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  • The Lemon Tree Hotel

  • By: Rosanna Ley
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

In the beautiful village of Vernazza, the Mazzone family have transformed an old convent overlooking the glamorous Italian Riviera into the elegant Lemon Tree Hotel. For Chiara, her daughter, Elene, and her granddaughter, Isabella, the running of their hotel is the driving force in their lives. One day, two unexpected guests check in. The first, Dante, is a face from Chiara's past, but what exactly happened between them all those years ago, Elene wonders. Isabella is preoccupied with the second guest, a mysterious young man who seems to know a lot about the history of the old convent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Barbara on 04-19-19

Superb

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Intricate descriptions, believable characters and plot twists kept looking forward to the next chapter...and the next...

  • The Man on the Mountaintop

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,391

The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple - which is all you really need

  • By Solunari on 02-01-19

Inspirational

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Reminders within a tale of how to be your best. Filled with inspiration for all.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,953

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Grumpy Old Men x Scandanavian x Old age

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

What did you love best about A Man Called Ove?

If you take this book seriously, you'll cry. If you see it as sarcastic humor, you'll laugh until you cry! We probably all can find an elderly relative / neighbor who fits the part of Ove. Growing old isn't for sissy...but in spite of all the disappointments, even Ove can find a touch of happiness and love from those around him.

What other book might you compare A Man Called Ove to and why?

So much of this book reminds me of the movie 'Grumpy Old Men'...but only one old man as the man character, and occasional mention of his neighbor / friend / enemy. Ove is ready to give up on life, but the world around him isn't ready to give up on Ove.

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

I was thinking this book was going to be depressing to listen to after the first few minutes, but it didn't take long for me to see the irony and humor within this story, and I found myself laughing out loud at the absurdity of life not going as Ove expected it would be.

Any additional comments?

Insighful perspective of a lonely old man who can't seem to find a reason to live until he realizes that his neighbors need him as much as he needs to feel useful.

Knit One, Pearl One
    A Beach Street Knitting Society Novel, Book 3
    
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    Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    17 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • Knit One, Pearl One

  • A Beach Street Knitting Society Novel, Book 3
  • By: Gil McNeil
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

It's been a busy few years since Jo Mackenzie lost her husband. Life has brought adventure, surprises, unexpected pleasures, and, of course, lots of knitting. Jo's seaside yarn shop, with a brand new café, has taken off, keeping her busier than ever. And being a single mum to two boys and headstrong toddler Pearl is just as exhausting and enchanting as she thought it would be. On top of all that, celebrity diva Grace has a secret, Jo's firecracker best friend Ellen is launching a new television series, and lovable but hapless Martin continues his oft-misguided attempts to woo Jo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and heartfelt

  • By Anne Frost on 08-24-12
  • Knit One, Pearl One
  • A Beach Street Knitting Society Novel, Book 3
  • By: Gil McNeil
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond

Hilarious portrayal of a single mom!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Knit One, Pearl One to be better than the print version?

The British accents add a flavor that I wouldn't have in a written book, yet they are very understandable.

What other book might you compare Knit One, Pearl One to and why?

Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich...humor is dispersed throughout the story, making the characters more real.

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

This was one of those books I looked forward to listening to...as soon as I could get back to it.

Any additional comments?

I wish Audible had more books from this author.

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  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,445

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable read

  • By Xavier on 08-17-11

Cheering for the underdog...until the end!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

What did you love best about The Fifth Witness?

New details emerged in every chapter as Mickey Haller defends the case on the fly.

What about Peter Giles’s performance did you like?

Excellent distinction in each character's voice. I never had to think about who was speaking.

Any additional comments?

A compelling story that you want to return to every time you have a free minute.

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,735

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

Interesting...but could be better

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

Reviewed: 11-27-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Ruins to be better than the print version?

I lead a busy lifestyle and audio books allow me to listen and complete other tasks at the same time.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The last 30 minutes were unnecessary details about minor characters and events. They just didn't fit in with the main story. The real ending happens before that...so why the blah, blah, blah at the end?

These unconnected 'details' were like trying to understand the thought process of an ADD child...Can I have a cookie?...look butterfly!...Why is the sky blue?...There's a squirrel...I hate Social studies....Is it time for dinner?...

This garbage at the end takes away from the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Pasquali ends up being herding into the lines for 'extras' in the movie.

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

Some humorous lines interspersed within the story.

  • The Gardener

  • By: S. A. Bodeen
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Mason has never known his father, but longs to. All he has of him is a DVD of a man whose face is never seen, reading a children’s book. One day, on a whim, he plays the DVD for a group of comatose teens at the nursing home where his mother works. One of them, a beautiful girl, responds. Mason learns she is part of an experiment intended to render teenagers into autotrophs—genetically engineered, self-sustaining life-forms who don’t need food or water to survive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strong concept, weak delivery

  • By Word Nerd on 03-04-11

Thought provoking novel

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

What did you love best about The Gardener?

Uncovering the pieces of Mason's family life

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gardener?

Meeting 'The Gardener'

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

He gives each character a unique personality, tone, etc.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What if...