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  • Pearl in the Sand

  • By: Tessa Afshar
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Striking beauty comes at a price. Rahab paid it when at the age of 15 she was sold into prostitution by the one man she loved and trusted—her father. With her keen mind and careful planning she turned heartache into success, achieving independence while still young. And she vowed never again to trust a man. Any man. God had other plans. Into the emotional turmoil of her world walked Salmone, a prominent leader of Judah, held in high esteem by all Israel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A woman's heart revealed

  • By Joshua on 06-18-11

The Story of Rahab after the fall of Jericho

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Pearl in the Sand to be better than the print version?

I don't know. I only listened to the audio.

What other book might you compare Pearl in the Sand to and why?

I think it's like some of the Lynn Austin books I've read which takes Biblical history and tells stories about the impact on ordinary and famous people of the time.

What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

A dramatic voice that could change to other characters so you knew who was speaking.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Rehab and the Jews after Jericho

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,812

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

Plodding script

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Although I liked Abigail and Brooks characters, the story slowed down too much. There was a lot of retelling of what Abigail had witnessed. Its also a story about charm and seduction with sexual scenes thrown in to tantalize. Not needed. The narrator was very good!

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,105
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41,038

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

Courage and perseverance!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

If you could sum up The Nightingale in three words, what would they be?

War, fear courage.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Nightingale?

There were several memorable moments. One was when the sisters met again at the train station, after Isobel's release from the camp, but also when she met her lover at the end.

What does Polly Stone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Your can hear the different personality and attitude in the voices she gives to the sisters and the other characters. When she became another character, it was clear who was speaking. Also loved the french accents. Great narrator!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Two sisters, love, war, family and the French Resistance.

Any additional comments?

It made me consider the courage of the people in the French Resistance and the risks they took. I love the character development in the two sisters. It was so interesting seeing how they dealt differently with hard circumstances. I found myself thinking "what would I do" and "why is she so reckless." A story of courage. The ending was great! Get your hanky. I cried at parts of it.

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  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

  • By: Beth Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,671

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comfort Food For The Soul

  • By Karen on 02-17-10

Wacky characters, but fizzles at the end

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a better story- it started serious and then got silly and boring.

What was most disappointing about Beth Hoffman’s story?

Not much development of the father and his story.

Have you listened to any of Jenna Lamia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narrator was good. This was the first time I heard her.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

  • The Highway

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 857

When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a twist

  • By Dennis on 08-22-13

hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

What disappointed you about The Highway?

I almost didn't finish this book, because i anticipated a horrible end for the girls. The villians were repulsive creatures. I don't really want to read another like this.

Has The Highway turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, it was painful anticipating the horror. I think this is a horror book/

Which scene was your favorite?

the rescue

What character would you cut from The Highway?

The villians, especially the crooked cop.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,047

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Funny, sad, & serious!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The narrator's delivery of this story is amazing! She portrays the personalities so well. You may wish you had a friend like Maddie (well maybe not exactly like Maddie). As a friend she's loyal and outspoken. Jane is a single Mom in a new place. Celeste is a beautiful woman with a secret. In fact there are lots of secrets & lies. I listened to this book at every opportunity.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Little Lies?

The person involved in the accident was a surprise.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

Madeline

Who was the most memorable character of Big Little Lies and why?

Madeline- she turned out to be the most stable & happy person among the 3 friends.

Any additional comments?

Great read and a great narrator.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 156,726
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144,630
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144,472

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Great survival story!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

Never read the print addition, but the audio was great!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

one of my favorite moments is the joyful reaction of the marooned astronaut to the space vehicle left on Mars and another is the reaction of the scientist, Kapur, when he discovers that an astronaut was left on Mars alive.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first time to hear this narrator and I thought he did a great job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Stranded on the Red Planet

Any additional comments?

Loved the humor and tenacity of the main character.

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  • Chasing the Dime

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,285

The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!

  • By David on 05-29-05

A different kind of Connelly book

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

Reviewed: 05-07-14

What made the experience of listening to Chasing the Dime the most enjoyable?

in first part of the story, I thought the main character, Henry, was the "bad guy, but my view changed. A tangled, but interesting story.

What did you like best about this story?

The way it led the reader through the story. I kept changing my view of Henry.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

He shows the reader about Henry's life and relationships in the present and also gives information about his past, that lends some understanding to his actions. During all of this his life is unraveling in dangerous ways. This made for an interesting story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nothing!, Great narrator!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

  • A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 6
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

On a spring morning in 1951, 11-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite series: try it!

  • By Margaret on 02-01-14

Flavia's mother returns

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

Reviewed: 04-14-14

Would you listen to The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches again? Why?

Maybe, it was a fun book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Alan Bradley? Why or why not?

Yes, I think I would try another book. Sometimes the chemistry is a little too much. I would like to see more emotion from the family.

What does Jayne Entwistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is a great narrator who puts life into the story and it's characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The playing of her mother's favorite song at the funeral was touching.

  • The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707

A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, identified as Dr. Stanley Kent, has two bullet holes in the back of his head, from what looks like an execution-style shooting. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate. As soon as Bosch begins retracing Dr. Kent's steps, contradictions emerge. While Kent doesn't seem to have had ties to organized crime, he did have access to dangerous radioactive substances from just about every hospital in Los Angeles County.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Supremely annoying

  • By karen on 01-10-16

The Fed and the LAPD

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

Reviewed: 04-14-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Nothing, it is typical Bosch. I don't know how he keeps a job sometimes.

If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

The plot seemed too familiar. I understand why his new partner doesn't like the way Bosch operates.

What about Len Cariou’s performance did you like?

Great job at changing the voices so I knew who was who.

Was The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13 worth the listening time?

Yes, I enjoyed listening.