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  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,273

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

Feel good story of family & forgiveness

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

JoJo Moyes does “feel good” - not perfect people but people who try their best to make their way through life’s problems. This story has multiple layers of family issues and what makes a family - and deals with likable characters who may not always make the best choices but ultimately want to do the right thing. I was in the mood for a “feel good story” with a happy ending and this fit the bill. Multiple narrators for different characters added enjoyment to the story.

  • A Death in Eden

  • A Sean Stranahan Mystery
  • By: Keith McCafferty
  • Narrated by: Rick Holmes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

The seventh novel in the acclaimed Sean Stranahan mystery series: Scarecrows are appearing in the cliffs above the Smith River in Montana, and state investigator Harold Little Feather is trying to discover the culprit leaving the hay figures in the cliffs, with signs painted that read "No Smith River Mine - Not on My Watch." The event is related to a copper mine project that threatens the river, but his investigation takes an ominous turn when a little girl claims that a scarecrow chased her in the night. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Entry in a Great Series

  • By Ruth Nielsen on 09-26-18

Best Entry in a Great Series

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I’ve enjoyed this series since the first book - and happily the series has gotten better and better with each book. Sean Stranahan is a fishing guide & water color artist who also occasionally acts as a private investigator. This combination of talents makes for an interesting character and the backdrop of the beautiful wilderness of Montana is a perfect setting for Stranahan’s adventures. Highly recommend the series!

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  • Free Fall

  • A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889

“I didn’t do it!” is something cops hear all the time. But when the plea comes from a close friend who’s fallen on hard times, it’s tougher to ignore, especially for young Officer Danny Boyle. It’s the start of another action-packed summer for the wisecracking Boyle and straight-arrow cop (now chief of detectives) John Ceepak down the Jersey Shore as they do their best to help Danny’s friend, a young nurse who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault by a prestigious Sea Haven doctor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely fantastic. perfect narration and story

  • By Dr Dionne P Joseph on 05-12-13

Huge Fan of John Ceepak - another winner!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I really enjoy the John Ceepak novels -the balance between the upstanding Ceepak and his 20-something side kick Danny Boyle is what makes these books so much fun. Boyle is the just the right narrator- flawed,immature and struck with admiration for Ceepak. Listening to the relationship grow between the two is better than any underlying mystery. The narrator is perfect bringing the Jersey seashore to life. I hope this isn’t the last in the series - if it is I’ll have to start listening again from Book 1!

  • Jane Steele

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Susie Riddell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre "last confessions" of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement. Her aunt has died, and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reinvention!

  • By barbara on 06-01-16

A rollicking Victorian Adventure

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I’ve listened to other books by Lindsay Faye and this is my favorite so far. Faye does a nice job with historical English fiction and her characters in this book - while reminiscent of more famous literary figures - stand on their own and are more interesting and less traditional. I’ve never read Jane Eyre so any reference to that book was incidental to this story and I would have enjoyed Jane Steele without the Eyre references at all. Ms. Steele is bold and resourceful and not the traditional heroine of a sappy Victorian romance. While she may fill the role of governess she does so with a knife up her sleeve and the vocabulary of a sailor. My kind of heroine who is not swooning waiting for the master of the house to rescue her! I enjoyed the book even more than I expected to and recommend it as an entertaining adventure.

  • The Fifth Season

  • The Broken Earth, Book 1
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,100

This is the way the world ends. For the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great, red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ORIGINAL AND MOVING, EXCELLENT!

  • By Fantasy on 12-01-15

Boring - Couldn’t finish

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I bought this book based on positive reviews but after slogging through 2/3 of the book I give up - it just never took off for me. I see now that some other reviewers found it boring as well and I wish I had paid more attention to those reviews. A description of the plot sounds interesting but the story is broken into 3 different narratives and sadly none of them really took off for me. I finally stopped about 2/3 of the way through when I realized that I didn’t care about the characters and the best I could feel was a very mild curiosity about what might happen to them. There are so many great books that are hard to put down - this isn’t one of them. I felt like I gave this book a chance by continuing to listen and it never grabbed me and swept me into the story. The change of narrative was disruptive and didn’t flow and the use of 2nd person - you - you - you - was pointless and detracted rather than added to the story. This is one I’m returning- now on to a good listen!

