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  • Dreamland

  • The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
  • By: Sam Quinones
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America - addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • American Nightmare that is Necessary Reading

  • By Mel on 05-09-15

Fantastic Must Read

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Fantastic read that opened my eyes to just how crappy pharmaceutical companies are and the dangerous control they have over us.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,102

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By lesley on 10-08-16

Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

I've enjoyed other books from this author but this one was very disappointing. From the beginning I was annoyed with the main characters "out to get me attitude," and the story line's made up theories. It was a painful read and I struggled stick with it. Three stars I feel is generous. I may be done with this author's books.

  • Where the Wind Blows

  • A Prairie Hearts Novel, Book 1
  • By: Caroline Fyffe
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

Chase Logan lives by no man’s leave, a solitary drifter who closed off his heart long ago - until the day he impulsively does a kindness for a beautiful young widow, and everything changes. For two years, Jessie Strong has dreamt of the day she could bring little Sarah home from the orphanage and call the child her own. But when her husband dies, Jessie fears the family she’s longed for is slipping away - until Chase Logan unexpectedly comes to her rescue. By pretending to be her husband, Chase can make all of her dreams come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, heartwarming story

  • By K. Severinsen on 02-12-13

Entertaining enough

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

I got sucked into the story but the writing is very cliche at times, almost comedic.

  • Funerals for Horses

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64

Ella Ginsberg's brother, Simon, has disappeared. His clothing, shoes, and watch were found abandoned near a freight line track in Central California. His jockey shorts and wallet were never found. The police have no clue, and Simon's wife had no warning that anything was wrong. Ella takes off on foot across much of California and Arizona, thinking she can find Simon using nothing but her knowledge of the way he might think. Her search leads her to the Navajo Nation in Arizona.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Her Best

  • By Sharon on 04-19-18

No thanks

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

This book is not my style, I tried it to explore new authors. The authors writing style wasn't bad, I just didn't enjoy the storyline.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Leaving Blythe River

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Will Ropp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 584

Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he's barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it's up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he's his father's only hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By Jennifer on 05-31-16

undecided

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

I'm left feeling undecided about this book. The story line was good but I didn't walk away loving it. It did spark an interest in Blythe River range though.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,088

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Loved

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

I love books that challenge your thinking. This is one I will return to and reread, no doubt.

  • The Champagne Queen

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Petra Durst-Benning, Edwin Miles - translator
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

When Isabelle took a chance and eloped with Leon Feininger, her true love, she hadn't stopped to consider what would happen next. Winter on his family's isolated vineyard proves tougher than she expected, and Isabelle finds herself daydreaming, envisioning the wines she and Leon will make when they have their own land. An unexpected inheritance opens a door for the newlyweds - Leon's uncle has left them a vineyard, and in champagne country no less! But all is not as it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • patience

  • By irontwin on 10-05-16

patience

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I did I really enjoyed it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When I Found You

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,079
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,812

Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love comes from many places

  • By Zabie on 11-27-13

improves as the characters age

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

This book definitely improves as the story progresses. I struggled with the author's style of writing at the start but stuck with it because I liked the story line, which I'm glad I did because it got much better. The "old man" has some words of wisdom for Nat that I found myself wanting to remember for myself.