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  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  • By: John Berendt
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445

Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little slow, but entertaining

  • By Joey on 12-14-06

still thinking about it

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

i went in knowing NOTHING about this book. i have heard about it for so many years, that i honestly thought it was some kind of 'classic'....i guess it is, a southern classic.
i can't imagine reading this book because LISTENING really brought a few of the characters to life (chablis???!).
the first several chapters were spent on character development. i started wondering if i was going to get to a plot.
most of the characters were quite colorful and memorable.
it is not a book for kids or young teens.

  • Thunder and Rain

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Daniel May, Luci Christian Bell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed - a modern-day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves. Samantha and her daughter, Hope, are on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help - protecting the innocent is what he does best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Charles Martin stories!!!!!

  • By pets4jc on 09-06-12

not one of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

hmmmm. i'm still pondering my review....it may be just me, but i felt like this story got really bogged down a few times (like the part about learning to shoot a gun).
i have read 4-5 of charles martin's more recent books...for one of his type books, i felt his main character really put himself in a compromising position several times (the shower scene, the 'learning to dance' scene).

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,690
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,982
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,929

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

fascinating but disturbing

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

i found it fascinating but really disturbing....such a dysfunctional group, but since they were secluded from others, how were they to know? sad that so much was going on and each sibling thought it was only happening to them. very sad.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,119

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

this was a suprise

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

great reviews, but the story line scared me...an odd girl just trying to make it thru life. after mulling over it for a few weeks, I LOVED IT.

  • The Story Keeper

  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

Successful New York editor Jen Gibbs is at the top of her game with her new position at Vida House Publishing - until a mysterious manuscript from an old slush pile appears on her desk. Turning the pages, Jen finds herself drawn into the life of Sarra, a mixed-race Melungeon girl trapped y dangerous men in turn-of-the-century Appalachia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible version is mostly very good

  • By Joleen on 07-30-15

interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

as another reviewer stated, the narrator was hard to get used to...at the end of every sentence, she dragged out the last word. annoying.
the story line was interesting...the time line goes back and forth.

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  • The Ladies' Room

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,306

Secrets told in the church ladies' room are supposed to stay in the ladies' room. But that doesn't mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude's funeral won't change the rest of her life. Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer's residing in the local nursing home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Food!

  • By Tunes on 02-25-17

enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I liked this book way more than I thought I would...a good story line.

  • The Cafe by the Sea

  • A Novel
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Years ago Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up - and she hasn't looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It's a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious...and hopelessly in love with her boss. But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she's suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers - all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework - and her father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing accents and narration

  • By Joanne on 10-18-17

loved the accent

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I loved the setting and the accent...call me an old fogey, but I really could have done without the f-bomb...this story didn’t seem to call for it.

  • 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 17,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,378

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

WWII in Italy

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

this WWII story is about what was going on in italy, around the milan area.
true story, which makes it all the more remarkable.
do not skip the epilogue at the end of the book....it explains what happened to all of the characters after the war.

  • I Hate You - Don't Leave Me

  • Understanding the Borderline Personality
  • By: Jerold J. Kreisman MD, Hal Straus
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) experience such violent and frightening mood swings that they often fear for their sanity. They can be euphoric one moment, despairing and depressed the next. For years BPD was difficult to describe, diagnose, and treat. But with this classic guide, Dr. Jerold J. Kreisman and health writer Hal Straus offer much-needed professional advice, helping victims and their families understand and cope with this troubling, shockingly widespread affliction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the devil you know is to know yourself.

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-03-15

extremely detailed info

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

this is a very detailed book of nonstop info...it's very easy to get bogged down. but if you need this type of info, i would say it's a 'must read'.

  • The Hardest Peace

  • Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard
  • By: Kara Tippetts
  • Narrated by: Patty Fogarty
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 92

Finding grace in the everyday…Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow . . . and the devastating reality of stage IV cancer. In The Hardest Peace, Kara doesn’t offer answers for when living is hard, but rather she asks us to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Most of all, she draws us back to the God who is with us in the mundane and the suffering, and who shapes even our unmet expectations and pain into beauty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a story about living more than dying.

  • By vlSchlegel on 03-28-15

tough topic

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

as another reviewer said: 'i'm not sure who is supposed to read this book...i would never offer it to a cancer patient'. but for those of us who aren't cancer patients, it does give a lot of insight into what is going on in the home and mind of the patient and spouse. it was worth the read/listen.