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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,220

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

The narrator saved this book

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I seem to have been swept into a bunch of weakly written books lately, this however was not the worst. The characters , story , and writing started off fine, but something was disingenuous about the modern day granddaughter , who unfortunately (we had to hear about her every other chapter ) was the main character. The throwing in of the romance angle is what seriously weakened it for me. This is another one of-for lack of a better term-what I’ve been referring to as “female fairytale life” dramas. Ridiculously impossible life outcomes of unfortunate people. Books of this type in the genre of make believe are insulting to the intelligence of the reader and especially to anyone who may have had experience . Not recommendable, don’t waste your points. I will return.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,407

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual style

  • By Veronica on 09-22-18

Silly lame fairytale life story

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Better writing, by far, than books in the Tucker series . I don’t have the lingo for this but my best description of the story line is a weird female fairytale life experience. Fairytale as in the protagonist has opportunities that are so unrealistic it’s painful to read. Extremely weak dialog , ridiculous trial presentation. Don’t waste the pint, money or time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Unexpected Frost

  • The Tucker Series, Book 2
  • By: David Johnson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

In the second installment of the gripping Tucker's Way series, Tucker faces the biggest crisis of her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad but good

  • By VickyJ on 08-30-15

The first book in this series was sometimes silly

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

The first book in this series was sometimes silly , with this second book following along being mostly ridiculous there’s no reason to read anymore

  • Tucker's Way

  • The Tucker Series, Book 1
  • By: David Johnson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,894

After enduring a childhood of horrific abuse and crushing poverty, Tucker seeks refuge in her rural Tennessee home. The three grandchildren she is raising are her only connection to the outside, and her demeanor is purposefully rough. But her world is turned upside down when a new neighbor, Ella, moves into the old McDaniel place next door.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Potential squandered... sort of

  • By Anne on 02-11-17

Interesting characters,

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

Interesting characters , ok storyline however predictable , tough subjects written about w/o being vulgar , simple writing style bordering on silly at points , I think hokey would be a good word. Characters are strong enough to earn a recommendation

  • Red Mountain

  • By: Boo Walker
  • Narrated by: Armen Taylor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

Red Mountain in Eastern Washington is home to a community of eccentrics. Otis Till, the area's visionary winemaker, has been known to howl at the moon - fully nude. Single mother Margot Pierce moved across the country to build an inn, but so far all she does is binge on gelato, the Hallmark Channel, and fantasies of murdering her ex. High school senior Emilia Forester is the daughter of celebrity parents struggling to build her own life outside of their shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable

  • By Loves2Read on 05-11-18

Vulgar

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Very vulgar. Profanity from the very beginning and not well written enough to put up with it, as say Stephan King’s might be. Will scratch this author from my list.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,990

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

FABULOUS

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

I absolutely love this book it was so moving and honest I would recommend it to anyone

  • The Perfect Horse

  • The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis
  • By: Elizabeth Letts
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find - his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world's finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine - an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Absorbing history

  • By Jean on 04-17-17

An article stretched into a book

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

Oh wow ! Such filler. So boring. Not well written . Tangents that veer off topic for chapters at a time. Ugh ...I have four hours left to go, I can't do it. (Won't know how this story ends and don't care anymore) Definitely won't be reading any other works by this author. Life is too short!
Can't say I'm a fan of the narrator in this particular book either. His pronunciation and cadence are odd to my west coast ears.
Not a total bust though, the production quality is great.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,685

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first Lo's stay is nothing but pleasant: The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, and gray skies fall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours and hours of tired...

  • By ROBIN on 07-28-16

So bad, kill me with a spoon. Why are we forced to give 1 star?

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

Narration was ridiculous. Dialects , accents and men's voices were atrocious. Every imitation of a mans voice, but one , made them sound like dolts. Really , how disrespectful to the gender in general. Are all men stupid in her life?
Writing was very poor. This is one of those strung out books, starring a never ending whining shallow protagonist . So very repetitive and not one likable character, Anyone can write a book these days. Plot so lame useless. Oh my goodness I hate this book. Embarrassing that a publishing house accepted it. Waste of a credit. Waste of time .

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • By: Junot Diaz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,892
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,910

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous listen

  • By Kathleen on 04-26-08

Degrading

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

This was so off track for me I wish I could get my money back. This is the kind of ethnic trash that immigrants like my family find so very offensive. Can't relate- like my aunt has said - its such a shame someone is making money off such vulgarity. Proves we are not all alike. Very good book for people that believe ugliness in itself is profound. I would not be surprised, on top of it all, to find out someone got a grant to write this. What irony!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Treason

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,365

Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entirely enjoyable

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 11-12-09

This one will stay with you!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

I have heard OSCard believes this may be his favorite child. He has great taste. Wow is this story weird and terrific! Best for adults/older teens because of the relationship stuff. Narration is perfect. Sound quality clear and beautiful. I'd give it a five star but the story ends! Such a bummer, what was he thinking ? It should keep going and going!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful