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  • Howards End

  • By: E. M. Forster
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic, leading lives of "telegrams and anger". When the elder Mrs. Wilcox dies and her family discovers she has left their country home - Howards End - to one of the Schlegel sisters, a crisis between the two families is precipitated that takes years to resolve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Narration in Delightful Story

  • By Wren on 05-05-18

I love this book

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

This is a timeless book ,could have been written about life today. It is rather sad, but life hasn't changed all that much. Many people who are wealthy feel it is their right to gain more wealth at the expense of other.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Things We Wish Were True

  • A Novel
  • By: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
  • Narrated by: Taylor Ann Krahn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,464

From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house. Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts - until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors' intertwined lives begins to unravel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hate fake Southern accents

  • By David on 07-01-17

Good Read

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

This is a "can't stop listening books". Highly recommend. I hope neighborhoods like Sycamore Glenn still exists.

  • Voyage of Innocence

  • By: Elizabeth Edmondson
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

From the author of The Frozen Lake comes an enthralling novel of love, betrayal, and idealism as three very different young women go up to Oxford in the years immediately before World War Two. Vee - the clergyman’s daughter. Boyish, alluring, she plans to use her time at Oxford to put right everything that went wrong in her loveless childhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-23-16

Voyage of TMI

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

If you could sum up Voyage of Innocence in three words, what would they be?

To much description

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Expected

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene of Peggy's death. This was the death of innocence for Vee

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Death of Innocence

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading a Villa in Italy, however in The Voyage of Innocence, the author left no room for the reader to fill in the blanks. When I am reading, I like an author to give me a brief description of a scene and let me use my imagination to fill in the blanks. There was no chance in this book. Most scenes were over described. There were echos of Trollope in her style. However, Trollope almost goes too far, but he manages to stop. This being said, I love Trollope. I would not finished the book had it not been for the narrator. SHE IS GREAT.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wife 22

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Gideon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 174

Maybe it was those extra five pounds I'd gained. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other. But when the anonymous online study called "Marriage in the 21st Century" showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn't long before I was assigned both a pseudonym and a caseworker. And, just like that, I found myself answering questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Did not keep my attention

  • By Vivian on 06-14-12

wife 22

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

Narration drove me crazy. I only finished for story .

  • Mansfield Park

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

Shy, fragile Fanny Price is the consummate "poor relation". Sent to live with her wealthy uncle Thomas, she clashes with his spoiled, selfish daughters and falls in love with his son. Their lives are further complicated by the arrival of a pair of witty, sophisticated Londoners, whose flair for flirtation collides with the quiet, conservative country ways of Mansfield Park.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely narrated

  • By SLB on 06-16-14

Favorite Austen Book

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

What made the experience of listening to Mansfield Park the most enjoyable?

Story and Narration

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mansfield Park?

Austen's ability to recognize the rediculous of the period in which she lived.

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

She brought life to the characters. I loved it.

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

Mary's description of the clergy's duty and actions

Any additional comments?

Rereading all of Austen was on my bucket list. I am sad to say I have now completed this book. Manchester Park was the last book. I have never thought Pride and Prejudice to be her best book and now on rereading them, I am sure Manchester park is the best! Emma is my least favorite.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Boston Girl: A Novel

  • By: Anita Diamant
  • Narrated by: Linda Lavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,963

Addie Baum is "The Boston Girl", born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story!

  • By LL on 05-24-18

Great Narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

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

Absolutely

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boston Girl: A Novel?

The meeting of her husband

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

She made you a participant in the book. I was the granddaughter she was telling the story to.

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

No, It was the overall experience.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful