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  • Necessary Lies

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Alison Elliott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394

Best-selling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town 50 years ago, and the darkest - and most hopeful - places in the human heart. After losing her parents, 15-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness, and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give. When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Controversial story - great performance

  • By Marie on 05-26-15

Fiction re: poverty and welfare policies into 60's

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

The Headline does not do this story justice. The editors synopsis do a fine job of describing the gist of it.

This book is so much more.

It is a story of injustice, a story of poverty, a story of hope, and a story of promise.

And most importantly it is a story about how one person can make a difference. Even if it is only a difference in the life of one person, because to that one person, it is all the difference in the world.

This book is also about the importance of speaking up, recognizing with things are wrong. And the few heroes in history who have the bravery to speak out against injustice and the laws/rules.

The story is told from two points of view, a young woman from a life of privilege entering into a marriage and her first job at the same time. And a young girl on the cusp of womanhood, from a life of hardship and poverty. Where their lives intersect is the focus.

This is a wonderful book, and it should be a required reading for every student 9th grade or older. And certainly for anyone involved in setting polices for welfare.

#ThoughtProvoking #EyeOpening #HeartStrings #GutWrenching #PovertyPrejudice #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,725
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,098

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

Pleasant ride through history: in Twilight Zone

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Paradox Bound is a very good book. It is a well written book. The main characters are likeable and I wanted to root for them. There might have been passages that were reminiscent of other books, or films, but they were just that, passages.
I found the entire book to be very original, and wonder if Peter Clines was born in the Twilight Zone. That seems to be how he thinks.
This book is doesn't fit in just one category/genre. At the core it is a time travel/history jumping quest, but it is so much more than that. Just like good veggie soup or chili is a sum of its parts, not the individual components, this book is a soup of genres. Sci fi, yes, time travel, yes, history, some of that too, quest, yup, suspense/thriller, some of that too, all dished up in some pretty amazing cars. And this genre soup is delicious.

Overall, I am glad I bought this book, and enjoyed listening to it. Worth the credit. Certainly the most original 'out of the box' work I have read this year, and maybe last year too, or, since my last Gaiman novel. And I read a few, about 60/year.

Ray Porter did an outstanding job!! I loved all his voices, though 15 might give me nightmares.

I hope you enjoy Paradox Bound also, but like sushi, it might not be to everyone's taste.
updated/edited 9/8/18

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  • With Love from the Inside

  • By: Angela Pisel
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,799

Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eleven years, five months, and 27 days separate her from the last time she heard her precious daughter's voice and the final moment she'd heard anyone call her mom. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing - reconnecting with her daughter and making sure she knows the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By Mary McDaniels on 09-23-16

Much better than synopsis, exceeded expectations

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

This is touching book, mostly about love, and there is a message about how we ALL should treat each other. Lessons we should have learned in kindergarten.
I also found the courage of the main character to be an inspiration, no matter how bleak things might look, try to find things to be grateful for.
It was an easy read, even if the subject matter was difficult. No cast of thousands, with multiple places and time points to keep track of.

My expectations were low going in to this book, the publishers synopsis did not lure me in, and a few of the critical reviews were so harsh that I wondered why I bought it. (many months before reading it)
so to address one of those criticisms
predictable- my go to genre is mystery/thriller/whodunit -- and almost always the 'bad guy' gets caught.. is that predicable? isn't the road to get there a major part of any book? And like a good road trip, it is the stops along the way that are the most interesting. Yes, sometimes you see the ending coming a mile away, but that doesn't mean the trip is over.
ENJOY the trip.
and this book was an enjoyable 'ride'.
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  • Katherine

  • A Novel
  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Philippa Gregory's novels, try this!

  • By Gwynne O'Reagan on 04-22-12

Excellent Historical Biographical novel 4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is an excellent historical fictionalized account of Katherine Swynford, who, after many years as his mistress, became the third wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, a younger son of King Edward III. Many facts about the characters in this book are known, and Anya Seton did a wonderful job of pulling the story of Katherine together from much research of the period.

Please do not avoid this book because of the 'romance classification'. This is more historical novel about the love and romance between the two major characters, than a period romance. The book gives an insight into court life, politics, and even observations of class differences during 1350-1400.

