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  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,205

In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present - facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hopes Dashed

  • By Elkay on 08-01-14

What a finale!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-14

I am so sorry that this is simply a trilogy. It has been a fantastic read and the characters are marvelous.

  • When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

  • By: Terry Tempest Williams
  • Narrated by: Terry Tempest Williams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 391

Terry Tempest Williams's mother told her: "I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won't look at them until after I'm gone." Fans of Williams's iconic and unconventional memoir, Refuge, well remember that mother. She was a member of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah who developed cancer as a result of the nuclear testing in nearby Nevada. It was a shock to Williams that her mother had kept journals. But not as much of a shock as what she found when the time came to read them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story for all daughters

  • By P. Bergh on 03-24-13

Touched My Soul

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

Reviewed: 09-04-14

This is testament to being a wife, a daughter and a woman in an age where it was difficult to know which way to go. It is about experiencing the death of all the strong women in your family and not knowing how to reconcile that with your life. I bought the book for my mother for her 85th birthday. She will love it!

  • Bad Blood

  • A Kate Shugak Mystery, Book 20
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

In Alaska, 100 years of bad blood between the villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana come to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka ne'er-do-well is found wedged in a fish wheel. Sergeant Jim Chopin's prime suspect is a Kuskulana man who is already in trouble in both villages for falling in love across the river. But when the suspect disappears, members of both tribes refuse to speak to Jim. When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, Jim has no choice but to call in Kate Shugak for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Kate Shugak Story

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-29-13

Love/Hate Relationship

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

Reviewed: 11-21-13

I really liked this book for the most part, but found it to be a review of Kate's overall story and how she got here. I know that story because I have read every one of Dana's books. I love Kate because she has guts and she isn't easily fooled by anyone. I found the murder mystery portion to have its twists. The conclusion is unexpected, however, and leaves me wanting more Kate and Mutt so Dana get busy!

  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and read!

  • By Elizabeth on 03-26-12

Really fun to listen to!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-13

I love books read by the author. The author really knows how she wants the characters to be personality-wise and understands the relationships that she built. This is a funny, sad and triumphant book. It shows that circumstance does not have to rule you and that you can change your destiny. I love the southern twist on the story.

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293

Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh a little Cry a little Love All

  • By Patricia on 11-11-09

Beautiful Book

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

This is the third Lisa See book I have read and my favorite. The writing is wonderful and Janet Song really makes the book come alive. The story is a life time of a woman at time when their feet and minds were both bound by tradition and culture. Did they have power? Yes but it was subtle control over their circumstances.

I never saw this movie but I am really curious about it now.

  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,993
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,012

History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get Out Your Hankies

  • By Martha on 07-29-11

Beautiful Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

I like Rosalyn Landor. She really makes a book come alive and her accent is perfect. I am a big Diana Gabaldon fan so I found this book to be an interesting twist on the same time in history. This is about a writer who writes historical novels and seems to be writing her current novel from memory. I had to start it over once after just a few chapters to really understand what was going on. The book twists back and forth between the present and the past and I was sorry to reach the end!

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  • Every Last One

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 575

In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful

  • By Kimberly on 04-28-10

Scary then very sad

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

Reviewed: 12-23-11

Having teenagers is a difficult and challenging place to be. I know I have a couple! To worry that a friend of your child is going to come along and murder your entire family is hard to fathom. I wept, cared, and thought this was a good book. Anna Quindlen can really scare you with her subjects.

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  • Shanghai Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377

Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s prosperous rickshaw business, 21-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldn’t be more different, but both are beautiful, modern, and carefree...until the day their father tells them he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, sad, and enjoyable

  • By Beach Biker on 07-15-09

Escape from China

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

Reviewed: 12-23-11

I have read several other books (factual history) describing the Japanese invasions of WWII but found the human element in this book wonderful. It is a great insight into Shanghai life in the 1930's and how the invasion by Japan changed the society in Shanghai. I found the girls struggle to get to America compelling. The next book "Dreams of Joy" explains even more!

  • Though Not Dead

  • A Kate Shugak Novel
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

The residents of Alaska’s largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, 87-year-old Old Sam Dementieff...even private investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, dubbed the “father” of all of the Park rats - even though he had no children of his own - was especially close to Kate, his niece, but even she is surprised to discover that in his will he’s left her everything, including a letter instructing her simply to, “find my father".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Aryn on 02-20-11

I love Kate!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-11

I have read several of Dana Stabenow's books and I love Kate Shugak. These are not always fabulous but this particular one has tons of twists, turns and flashbacks to the past. If you have followed Kate, Old Sam and the aunties this book will explain a lot.

  • The Lincolns

  • Portrait of a Marriage
  • By: Daniel Mark Epstein
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

In 1974 the historian Fawn Brodie predicted that a "sensitive study of the Lincoln marriage will not always defy biographers". Until now, it has. The only book-length treatment of the marriage was published in 1953, when scholars lacked today's resources and were still struggling with deep-seated prejudices about Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln. Now Daniel Mark Epstein has produced an incisive and balanced portrait of the Lincolns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By F. Elizabeth Hauser on 12-14-08

Interesting View

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-09

This is an interesting book. I have read much about the Lincoln and the Civil War but never from the viewpoint of his relationship with Mary Todd. Much has been made of Mary's state of mind after the asassination of Lincoln but this shows the basis of her state of mind and her devotion to her husband.

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