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LoRe Bolling

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  • Best Seller

  • By: Susan May
  • Narrated by: Steve Marvel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

Ten-year-old Nem has just witnessed her mother's brutal murder and her life appears destined for tragedy. Until, that is, she finds her mother‘s old green journal which holds an incredible secret. This innocent-looking book seems to contain the power to control the luck of others. As she uses it, she discovers the diary keeps a strange kind of karmic balance, that in gifting someone good fortune she must steal another's first. All it takes is a simple entry. There's dangers though not readily seen, and not just for others but also for Nem. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lucky or not?

  • By Ronda J. Simon on 06-14-19

Not as good as I had hoped

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

Reviewed: 07-14-19

The story reaches climax and then just fizzles. I wanted a good thriller. Not it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Surfside Sisters

  • A Novel
  • By: Nancy Thayer
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

A Nantucket woman returns home to find that reunions aren’t always simple, in this heartwarming novel from the New York Times bestselling author. Keely Green always dreamed of leaving the beautiful shores of Nantucket to become a writer. Now she’s a bestselling novelist living in New York City, attending glamorous cocktail parties, mingling with the literary elite, and dating a charming pediatric surgeon. But a moment of clarity strikes when Keely’s boyfriend suddenly wants to settle down and her editor rejects her latest novel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too fluffy!

  • By LoRe Bolling on 07-10-19

Too fluffy!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-19

Good but fluffy. narrator's voice is positively simpering at times. for a short book, it took a long time to get through.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Salt Houses

  • By: Hala Alyan
  • Narrated by: Leila Buck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

On the eve of her daughter Alia's wedding, Salma reads the girl's future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Palestinian Family in Exile

  • By zaina on 08-25-17

Disjointed story

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

Too many characters whose names were not all easy to keep track of as the setting skipped all over the globe.

  • Summer of '69

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the 20th century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year, the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book to come along in years!

  • By Anonymous User on 06-22-19

Her best yet!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-19

Much more substantive than Elin's normal beach reads. I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are a host of characters to love, a few to despise, and many more plot twists and a few side trips to enjoy in this one!

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Letter

  • By: Emily Gunnis
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved. 1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret's, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave. Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret's. Before it is too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great twists and turns!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-14-19

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

Another dark subject comes to light. The story is both suspenseful and compelling. Great work!

  • The Yarn Whisperer

  • My Unexpected Life in Knitting
  • By: Clara Parkes
  • Narrated by: Clara Parkes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

In The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a Life in Knitting, renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes ponders the roles knitting plays in her life via 22 captivating, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny essays. Recounting tales of childhood and adulthood, family, friends, adventure, privacy, disappointment, love, and celebration, she hits upon the universal truths that drive knitters to create and explores the ways in which knitting can be looked at as a metaphor for so many other things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful from start to finish

  • By Beth E. on 06-08-16

I was expecting a great story with great wisdom!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

That is not at all what I got from this author. her title in no way relates to being at 1 with yarn. she hoes off on long, painstaking discussions in which she likes all kinds of baked goods to knitting techniques. there are 2 problems here for me: many of started knitting to keep our hands busy and our minds off if snacking; and she seems more consumed with her love of baking more than knitting. So why wasn't the book about the pursuit of baking? Then at least I would gave been forewarned not to pick it up. Her ungainly attempts at humor fall flatter than the proverbial pancake. This atrocity is not worth 5 minutes of time spent on trying to find it's merits. There simply are none!

  • The Lines We Leave Behind

  • By: Eliza Graham
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

England, 1947: A young woman finds herself under close observation in an insane asylum, charged with a violent crime she has no memory of committing. As she tries to make sense of her recent past, she recalls very little. But she still remembers wartime in Yugoslavia. There she and her lover risked everything to carry out dangerous work resisting the Germans - a heroic campaign in which many brave comrades were lost. After that, the trail disappears into confusion. How did she come to be trapped in a living nightmare?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By LoRe Bolling on 03-24-19

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

Loved it! This poor woman who works so hard to always do the right thing is theater at every turn. This is a gripping story of obvious sanity and compassion labeled as insanity.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,484

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Gut wrenching and heart warming

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Beautiful story full of love, pain, anquish but mostly a love of family stronger than anything Hitler and Stalin could mete out.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • A Novel
  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,603
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,557

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (German for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism - but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A hopeful perspective on a harrowing time

  • By melyssa57 (A Page Before Bedtime dot com) on 10-10-18

heartbreakingly beautiful

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

beautifully written and beautifully told. I truly felt I was in the camps too. powerful.

  • The Fifth to Die

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynolds, missing three weeks. But how did she get there? The lagoon froze months earlier. More baffling? She's found wearing the clothes of another girl, missing less than two days. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Taught Fast Paced Thriller- Loved it...

  • By shelley on 07-11-18

ending blows!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

suspenseful and engaging but then the story just abruptly stops with a very inconclusive ending.