie, is the kind of woman she should have been - elegant, reserved, perfect. bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in cafés.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive Whinefest!

  • By Rebecca J. Leamon on 08-24-16

A sweet love story.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

A little slow to begin with but the story line came together and caught my interest. A
story that remins us just how much life for women has changrd and perhaps men as well.