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  • One Summer

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 438

It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. But just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what you expect from Baldacci but

  • By Wayne on 07-11-12

Nicholas Sparks with better endings

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

Reviewed: 09-23-11

The story is gritty with a real feel for the characters who are very relatable. The humility in the story keeps it interesting. The motivation behind everything has you simply rooting for your characters even at their worst. I enjoyed the mulitfacetted story, even if a bit predictable at times. I still kept reading (listening) and I bore easily. It was worth it.

  • I Don't Know How She Does It

  • The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
  • By: Allison Pearson
  • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

The surprise hit of the year, Allison Pearson's debut novel is garnering critical and fan raves. Publishers Weekly calls I Don't Know How She Does It "delightfully fast moving...with dozens of laugh-aloud moments and many tenderly touching ones," and Booklist applauds this "compelling manifesto on the plight of working mothers that manages to be both angry and funny."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Don't Know How She Does It

  • By Charles Loveridge on 03-12-03

Rambling-Nothing-Rambling

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-11

Having ADHD, I can speak as an expert when I say this book is all over the place and no where at the same time. I kept waiting for something to happen for which all the antics happened around...NOTHING. It's reads as a bunch of jotted notes. Though I enjoyed the narrators intonation and accent; the rest left me with you guessed it- NOTHING. Not at all what I hoped for the book, and I always start a book expecting very little as to be supremely pleased when it turns out to be a wonderful meeting of story and story telling. This is a great book if you are doing other things and need to ale to check out and check back in without rewinding. You miss nothing pertinent.

  • Chasing Harry Winston

  • By: Lauren Weisberger
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Leigh, Adriana and Emmy are best friends, all leading different lives and about to make some extreme choices. The three girls meet for dinner one evening and make a pact - they each have to change one thing in their lives by the end of the year.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Chasing a decent book...

  • By Susan on 06-04-09

One star says it all

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-10

Don't waste credit on this. I feel tricked. I couldn't get past chapter two...I hate when an author has a one hit wonder. I loved the Devil Wears Prada m but this doesn't even come close.

  • Eat, Pray, Love

  • One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,598

Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Inner Journey within an External One

  • By YoginiZora on 07-20-06

The narration Killed it

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-10

Boredom begets boredom

I think this story might be good. I just had to stop because the monotoned author sounded like she was bored telling the her own story. I know it was her memoir, but this one I should have trie to read so I could use my own voice.

Note to authors: Do what you do best- Write.
Let the Narrators- Narrate.

I may try again one year, when I am bored too.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,006
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,867
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,883

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

A Reader's Paradise

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-10

I have only good things to say; I dont know where to start. Im fairly new to audible books and I have enjoyed the books I have heard.This one was superb. I experienced it with all my senses. I was the fly on the wall. The author conveyed every emotion, taste, sound, picture, and smell so well I never wanted the story to end. The characters were my friends. The perspective she was able to project from multiple characters was just smooth and flawless. She left no stone unturned. She touched on the human experience, and it just happen to take place in the American South. I can hardly sleep waiting for Kathryn Stockett, to share more characters and stories with me. It felt so personal and triumphant. Im just blabbing because it was so good. I simply never wanted it to end. I even shushed my children, which I rarely do because I can pause and rewind. When emerged in listening, it was like my children were being rude; interrupting an important conversation. Enjoy enjoy enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will listen to this one repeatedly.

  • Stori Telling

  • By: Tori Spelling
  • Narrated by: Tori Spelling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Stori Telling is a chance for Tori to set the record straight on her personal life and to let listeners experience the truly unique life she's led--with its undeniable childhood privileges, tabloid misperceptions, career successes, and personal regrets. This is Tori's opportunity to define herself on her own terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By Wendy on 04-15-09

The truth is all that matters

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-10

I am not a big fan of celebrity "Hollywood" authors. For some reason I was curious about her story. Once I started listening on my iPod I simply couldn't wait for what she was going to say next. The clarity and truth from her perspective was easily relatable for me. We share some common experiences so I worked hard not to judge and simply listen. I laughed hard, felt genuine sadness, and exhillerating joy throughout the book. I also found myself disappointed. Not at the writing, but some of the content-that's my own issue. Overall, it was better than I could have hoped for and well worth the 5 straight hours I spent through listening to it. I appreciate Tori telling her story her way. I think I take a listen at her next book as well.