As other reviewers note, it is extremely well written, and very descriptive without being overly so. The words paint a very vivid picture.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

I had not heard of this book before encountering it here on Audible in a sale. (Yes, my high school education was lacking in the classics - progressive thinking in the 70's eliminated the classics) Otherwise I might never have crossed paths with it. But so very happy I did, and this is one of very few books that I look forward to a 2nd listen.

  • A Proper Pursuit

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

Fresh from finishing school, Violet receives a double shock. Her dad announces his upcoming wedding and then confesses an old lie - her mom didn't really leave for a sanitarium 11 years ago. But why then did she leave? Under cover of visiting the World's Fair, Violet travels to the stately Chicago home of her saintly grandmother and three eccentric great aunts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just simply entertaining and FUNNY!

  • By Christine on 12-25-10

Young womans search to find her mother and romance

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This was a very sweet story, with well defined characters. Violet encounters the REAL world during her search for her mother, and discovers many skills and facts about the real world that her charm school education missed. A sub title could be "The Education of Violet"

The book is about twice as long as the plot needed, but the colorful secondary characters do a great job of entertaining you in the meantime.

A few other reviewers have suggested a Christian Fiction designation, but I did not get that feel, nor did I think it was 'preachy'. There are just as many thieves, gamblers, society mavens and 'hootchie cootchie' characters as Christian Missionaries.

I think it was more about a young woman discovering the truth about the world, her family and herself.

  • Once a Crooked Man

  • By: David McCallum
  • Narrated by: David McCallum
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

Crime pays. And pays well. Sal, Max, and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file on any computer is there a record of anything illegal from which they have profited. But Max has a problem. His body is getting old, and his doctor has told him to take it easy. Max has decided that the time has come for the family to retire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly a good romp

  • By Laurie Gore on 03-05-16

A good editor could have straightened CrookedMan

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

The GOOD: David McCallum's reading.. loved his buttery smooth voice, and perfect inflections and pronunciations. I have been a fan of his since his Man from Uncle days, he was my first British crush, and I had his picture posted on my bedroom wall during my jr hi years. His performance is wonderful.

The BAD: too many subplots, and endless unnecessary details. Who cares that he pushed the lever to flush the toilet, and that he watched the blue fluid swirl down the bowl? I expected something had happened with his seat mate during his trip to the toilet on the plane - but NOPE.. zip new scene. Many other beautiful flowery descriptions.. beautifully descriptive..yes, but totally UNNECESSARY to the plot. It was almost as if he expected the book to be turned into a film, or TV show, and wanted to save himself some effort of writing the screenplay, and wrote every description into the book.

The UGLY: the premise/plot and performance cannot overcome the superfluous descriptions and needless ramblings that should have been cut by a good editor.

Sorry, but I cannot finish this one. I no longer care about any of the characters.

Few other reviewers have similar disappointments, but we are there. And cannot understand the glowing reviews.

  • Ultimate Journey

  • By: Robert Monroe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

In 1958, a successful businessman named Robert Monroe began to have experiences that drastically altered his life. Unpredictably, and without his willing it, Monroe found himself leaving his physical body to travel via a "second body" to locales far removed from the physical and spiritual realities of his life. He was inhabiting a place unbounded by life or death. Out of the Body and Far Journeys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish Mr. Monroe had written more books.

  • By DOMNIKI on 04-23-15

strange and not for me, but perhaps it is for you

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Could not finish this, even though I tried very hard. I was so looking forward to this, based on description and many many glowing reviews.

If I wasn't already a believer in OBE, and have met people who have had OBE, this book would convince me otherwise.

The dialog, (such as it was) was strange, and his descriptions of his excursions were both believable in some instances and hallucinatory in others. After a while, I started to feel like his entire body of recollections were nothing more that an assortment of vivid hallucinations and dreams.

Sorry if my opinion offends anyone, but I didn't get it.

