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  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • A Novel
  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,854
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,830

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (German for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism - but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A hopeful perspective on a harrowing time

  • By melyssa57 (A Page Before Bedtime dot com) on 10-10-18

Touching and honest novel about love and survival

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is one of the most emotional love stories I've ever read. It's about Lale and Gita, both from Bratislava, who meet and fall in love in a concentration camp in Poland. It's the story of Lale's resourcefulness, strength, tenacity, goodness and love for Gita, during the three years they spent in the camp, how they lost touch after leaving, and how Lale found her again.
It's also about the horrors of war and the cruelty humans are capable of, and the things some had to do to stay alive.The struggle for survival in extreme situations is complex, and the emotional and psychological cost of that survival is unimaginably distressing.
Yet the end of the novel, the epilogue and their son's testimony, makes it ultimately an uplifting novel, because there is no bitterness or desire for vengeance.
In the end it's a novel about the power of love.

  • The Taking of Annie Thorne

  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

One night, Annie went missing. Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after 48 hours, she came back. Though she couldn't, or wouldn't, say what had happened to her. But something happened to my sister. I can't explain what. I just know that when she came back, she wasn't the same. She wasn't my Annie. I didn't want to admit, even to myself, that sometimes I was scared to death of my own little sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spooky!<br />

  • By redhead in oz on 03-10-19

Brilliant Thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

The Taking of Annie Thorne is a brilliant thriller. It's difficult to write a review without giving anything away. There are plenty of twists and turns, and a few red herrings, too! The last third, where the whole plot is resolved, is brilliant. The beginning is intriguing as the story unfolds. The writing is compelling. I couldn't stop reading once I started. I started it on Friday evening and finished it on Saturday after lunch. The main character is flawed, but likeable. It's chilling and sinister, with some creepy and scary scenes, which aren't too gory. Overall a very satisfying and engaging thriller. By the way, Richard Armitage read it brilliantly.

  • The Magnolia Inn

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940

Inheriting the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the East Texas pines, is a fantasy come true for Jolene Broussard. After living with the guilt of failing to rescue her self-destructive mother, Jolene knows her aunt and uncle’s B&B is the perfect jump start for a new life and a comforting place to call home. There’s just one hitch: stubborn and moody carpenter Tucker Malone. He’s got a half interest in the Magnolia Inn, and he’s planting his dusty cowboy boots squarely in the middle of her dream. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Magnolia Inn

  • By Debbie on 01-16-19

Feel Good Love Story

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

Magnolia Inn is a sweet, feel good love story with two likeable, but emotionally tortured main characters, who meet just when they need each other to heal. The narrator did a very good job.

  • Don't Wake Up

  • By: Liz Lawler
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller with a horrifying premise and a stinging twist. Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT ALL AROUND

  • By Jenn on 10-11-17

Exciting Medical Thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I couldn't stop listening to this exciting medical thriller. Lots of action, twists and turns and surprises in the plot. It was refreshing to have a likeable main character and a very nasty villain. Great narrator.

  • The Ex-Wife

  • A Nail Biting Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,685

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband, and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone. Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An ABSURD story!

  • By Debra on 06-28-18

Twisting Thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

This is a great novel for readers who enjoy long twisting thrillers where good and bad depends on the chapter your reading! plenty of unexpected events and relationships. It's narrated in two time frames by two chsracters, the wife and the ex wife and the husband has the final say in the last chapter. Most of the characters are unlikable, some more than others. I enjoyed this interesting take on an old theme of the old wife new wife triangle with husband.

  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,590

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-18

Best Romance Novel I read in 2018

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I loved this novel. Likeable main characters, sweet story, steamy sex scenes, great writing, what's not to like? If you like romance, you'll love this novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trophy Wife

  • By: Alessandra Torre
  • Narrated by: Will M. Watt, Aria Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

Everyone in Nashville knows Nathan Dumont. Four years ago, his fiancée disappeared. Last night, he proposed to me. I'd wanted to escape my life, the seedy strip club, and the mountain of bills. I had seized the opportunity to live in a mansion, fill my days with country clubs and caviar, my nights with romance and sex. Maybe I should have done my homework first.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration failed to connect with characters

  • By Patricia Villali Koett on 01-29-18

From Marriage of Convenience to Love

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Trophy Wife Reminded me of Beauty and the Beast with a lot of steamy scenes. I disliked selfish, beastly Nathan to the last chapter. More or less predictable happy ending. I enjoyed other Alessandra Torre's novels more, especially Hidden Seams and Tripping on a Halo.

  • Hidden Seams

  • By: Alessandra Torre
  • Narrated by: Dexter Collins, Elizabeth Powers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

A billion-dollar fashion empire, and it's about to be mine. I've worked a decade for this. I've sold my soul and my reputation. I've lived a lie, smiled for the cameras, and hated myself, all for this fortune. And then she pops up. A mysterious heir with a rap sheet, combat boots, and a mouth that I want to pin shut with my - it doesn’t matter. I've played this game for a decade. I can continue the charade a little longer, keep my hands to myself and her body out of my mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique with great narration

  • By Ana's Attic on 07-16-18

Complex Romance

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I enjoyed reading thiis complex romance. It has a surprising beginning. At first it seemed as if it might be a gay romance, but although we are shown part of this lifestyle in the fashion industry, early on it becomes clear that it is about a heterosexual love story.
Both main characters are complex and unique and there is some comic relief to relieve the tension of some serious events taking place in their lives.
A happy and satisfactory ending guaranteed.

  • Hard Pressed

  • By: Kate Canterbary
  • Narrated by: Lauren Sweet, Blake Richard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

I'm leaving you this note because I know you're very busy, and I don't want to waste the town sheriff's time. Lord knows I've already wasted enough of it. Thank you for taking me home last night and...everything else. I made you a basket of wild blueberry muffins for your trouble. That seemed like the appropriate baked good for getting naked in your living room. I wasn't myself last night. I didn't mean to kiss you or fondle your backside or ask all those intimate questions. Thank you for pretending to enjoy it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hated both narrators

  • By Denise on 12-12-18

Sweet love story

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Feel good, sweet love story about an insecure book shop owner in a small town and the new sheriff. Enjoyed the narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kissing My Killer

  • Kissing, Book 4
  • By: Helena Newbury
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox, Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

I know I should be afraid of him. He's huge. Powerful. Cold as ice. But the way he gazes at me makes me weak.... Now we're on the run together. They say he's a monster, but I've glimpsed the person inside. The man sent to kill me is the only one who can save me, and I might be the only one who can save him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as I expected

  • By CrazyBookNerd on 12-09-16

One of my favourite romantic suspense novels.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Thiis is one of my favourite romantic suspense novels. it's action packed, well written with a steamy romance. I'd read it on my kindle and really enjoyed the audio versión with dual narrators. Very enjoyable.