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  • Hidden Among the Stars

  • By: Melanie Dobson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

As Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter. Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific book, wonderful performance!

  • By Maryanne on 10-12-18

Great Story about Love and Sacrifice

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I really enjoyed this unusual book. Being a lover of books/bookstores I enjoyed the plot twists dealing with the old
copy of 'Bambi' that came into the shop from an estate sale with a hidden message within its pages..
A great World War Two Mystery. The narration was perfect.


  • The Ragged Edge of Night

  • By: Olivia Hawker
  • Narrated by: Nick Sandys, Olivia Hawker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet to wed Elisabeth Herter, a widow who seeks a marriage - in name only - to a man who can help raise her three children. Anton seeks something too - atonement for failing to protect his young students from the wrath of the Nazis. But neither he nor Elisabeth expects their lives to be shaken once again by the inescapable rumble of war. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Ragged Edge of Night must be made into a movie

  • By M. King on 10-04-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

This is SUCH a good book! If I could I would give it a 10 star rating.It is based on the life of a German ancestor of the author. For a first book it was beyond excellent.
It is a very unusual story of resistance in the heart of Germany.during the brutal Nazi regime. I have read a lot of WW2
stories both real and fiction but this book is really different.The main character,Anton,is a strong but gentle man struggling with
his moral responsibility to mankind as he is caught up in events beyond his control .
The plot /Character development does not rely on sex,bad language or violence to carry the story. The narration was perfect.
In my opinion this book is far superior to the much touted "All The Light You Cannot See" 'The Ragged Edge of Night should be made into a movie!
I will definitely look for another by this author.

  • We'll Always Have Christmas

  • By: Jenny Hale
  • Narrated by: Helene Maksoud
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

Christmas has always been a special time for Noelle Parker. Winter evenings spent with family and friends, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies at her family's cozy bakery have shaped her love for all things festive. But this year everything is changing.... The beloved bakery is facing closure and Noelle needs a miracle to save Christmas. Determined to raise funds for the family business, Noelle sets about revamping the bakery while juggling a surprise new job, caring for the elderly and cantankerous William Harrington in his luxurious, sprawling mansion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the usual fluff

  • By Jhirst on 10-26-17

Nice Christmas Story

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

This is my first book by this author. I liked it! A nice twist to the romance. No bad language or steamy sex.

  • The White Christmas Inn

  • By: Colleen Wright
  • Narrated by: Samantha Desz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

A New England inn seems like the picture-perfect place to spend the holidays. But when a snowstorm shuts the roads and keeps them all inside, the guests find themselves worrying that this Christmas may not be exactly what they dreamed. As the characters’ stories intertwine, they start to find hope where they thought it had been lost. With faith, and a little bit of Christmas magic, the inn - and its inhabitants - might just make it through the holidays after all.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Christmas Fare!

  • By sharon on 12-04-18

Wonderful Christmas Fare!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas book by an author I never read before, featuring several people/ couples thrown together in a blizzard at a wonderful Inn in Vermont at Christmas. It was a clean homespun story rich in tradition.
A Fun Christmas Read! I will definitely watch for another book by Colleen Wright.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Clementine

  • The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill
  • By: Sonia Purnell
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684

By Winston Churchill's own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been "impossible without her". Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchill's wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR's initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain's close relationship with America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well told history of inspirational unsung heroine

  • By Go Steelers on 02-10-18

More Gossip than Biography

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I found this book to be a mixture of fact and conjecture.Going from praising Clementine and Winston to rather salacious gossip
about her, Winston and the entire family. While Churchill WAS the right man for the Job during WW2 he was portrayed
as a an egomaniac and a selfish bore. Clementine"s portrayal went from a strong supportive wife, to bullied wife,to
a very selfish person in her own right. Both were portrayed as terrible parents. Sprinkled throughout the book was a lot.
of salacious gossip. No one came of in a good light . All of their children lived tragic lives. This Biography seemed to be more of a Tell All book than a biography .It was not flattering to any one. I found the ending very sad.

