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  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,650
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,368
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,442

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

The best I've ever read!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

I absolutely loved this book. Although traumatic at times and feeling rage at what I heard, I felt inspired and at peace in the end. I recommend all to read this to know that a human being can push forth, feel hate, destroy, forgive and love.

  • Three Minutes to Doomsday

  • An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History
  • By: Joe Navarro
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840

In 1988 Joe Navarro, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counterintelligence. But his real expertise was "reading" body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of Clancy with the best of Law & Order

  • By Lord Emsworth on 07-17-17

Outstanding Accounts

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

The narrator was captivating. The story left me worried for the future though. Extremely detailed accounts left me memorized.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,228

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

fabulous book. I can do this!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

I know I can do this but I'll need to take 3 days off from work! I need to buy the book to see how she folds and organizes. the little I've done has already brought relief. thank you.

  • The Butterfly Garden

  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Mel Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,814

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the negative reviews fool you...

  • By Angela Lee on 03-24-17

The best OMG book!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

I loved this book. it was twisted and horrific. Good vs Evil is different for many. This is a must read book!

  • Field of Prey

  • Lucas Davenport, Book 24
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103

The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sandford and Ferrone deliver

  • By Ed on 06-26-14

An OMG Book!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

I loved this book. I found myself grimacing and crouching many times. This was thrilling but sick; I couldn't stop plying it.

  • Carol - The Price of Salt

  • By: Patricia Highsmith
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,612

A chance encounter between two lonely women leads to a passionate romance in this lesbian cult classic. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can blossom. But their newly discovered bliss is shattered when Carol is forced to choose between her child and her lover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't stop thinking about this book...

  • By Shelley S. on 10-13-15

A Beautiful Read!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

It was simple and elegant. A very taboo story line with a future happy ending.

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  • Country Bride

  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Luke Rivers is a man of his word. He agrees to marry Kate Logan when she foolishly proposes to him - after one glass of champagne too many - at her former fiancé's wedding reception. And Luke, stubborn rancher that he is, refuses to renege on his promise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Country Bride

  • By Angelindiskyes on 08-06-18

Predictable story

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

This was a very predictable story line. it was so redundant and it dragged out. it was so hard listening to an adolescents-like girl saying the same thing over and over again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,771

One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming of age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Performance of a classic!

  • By Steven on 08-18-13

A true classic!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

I should have read this book long ago. it was beautifully written and provided quite shocking moments.

  • The Dopeman's Wife

  • The Dopeman's Wife Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: JaQuavis Coleman
  • Narrated by: Nicole Small
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

Once the streets pull you in, they own you. Or at least that's the way it's been for Nautica. Growing up in the hood, all she's ever known is the fast life - fast money illicitly made through scandals and relentless scheming. But when a big scam nearly finishes her off, she decides she wants more out of life than the hustle and tries to make a new life for herself on the East Coast.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • DEPRESSING. What a F:@&$ Up Ending

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 05-01-15

Good story. Entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

thought the story may have a happy ending after turning lives around. Not sure how to feel about the lives in the hood...sympathy, uncaring, condemnation. But it was a really good story.

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,070
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,320

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

what an ending!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

couldn't stop listening to the book! hard way to find love. i really liked the ending!