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  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,866

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

A great Summer read (or listen)

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

The story is easy enough to listen to, although it does jump back and forth in time quite a bit. But it takes several interesting twists and turns, weaving together several story lines in unexpected ways. I really enjoyed this book and would probably read another by this author.

  • Best. State. Ever.

  • A Florida Man Defends His Homeland
  • By: Dave Barry
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, "What the hell is wrong with Florida?" Somehow, the state's acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most. Annoying. Narration. Ever.

  • By Triple A on 06-21-17

Hilarious book, you will laugh out loud

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

In typical Dave Barry style, this book was hilarious in its details. He covers some of his familiar rants (celebrity DJs) and some fresh territory (the infamous Florida Skunk Ape). This book is worth the listen...it actually made me feel a little better about our wacky country, and certainly its weirdest state.

  • Voyage of the Heart

  • By: Soraya Lane
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 895

1945: Along with hundreds of other war brides, Betty, Madeline, Alice, and June set sail for New York to be with the men they love. In the days they spend at sea, the four young women become firm friends and vow to stay in touch no matter what their new lives bring. Life in a new country comes with many challenges, but Betty, Madeline, Alice, and June didn't move half way across the world to give up without a fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for women

  • By Loren on 08-10-15

A charming post-war tale

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

This story trods the well-worn sod of WWII war brides and their GIs, but I found the characters endearing and the narrator did a fantastic job bringing then to life. Many plot elements were predictable, but satisfying nevertheless. Worth a listen, especially if you get the audio book for a good deal.

  • The Second Girl

  • By: David Swinson
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Frank Marr knows crime in Washington, DC. A decorated former police detective, he retired early and now ekes a living as a private eye for a defense attorney. Frank Marr may be the best investigator the city has ever known, but the city doesn't know his dirty secret. A long-functioning drug addict, Frank has devoted his considerable skills to hiding his usage from others. But after accidentally discovering a kidnapped teenage girl in the home of an Adams Morgan drug gang, Frank becomes a hero and is thrust into the spotlight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A former cop and no rules!

  • By Linda on 06-23-16

Gritty cop novel, a must for DC locals

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

You can tell this cop novel was written by someone who knows DC...and not the more infamous political side of things, but the actual living, breathing city. Great depiction of a flawed hero and of a very real human trafficking crisis that impacts even the upper middle class neighborhoods of suburban Virginia. I hope Swinton will bring back Frank Marr for another round of troubled triumph.

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  • After You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,201

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can't help but feel she's right back where she started.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't come close to, Me Before You.

  • By Taryn on 11-09-15

Very good listen, esp for a sequel

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

Really enjoyed this book, especially because I was such a fan of Me Before You. The narrator did a great job of reading in an emotive, but easily understandable way.

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,183

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Loved this story...but...

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

I didn't love the narration. Perhaps it was the accents. But the story itself was great, especially if you or a loved one have been involved in foster care or adoption. It was a quick listen.

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,880
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,525
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,471

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

An uplifting read (listen) with plenty of heart

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

Great true story. Reads (or listens) like fiction. I found myself very attached to the characters and the narrator--the late, great Edward Herrmann. While the book is set at a very dark time in human history, it is a testament to the human spirit, Providence and the power of a team. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend, especially for book clubs.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,094

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Beautifully written, compelling

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

I listened to this book for my book club. What a wonderful choice. It is a lengthy audiobook, bit worth the time. I felt so invested in the characters and their lives, what happened to them and how their existence intersected. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction, especially set during WWII. Although I'd warn that it's not exactly a light and easy, bright and breezy beach read.