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  • Cooking for Picasso

  • A Novel
  • By: C. A. Belmond
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

The French Riviera, spring 1936: It's off-season in the lovely seaside village of Juan-les-Pins, where 17-year-old Ondine cooks with her mother in the kitchen of their family-owned Café Paradis. A mysterious new patron who's slipped out of Paris and is traveling under a different name has made an unusual request - to have his lunch served to him at the nearby villa he's secretly rented, where he wishes to remain incognito.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Varied locations, time periods, interesting!

  • By Robin on 11-04-16

Better than I thought it would be

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I order this book up because my other book ended in the middle of the night. To my delight in astonishment it is not only well written, but an enjoyable and possibly true story. I am a 55-year-old teacher and I can’t read anything with bad writing. It is a great listen.

  • The Idiot

  • By: Elif Batuman
  • Narrated by: Elif Batuman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 275

The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating point of view

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-17

No point: Long, poorly narrated, properly written

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Kept waiting for something to happen, it never did. Book about self discovery typically come to some sort of conclusion other than nothing. The author's narration was a poor choice,void of expressing emotion. So bland, I actually rechecked the details to determine if this was a book about an autistic young adult trying to adapt to her world. The only positives: No gratuitous sex, violence, or language, and great to fall asleep to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,849

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

A Joy to Find

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-17

As a constant audible listener since a severe concussion made it difficult to read for long periods, stumbling upon this series if well written, narrated books will provide the perfect literary experience. Cleaning, walking, working out getting ready for work are great times to be slightly swept away with story.. Not to mention when falling to sleep.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,595

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Great! Great! Great!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

Not to be forgotten. Many books I listen to slip into oblivion a short while after 'The End'. Ovo will remain embedded in my long term memory. When I notice a grumpy older man in my vicinity in the future I will wonder how he is similar to Ovo and be a bit less frivolous while near him so as to not drive him crazy but simply mutter "hello". Great books change you. This is a great book.

  • Endless Chain

  • By: Emilie Richards
  • Narrated by: Isabel Keating
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Sam Kinkade is finally feeling at home as a minister in rural Toms Brook, Virginia, content with his life and Shenandoah Valley congregation. But his plans to welcome the area's growing Hispanic community are being met with resistance. Fortunately, when the church-run community center is threatened, a stranger named Elisa Martinez walks through his door and Sam realizes he has found a woman capable of building bridges. Elisa isn't looking to make connections. She has come to Toms Brook to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant and Timely

  • By noiron on 07-05-18

Her best yet!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

if you love reading Kate Morton books like I do, then this will be your favorite it was mine it caught me by surprise. I suggest reading the other books first or listening to them as it were. This was one I had a hard time putting down and I would actually wake up in the middle of the night to listen to part of it. don't miss it exclamation point

  • Mercer Girls

  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,106

It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kirsten Balckwell on 02-04-17

Story -poorly written/ Narration-overly enunciated

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-16

I was unable to finish this book or even listen past four chapters I was so distracted by the narrator's over enunciation although she does Express Yourself quite well a little less time on stage and more time recording would have been advised. The writing is not great it's not horrible but it's not great expect more.

7 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • America's First Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,658

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, best-selling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph - a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Loved This Story!

  • By Bernard on 05-01-16

Learn History & Be Engulfed Into the Story...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-16

I am talking this into my phone so if it is not perfect please forgive the grammar errors.
this story, is well told well narrated I really have nothing bad to say about it. There were times where I wanted Thomas Jefferson's daughter to just tell him what to do! But the time period would not allow for such 'antics'. I recommend listening to this book with the lens of someone who lived during the 18th century.
As a woman, this book helped me to better understand the plight of women in the 1700's. Listening to this book help me to understand how far women have come in since the days when we were no more than property. We modern women owe gratitude to the strong yet gentle women like Martha Jefferson & Dolly Madison. Because of their effort and endurance, they were viewed by the powerful men of the time not merely as fluff. This is the type of grit Girls on the Run fosters.

  • One Mountain Away

  • Goddesses Anonymous, Book 1
  • By: Emilie Richards
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

With nothing but brains, ambition, and sheer nerve, Charlotte Hale built a career as a tough, do-anything-to-succeed real estate developer. She's at the top of that mountain - but her life is empty. Her friends are as grasping and insincere as she has become. Far worse, she's alienated her family so completely that she's totally lost touch with her only daughter. One terrifying day, facing her own mortality, she realizes that her ambition has almost destroyed her chance at happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Story

  • By Mary Wood on 06-24-15

Good Listen, not Great, just good.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

The story is just fine. it did take a while to get used to the way Karen White narrates. She has a choppy way of articulating. I much prefer her writing compared to this author. Hoping the 2nd book in the series is a bit more interesting. Great book to fall asleep to.

  • The Midnight Rose

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Anjana Srinivasan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Story with a Superb Performance!

  • By Catherine on 02-26-14

Worth your time and money.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

The best yet by Lucinda Riley. The narration was also top notch with the exception of the American accent. The narrator was amazing with both the Indian and various English dialects. The American was downright annoyingly WRONG! Still worth it though if you can overlook this small part. We do not all skip end of word consonants here in the states. Please get it right next time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,462

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can't help but feel she's right back where she started.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't come close to, Me Before You.

  • By Taryn on 11-09-15

Great on every level. To revisit Luisa!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

And her story was worth every moment. Well written, narrated. A bit whiney once in a while... Still 5 stars.