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  • The Distant Hours

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,180

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Right Mood At The Right Time

  • By Simone on 11-13-12

Hours of your life, you will never get back

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Who edited this book? Kate Morton is a good wordsmith. However, descriptive passages; do not a novel make. Too much going on, characters that no one cares about, jumping back and forth in time all make for a confusing narrative that struggles to keep the readers' interest. The story of the Mother and daughter, Edie and Meredith, and their relationship could have been a more interesting story. But instead, their relationship was never fully developed The reason for the emotional reaction to the letter and the "secret" left me feeling "so what"? It was the promise of chapter 1 that was never adequately kept. I am reviewing this for our book club so I had to finish, otherwise I would have stopped and saved my own "distant hours".

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 98,634
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,350
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 90,926

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but repetitive

  • By marianne russell on 05-23-17

More than just an autobiography.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

This book not only helped me understand Trevor Noah better, but it also gave me an insight into apartheid from someone who grew up believing that this was "normal". While I don't believe that Trevor ever used the phrase "White privilege", I became very conscious of how harmful racism is to everyone on both sides, even when they refuse to see it. Banishing apartheid is only the first step is healing race relations. It is like putting a pressure bandage over a very large wound. At some point you have to fix the underlying problem or you will find yourself with much bigger problems. This book also makes it easier to understand the link between racism, poverty and crime.

I was very impressed with Trevor's understanding of domestic abuse and how the authorities are willing to overlook these incidents as normal marital arguments up to and including attempted murder.

With all the elements of humor, drama, religion, superstition, poverty, race relations and even history, "Born a Crime" would be an excellent movie.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,648
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,478
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,323

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

Great narration. Humor, suspense, a little bit of everything to keep your interest. Had trouble stopping it many times, parts were absolutely riveting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,235

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

couldn't put it down!<br />

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Highly recommend this book, based on true events and characters. Told from point of view of three women who were impacted in various ways by the Holocaust. What makes it even more important and interesting is that their stories continue past the end of the war and detail how those horrific events impacted their lives for decades.

  • Driven by Fire

  • The Fire Series, Book 2
  • By: Anne Stuart
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Pro bono lawyer Jenny Parker is the only true innocent in her family. The daughter of a New Orleans crime lord, she's tried for years to make her own way, but family ties always manage to pull her back in line. When her youngest brother gets involved in human trafficking, Jenny wants to believe him innocent and tries to protect him, even though it means covering for his crimes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clueless and Callous Hero stop human traffickers

  • By Ezinwanyi on 02-16-16

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

While the storyline was somewhat interesting, the characters were one-dimensional . This seemed to be made worse by the narration, in particular, the the male characters. There seems to be a better way to narrate disinterest and aloofness than a flat, mean, sarcastic voice. I would have enjoyed it more if he had a more James Bond wit and demeanor.

  • The Guise of Another

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,418

A former Medal of Valor winner, Minnesota detective Alexander Rupert is now under subpoena by a grand jury on suspicion of corruption. So when he's asked to look into the false identity of a car-accident victim named James Putnam, a man who in fact died 15 years earlier, Rupert sees a potentially big case and an opportunity to regain his respectability. But the investigation puts him in the path of "the Beast", the nom de guerre of Drago Basta, a cunning veteran of the Balkan wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen, terrific narrator

  • By mary on 01-15-16

Interesting characters.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

Characters are multi-dimentional. Good plot twists to keep it interesting. Good, entertaining mystery. Never boring.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,813

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

WONDERFUL STORY AND NARRATION.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15


Cora both grows up and matures in this novel.. This book has elements of "The Great Gatsby", "The Orphan Train" and even "The Grapes of Wrath". It handles the plight of gays in America during the " jazz age", with honesty and sensitivity. Cora becomes a mirror through which we can confront and examine our own prejudices.
I believe it shows that we often hide behind "morality* out of both fear and ignorance.
E McGovern was the perfect narrator. I highly recommend this book.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,898

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

Really love this book. I especially liked the historical notes at the end. Margaret Atwood is an excellent writer. Her characters are very well developed I feel like I know them.

  • Wild

  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,810

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Took the Trip

  • By FanB14 on 04-08-13

Loved it. Finished it in two days.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

Sooo much better than the movie and I really liked the movie. It never lagged but carried you along as if you were walking beside her. What I missed in the Movie was the actual detail of her trip, both struggles and beauty. The book did not disappoint. It was all there raw and intimate.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,399

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

No struggle to finish just a struggle to start .

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

In the end, I really enjoyed this book, but it took til about half -way to become really involved with the characters to the point that I cared what happened to them. But when I reached that point, I found myself returning again and again to see where they were headed. John Irving is, of course, a very skillful author but was surprised at how his skillful use of foreshadowing keeps the reader engaged without revealing the plot twists too soon. I especially enjoyed the social, religious and political commentary. I NEVER read an abridged version of a book , but found myself wondering several times if this book should have been an exception.