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  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,056

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

loved the book

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

a top-notch historical novel with great narrators. War doesn't only impact the men this is a great story of the impact on the women in Second World War

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,075

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Baldacci winner

  • By Dawn on 04-21-16

great listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

great story great narrator great listen! I found myself making up time to listen to get to the end

  • Leaving Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,948

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

I literally did not put the book down

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I would hesitate recommending this book to animal lovers if they have a difficult time with animals being hurt or abused. This book will break your heart. The author did a magnificent job weaving this story. I enjoyed the surprise twist at the end and the few loose ends left for the imagination.

  • Personal

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,191

"You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lee and Dick seem tired

  • By Jeffrey Rose on 09-06-14

Good story

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

Reviewed: 12-30-14

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

Good story, nice suspense

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator tried hard to differentiate the characters. However in doing so, he made his voice to soft to hear. I listen while walking near traffic, or while driving, and I had to constantly increase or decrease the volume.

  • Lord John and the Private Matter

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,433

With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly captivating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lively tale, well told

  • By GoryDetails on 12-06-04

Expected more story from Gabaldon

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

Reviewed: 12-18-14

If you could sum up Lord John and the Private Matter in three words, what would they be?

Just not as consuming a story as other Gabaldon works.

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

No

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

This performance is good

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

None

Any additional comments?

The occasional mention of Jamie Frazer's name from the Outlander books seemed a poor attempt to link this to the other blockbusters.

  • The Valley of Amazement

  • By: Amy Tan
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,305
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,961
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,983

Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life in a Courtesan house.

  • By Kristi R. on 01-02-14

Nice read

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

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

Yes, nice story, good characters, interesting descriptions of historical social customs

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Narrators made the separate characters recognizable; good pace

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Money

  • A Suicide Note
  • By: Martin Amis
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcom
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 375

The story of John Self and his insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, drugs, porn, and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, it is a tale of life lived without restraint, of money and the disasters it can precipitate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Offensive as hell, insightfull, and brave

  • By Linda on 09-06-16

Not worth your time

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

What would have made Money better?

A story worth listening to

What was most disappointing about Martin Amis’s story?

No point. Listening to a self absorbed character get drunk and exist for sex isn't my idea of entertainment

What about Graeme Malcom’s performance did you like?

It was fine. He read with good characterizations

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thoughtless

  • By: S. C. Stephens
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,326

For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together - Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university - everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source - a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a shocker!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 12-24-12

A story of a witless girl's love triangle

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

Reviewed: 03-22-14

What disappointed you about Thoughtless?

The same phrases used over and over and over and over (pulled me in for a deep kiss). The main character that didn't have a clue, and couldn't make a choice.

Would you ever listen to anything by S. C. Stephens again?

No

What didn’t you like about Rebekkah Ross’s performance?

The narrator's teenage phrasing (a rise at the end of sentences that weren't questions).

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A hope that this girl would grow up

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Unsung Hero

  • Troubleshooters, Book 1
  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 512

After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Hero to the Very End!

  • By Maria on 04-22-13

The reader tortured the story.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-11

The reader verbally dragged out all the sex scene descriptions to the point that I was feeling this is what phone sex is all about. It was too distracting! How slow can sssssllllllllloooooooowwwww be? And the story was unrealistic; two successful people just could not be so unable to express their feelings so inadequately to another.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful