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  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,632

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Loved all of these characters!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

Interesting writing style and storytelling. Enjoyable- i didn't want it to end! And I wanted to know more about all of them, especially Jane and Tom.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,503

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Amazing and Moving!!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

Wow- a must read!! I want to hear more about these characters. So much to connect with in this story. Thank you Christina Baker Kline.

  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

  • By: Neil Patrick Harris
  • Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086

This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around - just kick back, relax and listen. Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech! That’s audio you won’t hear in any version of this book other than the audiobook!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No Magic...just great delivery

  • By Mel on 12-03-14

F A N (wait for it) T A S T I C

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

Excellent premise for an autobiography. Laugh out loud funny, poignant and touching. Can't wait to see what you do next!

  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,682

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different - and vastly more dangerous - journey.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

Loved it…more more more

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

Reviewed: 04-26-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of Night to be better than the print version?

Ok, loved this second book in this series and now can not wait to find out when the next one will be coming out.

  • Love Life

  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,507

Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Open, Honest, Sentimental... not quite as Intimate

  • By Kelly on 01-07-16

Extraordinary work - well done Rob Lowe!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Love Life to be better than the print version?

I did not think he could top his first book, but this is terrific. Thoughtful, honest and funny. I want to meet his wife, Cheryl and spend an afternoon hang out with them at a BBQ. I highly recommend this next series of stories.

What did you like best about this story?

All of the stories and how he tells them. His self awareness is refreshing.

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

Hearing his stories in his own words and voice. It brought an honesty and warmth that just added to the book. Somehow he connects with his listener in a way that just reading it, would not have done.

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

Yes, I laughed and was so touched by the story of Buck. I felt a kindred spirit to what he has learned about himself at his age.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for sharing your stories and lessons Mr. Lowe.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,712
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,424
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33,499

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

The audio version was like having a friend tell me their story.

What did you like best about this story?

It's truly a story of redemption and resilience. It's unbelievable that a person could survive what Louie did. But he did and is still with us today. I am thankful he shared his story and hope future generations will learn from it. He is truly an inspiring soul.

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

A warm yet reassuring voice. He did an excellent job, good pacing and inflection. He painted a picture with his voice.

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

Many extreme reactions to this story. More than once i was on the edge of my sear, held my breath and sighed with sadness at the plight of the POWs. I also smiled with joy at the optimism and forgiveness shown by Louie.

Any additional comments?

A must read. A testament to the strength of friendship and the human spirit to not only survive adversity but to succeed because it. To Live Big!

  • Where the Red Fern Grows

  • By: Wilson Rawls
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,530

Since its publication over forty years ago, this heartwarming tale of a boy and his dogs has touched millions. A tale of adventure, special friendship and coming-of-age, Where the Red Fern Grows makes for delightful listening. This unabridged production, featuring a moving performance by Anthony Heald, brings this enduring classic to life and makes a powerful story even more unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read this it's great.

  • By Mat Cauthon on 07-06-16

A Classic

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Where the Red Fern Grows to be better than the print version?

Wonderful story and narration. I dont know how I missed reading this when I was young, but it was fantastic to find it again after all these years. It was recommended by my sister who says its her all time favorite book. I totally see why and now its on my all time list as well.

  • Miss Julia's School of Beauty

  • By: Ann B. Ross
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

With her phenomenally popular Miss Julia series, author Ann B. Ross has graced the New York Times and other best seller lists on her way to capturing the hearts of her many dedicated fans. Miss Julia, a graceful Southern lady with impeccable manners and a penchant for problem solving, has become a beloved heroine for countless admirers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story

  • By C. Cole on 03-19-07

Title was misleading

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I kept listening hoping for the story to really get going. There were some really great characters, but the heroine, Miss Julia seemed to be a simpering fool making decisions out of pride rather than from being clever or crafty. I perceived her to be smart and clever from the description of the book. It could have been truly funny with the cast of characters created by Miss Ross. The narrator did a wonderful job and she was the reason I kept listening, hoping it would get to its point.

  • Up Till Now

  • The Autobiography
  • By: William Shatner, David Fisher
  • Narrated by: William Shatner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. It will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater and describe his early TV work and movies. It also includes stories from four series he's starred in, including T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and, of course, Star Trek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narration

  • By Rob on 02-11-12

Bill Shatner is Priceless

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

What did you love best about Up Till Now?

What a fascinating life and so well told by the man himself. Hilariously funny with mini commercials smack in the middle of his thoughts. I laughed out loud many times.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Dog's Journey

  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362

After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs - who will take care of his girl?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Darker, Sadder Sequel

  • By Library Volunteer on 07-13-12

Sigh, a loving tribute from Man's best friend...

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

Reviewed: 06-10-12

This put a lump in my throat and a smile on my face many times through the reading. I has made me look at my dog and cat in a whole new light. What is there purpose and what is my role in helping them fulfill it. If you love your pets and feel a strong connection to your dog..this is a must read. Especially if you have loved and lost a pet, your heart will sing to have a unique perspective. A lovely follow up to a Dog's Purpose by the same author. The narrator is terrific as well. A+++

6 of 6 people found this review helpful