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  • Us Against You

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they learn that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown's new hockey coach. Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the crazed lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect compliment to Beartown as well as another great read

  • By Trudy K. Miller on 06-17-18

No Driving While Weeping!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Once again a beautiful book full of well developed characters, plausible events, hard truths and some hold-my-breath-listen-in-the-garage moments of needing to know the outcome before being able to turn off the car and go inside. I wept with both joy and heartbreak. Fortunately I listened to the last hour while cleaning house; it was safer than doing so while driving.

Do read Beartown first.

  • The Advocate's Daughter

  • A Thriller
  • By: Anthony Franze
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,024

A Washington, DC, lawyer and a frequent major media commentator on the Supreme Court, Anthony Franze delivers a high-stakes story of family, power, loss, and revenge set within the insular world of the highest court of our country. Among Washington, DC, power players, everyone has secrets they desperately want to keep hidden, including Sean Serrat, a Supreme Court lawyer. Sean transformed his misspent youth into a model adulthood and now has one of the most respected legal careers in the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous legal thriller! Supreme Court intrigue!

  • By Wayne on 03-22-16

When will it end

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

There were way too many plot twists. It went on way too long. I could have quit but I did want to know whodunnit - if it had been a book, I might have actually flipped to the end. The narrator sometimes sounded as though he were giving a lecture on points of law or some such - perhaps that is also the author's fault.

  • Uncommon Type

  • Some Stories
  • By: Tom Hanks
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,080
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,074

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. The short stories are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely the best..

  • By Joan B on 11-04-17

The key to this book...

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Tom Hanks narrates his own thoroughly enjoyable short stories. Sometimes, however, I was aware of him narrating - which is not necessarily a good thing

  • Threading My Prayer Rug

  • One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim
  • By: Sabeeha Rehman
  • Narrated by: Sabeeha Rehman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes. In chapters leavened with humor, hope, and insight, she recounts an immigrant's daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her children as Muslims - while they lobby for a Christmas tree!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Vital Step towards Interfaith Bridge Building

  • By Brian (aka: Brainwise) on 10-19-18

I laughed. I cried. I listened. I heard

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

This is an important, well written story about Islam in America today told from the vantage point of a woman who has lived - and effected - the changes and reforms that are bringing Islam into modernity. Her personal stories will resonate with anyone living as a minority especially but not only mothers and women.

  • George

  • By: Alex Gino
  • Narrated by: Jamie Clayton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, really wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part...because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous Story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-24-15

understand

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

Any additional comments?

This story helps us to understand that children know themselves and that adults must listen with an open heart and mind.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,163

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice cozy read!

  • By BikeVON on 11-30-16

Breathless and cliched

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Would you try another book from T E Kinsey and/or Elizabeth Knowelden?

No thank you

Has A Quiet Life in the Country turned you off from other books in this genre?

nope

What didn’t you like about Elizabeth Knowelden’s performance?

too breathless and the characters were almost indistinguishable - It was especially hard to tell when the speaker changed from a woman to a man.

Was A Quiet Life in the Country worth the listening time?

It was a light weight road companion

Any additional comments?

It wasn't so very awful that I didn't finish it but I don't expect to continue with the series.

  • Echo

  • By: Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, Andrews MacLeod, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,002

Audie Award, Middle Grade, 2016. Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become sinterwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio productions I have heard

  • By tru britty on 07-28-15

Perfect and Timely

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

What made the experience of listening to Echo the most enjoyable?

The musical accompaniment made listening to this book an even better experience than it would have been without it. The different narrators were each just right for the piece they read.

  • Kingdom Come

  • The Elizabeth Harris Series 1
  • By: Jane Jensen
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,725

In Kingdom Come, the first in a new mystery series from Jane Jensen, an ex-NYPD detective seeks escape in Amish country and finds darkness instead. When a beautiful, scantily clad "English" girl is found dead in the barn of a prominent Amish family, Detective Elizabeth Harris knows she's uncovered an evil that could shatter the peace of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kingdom Come - excellent detective story

  • By Brain on 04-02-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

Has Kingdom Come turned you off from other books in this genre?

NO

Did Rachel Fulginiti do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Good enough.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

nope

Any additional comments?

Too much of a bodice ripper for my taste. And the author did somersaults so that the detectives would miss something obvious

  • Seedfolks

  • By: Paul Fleischman
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

Thirteen lives. One garden. Set in Cleveland, Newbery-Award-winning author Paul Fleischman's poignant book is a large lesson in connectedness and community for all. When a derelict vacant lot is gradually transformed into a community garden in inner city Cleveland, the people of this community find their differences are less apparent and their isolation dissolved. Performed by thirteen multicuturally and age-authentic voices, this audiobook is designed for listeners of all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent to listen

  • By Rina on 10-12-09

A community of characters

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This is a hopeful, positive story about people coming together as neighbors.

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

I would not recommend reading this book. I couldn't have imagined the characters as fully as they were realized by the cast.

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

Smile

Any additional comments?

Enjoy!

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,097

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No.The story was good, the plot lines came together but it needed an editor who was thinking about the intelligence of the reader; it slogged where it shouldn't, the characters took too long to get where they were obviously intended to get, and it was just too self-consciously about books.

Could you see The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

This question would really annoy A. J. Fikry.

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