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  • The Silence of the Girls

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman - Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war's outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms until Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles' concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific book!

  • By Michal on 09-16-18

Terrific book!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I loved this book. We've all read the Iliad, but this is the story told from the females involved in the war. The book is beautifully written. The reader does a fantastic job in narration, and I felt like I was walking the journey with these women. There were intervals told me the men's point of view, and this kept the story so very real.

Probably my favorite book that I've read this year. I preordered it after reading 2 reviews from both the Wall Street Journal and again in the USA Today. Both publications stated that the book was terrific. I so agree.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Death Notice

  • A Novel
  • By: Zhou Haohui, Zac Haluza
  • Narrated by: Joel De La Fuente
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

The brutal murder of respected police officer Sergeant Zheng Haoming sends shockwaves through Chengdu, a modern metropolis in the heart of China's stunning Sichuan Province. He had been obsessed by an unsolved 18-year-old murder case until an entity calling themselves Eumenides (after the Greek goddess of vengeance and retribution) releases a terrifying manifesto. Is the manifesto a sick joke or something more sinister? Soon the public starts "nominating" worthy targets for Eumenides to kill, and two days later, Sergeant Zheng is dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't crossover well

  • By Jami E. Nettles on 06-11-18

Good luck selling the next book!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

The problem with this book is that the translation didn't realize that many English speaking listeners simply can't keep names like Chen, Woo, Wa, Hahn straight. I literally got to the end of this book and couldn't tell you which character was the good guy. I think the names should have been adjusted for American ears. Also, the reader was horrible. The whole presentation was amateurish. There were parts of the story that I could actually follow, and they were interesting. But this book did not translate for me, and I was extremely disappointed. If it were recorded with a different reader and then names were changed so we could actually follow who was who, it would have been much better.

  • Warlight

  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 627

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself - shadowed and luminous at once - we follow the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant favorite

  • By R. Hughes on 06-10-18

Can’t believe how boring this book was

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

I was so excited to read this book because I loved the English Patient. This book never developed s sympathetic character, and it was just flat boring! I should have returned it at 3 hours, but I was convinced the story would be redeemed! Sadly, it wasn’t!

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,774

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Deborah on 02-07-18

Best book I've read in a long time.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Alone to be better than the print version?

Yes! The reader is fantastic. I loved her voice, and the pace was perfect.

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions of Alaska. The story of Linnie. I was very reluctant to listen to a book written from the prospective of a 13 year old; however, that was only the first part of the book. It was a fantastic story.

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

Her voice was so compassionate and so believable.

If you could take any character from The Great Alone out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Linnie's mother as I'd like to slap her! I was so angry at her.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book. I loved Nightingales, and I loved this even more.

  • White Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Bloom
  • Narrated by: Tonya Cornelisse
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 233

Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, "Hick", as she's known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this story

  • By Joy Siegel on 03-03-18

Not really a fan of lesbian books, but .....

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I was not aware of many of the events covered in this story. I really enjoyed the inside history, and it definitely presents a different picture of Eleanor. The reader did an excellent job.

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

I have not, but I definitely would.

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

I do not normally read any LBGT books. I really read/listened to this one because of the historical nature. I really enjoyed the story It's well written, and I am glad I read it. The author did an excellent job of exploring the complexities of the relationships and exploring the sacrifices one makes for love.

Any additional comments?

Read the book with the full knowledge that the characters are very liberal and lesbian.

2 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Golden House

  • A Novel
  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

Our guide to the Goldens' world is their neighbor René, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing.

  • By Garrett on 10-13-17

Not my cup of tea!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

What would have made The Golden House better?

If you are having difficulty figuring out if you're male or female-if you loved Obama-and if you hate Trump! This is the book for you. The rant against our President is horrible. The whole transgender issue is not anything I want to waste my time listening to.

What do you think your next listen will be?

None by this author.

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

The author's hatred of Trump is awful.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Charlatans

  • By: Robin Cook
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

Newly minted chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital Noah Rothauser is swamped in his new position, from managing the surgical schedules to dealing with the fallouts from patient deaths. Known for its medical advances, the famed teaching hospital has fitted several ORs as "hybrid operating rooms of the future" - an improvement that seems positive until an anesthesia error during a routine procedure results in the death of an otherwise healthy man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Social engineering at its best

  • By donna on 08-30-17

Really really makes you think!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Charlatans the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed the story. The moral and ethical issues were very interesting to contemplate. My husband is a doctor and we had several conversations about the storyline.

What other book might you compare Charlatans to and why?

None

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

Candidly, I found the narrator kind of annoying. His speech pattern was uneven, and I would have preferred a different reader. I also do not understand why the editors don't edit out the obvious "page turning" sounds. I've noticed this is popping up regularly in the audible books. Exactly, who is editing these stories?

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

Not possible as I never have this any hours available to just sit and listen.

Any additional comments?

Very good book, and I highly recommend it. Only thing that would have made it better is a different reader.

  • The Forbidden Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Ellen Herrick
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

At the nursery she runs with her sisters on the New England coast, Sorrel Sparrow has honed her rare gift for nurturing plants and flowers. Now that reputation, and a stroke of good timing, lands Sorrel an unexpected opportunity: reviving a long-dormant Shakespearean garden on an English country estate. Arriving at Kirkwood Hall, ancestral home of Sir Graham Kirkwood and his wife, Stella, Sorrel is shocked by the desolate state of the walled garden. Generations have tried - and failed - to bring it back to glory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • thoroughly enjoyable. will listen again!

  • By lesley ann on 05-20-17

I really really wanted to love this book

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Would you try another book from Ellen Herrick and/or Fiona Hardingham?

Not sure. I would wait for reviews. After absolutely loving The Sorrel sisters, I could not wait for this book. But sadly, I was very disappointed. I simply never was interested or vested in any of the characters.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm reading reviews much more closely.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was fine. The material was simply not interesting.

Do you think The Forbidden Garden needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

I almost turned the book back in for my credit back twice. But I kept thinking I was missing something. Sadly, I was not.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,749

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham wrote this?

  • By Dan on 06-13-17

Great summer read

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

If you could sum up Camino Island in three words, what would they be?

Great summer read!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bruce. He was cleaver!

Which scene was your favorite?

When they discussed the different books. Because I had read so many of them, it made the story very real to me.

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

I just enjoyed the book. It's interesting to have a writer write about the book industry. Sort of like when Hollywood makes a movie about Hollywood.

Any additional comments?

It's not a deep story, but it is an enjoyable one. Glad I read it.

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,184

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Would you listen to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane again? Why?

I would! There is so much content in the book that I'm quite sure I missed some finer points.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the history of tea. My only wish was that Lisa should have made actual "tea" recommendations to accompany each section in the book. It would have been so amazing to be drinking a tea while reading different sections of the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to mention.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The real history of tea!

Any additional comments?

This book lived up to my expectations. It is beautifully written, and I really cared for the characters. I was sad when I was done.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful