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  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,951

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Hillbilly Elegy... suburb read, great incites to a segment of our society!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

One person’s life experiences tell a story with great incites into the background of a whole segment of our society ,how it has impacted the culture of our towns, cities & country. Sometimes an individual can overcome the worst poverty & disfunction stopping the continuing spiral downward for the next generation.

  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,591

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story... good overcomes misogyny

  • By Sher on 06-15-17

Brilliant delivery for the cruelty of of a man against a woman & the repercussions for generations

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

Nora Roberts depicts on the one hand the cruelty & twisted logic of a deprived soul, while on the other hand revealing the resilience of the human spirit to survive that unendurable cruelty. These actions impact repercussion for generations. Good handling of a very difficult subject!

  • Crazy House

  • By: James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 748

Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth...but Becca's never been very good at either. Her sister, Cassie, was always the perfect twin. Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them before it's too late.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Patterson or Steven King ?

  • By donnacdavis on 05-30-17

Children disappear without a trace!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

A "Utopian communities or cells turn out to be anything but Utopian. Twin sisters grapple with first one sister disappearing & when the second sister searches for her she find herself in " death row" as well as her sister! Is there a way to escape the inevitable fate?

  • The Girl from the Savoy

  • A Novel
  • By: Hazel Gaynor
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jones, Lucy Rayner, Paul Fox
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Dolly Lane is a dreamer, a downtrodden maid who longs to dance on the London stage, but her life has been fractured by the Great War. Memories of the soldier she loved, of secret shame and profound loss, by turns pull her back and spur her on to make a better life. When she finds employment as a chambermaid at London's grandest hotel, The Savoy, Dolly takes a step closer to the glittering lives of the Bright Young Things who thrive on champagne, jazz, and rebellion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Esse on 09-09-16

A Recipe for Life!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Dotty Lane comes from a Lancaster farm to a Back of house servant at the Savoy. It is hope & happy accidents that take a girl who would be a failure, to become a Muse for troubled composer & then rises to become a significant London star under the tutelage of a famous performer whose time is coming to an end.
Strong words to live by & to stand for no matter who you may be!

  • Rare Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Tessaro
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

Maeve Fanning is a first-generation Irish immigrant born and raised among the poor, industrious Italian families of Boston's North End by her widowed mother. Clever, capable, and as headstrong as her red hair suggests, she's determined to better herself despite the overwhelming hardships of the Great Depression. However, Maeve also has a dangerous fondness for strange men and bootleg gin - a rebellious appetite that soon finds her spiraling downward, leading a double life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!!

  • By Traci J on 08-19-17

Memorable good read!

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

A young pretty Irish girl with spirit, wit, & intelligence, somehow landed in more difficulty than she could handle in New York City. Hitting rock bottom she comes home to Boston to try to find work & make a new life after 1929 crash. Wanting a fresh start Maeve Fanning becomes May Fanning , bleached her fiery red hair a "Harlow" blonde hair and enters the society set through her new job at the rarefied antiques shop & her past connection to a Society young friend.
There in lies a tail....a story of class , conflict, & a realization that money doesn't buy happiness .

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Royally Wed

  • Ladies-in-Waiting, Book 2
  • By: Pamela DuMond
  • Narrated by: Lesley Ann Fogle
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

Lucy Trabbicio, former cocktail waitress and down-to-earth American commoner, is about to marry the man of her dreams, Prince Nicholas of Fredonia, in the posh royal wedding of the year. But something goes very wrong on the way to the altar. Now it's up to Lucy and her party-hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting to solve the debacle, and get her back into sexy Prince Nick's arms in time to be Royally Wed, as well as royally bedded.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a bit short

  • By tealady on 09-22-18

Lots of Light Relief & fun situations tickled my sense of humor!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Wanted a little light relief from some very heavy issue books I had read. The Royally Wed: Ladies-in- Waiting & the one before it were just what I needed!

  • Part-Time Princess

  • Ladies-in-Waiting, Book 1
  • By: Pamela DuMond
  • Narrated by: Lesley Ann Fogle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Lucy's a down-on-her luck, former cocktail waitress desperate to find a job to pay her beloved uncle’s room and board at Assisted Living. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to impersonate her for ten days tops while she completes her pressing personal business in the States. The goal: keep Prince Cristoph of Fredonia interested in 'Elizabeth' until she returns. In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth's people transform Lucy into a reluctant 'Lady' and she travels to Fredonia for her top-secret job. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weirdest Part Time Job Add Ever!

  • By Nocturnus on 02-06-16

Sweet story with lots of personality and humor!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

From the streets of Chicago to impersonating a shoe -in -Princess, "My Fair Lady" and "Cinderella " come together with hilarious consequences!

  • Cinder & Ella

  • By: Kelly Oram
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403

It's been almost a year since 18-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she's been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father's home, and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she's capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're in the mood for a sweet YA fairy tale...

  • By AudioAddict on 06-03-17

A Modern day fairy!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

A modern day fairy tale with all the elements of love, adversity, & a happy ending! What more could you want?

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,240

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Suspense at its best!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

Great read! The Chemist opens your imagination to the depths of persuasion with a torturer thav

  • The Black Widow

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,511

Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation "since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond" ( Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WGV

  • By Walter Glenn Viers on 07-18-16

Predicts terrorism of Paris , Orlando, Columbus & more! Gripping suspense in fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

This book was almost finished when Paris killings happened! Masterful plot! Terrorism on Steroids! Great read!