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  • The Japanese Lover

  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Joanna Gleason
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My first negative review

  • By Karen O'Byrne on 11-11-15

The book I've searched for read summer long!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This was one of my favorite books of all times. What can be better than a historical fiction love story? The characters are so well developed, and the historical perspective is is informative.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,291
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,359

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

I didn't want it to end!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

This book follows the life of Eleanor, an introvert, who is socially inept from very traumatic childhood experiences, as she begins to deal with her "demons." It's both sad and funny at the same time. The story is so different from any I have read as the mystery of Eleanor's past begins to unfold. I hope so much that there is a sequel. I loved listening to the relationship of Eleanor and Raymond (and others in her life) develop. There has to be more!!!!

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,487

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long, Hard Slog Through Endless Despair and Heartache

  • By Morro Schreiber on 04-11-18

I didn't want this book to end!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

This was one of the those rare books that you don't want to end. I would look for opportunities to listen to it. I think my workouts increased in duration while listening. The story is solid, and the characters are strong. You either love them or hate them. I'm still thinking of the characters as I'm listening to my next book. More please Kristin Hannah!

  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,370

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great Stephen King crime/mystery

  • By Mark on 07-11-13

One of my favorites!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

I was never a Stephen King fan until I read 11.22.63. I was totally caught up in the historical perspective as well as the storyline. Because I enjoyed it so much, I decided to give Joyland a try. Once again, I loved it! Michael Kelly's narration was wonderful. I can't imagine anyone else being able to depict Devon Jones like he did. The story was both heartwarming and exciting. I hated for it to be over. I'm hoping I can find another King book that I'll enjoy as much as I did these two.

  • Big Cherry Holler

  • By: Adriana Trigiani
  • Narrated by: Adriana Trigiani
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

It's been eight years since the town pharmacist and long-time spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney. With her newfound belief in love and its possibilities, Ave Maria makes a life for herself and her growing family, hoping that her fearless leap into commitment will make happiness stay. What she didn't count on was that fate, life, and the ghosts of the past would come to haunt her and, eventually, test the love she has for her husband.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Growing Pains in Mountains of Virginia

  • By Debbie on 02-24-14

Very shallow.

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

I love Adriana Trigiani. I have read many of her books and enjoy the way she writes and her sense of humor. I listened to Big Cherry Holler on Audible, and was sadly disappointed on two fronts. Firstly, Adriana narrates her own book. I can honestly say that I did't like her voice. I'm not sure how describe why other than to say that being avid listener of Audilbe, her voice simply was not pleasant to listen to. Secondly, I waited for many chapters for the plot to develop. It was more like an overview of the small town and people who live there with no real plot development until chapter eight. I had just decided to walk away from the book and not finish it, when I found myself out for my walk with nothing else to listen to, so I decided to give it another chance. Finally, the plot developed so that it captured my attention. Unfortunately, it didn't last long before we were right back to Big Cherry Holler and the dullness that went on there. I'm sorry to give this read only 2 stars.

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  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,398

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Resilience Personified!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

Where does Hillbilly Elegy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have told many friends that Hillbilly Elegy is a "must read." The resilience of JD Vance is truly amazing. I both admire and applaud Vance for sharing his story.

  • The One You Love

  • Emma Holden Suspense Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Paul Pilkington
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 728

Emma Holden's nightmare has just begun. Her fiancé vanishes, leaving the battered and bloodied body of his brother in their London apartment. Someone is stalking her, watching her every move. And her family is hiding a horrifying secret; a secret that threatens all those she loves. In a desperate race against time, Emma must uncover the truth if she ever wants to see her fiancé alive again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This trilogy has promise

  • By Wayne on 03-22-16

Boring Read!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

What disappointed you about The One You Love?

I didn't like the story or the narration. The story kept having turns that just seemed far fetched on not credible. It reminded me a game played at a social gathering where the first person makes a statement, and the subsequent individuals add the the preceding statements to compile a story. I can only recall one short chapter that held me in suspense for a very short time. I was hoping that the story was going to improve at that point, but it very quickly slipped back into the mundane experience as before.
As for Hardingham, I wouldn't download another story narrated by her.

  • The Secret Wife

  • By: Gill Paul
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461

The stories of two very different women, linked by the secrets and lies of history, merge together as past and present weave together in this stunning story of love, loss and resilience. 2016. Kitty, fleeing from a devastating revelation in her own life, finds herself at her great-grandfather's cabin in Lake Akanabee. There she discovers a gorgeous necklace, which leads her uncover to long-buried family secret. 1914. Tatiana, Grand Princess of Russia, falls in love with Dmitri, a Russian solider, as she nurses him back to health.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected jewel with refreshing perspectives

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-17-16

Wonderful Historical Fiction.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

If you could sum up The Secret Wife in three words, what would they be?

I love this genre of historical fiction. It's amazing how Paul's imagination wove the facts with fiction. I found myself not only researching the characters of story as I was reading, but once I finished listening to the novel, I watched many YouTube videos on the characters as well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Wife?

Well, the most memorable moment of the story can't be discussed. I think it would be classified as "a spoiler!"

What does Laura Kirman and Thomas Judd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really liked the two different narrations, one male and one female. As soon as a new chapter began, I knew whether the setting was present or past depending on whether Kirman or Judd started the narration.

  • The Letter

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide.... Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If mouth sounds bug you, skip this one...

  • By Cassandra on 02-02-16

Best book since The Thornbirds!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

The story kept me intrigued, and the naration was excellent. I didn't want this book to end.

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