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  • Plain Truth

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 779

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Plain good!

  • By Susan on 08-05-10

intrigue

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-08

This is the first time I have read a book from this author. I was captivated and found this to be a fine book as an introduction. she has done some very good research into the Plain People dynamics.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Brisingr

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 29 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,483

Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saphira sounds like Grover after puberty

  • By John on 07-18-10

Battles

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-08

As much as I enjoyed the first two volumes, this third was mired in battle scenes and lost me. I got confused as to who was fighting who. I know a 4th book is on the way and the interview with the author at the end of this book was helpful. But I am not sure besides the one big AH HA at the end if this volume was necessary.

  • The Glass of Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Cox
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at Evenwood to become a lady's maid to the 26th Baroness Tansor. But she is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal and to set right a past injustice in which her own life is bound up. At Evenwood, she meets Lady Tansor's two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying and Engaging

  • By L. Mansfield on 07-30-09

austin mystery

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-08

This long drawn out tale had good bones. But wading through the wordy 1st person thought process was tiresome. Written in 18/19th century fashion this story is well constructed and true to the time. But not a gripping mystery.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirinyaga

  • A Fable of Utopia
  • By: Mike Resnick
  • Narrated by: Paul Garcia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

In 22nd-century Kenya, polluted cities flank the once-sacred Mount Kirinyaga, replacing the great animal herds of distant memory. But Koriba, an educated man of Kikuyu ancestry, knows that life was different for his people centuries ago, and he is determined to recreate it - on the planetoid he proudly names Kirinyaga.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • African fables

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-12-11

Creepy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-08

This felt too real. It gave me the creeps. That means it was written very well.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Nanny Diaries

  • By: Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Funny and Great Characters

  • By D. Houston on 01-26-05

good insight

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-08

I really like the way this read. . . but I am afraid to watch the movie. Having a daughter that was a nanny in the boston area I can totally relate to the stories and struggles.
Good read

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hornet Flight

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,785

It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding Spy Novel

  • By C. McCoy on 03-13-05

great intrigue

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-08

I didn't think I would like this very masculine subject but I did. It kept me guessing what was coming next. Good read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,428
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 59,336

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did not disappoint...

  • By Theodore on 01-17-12

forced march

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-08

Heavy, this tale is heavy with character building dialog and thought processes. I liked the idea of the story but there are too many pieces to keep track of. I did make it to the end and will read the next in the series, but I hope I find some tightening up of the story lines.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Leaving of Liverpool

  • By: Maureen Lee
  • Narrated by: Nerys Hughes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

After the death of their mother, Mollie and Annemarie decide to escape from their tiny Irish village and head to Liverpool to board a ship to New York. But in a cruel twist of fate, the girls are separated when the boat leaves without Mollie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • simple

  • By Mary on 01-15-08

simple

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-08

Simply written, this tale of possible irish emmigration was charming. though you could guess the end the characters are what kept you going. I wish I could have sat on the bench next to molly and gazed upon the harbor asking how life has been so far.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • On Agate Hill

  • A Novel
  • By: Lee Smith
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes, Danielle Ferland, Katie Firth
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Orphaned when her father dies in the Civil War, Molly Petree is taken in by Uncle Junius on his Agate Hill plantation. But the terminally ill Junius is manipulated into marriage by his housekeeper, Selena, who inherits Agate Hill upon his death. Neglected and abused under Selena's watch, Molly escapes to a better life with help from her father's closest battlefield companion. But as she grows into a refined, educated woman, Molly remains haunted by tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • engrossing

  • By Mary on 03-20-07

engrossing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-07

I could not put this down, to my husband's regret. Having never read Lee Smith before I went into this with hesitation. Her vehicle of story telling (documents) was ingenious. I found this to be a wonderful story with great character voices reading the material. And the music, all placed in appropriate areas, to be an welcomed and natural addition to the storyline.
Well Done Ms Smith.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Wicked Part 1

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • captivating

  • By Mary on 01-15-07

captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-07

I had never heard of this book or the play. What a surprise it has been. I really enjoyed the angle this was set at. long but good reading.