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  • The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

  • By: Anissa Gray
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

The Butler family has had their share of trials - as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest - but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with, and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband, Proctor, are arrested, and in a heartbeat, the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-22-19

Dry Bones!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

How does a severely broken family heal and mend itself? These sister are so damaged by the loss of their mother, the physical and mental abuse by their father and brother. It is amazing that all of them didn’t end up in prison.
The book touched on so many issues that were relevant in iAA society.
Well written and the characters were real.

  • Of Blood and Bone

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 2)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,290
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,710

Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before - the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted - and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden. In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait for the next!

  • By Tayln on 12-12-18

Preparing for the battle

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

This was the 2nd book in this series. It worked perfectly to draw us to the final installment.

  • Seeking Sarah

  • A Novel
  • By: ReShonda Tate Billingsley
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

From the time Brooke Green was seven years old, she has lived with the pain of losing her mother. Her father has done the best job he could in raising her, but a piece of her always felt empty. On the day of her father's funeral, her grandmother breaks the shocking news: Her mother, Sarah, is very much alive. She abandoned her family because she claimed she wasn't fit for motherhood. After doing some research, Brooke discovers her mother is living in Atlanta, enjoying a great career...and a brand-new family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's done in this he dark Always come to light!

  • By Barbara on 09-20-17

Seeking Counseling

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Brooke was deeply scared by the loss of her mother. I was unable to connect with this book, I just wanted Brooke to realize how for she had come without her mother. I think an appointment with a counselor would have prevented this train wreck she caused.

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,080

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Strike Hits Another One Out of the Park!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I love this series! Cormoran and Robin are so flawed, but tenacious when working on a case.

  • We're Going to Need More Wine

  • Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
  • By: Gabrielle Union
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,653

In this moving collection of thought-provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union tells astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 👏🏾👏🏾 thank you. Thank You. THANK YOU!! #BRAVO

  • By Kenneisha Thompson on 11-22-17

Very Honest!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

But maybe a little preachy in places. Her stories were interesting, and I wanted to know what happened to some of the people who crossed her path.

  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,617

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Kelly on 10-29-18

What is a man's breaking point

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Unlike any John Grisham that I have read before. Well researched and written in true Grisham style. Did not see the end coming

  • The Unkind Hours

  • By: Dwayne Alexander Smith
  • Narrated by: Tom Jordan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Steven Burns, a former major league baseball player, has the perfect life...until his five-year-old daughter is abducted and murdered. With zero suspects, the police are left baffled, and Steven must accept the haunting loss without justice. Until a shadowy stranger offers Steven an opportunity to exact ultimate revenge. Compelled by fury and grief, Steven finds the stranger’s unspeakable proposition impossible to resist, despite fears he's headed down a path of no return. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unkind Hours

  • By ZOE R on 08-24-18

This has to be a movie...

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Mr. Smith has done it again. From the first page, my heart was racing.
The unexpected turns, the gut wrenching moments. The “Forty Acres” reference. This was a great read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Duke and I

  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,634

Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn't as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry - though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon's heart beating a bit faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it a lot

  • By bebe on 10-03-16

Love is the key

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Really enjoyed this book. The story was amusing and engaging. Want to read about the other Bridgerton's.

  • Mission Flats

  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136

When a Boston DA is found brutally murdered in a lakeside cabin in rural Maine, local Police Chief Ben Truman finds himself defending his own innocence while trying to uncover the truth about the murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing first novel!

  • By Marc on 10-15-03

Lot going on.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Enjoyed, but not as much as Defending Jacob. It was narrated well, and the book was enjoyable.

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,777
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,174

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

Really Enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This book grabs you from page one. It transports you. Well written, great character development.