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  • Red Ribbons

  • Dr. Kate Pearson, Book 1
  • By: Louise Phillips
  • Narrated by: Caroline Morahan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 355

A missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin Mountains, hands clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair. Twenty-four hours later, a second schoolgirl is found in a shallow grave - her body identically arranged. The hunt for the killer is on. The police call in criminal psychologist Kate Pearson to get inside the mind of the murderer before he strikes again. But the more Kate discovers about the killings, the more it all feels terrifyingly familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true psychological thriller

  • By BARBARA WAGONER on 12-24-16

Too drawn out

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

As with so many of these books, the story is drawn out almost beyond endurance.
The narrators voice was monotone which made the story seem even more tedious.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,218

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

Superb

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

This was a beautiful story, full of the pain of being different amongst a sad few humans too cruel to describe. I hope you enjoy it

  • The Orphan's Tale

  • By: Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra, Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sappy and tedious

  • By Churchill on 03-23-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Loved this book extremely harrowing but well told. The narrator did an excellent job. Highly recommended.

  • The Deep Dark Descending

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,258

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers. Most of his life he had thought of himself as a decent man. But now he's so consumed with thoughts of retribution that he questions whether he will take that last step and enact the vengeance he longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brilliant!!

  • By ryan on 10-25-17

But drawn out

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

It seems to me that authors think out a particular drama then spend 90% of their writing time building as much often irrelevant detail to turn it into a novel. So drags on without much purpose.

  • Sweet Heart

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Charley has a strange feeling when she sees the idyllic mill house with its cluster of outbuildings, the lake and the swirling mill stream - a powerful sense of recognition, as if she has been there before. Except she knows she hasn't. After Charley and her husband, Tom, move into Elmwood Mill, sinister memories of a previous existence start to haunt her. Despite both their attempts to dismiss everything with rational explanations, the feeling turns to certainty as the memories become increasingly vivid and terrifying.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wierd

  • By Rosalind on 05-02-18

Wierd

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Not my genre, just too creepy and not enough believable story, found myself skipping through seriously disturbing dialogue.

  • The Brightest Sun

  • By: Adrienne Benson
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Leona, an isolated American anthropologist, gives birth to a baby girl in a remote Maasai village and must decide how she can be a mother, in spite of her own grim childhood. Jane, a lonely expat wife, follows her husband to the tropics and learns just how fragile life is. Simi, a barren Maasai woman, must confront her infertility in a society in which females are valued by their reproductive roles. In this affecting debut novel, these three very different women grapple with motherhood, recalibrate their identities and confront unforeseen tragedies and triumphs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Appalling narration.

  • By Rosalind on 05-01-18

Appalling narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I find it difficult to understand when an author writes a good story then leaves it in the hands of a dreadful narrator who mispronounced towns, names of tribes and numerous other items common in Kenya. It made me cringe.

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  • Torn Trousers

  • A True Story of Courage and Adventure: How a Couple Sacrificed Everything to Escape to Paradise
  • By: Andrew St. Pierre White, Gwynn White
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore, James Langton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Tired of mortgage and car payments, 30-somethings Andrew and Gwynn sold everything they owned and escaped their humdrum nine-to-five existence for life in paradise - a tiny island accessible only by boat or air in one of the remotest spots on Earth: the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Woefully inexperienced, they took control of a luxury game lodge where the rich and famous went to sip gin and tonics with lions and elephants.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't get Past Charlotte Doerr

  • By Daryl on 06-26-17

Magical Africa

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Love Africa have always longed to go to the Okavango Delta, one day.
A delightful story, hope there is more.
Would have been richer if more description of local people. They are equally as interesting as the animals. Wonderful personalities.
Being narrated by the authors is always a risk.

  • Sister of Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sabra Waldfogel
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,851

When two Union soldiers stumble onto a plantation in northern Georgia on a warm May day in 1864, the last thing they expect is to see the Union flag flying high - or to be greeted by a group of freed slaves and their Jewish mistress. Little do they know that this place has an unusual history. Twelve years prior, Adelaide Mannheim - daughter of Mordecai, the only Jewish planter in the county - was given her own maid, a young slave named Rachel. The two became friends, and soon they discovered a secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By M. Ryder on 06-20-16

Drawn out

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

I found myself getting quite bored about midway when I realised nothing was really developing in the storyline.
It became so predictable where it was going so just all a bit tedious.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • They're Playing Our Song

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carole Bayer Sager
  • Narrated by: Carole Bayer Sager
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager shares the remarkably frank and darkly funny story of her life in and out of the recording studio, from her fascinating (and sometimes calamitous) relationships to her collaborations with some of the greatest composers and musical artists of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Amazing Work" from a new fan

  • By Rose Hunter on 11-04-16

A Very Interesting and Well Told Memoir

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

At first i was not enthralled by Carole's own voice as she read her own words, however her story was so interesting, from a childhood filled with insecurity through to her adolescents and finally the self discovery of her unique talent.
She is a most gifted woman and has led a very interesting life. i have always loved her beautiful lyrics and overall i highly recommend this work of hers. i didnt want it to end.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ancestor Stones

  • By: Aminatta Forna
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Abie follows the arc of a letter from London back to Africa to a coffee plantation that now could be hers if she wants it. Standing among the ruined groves she strains to hear the sound of the past, but the layers of years are too many. Thus begins the gathering of her family's history through the tales of her aunts - four women born to four different wives of a wealthy plantation owner, her grandfather.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Such a beautiful Listen

  • By Shingai on 11-08-18

Beautiful, faithful story

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

It is important that those of us who live in relatively peaceful countries read about the struggles of those less fortunate where war and unrest are commonplace. Interwoven in this story are the rich traditions of their heritage, their daily lives and traditions which are just wonderful. Beautifully narrated.