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  • The Visitation

  • By: Frank Peretti
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

The small town of Antioch, Washington is a hotbed for spiritual activity. Burned-out minister Travis Jordan has been replaced by a charismatic man who looks and behaves like Christ. Suddenly, the town is abuzz with reports of miracles and religious sightings. But Travis believes the new minister is a false messiah and senses the ominous presence of pure evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating Story

  • By B. Adair-Smith on 11-13-14

5* Multi Genre Mystery/Thriller/Supernatural &more

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Cautionary tale - filled with mystery, detective work, 'miraculous events', hope, belief, deceit and murder.

Visitation could also be described as a perfect example of the parental lesson of "don't believe everything you see, and half of what you hear'. Or 'everything that glitters is not gold'.
The false prophet arrives glittering like gold, performing 'miracles', and the good people of Antioch are taken in, so wanting to believe that he is the real thing and that they and their town have been blessed.
But there are a few cynics in town, including disillusioned former Pastor Travis, and others not willing to jump on the messiah bandwagon quite yet.
The story switches from present day, and back in time to tell Travis's history in bits and pieces. Ordinarily I do not care for this treatment, but in this book it made sense, as Travis told his past to others, and pertinent similarities to the false messiah and how Travis knew what he knew.

Richard Ferrone is EXCELLENT!!!! I have loved his performance in many other audiobooks, but he shines extra bright in this. 10 stars if I could, and I would like him to record a CD of hymns. Several in this book were like comforting hugs.

  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,363

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

  • By Cynda on 03-21-18

OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

wow.. how does this book have such great reviews? ok.. it isn't terrible, but it sure does get pretty close, especially in the first 2/3rds.

And it isn't like I have issues with the 'dog voice'. LOVE Chet n Bernie mysteries, absolutely adored "A Dogs Purpose" even if it is a tear jerker.

From the reviews, I thought this book would be a similar feel good/feel sad, doggie love adventure. Oh so wrong..so very very wrong.
While on the outside, it is a doggie love adventure, on the inside is is an Andy Warhol skewed view. Almost like all Maple trees are trees, but not all trees are Maples. Who wants pine tree syrup on their pancakes? this books fits there.
I loved Lily, and liked Ted, but their adventure down the Octopus Rabbit hole, was waaaaaaayyyyy toooooooo weird for me.

I know.. my personal taste.

At about 5 hours in.. I was thinking.. OMG, is this one of the worst books I have ever read????? Put the speed at 2x, and zoomed towards the conclusion, and "hopefully' the reward for sticking it out to the end.

so.. either don't even buy this book.. or if you do, or already have.

STICK IT OUT!!

the reward comes about an hour before the end, and definitely pulls at all the heart strings, and is what all the reviews are about.

And as many other reviewers mention.. have tissues at hand.

I found myself almost sobbing, tears streaming down my cheeks, and feeling..
ah..so this is it..

ie.. the end MAKES SENSE>> and validates the trip to get there!!! but man o man, it was a long windy road to get there.






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  • The Trapped Girl

  • The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 4
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732

When a woman's body is discovered submerged in a crab pot in the chilly waters of Puget Sound, Detective Tracy Crosswhite finds herself with a tough case to untangle. Before they can identify the killer, Tracy and her colleagues on the Seattle PD's Violent Crimes Section must figure out who the victim is. Her autopsy, however, reveals she may have gone to great lengths to conceal her identity. So who was she running from?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in series so far

  • By hrhjones on 01-30-17

Favorite so far and best of the series

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Was very surprised how good this was!
Book 4 brings it all together, in a good story, mostly believable characters, and a good flow from time period and characters. Enough suspense and intrigue to keep your interest, plot twists to keep you guessing, (or me at least anyway), tidied up nicely at the end.

I listened to book 1 about 6 months earlier, and just did books 2, 3 and 4, all in a row.
Book 2 was my least favorite. The main storyline was ok, but there were too many implausible scenes and statements. A good bit of eye rolling on my part. Not to mention that some of the subject matter / crimes, were too violent for my personal taste in books or film.

Book 3 stepped it back up, but I had issue with continuity towards the end. And again with some pretty implausible scenarios.

Like other reviewers, I do NOT care for books that jump back and forth in time, and back and forth between points of view. Separate time periods are ok, and so are multiple points of view... just don't jump back and forth like a ping pong game. I think audio books suffer more than print books in this regard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful