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  • The Quick

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Owen
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 142

1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine city that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural world populated by unforgettable characters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 28 chapters before this book sings

  • By Valerie O on 05-13-15

Very pleasant surprise.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Excellent narrator, exciting story, and mature romantic love made for a very satisfying read. I will listen to this again...and again.

  • The Hamilton Affair

  • By: Elizabeth Cobbs
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Hamilton was a bastard son, raised on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. He went to America to pursue his education. Along the way he became one of the American Revolution's most dashing - and unlikely - heroes. Adored by Washington, hated by Jefferson, Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the American Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A terrific historical fiction novel

  • By Domenic A Ciraulo MD on 12-22-16

Glorifying White Supremacy UGH!

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I got to the 10 minute mark and quit listening before I hurled. The description of the slaves had me wanting to wring both the author and the reader's neck.

  • The Sun Is Also a Star

  • By: Nicola Yoon
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426

I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is 12 hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written love story

  • By BookLuvr73 on 12-16-16

Loved it!<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Great narration, lovely story the immigrant storyline is reminiscent of what is going on in America today.

  • Involuntary Witness

  • Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1
  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,112

A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Poignant

  • By chris on 01-06-12

Old School Courtroom Drama

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Great story, many quote worthy passages. This book is a mystery, a fledgling love story, an exploration of marriage and an exorcism of personal demons.

Beautifully done, Bravo Mr. Carofiglio!

  • The Last Anniversary

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,572
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,049
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,044

Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger. And dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Moriarty

  • By cristina on 08-05-14

Kept me tuned in.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-17

I liked the book overall although it probably could have been shorter and not missed much.

  • Bel Canto

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,788

Ann Patchett’s award winning, New York Times best-selling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Pratchett’s other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Opera Has Charms to Soothe the Savage Guerillas

  • By Mel on 03-01-13

2nd Time Listening 2nd Time Bravissimo!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

I listened to this book when it came out and it is superb. I had forgotten a lot so it was sort of like a new read. I don't remember being as struck by the class issues the first go round. This time those issues were screaming at me. America's embrace of a Facist may have made those themes stand out more...who knows.

Great book then, great book now.

  • Foreign Affairs

  • By: Alison Lurie
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

Virginia Miner, a 50-something, unmarried tenured professor, is in London to work on her new book about children's folk rhymes. Despite carrying a U.S. passport, Vinnie feels essentially English and rather looks down on her fellow Americans. But in spite of that, she is drawn into a mortifying and oddly satisfying affair with an Oklahoman tourist who dresses more Bronco Billy than Beau Brummel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Margaret on 03-16-12

Just Right

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-17

Not what I'd imagined, it had a few curve balls. I enjoyed it, want to read more by this author.

  • Beautiful María of My Soul

  • By: Oscar Hijuelos
  • Narrated by: Armando Durán
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love is a contemporary American classic, a book that still captivates and inspires readers 20 years after its first publication. Now, in Beautiful María of My Soul, Oscar Hijuelos returns to this indelible story, to tell it from the point of view of its beloved heroine, María.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So this is the Real Maria

  • By Rene on 03-04-11

Maria vain and not very sympathetic.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

This book was okay did not get interesting till the daughter becomes the main chsracter.

  • Sweet Tooth

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 971

Winner of such prestigious honors as the Booker Prize and Whitbread Award, Ian McEwan is justifiably regarded as a modern master. Set in 1972, Sweet Tooth follows Cambridge student Serena Frome, whose intelligence and beauty land her a job with England's intelligence agency, MI5. In an attempt to monitor writers' politics, MI5 tasks Serena with infiltrating the literary circle of author Tom Healy. But soon matters of trust and identity subvert the operation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Book for your Literary Sweet Tooth

  • By Susianna on 11-18-12

Wonderful tale.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Ian McEwan never disappoints. Juliet Stevens narration was superb as usual. A worthy investment of my time.

  • The Empire of Necessity

  • Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World
  • By: Greg Grandin
  • Narrated by: Luis Moreno
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, Captain Amasa Delano, a New England seal hunter, climbed aboard a distressed Spanish ship carrying scores of West Africans he thought were slaves. They weren' t. Having earlier seized control of the vessel and slaughtered most of the crew, they were staging an elaborate ruse, acting as if they were humble servants. When Delano, an idealistic, anti-slavery republican, finally realized the deception, he responded with explosive violence. Drawing on research on four continents, The Empire of Necessity explores the multiple forces that culminated in this extraordinary event.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What is the "right thing to do"?

  • By Lake on 03-08-14

The history we didn't learn in school.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Amazing story should be a movie. The slave trade is laid bare. Should be required reading.