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  • Home Front

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Patricia on 02-17-12

Melodrama overtakes historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I have listened to several other books by this author so I pressed on with this one thinking that the characters would evolve into credible humans. As interesting and unique as the story is , I’ve listened to my limit. Why ever did an editor allow the heart strings to descend into melodrama?

  • Enemies in Love

  • A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance
  • By: Alexis Clark
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

This is a love story like no other: Elinor Powell was an African-American nurse in the US military during World War II; Frederick Albert was a soldier in Hitler’s army, captured by the Allies and shipped to a prisoner-of-war camp in the Arizona desert. Like most other black nurses, Eleanor pulled a second-class assignment, in a dusty, sun-baked - and segregated - Western town. Brought together by unlikely circumstances and racist assumptions, Elinor and Frederick should have been bitter enemies; but instead, at the height of World War II, they fell in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical war story

  • By Janice on 06-03-18

A Unique Previously Untold Story

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Over the years I have read widely holding books long before audiobooks became available.Certainly aware of racism, I was a supporter of equality but I have never read about the plight of black nurses. Therefore I welcomed the details documented in this novel. In my early years, following the completion of an undergraduate BSc degree , I entered the field of health care, obtaining a degree in Nursing. Quickly I moved on to study Medicine traveling broadly to complete an undergraduate degree. Thereafter studies took me to first New Zealand and then to a black ghetto hospital in South Africa All the patients were black while all the staff, including me, were white. The experience has never left me. Now retired and living in a remote area of Canada I reflect on my own family experience and can appreciate the unfortunate effect the repeated moving plus alienation had on the 2 sons born to the main couple of this novel. The precipitous ending of the novel was unfortunate.Some description surrounding the other son would have added much to the story.

On a final note, the narrator needed to modulate her reading more frequently as it took on a monotonous quality, dulling one’s interest.This said, I strongly recommend this novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Taster

  • By: V. S. Alexander
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty - working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Führer's food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ!!!!!

  • By Sara on 02-10-18

Prior reviewers require English writing lessons

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

The novel represents historical fiction at it’s best with necessary patches of doubtful historical fact. This said, I have not previously read any accounts focusing on the role of tasters.And credit is due to the narrator.The task is challenging but I thought that the net effect did justice to the author’s intended goal.
When reviewers use terms such as ‘bad’or’lousy’ or even plain ‘Good’ without further descriptors I am inclined to take a pass on the merit of the review. The paucity of adequate language evident in most of the reviews doesn’t surprise me. However, I look forward to the editor’s comments.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,419

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Bill from Florida on 05-29-07

A magnificent telling of war. love and regret

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

When this novel was first published I read it with astonishment not imagining how powerful an audio version could be.The publishers have tastefully intermixed voices with a brief selection of piercing of music to wrap around any loose threads.How can we not weep for MaryAnn whose sacrifice is great allowing for the others to survive. The author shares his remarkable gift with us.. I await his next novel with eager anticipation.
LK

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,588

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

I loved him so much!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

If I had heard that phrase one more time I was prepared to hit delete. For someone with the excellent vocabulary, Catherine Steadman repeater just one phrase dozens of times during the course of the book. Now I am exaggerating here to make the point that certain phrases if repeated become aggravating. There are many other ways to express caring for a partner or husband, etc. There were other aspects of the book that desperately required a sharp red pen to assist with editing. For the sake of your sanity I will not repeat them here. This author has potential but requires a steady hand holding a thesaurus as well as an editor who is prepared to be as brutal as my seventh grade English teacher. On a positive note the story was unique. I look forward to reading her upcoming novels.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

New York Times best-selling author Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes. One bright spring morning in London, Diana Cowper - the wealthy mother of a famous actor - enters a funeral parlor. She is there to plan her own service. Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain cord in her own home. Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric investigator....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense is the modus operende

  • By Avid listener LK on 07-31-18

Suspense is the modus operende

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

That this novel is extraordinarily well written is an understatement. Horowitz creates suspense at each turn. And it is not until the very end that one appreciates this. I could suggest that you pay attention to all of the characters but that would not help you figure out “ Who did it “. But read on as the process is highly enjoyable.

  • Surviving the Fatherland

  • A True Coming of Age Love Story Set in WWII Germany
  • By: Annette Oppenlander
  • Narrated by: Naomi Jacobson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Spanning 13 years from 1940 to 1953 and set against the epic panorama of WWII, author Annette Oppenlander's Surviving the Fatherland is a sweeping saga of family, love, and betrayal that illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the children's war.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth my time

  • By alice webber on 06-12-18

The performance almost stopped me from moving to chapter 2

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

The fact that this was a true story kept me going onto chapter2 and beyond. I learned much about what life was like for non-Jewish Germans living in small towns. Many men were conscripted while others believed it was their duty to blindly follow the crazed orders of Hitler. The main characters were children when their fathers left. They and their families experienced years of starvation even after the war in Europe ended .Stalin continued to obliterate millions in Russia, including Germans stuck in the hundreds of different gulag death camps. The performance improved toward the end third of the novel. Thank goodness for small mercies. This book deserved a top notch performance.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,763
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,678

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Not my demographic but.....

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

After reading the description of the story, I thought it was about black ghettos in a US city involving young folk. I’m in my 7th decade and my closest contact with black people was when I lived and worked in Soweto, a giant slum outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. It was right after the 1977 riots when black students were on a peaceful march and were mowed down by white police with machine guns. This book sucked me in so my sense of outrage was rekindled. Injustice crosses all demographics of all colours and demographics. Keep writing Ms Thomas.You have the voice.

  • Summit

  • A Novel
  • By: Harry Farthing
  • Narrated by: Harry Farthing
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439

In the autumn of 1938, Germany's reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, is growing frustrated at the British using their regional power in India to block the passage of an SS expedition to Tibet. Determined to spite them, he plots to steal something the British hold dear and have failed for the seventh time that spring to achieve: a first summit of Mount Everest. Seventy years later, seasoned mountain guide Neil Quinn's ninth visit to the top of the world's highest mountain, this time in charge of the 16-year-old son of a Long Island billionaire, begins to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction at its Very Best!

  • By Paula on 08-23-16

Painfully repetitive

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

While the story was of interest,the over inclusive style used by the author detracted from the successful execution of the novel. Perhaps the author should have had an established but independent narrator involved in the presentation of this lengthy audiobook.Finally, extensive editing would be welcomed to avoid unnecessary and painful repetition.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Baker's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen P. Kiernan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,147

Only 22, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at 13, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Help is really on the way

  • By Georgia on 07-15-17

Vinyl Ridge from a survivors perspective

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

A young women baker performs daily rounds seeing who needed what so that more could defy the occupying Germans.
I have now listened to this book twice as the first time I missed vital events due to falling asleep.
Take it from me, every word is worth hearing. Cassandra’s voice and her abilities as a reader enhance the author’s intention. It was the best of the year!