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  • Surviving the Fatherland

  • A True Coming of Age Love Story Set in WWII Germany
  • By: Annette Oppenlander
  • Narrated by: Naomi Jacobson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Spanning 13 years from 1940 to 1953 and set against the epic panorama of WWII, author Annette Oppenlander's Surviving the Fatherland is a sweeping saga of family, love, and betrayal that illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the children's war.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth my time

  • By alice webber on 06-12-18

Long..

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

second half of book seemed unnecessary to the story. I was disappointed usually like these stories.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • As Bright as Heaven

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters - Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa - a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish flu reaches the shores of America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As Bright as Heaven

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

Slow!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Slow, how many times I nearly returned it.
Last 2 hrs were ok. keep listening.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Suite Francaise

  • By: Irene Nemirovsky
  • Narrated by: Daniel Oreskes, Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

By the early 1940s, when Ukrainian-born Irène Némirovsky began working on what would become Suite Française - the first two parts of a planned five-part novel - she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz: a month later she was dead at the age of 39. Two years earlier, living in a small village in central France - where she, her husband, and their two small daughters had fled in a vain attempt to elude the Nazis - she'd begun her novel, a luminous portrayal of a human drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One word: Epic

  • By Erin on 03-23-15

Beautifully Written

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

author's way with words magically wraps the story around you.
Well performed! So sorry there will be no more books from her. Hopefully one of her children has her talent for writing!

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,355

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once you finish it, you'll listen again!

  • By Cathleen on 10-05-06

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

Would you try another book from Diane Setterfield and/or Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner ?

No

What do you think your next listen will be?

None

What didn’t you like about Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner ’s performance?

The pauses so long it pulled me from story to check my device. By middle of story I no longer relaxed to enjoyed it as I was alert waiting for the next pause. The narrators themselves probaby wouldnt have been too bad.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

irritated and disappointed at the ending felt like it was an insult to my intelligence.

Any additional comments?

More frequently I have gotten recordings with repeat passages and long pauses. Perhaps I have been with Audible too long. First couple years were great....not anymore!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,223

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting, intriguing, mysterious, and beautiful

  • By Joseph on 12-10-08

Just when I had it figured out....

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

Reviewed: 06-28-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Forgotten Garden to be better than the print version?

n/a

What other book might you compare The Forgotten Garden to and why?

haven't read another book like it

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

Good job

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

a little of both felt the sad and the glad

Any additional comments?

As many twists as the maze itself!