  • Capital Gaines

  • The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff
  • By: Chip Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Melinda Paul, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,884

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of four in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read Now

  • By Brett Ritchison on 10-17-17

Upbeat Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I never watch reality TV so I had no idea who Chip Gaines was but based on positive reviews I decided to give this a listen. It was very motivating and encouraging in tone and focused on the theme of following your dreams. I’ve read better books on a “self help / motivation” theme but Chip’s telling of his own story was heartfelt & funny and was different than have a purely psychological approach to self improvement. The book left me with an upbeat mood and a smile and that’s a good thing.

  • Pears and Perils

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Matt Armstrong
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

Most people would be overjoyed to win $50,000 and the chance to star in a nation-wide commercial, even if it was just for a fast food joint like Camelot Burger. Then again, Clint Tucker has never been like most people. Ushered to the tropical paradise of Kenowai, he and the other winners undertake an island tradition for the cameras, one meant to free a local imprisoned deity. One with very specific requirements that have yet to be met. One that might just be a bit more authentic than any of them expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By K. April Holgate on 01-23-15

A New Fan of Drew Hayes!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

This is the 3rd book by Drew Hayes I've listened to, and I am now a total fan of his clever and imaginative writing. My book ratings are solely based on my enjoyment level, and this was 5 stars of enjoyment for me. I laughed throughout and found the characters and plot both fun and imaginative. A cat who is King of an Island - Magical Pears - an advertising contest that turns into the rescue of a long imprisoned god are all part of a rollicking adventure that is nothing but a good time. Hayes clearly doesn't take himself too seriously. This book is like a refreshing beach vacation with yummy drinks that have little umbrellas in them. I'm already looking for my next listen from Mr. Hayes!

  • The Changeling

  • A Novel
  • By: Victor LaValle
  • Narrated by: Victor LaValle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 861

When Apollo Kagwa's father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word improbabilia. Now Apollo is a father himself - and as he and his wife, Emma, are settling into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo's old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fractured Fairytale

  • By Diane on 08-07-17

Waited Too Long for the Magic

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I wanted this book to be a tale of magic in the real world - and while it was eventually that, the magical part was too long in coming for my taste. There was a lot of build up and some long boring stretches of things that didn't move the story along. The narrator's monotone made the slow parts of the book drag on even more. There was more violence and angst that I expected and a few times I almost quit but I kept listening out of morbid curiosity about where the author was going. This is a cautionary tale about the evils of the internet and many examples of broken families and excuses for violence. I found it more disturbing than entertaining and I'm on the fence about whether I'm sorry I listened to it.

  • The Darkest Minds

  • Darkest Minds, Book 1
  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,058

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book

  • By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on 08-06-13

Couldn't Finish - Stereotypical Teen Apocolypse

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I thought from the description that this might be an interesting tale of world falling apart - teens with super powers - but several hours into the story I was so bored I just stopped. I have better books to listen to. The characters were thinly drawn and the backstory was sketchy. I kept thinking it would get better but it was all too much like a formula with no real new or imaginative twist - teens have superpowers, adults are bad, parents are non-existent, and plucky young girl must save the world, no doubt falling in love with one or more similarly challenged or gifted boys along the way. Yawn. It's been done before. This didn't have enough draw to keep me interested.

  • In the Garden of Iden

  • A Novel of the Company, Book 1
  • By: Kage Baker
  • Narrated by: Janan Raouf
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 152

The first novel of Kage Baker’s critically acclaimed, much-loved series, the Company, introduces us to a world where the future of commerce is the past. In the 24th century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life (for profit of course). It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company, Dr. Zeus, Inc. One of these is Mendoza, the botanist. She is sent to Elizabethan England to collect samples from the garden of Sir Walter Iden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Is A Wonderful Treat

  • By Anna on 02-04-11

Too much historical romance (:

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I was intrigued by the sci fi premise of the book about time travelers going back in history to save plants/animals/ art etc that would otherwise become extinct or lost. The time travel backdrop is interesting and I liked the characters, but it basically turned into a historical romance with heavy religious undertones. I’m not interested in reading about the Spanish Inquisition and religious torture and murder. The majority of the book turned into a historical romance without the sci fi that made me choose to listen in the first place. I kept listening hoping it would get better but the end was a real downer. Overall I was disappointed as it was not what I hoped for. I’m not a fan of historical romance and didn’t expect this book to turn into that kind of story. I can see other reviewers had the same impression and I wish I had paid attention to them and skipped this book!