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  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows

  • An Outlander Novella
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524

Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family Reunions In Print

  • By Gypsy on 01-27-14

Closure on Roger's Parents

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

Ugh, the sad back story of Roger's parents. It neatly wraps up that story line, but I do hope the story will be expanded upon in the next book. It was a woefully short story from Ms. Gabaldon haha.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 164,851
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152,177
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152,016

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

Solitary Sarcastic Astronaut

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

This is a fabulous book. I'm only about half way through it and am totally thrilled I bought it. A story about a stranded astronaut with a sarcastic, witty sense of humour. Two of my favorite things, sarcasm & science fiction. I can't wait to finish out the book and hear how it ends.

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  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,256

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

Race, incest, and drugs

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

Reviewed: 05-29-12

This book sounds like it has it all...but it falls as flat as a batch of bread dough that doesn't rise. I bought this one after listening to The Help, it was an Audible recommendation. Its way off base. Yes it has segregation and violence...but its a whole different kind of racial love beating the odds. Its okay on its own merits...just okay.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,688

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

A wonky magical fantasy

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

Reviewed: 05-29-12

I certainly enjoyed meandering through the secret, magical streets of London. Meeting random, creative individuals and learning that doors are often more than just their name. Seedy undergrounds and mole people of New York have nothing on some of these characters. Some of the events feel like they're just dropped onto the page with out any lead up, but isn't that the joy of writing a fantasy novel? Making a world to fit your own ideas and not what anyone else dictates, its good stuff.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,507

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. H. In TN on 06-10-11

Infertility in the Jungle

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

Reviewed: 05-29-12

Its a story about a woman who goes looking for her good friend & coworker who is lost in the jungle. Along the way we meet a tough old bird who's exterior is peeled back to reveal a lost, tender woman who really can love. We meet our heroine after she's lost in the maze of her own mind for most of the story as she confronts her own desire to procreate. And we also meet silly, stereotypical natives. Its a long, grueling story that seems to take forever but in a matter of minutes you've reached the end and yearn for another chapter.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ten Thousand Islands

  • By: Randy Wayne White
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl found an ancient gold medallion on a small island off the Florida gulf coast. Soon she was having nightmares and later was found hanging from a tree. Although the death was ruled a suicide, the girl's mother, Della, is now sure there was foul play. Her trailer has been vandalized, and her daughter's coffin raided.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How not to leave a boat.

  • By Todd on 08-31-10

Awesome, like the TV show The Finder, but better

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

Reviewed: 05-29-12

I love this book, I really do. It's like a better, more substantial version of the tv show The Finder. (Its a spin-off from the show Bones) Seriously, listen and enjoy. I'm pretty sure if I find this book in paperback, I'll buy it and actually read it with my eyeballs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Cajun Moon

  • By: Mindy Starns Clark
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 121

What secrets can be found by the light of the Cajun moon? New Orleans may be the "Big Easy", but nothing about it was ever easy for international business etiquette expert Chloe Ledet. She moved away years ago, leaving her parents and their famous French Quarter restaurant behind. But when she hears that her father has been shot, she races home to be by his side and to handle his affairs, only to learn a longhidden secret that changes everything she knew to be true about herself and her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good clean mystery

  • By Deborah on 10-11-11

Pink and Gold Religion

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

Reviewed: 05-29-12

This is a love story that revolves around pink salt, gold, and religion. I really enjoyed the mystery of the story, the setting, and the characters. The only thing I could have done with out was the religious leading man. In fact, I think if you removed all of his Sunday Preacher moments, this book would be even better. Don't think that there is a ton, but its enough to turn a non-religious off while listening. Still, I enjoyed it enough to listen to it twice and intend on using it for my next 6 hour car trip to visit family. And not because its long, but because its a good listen overall.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

  • By: Tiffany Baker
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Truly Plaice, an overly large and ungainly girl, is the polar opposite of her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. With their parents dead, Truly and Serena Jane are separated: Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good - but could have been Truly good!

  • By Tracie on 03-18-10

Good story but doesn't quite meet its potential

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

Reviewed: 05-29-12

The story of a woman growing up in a small town with a form of giant-ism. The writer could have done a better job facing the consequences of rape, runaway wives, suicide, and homosexuality. However given that the book is supposed to be more about an ancestors spell book and a physically unconventional woman learning to love herself, its a good listen. I think if we took every opportunity to make hard life lessons into actual lessons, story telling would be considered education not entertainment, and this book is entertaining in a gentle, slow summer breeze kind of way. Easy listening for sure.

  • Matthew Flinder's Cat

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617

The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Story

  • By CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH on 08-11-06

A touching, non-classic story

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

Reviewed: 05-29-12

Its surprising how much you can come to love a drunk and find faith in humanity again based on his platonic friendship with a runaway/homeless kid. I always enjoy a good fiction beyond the he loves her, she loves him, or the action hero who saves the day, or blah blah blah. If you're looking for a simple, sweet story, this is a good choice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Arcadia Falls

  • By: Carol Goodman
  • Narrated by: Jen Taylor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Decent book...horrible reader

  • By Lenne on 05-12-10

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 11-11-11

I liked this book. The synopsis is a little off base I think personally, but I very much enjoyed the weaving of fairytales & mystery.