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  • Girls Burn Brighter

  • A Novel
  • By: Shobha Rao
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them. They are poor. They are driven. And they are girls. After her mother’s death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to take care of her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond the arranged marriage her father is desperate to secure for her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Color Indigo

  • By Smith's Rock on 04-05-18

I loved this book.

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

The book was slow to hook me but by the end I was waiting in my driveway to hear the last few minutes. The narrator was one I had not heard before. Overall, she was good, but the tone sometimes reads “whiney”, which some ppl may not be able to get past. A touching story that can get dark but well worth the listen.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 99,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90,165

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

This was a lovely story, narration was fantastic and I literally was holding my breath in the car as the verdict was announced.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,718

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Was heartwrenching but could have been better...

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend, but I really think this story, while good, could have been great. Specifically, I found Avery's narration a bit irritating and her character dull and one dimensional.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rill. Her character and story brought me to tears at times, which is rare for me. You could feel how much she loved her siblings.

Any additional comments?

I loved the story that this book told. I had never heard about Georgia Tann or the Tennessee Children's Home and although the details are disturbing, the author does a great job of revealing the horror without getting into gory specifics.

I also thought the way May and Judy's relationship was revealed was a little confusing...

57 of 67 people found this review helpful

  • The Butterfly Garden

  • The Collector, Book 1
  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Mel Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,853

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious "butterflies" - young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the negative reviews fool you...

  • By Angela Lee on 03-24-17

Could have been better!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

It's an interesting story idea, but the robotic narration really destroyed it for me. The story itself could have been richer, but it wasn't.

  • The Paris Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,700
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,926
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,933

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration Issues

  • By Sara on 10-06-15

A hard listen.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

The internal dialogue was so boring although the rather flat narration was a good match. It could have been a really great story, but fell very short.

  • Don't You Cry

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,160
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,150

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to "My Dearest" is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate, Quinn Collins, to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she's the person Quinn thought she knew....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, Bad performers!

  • By Emily McCleskey on 06-03-16

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

I liked her first two books but this story was hard to get into. The narrator does alright but the male POV isn't written well. I'd skip this one.

  • One Step Too Far

  • A Novel
  • By: Tina Seskis
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Paul Fox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,578

A happy marriage. A beautiful family. A lovely home. So what makes Emily Coleman get up one morning and walk right out of her life to start again as someone new? Now Emily has become Cat, working at a hip advertising agency in London and living on the edge with her inseparable new friend, Angel. Cat's buried any trace of her old self so well, no one knows how to find her. But she can't bury the past or her own memories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it - GETS better with the END

  • By Doug on 04-16-15

Not quite pulled together.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-15

I didn't enjoy this book to be honest. There are a lot of interesting components to this story, twin sisters at odds, a woman leaning her happy marriage, her new life lived about more dangerously then her old one, drugs, men, a "secret"... But if the story was about the challenges faced by the main character, she wasn't written in a way where I really could feel for her and if it was supposed to be about these interesting twists and turns, it wasn't very cohesive. The narrator did a good job but the story just wasn't that great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil Wears Prada

  • By: Lauren Weisberger
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 951

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You won't be able to stop the player

  • By Howard on 01-11-04

Great book and narration!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

I had seen the movie but the book is always better. Dunne does a great job with the narration. It was a pleasure to listen to :)

  • Primates of Park Avenue

  • Adventures Inside the Secret Sisterhood of Manhattan Moms
  • By: Wednesday Martin Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 802
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 798

Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord, Someone Help These People

  • By Elizabeth on 06-04-15

Witty.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

I thought the book moved quickly, the balance of anecdotes to anthropological speak was on point and some of the stories made me laugh out loud. Would recommend. I enjoyed the narrator.

  • Love the One You're With

  • By: Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

Ellen's relationship to Andy doesn't just seem perfect on the surface; it really is perfect. She loves his family, and everything about him, including that he brings out the best in her. That is, until Ellen unexpectedly runs into Leo. The one who got away. The one who brought out the worst in her. The one she can't forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love The One Your With

  • By Susan on 04-27-09

Meh

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

The story is a compelling one but as I neared the end of the book I found myself becoming annoyed with over-dramatic whiny tone that the main character seems to use for the entire story - although her tone was perfect for the character.