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Melinda Ecker

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  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story

  • By: Hyeonseo Lee, David John
  • Narrated by: Josie Dunn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,599

An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating story, inadequate narration.

  • By Alex on 09-23-17

Incite and Intrigue In North And South Korea

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Such a riveting, well written and wonderfully narrated true tale of life and it’s dangers in North Korea. Such a brave and determined young girl, to escape North Korea and then return for her family! There are not many books that “I can’t quit reading” but this was one, for sure!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,432

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

Best Book Ever! Best Reader Ever!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

THIS BOOK! That is how I felt these past couple days as I finished listening to an unbelievingly well-written tale of mysteries, secrets, heartbreak and redemption. THIS BOOK! Rarely have I been drawn this much in to the characters—their strengths, their flaws, their lives. SUCH a wonderfully talented reader who seems to have really captured each character in an excellent portrayal.
It should be a movie ...but I probably wouldn’t go see it, because ...the book (and the narrater) is so much better.

  • I've Got Your Number

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,357

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • i enjoyed it.

  • By leah on 02-16-12

This NEEDS to be a movie!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

A warm, laugh-out-loud, sweet romantic story...in England...read by Jane Entwisle...ALL my favorite things! I did not want this story to end. So hilarious one moment and deep, personal vulnerability and emotion the next. The story is well-paced, smartly written and though you get a bit frustrated with Poppy's insecurities and over-the-top "niceness," you just keep falling in love with her more...and reluctantly admitting to yourself--"Oh, I do that!!" (At least I did!) I was totally drawn in to this story from the start and felt like I was "living" every up-and-down moment. ONLY Jane E. can "be" Poppy Wyatt. Thank you, Sophie Kinsella, for a fun, satisfying read! My only criticism--and I'm sure I'm probably the only person in the world who might say this--is a bit too much of the "F-bomb" for me. BUT...Jane /Poppy DOES say it in a cutesy way.

  • The Last Season

  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,782

Destined to become a classic of adventure literature, The Last Season examines the extraordinary life of legendary backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada - mountains as perilous as they are beautiful. Eric Blehm's masterful work is a gripping detective story interwoven with the riveting biography of a complicated, original, and wholly fascinating man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written Character Study of an NPS Ranger

  • By Kathy on 06-23-16

Don't Take This Book For Granite!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

Such a compelling story drew me in from the start. I am NOT a backpacker, or avid hiker and I have never visited the High Sierras. I was drawn to this book because I love a good mystery and his disappearance and the circumstances surrounding it drew me in.
But the picturesque, stunningly beautiful world of granite mountains and flowery meadows --and Randy Morgenson's love, reverence and dedication to protecting it made for a most worthy and fascinating read. I envied his idyllic upbringing in the Yosemite valley. Such a unique individual, loved and respected by many, yet, like many of us, flawed and complex and at times hard to understand. A very worthwhile read!

46 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,009
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,953

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

A beautiful story I didn't want to end!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-15

A superbly written true story, so inspiring and read with such ease and easy-to-listen-to voice by Edward Hermann