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  • The Sun Does Shine

  • Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection
  • By: Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin, Bryan Stevenson - foreword
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson - foreword, Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,004

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only 29 years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But with an incompetent defense attorney and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in despairing silence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Man

  • By APD on 05-18-18

Amazing Man!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This book is incredibly thought provoking! I was surprised by just how much one man was able to endure, without giving up and throwing in the towel. After hearing the story, I’m not sure how anyone could still support capital punishment. It’s inhumane and plain old cruel!!! Narration is great! Definitely buy this audiobook

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,686

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No hype, just an amazing listen

  • By Tatiana on 06-07-18

Dull and Gave Up

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Why in the world would I choose an audiobook based on Reese Witherspoon having it on her Hello Sunshine List??? Well, I did, and boy, am I sorry!!! It’s not like Ms. Witherspoon is an expert on good reads. She’s certainly not Oprah! 😉😒 anyway, I finally decided it was time to stop, and gave up at chapter 14, about 5 hours in. I am not sure what I was expecting, I just know that I was definitely expecting more, especially after hearing the sample excerpt. The author narrates the story, and actually did a wonderful job! It’s the story itself that needs help! I kept hoping for more. Don’t waste your time on this one!

  • The Forgotten Ones

  • A Novel
  • By: Steena Holmes
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets. Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story of Past Family Secrets

  • By Wendi on 05-04-18

Touching and Heartbreaking!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I seldom gush over a book, but it’s different this time!!! I love both the story and narration! It’s so well told, and pulls at your heart strings for sure. The story is complicated, with the focus on mental illness within a family, and how trying to protect and keep secrets can end up hurting everyone. As for the performances, each of them is terrific, but the male narrator really blew me away!!! He definitely sounded like an elderly man on his death bed, wanting to finally speak his truth before passing. I needed to grab for the Kleenex at least a few times.. Please make sure to listen. It will pleasantly surprise you!😊👍🏼👍🏼f

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,234

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love all Lisa Jewell's books.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-18

Compelling But Too Far Fetched!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Good twists, though poorly executed! Self reflections were way too flowery. Some unrealistic reactions for sure! Silly epilogue. Best part about audiobook was the narration, especially liked her performance of Noel.

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  • The Girl from the Train

  • By: Irma Joubert
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks. As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They mean to destroy a German troop transport, but Gretl's unscheduled train reaches the bomb first. Gretl is the only survivor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story covering the middle of the 20th C.

  • By john on 04-12-16

Surprise Ending

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Solid story, with good character development, but not sure how I feel about the epilogue. Wish I could explain more clearly, without spoiling it. Best to say that I have mixed emotions regarding the outcome of their relationship. Performance by Sarah Zimmerman was also worth mentioning! She brought all of the characters to life, though she isn’t my favorite narrator...,;?

  • The Home for Unwanted Girls

  • By: Joanna Goodman
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility - much like Maggie Hughes' parents. Maggie's English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don't include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie's heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at 15, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life "back on track".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is this a true story?

  • By Nevada on 04-23-18

Shame On The Church!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I was not aware of what Canadian orphanages were like in the 1940s through 1950s, but I was really surprised to learn that the church played such a negative role in running them with physical and emotional abuse, not to mention how these orphanages became mental institutions where the children lived alongside adults with serious psychiatric issues, all for the sake of the church receiving more funding. 🙄 although this story is sad and disturbing, it is definitely worth the listen! Narration is also great!

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,393

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

the whole book. Will recommend to others for sure!!! 👍🏼👍🏼A Stand Out Book

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Historical fiction, with excellent character development! Story kept me glued and up all night. Audio is long, over 15 hours, but time well spent. Loved the strong women, and their determination to get to the truth. Enjoyed the back and forth of chapters, and the alternating between Eve and Charlie. Easy to keep track of time and place. Fantastic performance! Hard to believe that one person narrated

  • Sometimes I Lie

  • By: Alice Feeney
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,143

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can't move. She can't speak. She can't open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn't remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from 20 years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller audiobook asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!

  • By ZoeysMom on 03-21-18

Excellent All Around!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Great premise, with good character development. You’ll like and dislike the main characters. They are flawed individuals. The twists and turns are abundant, and most are actually pretty surprising. Only thing I did not understand was the ending, to the point that the listener starts questioning almost everything! Apparently, I am not alone in my confusion with the ending. As for the performance, Alice Feeney did an amazing job of bringing each of the characters to life. It was easy to tell which person was speaking. Definitely try this audiobook!

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  • Lies She Told

  • By: Cate Holahan
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162

Liza Cole has 30 days to write the thriller that could put her back on the best seller list. In the meantime, she's struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing her down in both her professional and her personal lives, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine, Beth. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she's home alone caring for their newborn. Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction is stranger than fiction is stranger..,.

  • By shelley on 09-23-17

Unique audiobook

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Loved the parallel stories, and the blending of fact with fiction. At times, a bit confusing, but stick with it. Definitely worth the uncertainty and questioning of what some parts actually mean. The story all comes together, and will eventually make sense. Creative, with really good character development! Both performers were excellent, able to bring their characters to life. You’ll like and dislike Liza and Beth, and probably try and decide what you, the listener would do, if faced with the same situation. This audiobook is absolutely worth the credit!!!😊👍🏼👍🏼

  • The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

  • A Novel
  • By: Nancy Peacock
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Sitting in a jail cell on the eve of his hanging, April 1, 1875, freedman Persimmon "Persy" Wilson wants nothing more than to leave some record of the truth - his truth. He may be guilty but not of what he stands accused: the kidnapping and rape of his former master's wife. In 1860 Persy had been sold to Sweetmore, a Louisiana sugar plantation, alongside a striking light-skinned house slave named Chloe. Their deep and instant connection fueled a love affair and inspired plans to escape their owner, Master Wilson, who claimed Chloe as his concubine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing of your own

  • By Patrice Hamilton on 04-24-18

An American Tragedy For Sure!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Good story, and really well told. JD Jackson brought this audiobook to life, with his portrayal of Persimon Wilson. The story pulled at my heart strings, and wouldn’t let go. I learned a lot about the Native American way of life during those times and felt that the author interestingly tied the two main characters’ slave experience with the Native American experience. Ironically, I liked and hated Persey, but could always see his love for Chloe, and that he put her above all else. A surprisingly worthy listen!,0