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  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,500
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,949
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,877

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Amazingly, another revelation of Nazi Occupied France

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

If you thought you knew about the cruelty of racism and the insanity of the Nazis you've got another story left to be told to you.

It's the story of the bravery of people both male and female, both young and idealistic and older and disillusioned yet still hopeful that goodness matters.

The story of the bravery that is gained by friendship love and The safe the selflessnessfinally parenthood.

  • Plum Island

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,769

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks Nelson for bringing an oldy to AUDIBLE

  • By Paul on 12-03-10

Could have been shorter

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

Some interesting New York history. The phrase "and so on" was way overused. I probably won't re-read it, but it was entertaining enough to keep me reading to the end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,921

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Divorced, beheaded, died...

  • By Tim on 09-30-11

A Difficult Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

I came to purchase this audiobook when my local PBS station was to begin airing the miniseries. If it were not for the support of the dramatic series, I'm not sure I'd have been able to stick with it.

The story is told jumping from one time period of Cromwell's life to another without preamble, confusing me, but with the dramatization, I began to appreciate the cadences . The time jumps illustrate the character 's previous experiences which had shaped their reasoning when contemplating a current issue.

I gained a couple of new quotes to add to my own philosophy. One about how someone is always warning that their time is "the end times" which is true enough. The addition that these prophets are usually apt to "accuse their neighbor of being the antichrist" shows the subtle wit of the author. I got a wry giggle from that given the crazy violence of our modern times always in the name of someone's god.

The other quote deals with planning for future years being "no good at all " if one doesn't have a plan for tomorrow.

So by the end of the book, after re-listening to parts of it , I have to say that it was quite a good story. I'll enjoy leisurely researching some of the history.

  • Us: A Novel

  • By: David Nicholls
  • Narrated by: David Haig
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 637

Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that seduces beautiful Connie into a second date...and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades later, they live more or less happily in the London suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn’t be worse. Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great novel - my favorite in years

  • By Mark on 07-21-15

Very candid, witty, poignant

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

I will immediately look for other books by this author and reader. At times depressing, a little too close to reality for comfort at moments, but so funny at times that I couldn't listen to it while my husband was sleeping next to me because I shook with belly laughs. Nails the absurdity of raising a teenager. I'd recommend it to people who've had long marriages and any young person wonderful enough to care about their parents' point of view if any exist.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,966

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Could not put it down

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

The stark and flinching story of thee women in crisis. One in the grip of alcoholism, suffering the grief and numbness of betrayal and abandonment, living in her lonely imagination. The second, the object of her fantasy, suddenly vanishing, offers a frank and frightening look at the path of adolescent loss and youthful bad choices. The third woman offers a chilling peek into the egotistical rationale of 'the other woman."
Really gets into the heads of people behaving badly.

  • Paris

  • The Novel
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Jean Gilpin
  • Length: 38 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 964

Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And I thought I knew Paris, a fascinating read!

  • By Janels on 06-06-13

Enjoyable , Informative

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

Love Rutherford's method of taking his readers back in time. Much earlier history than most historical fiction, fascinating facts I'd never heard before about history I thought I'd known.

  • Rabbit, Run

  • By: John Updike
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 423

Harry Angstrom was a star basketball player in high school and that was the best time of his life. Now in his mid-20s, his work is unfulfilling, his marriage is moribund, and he tries to find happiness with another woman. But happiness is more elusive than a medal, and Harry must continue to run--from his wife, his life, and from himself, until he reaches the end of the road and has to turn back....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but gritty and depressing

  • By Peregrine on 01-22-09

Not for the depressed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-09

Wonderful descriptive narrative, a look into the soul of a man leaving his son and family and justifying it. I didn't finish it yet, but I will, I can recognize good literature, which this is, but right now, I just can't stomach it's subject.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,939

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

Current and Intelligently Entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-08

I was facinated by the similarities in the financial and economical accounts in this book to our economy's struggles here in the US. This author made these usually somnambulistic topics not only understandable, but interesting to this mere financial mortal. There are some great lines in this book, a lot really, of the caliber of iconic quotes such as, "Never tell anyone outside the family what you're thinking!" (The Godfather). I thought it was THAT good. The narration was perfection. Plus, it was a great murder mystery. The best book I've read in a while, up there with Attonement and Pillar's of the Earth. I'll be on the lookout for the next book by this author. Just Excellent. Thanks.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,840
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,365

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

Couldn't Take My Buds Out

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-07

I thought, whew, 40 hours, but I really enjoyed it. One of those books that keeps you up late.
I liked the way the story moved. My only complaint was the repeaded rapes and the details of step by step sex, which, I personally find boring by most writers, I did >> a couple of times. I'm downloading the sequel now, so that tells the real tale. If you like family and political sagas, you won't be disappointed.

130 of 139 people found this review helpful