  • The Noel Stranger

  • The Noel Collection, Book 2
  • By: Richard Paul Evans
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Sally Walther feels like her world is imploding. Publicly humiliated after her husband, a councilman, is arrested for bigamy, and her subsequent divorce, she has isolated herself from the world. When her only friend insists that Sally climb out of her hole and embrace the season, Sally decides to put up a Christmas tree and heads off to buy one - albeit reluctantly. She is immediately taken by Andrew, the kind, handsome man who owns the Christmas tree lot and delivers her tree. She soon learns Andrew is single and new to her city and, like her, is also starting his life anew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Plot but not my favorite Evans Book

  • By sharon on 11-11-18

Interesting Plot but not my favorite Evans Book

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I am a big fan of R.P.Evans...I have read everything by him except the McVey Series. However I was a little disappointed in this book.The plot was different and interesting but I did not like the over the top descriptions of the ultra rich lifestyle. Too much luxury and high end dining. I found it annoying and pretentious. I really enjoy his "down to earth " regular characters so
It was hard for me to relate to the indulgence of a "Spa Day" and the delivery of food to the poor. The stark difference made
.the characters seem selfish , ostentatious, and unlikable.
The narration was good. I hope his next Christmas Book will not use the same ultra rich details in the plot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death in an English Cottage

  • Murder on Location Series, Book 2
  • By: Sara Rosett
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

It's spring in England, and location scout Kate Sharp has returned to the quaint village of Nether Woodsmoor with its lush gardens, budding hedgerows, and mellow stone cottages to work on a Jane Austen television documentary. The unique opportunity also gives her the chance to explore a possible romance with Alex, the deliciously rumpled local scout. Rumors of recently discovered Jane Austen letters stir up the production, but then tragedy strikes and a stranger dies in a fire in a village cottage. Soon it's evident that the fire wasn't an accident, but murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Light Mystery

  • By sharon on 10-07-18

Nice Light Mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

This is a new author for me. I liked the story and appreciated the fact that there was no bad language or sex
to detract from the plot. I will look for another book by this author.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,399

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

The First Book in a Great Series

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Love this series!I It is interesting and full of historical details. The main character, Maise Dobbs is a role model for her time.
I have read all the books now and still love them and look forward to each new book which come out once a year
usually in the spring.

  • Portrait of Jennie

  • By: Robert Nathan
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Eben Adams is a young painter in Depression-era New York just looking to make a living. His work has thus far left influential art dealers unimpressed. Then Eben happens upon a young schoolgirl named Jennie in Central Park. Intrigued by her mystical quality and her knowledge of things that happened well before her time, Eben begins to sketch a portrait of the young girl. The drawing turns out to be the most emotional piece Eben has ever done, and he finally gets the boost in his career he's been seeking. But before he can finish the portrait, Jennie vanishes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hate to say it The Movie is Better

  • By sharon on 09-13-18

Hate to say it The Movie is Better

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

This is a classic story by Robert Nathan which I first read it in High School Lit.and liked it for the unusual story line(at the time)
Then I saw the movie and LOVED IT.I believe Robert Nathan did the screenplay and really improved on his own story.The music by Debussay was haunting. However this audio book was spoiled by the narration. The voice did not fit. I thought I was getting Stephen Thorne (who has a deeper, more suitable voice for this book) and it is Stephen R Thorne????
It is still worth the listen though.,afterwords see the movie!

  • This Rough Magic

  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

The pioneer of romantic suspense, Mary Stewart leads her listeners on a thrilling journey to a Mediterranean island paradise in this tale of mystery, murder and intrigue, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym. Lucy Waring, a young, out-of-work actress from London, leaps at the chance to visit her sister for a summer on the island paradise of Corfu, and what's more, a famous but reclusive actor is staying in a villa nearby. But Lucy's hopes for rest and romance are shattered when a body washes up on the beach and she finds herself swept up in a chilling chain of events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PERFECT BEACH READ, rediscovered

  • By Susan on 08-02-18

Mary Stewart Classic

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I am so glad audible is releasing one of my favorite authors of all time! This is such a great well written mystery from a MASTER writer ! I hope the rest of her books will follow Especially my 3 favorites" Airs Above The Ground", "Moon Spinners",
and "My Brother Michael" No one compares to MS. The narration was perfect.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful