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  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,597
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,750

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to read for several reasons

  • By Anne on 10-16-16

Outstanding Book:Important Topic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

The topic of this book is a very important and timely topic. Jodi Picoult writes it in a compelling and thought provoking way. This is a book that could be used in high school and college classes.

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,248

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

A book that keeps you enthralled

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

This book keeps you engaged from beginning to end. It is really historical fiction with the characters based on real people. It covers a large period of history but the Germans woman's concentration camp of Ravensbruck is the major thrust of the book.

  • The Garden of Letters

  • By: Alyson Richman
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre, Alyson Richman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Portofino, Italy, 1943. A young woman steps off a boat in a scenic coastal village. Although she knows how to disappear in a crowd, Elodie is too terrified to slip by the German officers while carrying her poorly forged identity papers. She is frozen until a man she's never met before claims to know her. In desperate need of shelter, Elodie follows him back to his home on the cliffs of Portofino.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My thoughts

  • By Lelia on 01-05-15

Words that make magical descriptions

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-16

I have read or listened to all of Alyson Richman's books but she has certainly topped herself with this one. Her descriptions are breathtaking and make every word come alive. The way Alyson is able to entwine beautiful music, true history of one of the world's most despicable times, together with love stories is unbelievable. The writing together with Elizabeth Sastre's narration make this a book that you don't want to put down.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,363

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Engaging Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-16

This book is well written and the story keeps you
totally engaged. I didn't want to stop listening. The characters were very well developed and Caroline Lee's narration made them come alive. The book deals with several of societies current problems: single parents, spousal abuse, bullying, and marital cheating. Liane Moriarty is able to weave all of these subjects into this one book in a very skillful way that keeps you in suspense wanting to know what is going to happen next. I highly recommend this book and gave it five stars in all categories because it was truly that good.

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  • The Bridal Chair

  • By: Gloria Goldreich
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

As a child growing up in 1920s Paris, Ida Chagall copes with her father Marc Chagall's brilliant artistic mind and overbearing ego and the tight leash he keeps on her. But as Ida blossoms into a young woman, she begins to glimpse freedom and opportunities for herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful!

  • By Gail Meyers on 09-09-18

You will not want to stop listening!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-16

This is a book that will keep your attention from the very first page to the last word. It combines factual information and the historical periods of the great artist Marc Chagall with the authors imagination. It is very well written and very well narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.
I would recommend to those who like historical fiction, reading about artists, and the Jewish experience in Russia in the early 20th Century, later in Eastern & Western Europe and what they did to survive. As the coordinator of a Book Club I definitely recommend this to Book Clubs.
I gave this book 5 star ratings in all categories because I really feel it is that good. It is the first book in a while that I have taken the time to write a review.

  • Hidden

  • By: Catherine McKenzie
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings, Angela Dawe, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 314

While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: His wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff's estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company's behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff's life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Voice of Claire

  • By E. on 05-15-14

Keeps Your Interest

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

The story has a lot of intrigue that keeps your interest throughout. Good narration of the characters. Highly recommend book.