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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,632

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Fun insights into family relationships!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Things are not always as they seem and sometimes people, no matter how well you think you know them, may surprise you. Those are two of the morals of this story. This was a great mystery/adventure story about a very bright girl who is trying to find out what happened to her mother. Bernadette, the mother, is a world famous architect who has been unable to work for many years due to a conflict involving one of her first projects. She encounters problems with her neighbor, problems with the other moms at school, problems with her husband, problems with an internet assistant, and problems with a planned family trip to Antarctica. All of these problems lead up to her disappearance. This leaves her daughter and her estranged husband to try to figure out what happened to Bernadette. The daughter and husband decide to go on the Antarctic trip as planned. It is on the trip that they find out answers about Bernadette and also learn to truly understand each other. Highly recommend!

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,475
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,389

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

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I couldn't stop listening to this story! I enjoyed hearing Star's perspective on all of the events as they were happening. This was a nice reminder that sometimes news is reported through the lens of the reporter. It is always important to try to think about issues from the perspectives of everyone involved. Highly recommend!

  • The One-in-a-Million Boy

  • By: Monica Wood
  • Narrated by: Chris Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving, thought provoking,

  • By Kelli Stone on 04-12-17

Great "feel good" story!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

Quinn takes over the care of 104 year old Ona after his 11 year old son dies suddenly. Through this experience, Quinn begins to know his son, who he was never really able to connect with in life. Quinn and his ex-wife also make peace through the experience of fulfilling their son's last goal: helping Ona get into the Guinness Book of World Records. Quinn learns a lesson about commitment and what it means to be there for your family.

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  • Claude's Christmas Adventure

  • By: Sophie Pembroke
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

This Christmas, a little dog is in for a big adventure.... Meet Claude. He's a loveable, big-eared, permanently hungry French bulldog who loves his humans - the McCawley family of number 11 Maple Drive, to be precise. When Daisy and Oliver McCawley start using new words like, ferry, chateau and France, Claude realises they won't be spending this Christmas at home. Only, when he finds himself on the street as the family car pulls away, Claude realises he is alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Four Stubby Legs... and Gingerbread

  • By Gillian on 12-18-16

Cute family holiday story!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

One left-behind dog unites an entire neighborhood while his family tries to get back home to him.

  • Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

  • By: Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Narrated by: Joel Johnstone
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life (well, almost): he drums in the All-Star Jazz Band, has a crush on the hottest girl in school (who doesn’t know he’s alive), frequently finds himself sitting across from his school counselor (who bribes him with candy), and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey (who is cuter than cute). But when Jeffrey gets sick, Steven’s world is turned upside down as he is forced to deal with his brother’s illness, his parents’ attempts to keep the family in one piece, the band, overdue homework, girls, and of course, Dangerous Pie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Wonderful

  • By Madeline E. George on 07-15-15

Excellent handling of a sensitive subject!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

I found that this book accurately portrayed all the different emotions and actions experienced by the different family members when the youngest son was diagnosed with cancer. Although written for young adults, I think readers (listeners) of all ages will appreciated this story. Highly recommend!

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,805

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Very slow going!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

I bought this book to listen to on a road trip with my 8th grade son (who enjoyed both Harry Potter and The Lightning Thief series). 45 minutes into the story he said, "Mom, what is even going on in this story?" and "Do we have to listen to this?" I finished it on my own. While the narrator did a great job, it took a couple of hours for me to get into the story. Some parts could have been edited to make the story shorter, without impacting the meaning.

  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

  • By: Beth Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682

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

Wonderful story about growing up

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

The reader/listener is drawn in right from the start. From the first crazy moments of life with her unstable mother, through her move to Savannah, and finally the new life she starts at school, I enjoyed all of Cee Cee's many adventures and experiences. Each of the women she meets helps her learn more about life, family, and finally forgiveness and acceptance of her mother. There were moments I laughed and moments I cried. Jenna Lamia did an excellent job with all of the characters. Highly recommend!

  • Moon Over Manifest

  • By: Clare Vanderpool
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912

Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful Family Story

  • By Debbie on 04-23-14

A story the whole family will enjoy!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

The characters were very well written. The narrators were all spot on for the voices. This story pulls you in from the very beginning and has you hoping that Abilene will find the answers to all of the mysteries she is trying to solve.

  • Echo

  • By: Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, Andrews MacLeod, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862

Audie Award, Middle Grade, 2016. Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become sinterwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio productions I have heard

  • By tru britty on 07-28-15

Great use of music within the story!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

Highly recommend! It's amazing how the author was able to tie together four seemingly unrelated stories into one wonderful tale. I also enjoyed hearing the music played with each story. All of the narrators were excellent! Great story about lives affected by WWII for the entire family to enjoy.

  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

  • By: Phaedra Patrick
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater-vest; waters his fern, Frederica; and heads out to his garden. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming

  • By RueRue on 10-23-16

How the past affects the future...

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

This is the story of a journey that begins when widower Arthur cleans out his wife's closet and finds a charm bracelet he never knew she had. He wants to find out what each charm means and in the process, he finds himself on many adventures meeting people he never even thought he would talk to. The more he learns about his wife's past, the more he begins to doubt that he ever really knew her. Along the way, his relationships with his adult children come back together and he learns to give himself the freedom to try new things. I really enjoyed this story and highly recommend it to others who like to read about life experiences. Another reviewer compared this story to A Man Called Ove and I would agree.