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  • The Orphan's Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra, Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,369

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sappy and tedious

  • By Churchill on 03-23-17

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

What a beautiful story - and the two narrators were wonderful. Loved every minute of it!

  • Tucker's Way

  • The Tucker Series, Book 1
  • By: David Johnson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,907

After enduring a childhood of horrific abuse and crushing poverty, Tucker seeks refuge in her rural Tennessee home. The three grandchildren she is raising are her only connection to the outside, and her demeanor is purposefully rough. But her world is turned upside down when a new neighbor, Ella, moves into the old McDaniel place next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best novel I have read in a long time; anxious to listen to sequels!!!!

  • By Amy A. Dye on 07-17-15

Loved this book!!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This book had me captivated from the start! What a great story and the narrator was perfect!

  • 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 23,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,027

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

All around great book!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

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This was such an amazing book. Took me through all the emotions...and the narrator was fabulous. I highly recommend this book!

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,496

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

Crazy story but so good! And I love Claire Daines as narrator!
Didn't want to stop listening...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tuscan Rose

  • By: Belinda Alexandra
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Richly written, at times disturbing

  • By Jeni Tutwiler on 05-14-15

AMAZING!!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

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This was such an amazing and beautifully written story! The author wrote this so well that I went through the emotions as she was telling the story, and the narrator was perfect! LOVED this book!!

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 35 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,710

Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not to be rushed but to be savored

  • By J. Stirling on 08-02-16

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

Any additional comments?

I loved everything about her performance....she should narrate more books!~ Great audio book...I loved it!

  • Innocent Traitor

  • A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282

The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior listen!

  • By Jt on 03-05-07

Great story, didn't like the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

Any additional comments?

I could hear the narrator constantly swallowing and that was very distracting...the story was great!

  • The Traitor's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Allison Pataki
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 333

Everyone knows Benedict Arnold - the Revolutionary War general who betrayed America and fled to the British - as history’s most notorious turncoat. Many know Arnold’s co-conspirator, Major John André, who was apprehended with Arnold’s documents in his boots and hanged at the orders of General George Washington. But few know of the integral third character in the plot: A charming young woman who not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is this a bad elementary school play?

  • By Renee on 01-28-15

Love her books

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Traitor's Wife to be better than the print version?

Never read the book

Which character – as performed by Madeleine Maby – was your favorite?

Of course the main character....

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes....I didn't want to quit listening!

Any additional comments?

I love this narrator.....and the author as well.

  • Sisi

  • Empress on Her Own: A Novel
  • By: Allison Pataki
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth - fondly known as Sisi - captures the hearts of her people as their "fairy queen", but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more complex figure. In mid-19th-century Vienna, the halls of the Hofburg Palace buzz not only with imperial waltzes and champagne but with temptations, rivals, and cutthroat intrigue. Feeling stifled by strict protocols and a turbulent marriage, Sisi grows restless. A free-spirited wanderer, she finds solace at her estate outside Budapest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Robin Johnson on 08-02-17

Loved this!!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Not only is the author amazing, but the narrator as well! Had me all caught up in the emotion and made me feel like I Was actually there!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Empress

  • By: Allison Pataki
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 411

The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe's most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • learn your pronounciation

  • By Susan on 03-18-15

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

This book was amazing-the author did a great job telling the story-and I found myself feeling sad or angry or frustrated right along with Sisi. I loved the narrator as well!