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  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,820

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

Delightful blend of Monty Python and Forest Gump

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Hilarious and brilliantly crafted tale. Look forward to reading more by this author. Reader is fantastic.

  • Murder on Black Swan Lane

  • By: Andrea Penrose
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 899

The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. He does not suffer fools gladly. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London's most popular satirical cartoonist, A. J. Quill, skewers them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great new series!

  • By Mystery Maven on 10-22-17

Terrific characters and good historical context

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

She does a compelling job of creating characters, context, and plot that kept me attentive and engaged throughout. Never bored, I enjoyed every minute of it — a rarity for me.

  • War and Turpentine

  • A Novel
  • By: Stefan Hertmans, David Mckay
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

The life of Urbain Martien - artist, soldier, survivor of World War I - lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981. His grandson, a writer, retells his story, the notebooks giving him the impetus to imagine his way into the locked chambers of Urbain's memory. He vividly recounts a whole life: Urbain as the child of a lowly church painter, retouching his father's work; dodging death in a foundry; fighting in the war that altered the course of history, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegiac, poetic, Belgian perspective on one Great

  • By James A. Dittes on 12-27-16

Clever premise, captivating narrative

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Vivid imagery and poignant story. Brilliant marriage of art and war. Combines the brilliance of the artist and the tenacity of the warrior in surprisingly clever ways.

  • Single Malt Murder

  • A Whisky Business Mystery
  • By: Melinda Mullet
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,820

When Abi inherits her uncle's quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot - but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it's clear that someone wants her out of the picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read with Excellent Characters

  • By David on 01-22-18

Good characters clever plot

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Although parts of the mystery were clear early on, she does a nice job of balancing the plot and character development. Her adjectives are clever, wish more of her descriptions were as rich.

  • The Secret, Book & Scone Society

  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,352

Miracle Springs is a place of healing. Strangers flock there hoping that the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills. And, if none of that works, they often find their way to Miracle Books, where, over a fresh-baked scone from the Gingerbread House bakery, they exchange their stories with owner Nora Pennington in return for a carefully chosen book. That's Nora's special talent: prescribing the perfect novel to ease a person's deepest pain and lighten their heaviest burden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Bookwyrme on 11-10-17

Clever though sappy at times

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

The premise is good and the book the right length. It was easy to stay engaged. It has a bit more romance novel feel at times but works as a mystery.

  • The Likeness

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

In the "compelling" and "pitch perfect" follow up to Tana French's runaway best seller In the Woods, it's six months later and Cassie Maddox has transferred out of the Dublin Murder squad. But an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used as an undercover cop. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "This is a re-issue of a great book.

  • By Nancy on 02-15-18

Clever premise Way too long

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

The plot is well-crafted and the characters interesting. The story drags at times and she seems to need to tie up every loose end. Would have been more effective if several hours shorter. Reader is very good and her singing is fabulous.

  • The Identicals

  • A Novel
  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,754

Harper Frost is laid back, easygoing. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She's inherited her father's run-down house on Martha's Vineyard, but she can't hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking. Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unrealistic, unbelievable and worst ending ever

  • By Grasslands on 07-11-17

Interesting but slightly implausible chick lit

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

The premise would be believable if she’d explain how two 39-year-old women have identical hair. The reader mispronounces some key New England terms (e.g., frappe). It’s a reasonable story otherwise with a sappy happy ending.

  • Murder by Misunderstanding

  • Hazel Martin Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Leighann Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Mystery novelist Hazel Martin's maid suspects foul play when her childhood friend Doris jumps from the third-story turret of Farnsworth Abbey. Unable to resist an investigation, especially one that's staged to look like suicide, Hazel calls in help from her chauffeur, her cook, and even the mysterious butler her husband hired before his death. Hazel soon learns that Doris's death was no accident. Someone had a secret, and they wanted to keep it that way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Featherweight listening, but still fun!

  • By Kathi on 10-27-17

A little too sappy and predictable

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

A reasonable attempt at mystery with an amusing cast of characters. Not much depth to any of them and the sleuth is way too naive. Her missteps seemed intended only to try and make the story longer.






  • 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 21,103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,493

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
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

History biography mystery exquisite detail

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

It was only natural to fear this novel would be boring. Not for a second. Brilliant character development, clever plots, fascinating allusions to political theory and Soviet history but with astonishing insight into the emotional lives of participants. Performed wonderfully. I was sad when it ended because I will miss these friends.

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,487
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,424

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Perfect story about stink bugs

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Brilliantly written and performed, this is a wonderful way to help children and others understand what is really important.