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  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,207

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-18

everyone should read this

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

funny, refreshing, heart warming stories but could use a better ending, not every book needs to be left for a sequel.

  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it WAY more than I thought I would

  • By ~Portia on 07-25-18

great book. should read

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

This is a terrific story of how giving a child up for adoption really does change a person forever. Love how the writer tells a very personable story about how such an event impacts everyone around the main character even without them realizing why.

  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes

  • A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
  • By: Jason Fagone
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

In 1912, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the US government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the Adam and Eve of the NSA, Elizebeth's story, incredibly, has never been told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An important biography, perfectly told

  • By sarah brown on 10-25-17

slow start but worth the effort

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

This book starts as too. of these type of books as a rattling history lesson. But the overall topic is worth the effort it took to sog thru the beginning. Once it gets into the WW2 you find yourself hooked and waiting to hear what's next. Too bad the government or society has hidden so many of these national treasurers. Thank you for bringing light to this secret world.

  • 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 3,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,121

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

beautiful

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

this is a tale of two women bonded by struggling to survive at a time when they have to hide part of their story inorder to live. beautifully written and preformed..

  • Moon Over Manifest

  • By: Clare Vanderpool
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful Family Story

  • By Debbie on 04-23-14

delightful

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

I loved this story. it reminds of quieter times when imagination had to fill our hot summer days. Sort of reminded me of To Kill A Mockingbird.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,533

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • whoops

  • By A. Bunnell on 04-19-17

boring

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

this is just like reading an encylopedia. in the words of Ron, this is boring.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Flood Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Fifield
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,487

This snappy, sassy redemption story set in small-town Montana is "a wild and crazy debut novel by a talented young writer" (Jackie Collins), filled with an uproarious and unforgettable cast of characters you won't want to leave behind.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trashy unfunny people

  • By Cathy on 08-11-16

Nice Surprise

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

I wasn't sure I really wanted to read this. i thought it was going to be just another romance story. I was so wrong. This is a wonderful read thank you for such a good story. Although.... I am trying to not hold a grudge.

  • Night Road

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347

For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Took awhile to get into but worth it

  • By selena on 05-10-11

Touching but full of heart wrenching twists.

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

Okay Im gonna have a good cry now. very moving and at times difficult to read.

  • Firefly Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,813

Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chick lit meets Forrest Gump

  • By Lisa on 12-29-10

loved this story.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

this was a beautiful story about how friendship can last even when you take different life paths

  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,249

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Subject

  • By Jami on 02-05-18

Terrible, author missed opportunity to be great

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

The writer should have told a story that made us embrace the women and want to champion their cause. instead the author chose to write a history book and retell what we already know. I'm on chapter 6 and all I know is they were effected by segration. Anyone over 35 knows about the secregation and if those under don't that is the fault of their education. Because of the format it is extremely boring and i found myself zoning out. I really want to hear this story. As a woman I should be standing tall and proud for these women and their struggle in a man's world instead I am wishing for a refund.

15 of 21 people found this review helpful