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  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,234

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting, intriguing, mysterious, and beautiful

  • By Joseph on 12-10-08

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I lasted 14 chapters by forcing myself to keep listening after reading reviews from others that it gets better. But aft er 14 chapters I couldn't muster up interest in the characters or the story so decided to return it.

  • The Devil in the White City

  • Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,298

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to stop listening

  • By Michael on 05-26-12

1893 Chicago World's Fair and serial killer

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I found this book to be very interesting. I lived close to Chicago and grew to love this city. So to read about the 1893 Chicago World's fair and all it took to pull it off kept my interest. And the introduction to the Ferris Wheel occurred there. Also a serial killer was close by during this period of time who killed many people. The book switches back and forth to the fair and then to the serial killer. I love Scott Brick and he did his usual great job of narrating. Was a good read for me.

  • Redeeming Love

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,454
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,488

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • POSITIVELY LIFE CHANGING

  • By Nelishia on 01-04-10

Love story with religious theme

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I really liked this book about a woman who was thrust into child sexual abuse and later became a prostitute. The story is about the changes she was able to make in her life when a man loved and believed in her. Belief in God is a strong theme and might not be liked by some but was fine for me. There was good character development and it was worth a credit to me.

  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story!

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 12-06-13

Not too bad

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I enjoyed the story but was annoyed by the voice of Fannie Flagg. She sounded like an eccentric 80 year old. At times it sounded overly dramatic and cheesy. But overall not a bad book. I didn't think of returning it. It was nice to hear about what women did in World War II for the country and being pilots in the army air force. It is a shame that they didn't get the credit they were due. It was worth a credit but probably won't listen to another by this narrator.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,789
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,687
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101,202

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • just ok

  • By Bluebird on 01-29-18

Trevor Noah at his best

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I totally loved this book about the life in South Africa of Trevor Noah. And best of all was that he narrated it himself. No one else could have read this book with the same timing of humor and seriousness mixed together. I watch Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. I loved Jon Stewart and didn't think I would like anyone else as well. But I still watch it and appreciate his humor and insight into the news. Although I knew he grew up in South Africa, I didn't know much else. This book gave me a glimpse of what it is like to grow up there and the racial divides that exist there both before and after Apartheid. This book made me laugh out loud at times even though his childhood was tragic, lonely and sad much of the time. His sense of humor and way of looking at his world was a treasure to read. I actually read it twice--started again as soon as I finished it. Thank you Trevor for sharing your childhood in such an honest and open manner allowing us to walk a bit in your shoes.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fangirl

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,071

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow Series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Freshman Comes into Her Own

  • By FanB14 on 05-12-14

Seemed like it was written by a 10 year old

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

After listening to the book to the end--which was a strain to do--i suppose it is written for youth. As I look at reviews, I wonder if this author had lots of friends put in reviews because I can't imagine anyone found this to be a good book. The main character in the book thought of herself as a writer although all she wrote was story lines using the characters from a published book that she liked. And in this book, we get lots of examples of this insipid writing that she writes read to us. After awhile I just fast forwarded through these parts because they were so annoying. I would return this book but just returned another book and didn't want to push my luck with Audible. I don't know who would think this was a good book--maybe a 10 year old girl?

  • The Corrections

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,766

The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemporary Literature at it's best

  • By greg on 01-05-12

unlikable characters, pointless stories

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I will be returning this book. I have listened to about 16 out of 21 total hours and can't stand to listen to another word. There have been many characters introduced but no one I liked or cared about. They were all shallow, whiny people making stupid decisions. The background the author gave to the people made little sense. And at times the author seemed to play out his sexual fantasies through the characters which wasn't pleasant for me. The narrator did fine with a poor story. Seemed to me a totally pointless book about shallow people. Don't waste your money or a credit.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pay It Forward

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Pay It Forward, is the moving story of Trevor McKinney, a 12-year-old boy who accepts his social studies teacher’s challenge to come up with a plan to change the world. Trevor’s idea is simple: Do a good deed for three people and ask them to "pay it forward" to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading beyond his small California town and across the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I haven't read a book by this author I didn't like

  • By Anonymous User on 04-26-16

Motivational

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Not sure if this is a true story of this movement or made up. But either way, it is inspirational. It shows how one person can make a difference in this world. There have been a few through history but we can all make a difference to those around us. Narration was fine. And the story was enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Worthy

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

Virginia finally had the chance to explore a relationship with Aaron when he asked her on a date. She had been waiting, hoping that the widower and his young son, Buddy, would welcome her into their lives. But a terrible tragedy strikes on the night of their first kiss, crushing their hopes for a future together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just What You'd Expect

  • By Me & My Girls on 06-20-15

All about making a family

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Worthy is the name of the dog in the book who brings together a woman and a young man. I really like Catherine Ryan Hyde's books this one included. It was about accepting people for who they are and the ability to form a family even without blood ties. The narrators did a great job. The only down side was that it took a long time for the two main characters to realize who the other was. The book told the reader early on but it seemed to take forever for the two to make the connection. But I really like her descriptions of the people and their individual personalities. I was happy I listened.

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,123

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

Grim story about 1984 life.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book was written about 1949 I think. George Orwell's view of life in 1984 was one controlled by Big Brother. A time when people were judged by what they thought and no tolerance of criticism of those in control. People were constantly monitored and watched. There was no freedoms of any kind. Family life was no existent. It was a pretty pessimistic view of the future. It was a depressing book to read.