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  • Ten Women

  • By: Marcela Serrano, Beth Fowler (translator)
  • Narrated by: Marisol Ramirez
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 168

Nine Chilean women from vastly different backgrounds have been brought together by their beloved therapist, Natasha, to talk about their lives and help each other heal. From a teenage computer whiz confronting her sexual identity, to a middle-aged recluse who prefers the company of her dog over that of most humans, the women don’t have much in common on the surface. And yet as they tell their stories, unlikely common threads are discovered, bonds are formed, and lives are transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding characterization

  • By EShaw on 04-26-18

Wonderful, insightful, and a darn good read

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Women sharing, and in doing so, growing. International, yet as close as your heart. You will love this book

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,813

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Beautifully written and performed. Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

A book without violence that holds your attention is a rarity. This book is indeed that, a lone flower in a bed of weeds. As a survivor of the Cold War, this historical fiction held a very real note of the absurd tragedy of the USSR, but from a deeply personal view point. A Gentleman in Moscow, who turns out to be much more than you could ever imagine, is a great book.

  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,377

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham wrote this?

  • By Dan on 06-13-17

Fascinating crime story where no one is killed. Well, almost no one

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

This is a unique Grisham book, but what a wonderful surprise! If you love books and are fascinated by book writers and sellers , you will love this bo

  • The King of Lies

  • By: John Hart
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,592
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,972

John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For the Eyes Only

  • By Deborah on 06-21-06

Unexpectedly Good

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

this was a real mystery, everyone was suspect until the last half hour. I did not figure it out, which was a delightful surprise. I hate predictable books. This book was not full of bloody details...people were killed with finesse. The characters were well rounded and fully developed. All in all, an interesting "read".6

  • Every Beat of My Heart: The Sullivans (Wedding Novella)

  • By: Bella Andre
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,071

You are cordially invited to a very special wedding.... What do you get when two Sullivans pick the same wedding date? Two super-sexy grooms. Two beautiful brides. Two very unconventional (four-legged and furry) ring bearers. And Sullivans from around the word coming together to celebrate vows of forever with auto mogul Zach Sullivan and dog trainer Heather Linsey - and pro baseball star Ryan Sullivan and sculptor Vicki Bennett.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely love this book!

  • By Bbutterfly31499 on 07-20-16

WHAT NONSENSE

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

I listened to the whole thing waiting for something to happen. It never did. If it wasn't free I would return it.

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  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,220

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Bless be the book that binds

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

Interesting how passionate book readers attract each other. This story is about a little town on an island, a bookstore and a bookseller. What binds it all together is the love of books that wraps around the hearts of them all, adding joy and complications along the way. If you love books too this is for you

  • Wintering

  • By: Peter Geye
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

The two principal stories at play in Wintering are bound together when the elderly, demented Harry Eide escapes his sickbed and vanishes into the forbidding, northernmost wilderness that surrounds the town of Gunflint, Minnesota - instantly changing the Eide family, and many other lives, forever. He'd done this once before, more than 30 years earlier in 1963, fleeing a crumbling marriage and bringing along Gustav, his 18-year-old son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book, if you've never experienced brutal winter in the wild this will be unbelievable

  • By Susan on 07-07-16

Interesting book, if you've never experienced brutal winter in the wild this will be unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

Perhaps I loved this book because I am a child of the vast white wasteland. It all seemed very authentic to me. Or perhaps I loved it because I love mysteries, but I am so tired of blood and gore. Or maybe because I'm a fool for a September love story. I hope you find lots of reasons to love it too.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sunset Embrace

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

Lydia and Ross have both been hurt in the past. However, they find themselves thrown together, fighting the same enemy and unable to stop the events that will eventually pit one man's vengeance against the strength of a woman's love.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Love Sandra Brown! HATE this book

  • By Nicole D. Z. on 02-11-16

First chapter is all you need to read

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

I listened to the whole thing, but my predication wasn't wrong . It's a formula. I wonder if all her books are the same?

  • Chill Factor

  • A Novel
  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

Cleary, North Carolina, is a sleepy mountain town, the kind of place where criminal activity is usually limited to parking violations. Not so, lately. Four women have disappeared from Cleary over the past two years. And there's always a blue ribbon left near the spot where each of the women was last seen. There are no bodies, no other clues, and no suspicion as to who their abductor might be. And now, another woman has disappeared without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd have peeked at the ending ...

  • By Susan on 10-06-05

Well, I knew it wasn't him...

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

But I just could not figure out who did it. I love Sanford and his cohorts, but it's a gender thing. The male mystery writers have the nuts and bolts down pat, but Brown has the heart down pat. Very engaging story

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gilded Hour

  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 31 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612

The year is 1883, and in New York City it's a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of antivice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie - both graduates of the Woman's Medical School - treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so may put everything they've strived for in jeopardy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and plodding. More textbook than novel.

  • By Karen Kelly on 09-14-15

An historic look at what made modern women tough

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

Our foremothers did not just follow their husbands blindly, many risked life, imprisonment, abuse and social rejection to move the lot of women forward. This book is about the roots of birth control and abortion. It used to be illegal to practice any form of birth control, any doctor found guilty of guiding women to limit their families would find themselves in jail. We've come a long way, baby.
Other than fascinating history, the story is interesting with wonderful characters, both major and minor. The story hands us a complete slice of history for this time period, all the good, bad and awful. Wonderful story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful