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  • My Dear Hamilton

  • A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
  • By: Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 23 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

From the New York Times best-selling authors of America's First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton - a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. In this haunting, moving, and beautifully written book, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza's story as it's never been told before - not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eliza and Alexander Hamilton

  • By Betty on 04-15-18

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I have a bachelor's degree in American History but I never knew so much about Alexander Hamilton! This book was a brief history of the American Revolution and the founding of our nation from the Hamiltonian point of view and it was fascinating. It was particularly wonderful because I read America's First Daughter prior to this book, which told the story from the view of Thomas Jefferson. I don't think I ever really understood the politics of the era until now. I makes today's politics look kind!!!

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,745

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Amazing book!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I read Circe and loved it, so I thought I would give this book a try. I wasn't sure because who hasn't read and seen the Odyssey portrayed in a dozen different ways - I couldn't imagine what she could write that would be different. I was so wrong! This is one of my favorite books ever. I fell so deeply in love with the characters - they were so real. This is an amazing love story - and it is an amazing piece of Greek mythology. Madeline Miller is a genius!

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,705
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,186

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

The reviews for this book were so good, I gave in and listened. I loved it. Madeline Miller has a hit on her hands and the narrator does a wonderful job reading it. It was hard for me to stop listening and when I finished, I was sad. You wouldn't think someone could write Greek Mythology today and that is would be just as good as the original stuff - Miller has done it.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,024
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,957

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This was a great book. I love historical fiction, but sometimes history involving the Nazi's gets to be too much for me. This book does a great job of telling a story of the lives of two sisters during Nazi occupied France without including too much of the violence and horror that some writing about this period include. I had never read anything about the French and what they went through during the war. This book made what the occupation feel very real to me. It is a very good book.

  • Sons

  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

Sons begins where The Good Earth ended: revolution is sweeping through China. Wang Lung is on his deathbed in the house of his fathers, and his three sons stand ready to inherit his hard-won estate. One son has taken the family's wealth for granted and become a landlord; another is a thriving merchant and moneylender; and the youngest, an ambitious general, is destined to be a leader in the country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • it was very good!

  • By Jodie on 05-02-18

it was very good!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I liked the book a lot. I did not like it as much as The Good Earth, so I gave it 4 stars. It is very similar in style and performance and at times Sons seems a bit slow, but I didn't find myself getting bored. I didn't find myself getting overly invested either though. It was a good, solid read.

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  • Apart at the Seams

  • Cobble Court Quilts, Book 6
  • By: Marie Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman, Joyce Bean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Twice in her life, college counselor Gayla Oliver fell in love at first sight. The first time was with Brian - a lean, longhaired, British bass player. Marriage followed quickly, then twins, and gradually their bohemian lifestyle gave way to busy careers in New York. Gayla's second love affair is with New Bern, Connecticut. Like Brian, the laid-back town is charming without trying too hard. It's the ideal place to buy a second home and reignite the spark in their 26-year marriage. Not that Gayla is worried. At least, not until she finds a discarded memo in which Brian admits to a past affair....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love all these books - this one too!

  • By Jodie on 05-02-18

I love all these books - this one too!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I have loved every single one of the books in this series and this was no exception. They are light reads and so enjoyable. Every time I finish one, I want to learn to quilt and find that little Connecticut town! This book does not disappoint!

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,181
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,368

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to read for several reasons

  • By Anne on 10-16-16

Wow! Wow! Wow!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

This was my first Picoult book and I read it because I needed to read an author with the same first name as my own. I am SO glad I did. The characters in are very well written and you feel very tied to them. In some ways, it reminded me of The Help, not just because it is a book about racism but because it is written in the voice of three different characters. It is a great book and it really sends a message.

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,451
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,767

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

I really didn't like this book.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I think if I had read this book on my own, without this narrator reading it to me, I would have enjoyed the book more. The narrator makes all the characters in this book sound mentally disturbed. It is very difficult to build an image in your head of the characters when he portrays them so abnormally. John, the character who was raised outside of the "Brave New World," is made to sound like a complete moron, and I don't think that is what Huxley had in mind when he wrote it. I would not recommend this book simply because of the narrator.

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,160

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story....but not True Grit

  • By DenGig on 04-14-17

I enjoyed this very much

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

This was a very nice read about a young girl who had been kidnapped by "savages" and then years later, removed from her Native American family to be returned to her white family. The narration was very good and I found myself wanting to get back in the car so I could turn the book back on. If you like stories about the American West, you will probably love this book.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,628
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,843

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

Such a moving story

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I can't say enough about this story. It is moving, endearing, funny... it made me think a lot about how we judge others without knowing their story and how we often write people off because they are different. This was one of those rare books that I continued to listen to after I got home at night because I couldn't wait until the next morning's commute to hear more. I highly recommend!