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  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: Lucy Maude Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,055

When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, send for a boy orphan to help them out at the farm, they are in no way prepared for the error that will change their lives. The mistake takes the shape of Anne Shirley, a redheaded 11-year-old girl who can talk anyone under the table. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination quickly win over her reluctant foster parents. Anne's feisty spirit soon draws many friends - and much trouble - her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even this old man love Anne

  • By Karen on 07-20-15

Fabulous narration of a classic

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

Reviewed: 02-02-14

If you could sum up Anne of Green Gables in three words, what would they be?

Charming, seductive, classic

What did you like best about this story?

I loved hearing the old fashioned sayings the characters use. I also love that each character has their own little catchphrases that the narrator highlights perfectly. But of course, I love Anne! She captivates the characters if the book, as well as the reader. She gets into great micpschief but always has the best additude. I have listened to this more than once!

Have you listened to any of Mary Sarah’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first Mary Sarah narration. I am hooked, she was great. I am sorry that she does not narrate the whole series. I sampled other narrators for the Anne of Green Gables series, and Mary is the best! Perfect cadence and emphasis on the right words. I can't imangine enjoying the story as much with out her. She brings Anne's rants to life!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I did laugh! You never know what will come out of Anne's mouth! And Mrs. Lynd says equally ridiculous things although they are not so kind.

Any additional comments?

This story and narration by Mary Sarah has become like Linus' blanket for me and I love to listen to it anytime I want to relax and escape to Avonlea.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Wildflower Hill

  • By: Kimberley Freeman
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247

In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Enchanted!

  • By Michael/Victoria on 05-23-13

Surprisingly great story!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-13

Would you listen to Wildflower Hill again? Why?

I would listen to this book again. The scenery and characters are too beautiful not to revisit.

What did you like best about this story?

I really loved the transformations of Betty and her granddaughter. They both had lives filled so many new chapters. It was great to see how much a person could change throughout their life.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

I think betty was my fav

Who was the most memorable character of Wildflower Hill and why?

Charlie Harris! What a guy! I also really enjoyed the granddaughter though

Any additional comments?

I purchased this book for really cheap on an audible sale page, and I didn't have I hopes. WOW, it surprised me! This is a story and a geography that will stay with me forever to be sure :) it was also great to hear Caroline Lee's voice, I really enjoy her work!

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,177

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

Story told all through letter correspondence

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

Reviewed: 04-02-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I did not like the format of letters. Some people may really like this but it isn't for me.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Nice ending, saw it coming, but that doesn't make it bad.

Did The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society inspire you to do anything?

Visit Guernsey someday

Any additional comments?

This story was just so-so for me. I liked learning about Guernsey and its history. It's a part of the world I knew nothing about. I had no idea it had been occupied during the WW2. I also enjoyed all the quirky island characters. Other than that, the story didn't really do anything for me and I really can't say exactly why. The plot seems unlikely, but many books are about unlikely things and I still enjoy them. Maybe the story was too all over the place and had loose ends. Oh well, win some, lose some.

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  • The Rose Garden

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,287

Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Oldfashioned Romance

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-14-13

Very good

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

Reviewed: 04-02-13

What did you love best about The Rose Garden?

The scenery

What did you like best about this story?

The twist towards the end

Which scene was your favorite?

I think any scene involving the cliffs and the water

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Lovely story, kind of adventurous and of course unrealistic, but you know that before you buy it. I love this author's stories and this isn't my favorite but the scenery, romance, adventure and historical aspect are all extremely satisfying.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,664

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

Memorable Story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-13

What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

The story line and journey of the mother

Who was your favorite character and why?

The eldest daughter

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Comforting narration

Any additional comments?

Very memorable story, I love the twists and turns! I also enjoyed the descriptions of war time in England, they really brought me to that place and time. This is a story that has really stuck with me and it comes back to me from time to time.

  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

Lovely story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-13

If you could sum up The Chaperone in three words, what would they be?

entertaining, informative, relaxing

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chaperone?

Too many !

Which scene was your favorite?

When Cora has a orange soda in the Italian deli with the German man

Any additional comments?

Great story with unusual twists and turns! I came to love Cora and her journey. This was a entertaining yet relaxing story. I recognized the narrator's voice from Downton Abbey because she has a unique sound. I really enjoyed her narration, very relaxing and well spoken.

  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

  • By: Ayana Mathis
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Adam Lazarre-White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 894

A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For me...So So

  • By allison on 12-27-12

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-02-13

What did you like best about The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)? What did you like least?

I liked how the story spanned many decades, it made you see the changes of time.
I did not like the fact that each character was introduced, but then you never find out what happens to them later in their life. I also didn't like how the story had no beginning, middle and end. It was just a story about a bitter woman's sad life that never changed for the good or the bad.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting aspect was learning about Jim Crow laws and the role of Philadelphia as an opportunity for southern African Americans. The least interesting was Hattie's life.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Bell (I think) goes to the medicine woman's house for juju

Did The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

Disappointed in the story. It only gave a glimpse into the lives of her children and Hattie never grew as a person. Life doesn't always have happy endings but that's why I read books. If I wanted to witness a sad story about someone who never grew, I could just look around me.

  • The Janissary Tree

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Togalu, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world. You see, Yashim is a eunuch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turkish History

  • By Andre on 03-18-08

Mysterious story!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-13

If you could sum up The Janissary Tree in three words, what would they be?

mysterious, exotic, adventurous

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes at moments it did. I did not suspect the character that ended up being the nemesis.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

The Eunuch

Any additional comments?

Good mystery story, I love the historical aspect the most. Istanbul was brought to life for me. I especially appreciate the food descriptions. The story was good, a little unrealistic/fanciful but surprising and not too scary. Very suspenseful at moments!

  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
  • Length: 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,603

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great immersion entertainment

  • By Joseph on 08-26-08

Travel all over Europe in your mind!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-13

If you could sum up The Historian in three words, what would they be?

informative, adventurous, historical

Who was your favorite character and why?

The father was my favorite

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

The father

Any additional comments?

The book will take you all over Europe on an adventure! Just the right amount of suspense, and romance. I really felt like I was in Istanbul, Hungary and Romania. This book sparked a new intrigue in me for this part of the world!! I also found the main male character's voice very soothing.