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  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,597

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

Great Mystery and narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

This book kept me interested trying to figure who was lying and who was who. The plot twists and turns as Harriet tries to untangle the deceit. No profanity or blood and gore. Loved the book.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,664

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Could not put it down!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This is a very well written story about the scandal of the Tennessee Adoption Society during the 1920’s-1950. The novel is fictional but based on the real life scandal. I found it to be a page turner.

  • Once and for All

  • By: Sarah Dessen
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Is it really better to have loved and lost? Louna's summer job is to help brides plan their perfect days, even though she stopped believing in happily ever after when her first love ended tragically. But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged now that he's met the one he really wants. Maybe Louna's second chance is standing right in front of her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic Dessen novel

  • By lyss on 06-10-17

Teenage Love Story

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

The writing was high school and the book lacked character development in my opinion. I couldn’t connect with any character.

  • Fear of Flying

  • By: Erica Jong
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155

Originally published in 1973, the groundbreaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free caused a national sensation. In The New York Times, Henry Miller compared it to his own classic, Tropic of Cancer and predicted that "this book will make literary history..." It has sold more than 12-million copies. Now, after 30 years, the revolutionary novel known as Fear of Flying still stands as a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't give up on it...

  • By Kristi on 01-09-08

Sexual Revolution of the 60's & 70's

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No. In the 70's, this was a timely book.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

When I read the book the first time, I was a twenty-something and was part of the women's liberation movement. For a woman to write about how women feel about sex and marriage was revolutionary. Today, this is not so shocking.

Which character – as performed by Hope Davis – was your favorite?

Isadora. In trying to find herself, and thinking she knew what she wanted, she discovered she didn't. It would be fun to have a sequel and---just read that Erica Jong is actually playing around with the the concept of a book about grown-up Isadora. I'll be eager to see who she is as an adult. Hope Jong publishes a book.

Could you see Fear of Flying being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe. It's written in journal like form with explicit content. It was the "Fifty Shades" book of the seventies. The actual journey of discovery was interesting, but I thought the plot was a little thin. They might have to take some literary license and beef it up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,771
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,862

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun nonsense

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Disliked this Book

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

Reviewed: 02-23-15

I could not get into all the symbolism and analogy of this book. Once I awhile it made me laugh out loud but WOW, what a boring read. I may need to see the movie--or NOT.

  • Brain on Fire

  • My Month of Madness
  • By: Susannah Cahalan
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,618

In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those interested in neurology & psychology

  • By Brian Quaranta on 01-07-14

Amazing Story

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

This autobiography of the author's struggle with an autoimmune response in her brain was fascinating. I had never heard of the rare disease and she did a good job of placing you there with her. Bravo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Rest for the Dead

  • By: David Baldacci (introduction), Laurie H. Armstrong, Sandra Brown, and others
  • Narrated by: James Colby, Richard Ferrone, Carol Monda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 693

More than 20 New York Times best-selling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel -- a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as expected

  • By Carrie on 07-12-11

Twenty-Six Authors

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

Reviewed: 01-24-15

What did you love best about No Rest for the Dead?

I was amazed that I could see such a difference in writing styles, chapter to chapter. This must have been a real challenge to put this story together with so many gifted minds creating it. The story itself was good, but the variety of writing styles in the book was captivating. I am definitely going to look for more books by a couple of these writers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I wasn't endeared to any particular character.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I find some readers are just easier to follow and listen to than others. I enjoyed the readers of this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I probably listened to it in 3 segments.

  • Night Fall

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,539

Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline

  • By Ms Discus on 11-28-04

Kept me on the edge of my seat

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

Reviewed: 08-16-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Night Fall to be better than the print version?

I do not know. I prefer audio books to listen to when I am quilting or doing other things.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn't really have one. I guess the detective who is telling the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of the scene on the beach.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, just very fascinated with the details of the investigation of the explosion of TWA 800. I like a book that makes me think and question AND is not predictable. This book falls into the category of historical fiction.

Any additional comments?

I have never been a fan of any particular author before Nelson DeMille. He definitely does his research which makes the books so interesting to me. The Charm School is another favorite.

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,495

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Immaginative

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

Reviewed: 07-30-13

What did you love best about NOS4A2?

The second half of the book. The characters developed and the story was more engaging.

Would you be willing to try another book from Joe Hill? Why or why not?

Already have: The Heart Shaped Box (loved it!)

Which scene was your favorite?

The intensity at the end when Vic was trying to save her son kept me on the edge of my seat.

If you could rename NOS4A2, what would you call it?

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Any additional comments?

Had some trouble wrapping my head around "Christmas Land" early in the book. By mid-book though, I was hooked into the story (no, not by teeth--read the book, you'll understand.)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,146

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adjust Your Perspective...

  • By E. Baxter on 11-13-03

Could be shortened

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

Reviewed: 07-16-13

If you could sum up The Da Vinci Code in three words, what would they be?

fascinating, action, lengthy

Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Brown? Why or why not?

Just finished Inferno. Liked it better.

What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Reader does a great job of differentiating voices so that you can see and hear the characters. He reads with the inflection of speech.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. I just thought it was dragged out a little.