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  • The Lullaby Sky

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660

After seven years of misery and abuse, it's all over - Hannah O'Malley is officially divorced. Hallelujah. It's like every Christmas in her life all rolled up into one glorious day. Not only does Hannah get to keep her grandmother's spacious old house, but she has full custody of her sparky five-year-old daughter. All Hannah has to do now is put the past behind her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it all!

  • By Life is an adventure!!! on 03-28-17

Read to the end....but....

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I kept waiting and wanting this book to take off, but it never did. There was no suspense, no climax, no sense of engagement. The character development was shallow. The plot was sophomoric. Shophie, the child, was annoying. The topic of domestic abuse could have been explored in so many more ways that would engage the reader and give a more realistic view of the associated struggles of domestic abuse. This book depicts characters who may have been victims, but other than that are perfect. It starts with a problem and ends in a fairy tale"happy ever after". The flow and pace is excruciatingly plodding. I have never written such a negative review about anything.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 41,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,599

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

Shocking and very sad

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I was enthralled by the story, but horrified that it was true. I could not stop listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Daughters of the Night Sky

  • By: Aimie K. Runyan
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she's dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator sets the scene

  • By Jake's Handler on 02-16-18

Loved the book

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

This is a story that needed to be told. I enjoyed the story and the reader who represented the main character very well. So, when is the movie coming out?

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • When I Found You

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,021
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,764

Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Giving without Expecting Something Back . . .

  • By Debbie on 05-29-14

Really good story

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

Loved the way the story unfolded. I also loved the life lessons that made up the story. Some of Catherine Ryan Hydra books feel rushed to the conclusion at the end. This book felt satisfying when it concluded.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,123

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Captivating story

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

This story had me hooked all the way through. The horrors of WWWII are told from a personal, but slightly different perspective. Highly recommend.

  • The Stolen Girls

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 2
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

The young woman standing on Lottie's step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. "Help me," she said to Lottie. "Please help me." One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another chilling novel

  • By Bexdvm on 07-25-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Anxious for 3rd book in series. A double-edged sword that Lottie's family becomes entangled in her cases. On one hand it adds interest and suspense. On the other, it detracts frpm the realism of the story.

  • A Merciful Truth

  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613

Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge - even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she's not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle's Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff's deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it

  • By Diana Hart 33 on 06-28-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

I like the characters and the story. The characters are not particularly complex. However the simplicity makes for an enjoyable, light read that sustained my interest. I'm looking forward to book 3 in the series.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • One Thousand White Women

  • By: Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,705

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • One interesting woman is better than one thousand!

  • By Tracy on 04-29-12

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

This book kept me rivited. It was a great story that touched on the inequity suffered by women, African Americans, and Native Americans. The book is an intriguing twist of historical fiction. Although there is no confirmation that white women were traded for horses, the portrayals are written realistically so that the reader could imagine such an agreement.

  • The Darkest Lies

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller with a Shocking Twist
  • By: Barbara Copperthwaite
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 527

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village. Nothing can shake her happiness -- until the day that Beth goes missing, and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home. Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter's attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won't they talk?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • super psychological drama

  • By Janie on 06-10-17

twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I was mad at the stupidity of Marci through most of the book. However, the author redeems herself by introducing unexpected twists.

  • The Language of Hoofbeats

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

New to a small town, Jackie and Paula envision a quiet life for their kids: a young adopted son and two teenage foster children, including the troubled Star. However, they quickly butt heads with their neighbor, Clementine, who disapproves of their lifestyle and is incensed when Star befriends her spirited horse, Comet. Haunted by past tragedy and unable to properly care for Comet, Clem nevertheless resents the bond Star soon shares with the horse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple yet captivating story

  • By Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker on 05-22-15

enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Narration was very good. I liked the transition in the character of Clementine. There are a few lose ends. I would have liked to get to know some of the other characters in more depth, like Paula.