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  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Ford
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a book! What a narrator!!

  • By Bev S. Weiler on 09-06-09

An excellent read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

I’m a high school history teacher and it can be difficult to communicate the impact major historical events had on the people living at the time and how those consequences reverberate today (assuming you can get them to give history a chance in the first place. But I’ve found that incorporating historical fiction can help the otherwise uninterested engage in the material. The story and characters help form an emotional connection and imbue a sense of life and reality to supplement dry history lectures. This is one I will definitely use in the classroom!

  • Far from the Tree

  • By: Robin Benway
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including: Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO MOVED BY THIS STORY! GREAT FICTION!

  • By Ann on 02-28-18

Buy this now!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

I don’t think a book has made me cry this much in a long time. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen! You won’t be disappointed!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • An American Family

  • A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice
  • By: Khizr Khan
  • Narrated by: Khizr Khan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107

An American Family is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it's like to risk everything you know for the promise of a 226-year-old piece of parchment. As Khizr Khan traces his remarkable journey - from humble beginnings on a poultry farm in Pakistan to obtaining a degree from Harvard Law School and raising a family in America - he shows what it means to leave the limitations of one's country behind for the best values and promises of another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational immigrant memoir

  • By Mark on 04-16-18

A Modern Day American Tale

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

I was hooked from the beginning. Mr. Khan tells the story of humble beginnings as a child of farmers to an American lawyer. The love story between him and his wife feels like a fairy tale in the best possible way. It is an honest account of parenthood, the emotional struggles of separation, and the long road pursuing the dream, peppered with twists, turns and chance encounters that all culminated in the creation of a true American family. Excellent read not to be missed. The Khans have more than earned their right to be called Americans and by the end, natural born Americans like myself are left wondering, what have I done to serve my country? What can I do? And then, we resolve to do it.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,740

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

New favorite book!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Just buy it! It takes a lot for a book to make it to the top of my list. If you like contact by carl Sagan, science fiction that can affect you on a human level and make you reevaluate the world around you, this is the story for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dear World

  • A Syrian Girl's Story of War and Plea for Peace
  • By: Bana Alabed
  • Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

In Bana's own words, and featuring short, affecting chapters by her mother, Fatemah, Dear World is not just a gripping account of a family endangered by war; it offers a uniquely intimate child's perspective on one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history. Bana has lost her best friend, her school, her home, and her homeland. But she has not lost her hope - for herself and for other children around the world who are victims and refugees of war and deserve better lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read

  • By J.R. on 11-09-17

A must read

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

This ought to be required reading. Too quickly we jump to violent action without considering who we catch in the crossfire. If children are deemed an appropriate price to pay for our squabbles, something is deeply wrong.

  • Missing People: True Stories from Police Files

  • What Really Happened to Them?
  • By: Joseph Exton
  • Narrated by: Steven Mills
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

How far would you go to find a missing loved one? Would you send out flyers, appear on TV shows, or ask some of your connections to assist you? Let's change the question: What would you want your loved ones to do in case it was you who went missing? Would you encourage them to fight and find you at all costs? In this book we'll tackle seven cases - each different in nature and response, but all ending in one direction: the missing person could not be found....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great compilation of missing persons' cases

  • By R Neustel on 05-24-18

Don't waste your time

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Unless you are completely new to looking into missing people, don't waste your time. You can find all this info on any blog or website or hear it in any free podcast. Feels like it was written by your run of the mill blogger. Narrator was good though.