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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,860

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. 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

Great story of true determination

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This was one of the best books I have listened to in a long while. The story is so innocent and believable, and the ending is certainly not one I would have predicted. I recommend this book!

  • A Piece of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 865

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family's remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than 20 years, she was host to and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wyeth's Vision Comes to Life

  • By Poppy on 03-04-17

Good easy listining book.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I enjoyed the story and think it was a good easy book to listen to. I felt sad for the main character but she conveyed many unspoken truths.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,712
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,968

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

One of the best books you will ever read/listen to

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

This book was very interesting and kept me intrigued. The history and characters were so real, and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book. Now, I wish there was another chapter to read!

  • The Confession

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008

An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I confess, I loved it!

  • By Suzn F on 11-01-10

Intriguing story about the death penalty

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

Reviewed: 06-15-15

This book will cause you to think about the death penalty and our legal system.

  • Gray Mountain

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,760
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,014
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,022

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

Great story about southwest Virginia

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

Although this is a great story about the coal fields, it also depicts the way of life in Appalachia in an unfavorable light. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book.

  • Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral

  • By: Kris Radish
  • Narrated by: Linda Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 74

In Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral, Katherine Givens befriends the four other women who, through the unexpected circumstance of their recently deceased friend Annie Freeman's last will and testament, are about to share a life-affirming road trip.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't finish

  • By Bonnie on 04-28-08

not one of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 10-19-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

i have no idea.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Linda Stevens?

i do not know.

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

sadness

Any additional comments?

this book was not one I would recommend. A real downer.

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,719

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

A book you cannot forget

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

Reviewed: 06-05-14

What made the experience of listening to The Invention of Wings the most enjoyable?

The story was fiction but had so many historical facts meshed into the plot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Handful. She was smart, determined, and wise beyond her place in life.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Mama. She was so creative and believable.

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

Cry.

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,740

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Great story

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

Reviewed: 05-12-14

Would you listen to The Light Between Oceans again? Why?

Yes. I was intrigued by the human element and the moral dilemma the couple were confronted with.

What other book might you compare The Light Between Oceans to and why?

na

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

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

  • Left Neglected

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Sarah Paulson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834

Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit for Lisa Genova

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-11-11

Priorities

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

Reviewed: 04-25-14

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

I only listened to the audio version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Left Neglected?

When the couple went to dinner on their anniversary and had such a comical time trying to be normal.

What about Sarah Paulson’s performance did you like?

Her voice was very real.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

A great book.

  • The Leftovers

  • By: Tom Perrotta
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,100

What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The title is the best part

  • By Pamela Harvey on 09-03-11

Disappearing People

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

Reviewed: 04-25-14

What would have made The Leftovers better?

I don't know since the concept just didn't appeal to me.

What was most disappointing about Tom Perrotta’s story?

It was just too hard for me to relate to the events.

What didn’t you like about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance?

I just was not impressed.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Leftovers?

I can't think of any since I did not like this book.

Any additional comments?

Not one of my favorites.

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