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  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,660

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

Predictable and not worth it

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I can honestly say i figured this book out less than halfway through. I diligently try not to piece too many things together so that i nothing is spoiled but 75% of it is very obvious here. The rest came about another hour into the listening. That was the biggest letdown. A second place let down would be the blatant placement of fake clues. They were so out of place and nonsensical that it was apparent they didn’t really matter to the story plot. The last thing that bothered me personally was use of stereotypes/assumptions (tattooed people are assumed to be sketchy, piercing mean you just want attention, black men don’t like the dark, etc). It was out of place and insulting to the reader and people

  • The Summer Children

  • The Collector Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

When Agent Mercedes Ramirez finds an abused young boy on her porch, covered in blood and clutching a teddy bear, she has no idea that this is just the beginning. He tells her a chilling tale: an angel killed his parents and then brought him here so Mercedes could keep him safe. His parents weren’t just murdered. It was a slaughter - a rage kill like no one on the Crimes Against Children team had seen before. But they’re going to see it again. An avenging angel is meting out savage justice, and she’s far from through.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it but....

  • By Kamz on 05-31-18

Great sequel

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I think the butterfly garden may be my favorite thriller. The other two books of the collector trilogy are very close. The characters are well developed and the plot rich. My favorite thing about these books is you aren’t trying to figure out which character ends up being the killer. It’s about the story not the twist. I wish there were more coming!

  • When We Were Worthy

  • By: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they'd watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they're faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders - their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car - the only one to survive - is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Author I Will Look Out For

  • By DCD JERSEY GIRL on 03-05-18

Slow start but good finish

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

I really liked this book. However it took until the last two hours to find that out. The stories of tragedy, longing, love, and defending one’s true self is sweet and at times heart wrenching. The character’s stories are told in pieces, person by person. This lent a slowness to the progression but in the end it came together nicely. Performed by the always excellent Ms Jackson, the telling is easy to listen to. Stick with it. Promise.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,538

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

A hell of a story

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I read everything Robert Dugoni writes so i jumped on this one. It’s a beautiful story of a little boy unlike others but just like everyone else. A great tale of a family and a life both extraordinary. Having Mr Dugoni reading it added a very personal layer to the story. Definitely a must read.

  • 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 24,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,643

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

Incredible story

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

This book was recommended to me by one of my favorite authors, Robert Dugoni. WWII has always been interesting to me so i chose it. Though a little slow in parts, the story is one that builds to unreal heights. Pino Lella is an amazing historical character. With no need for accolades, this man fought in his own way to save the people he could. His courage, selflessness, loves, and kisses are moving and beautiful. Please read.

  • Moonglow

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,196

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather". It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact - and the creative power - of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful novel, terrible narrator

  • By Joyce M. Bernheim on 12-30-16

Just underwhelmed

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

There were so many places this book could’ve gone. I know it’s a memoir but why did it have to be a sort of boring one? Decent book but wouldn’t recommend

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  • The Lilac Bouquet

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,255

Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren't cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas - a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Mercy Boujarwah on 09-28-17

Sweet but predictable

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

I enjoyed the ladies room by Ms brown quite a lot so I got this one as a follow up. I liked the story but found it highly predictable and very prim. The theme that there's little worse than an unwed mother seemed antiquated and a little too...something. All in all a decent story but an appreciation for very old fashioned values would be necessary to actually like it a lot.

  • The Roses of May

  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott, Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893

Four months after the explosion at the Garden, a place where young women known as the Butterflies were kept captive, FBI agents Brandon Eddison, Victor Hanoverian, and Mercedes Ramirez are still entrenched in the aftermath, helping survivors in the process of adjusting to life on the outside. With winter coming to an end, the Butterflies have longer, warmer days of healing ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I had expected

  • By Victoria on 07-05-17

Good but not butterflies

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

I had to read this one as part of the collector trilogy. I found the butterfly garden totally captivating. While roses of may is good, it doesn't measure up to the butterfly garden. Definitely recommend it's creepiness though.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Ladies' Room

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,858

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

Pleasant and sweet as pie

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

What a sweet book! I found myself in love with this adorable and relatable story of taking control of ones life and finding your true self. It helped that the narrator sounds EXACTLY like kathy bates to me. Lol

  • 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 19,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,470

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

Beautiful story and beautiful performance

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

This was a recommendation from a friend and i cam honestly say one of the best I've gotten. The story is hopeful and heartfelt. The narration is dynamic and engaging. I can't praise this story highly enough. A new favorite