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  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,728

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

An emotional and controversial topic.

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

What did you love best about Me Before You?

The love story was the foundation for the book and was very moving.

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

Absolutely. I had a hard time putting it down and missed a lot of sleep.

Any additional comments?

This book dealt with a very difficult and controversial topic. It made me think a great deal, While I did not like the ending, I understand why it turned out the way it did. I still cried.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Unexpected Grace

  • By: Kristin von Kreisler
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

From best-selling author Kristin von Kreisler comes a poignant, uplifting novel of one woman's journey to healing, and the surprising soul mate that helps guide her there. Lila Elliot knows she's lucky. A shooting rampage at her office left several colleagues dead and others seriously wounded. Lila's injuries will heal in time. Yet though she gratefully retreats to her best friend's house to recuperate, Lila can't quite move past her fear and anger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • for dog lovers

  • By Kathy O'Neal on 11-20-16

For Dog Lovers

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

The story was pleasant and the characters were fairly interesting. The narrator was almost insufferable. He nearly ruined the book. Grace, the dog, was the best part.. I enjoyed her a lot, even though it was hard to believe how well behaved she was in spite of being seriously abused prior to being adopted.

  • Isaac's Storm

  • A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456

In 1900, Isaac Monroe Cline was in charge of the Galveston station of the US Weather Bureau. He was a knowledgeable, seasoned weatherman who considered himself a scientist. When he heard the deep thudding of waves on Galveston's beach in the early morning of September 8, however, Cline refused to be alarmed. The city had been hit by bad weather before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A highly detailed account of a catastrophic storm

  • By Norman B. Bernstein on 09-28-15

My kind of book<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

An obscure, but important bit of history, told in a way that was enjoyable. I had heard. of
this event, but heating all the details And understanding the impact that the hurricane had on the lives of. the people made it much more meaningful.





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  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,441

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational yet Existential Crisis Inducing

  • By Celia on 05-31-16

An incredible book, an incredible man

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

Very moving. Paul was someone I wish I could have known. The legacy of his short life was made available to all by this book.

  • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • By: Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,119

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing

  • By Claudine on 12-04-15

Engrossing.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Enjoyed this book quite a bit. Characters were believable , the plot a little less so.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nature of the Beast

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,235

Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn't cry wolf. From alien invasions to walking trees to winged beasts in the woods to dinosaurs spotted in the village of Three Pines, his tales are so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. Including Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache, who now live in the little Quebec village.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Go with hard copy next time

  • By Angela on 07-30-16

I Miss Ralph Cosham!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

It is so sad to lose Ralph. I was amazed and disappointed when I read that Robert Bathurst
did not even listen to previous books, but just jumped right in to do his own thing. As a long time reader of Penny's books, I felt very let down by his narration. There are several narrators who could do a much better reading than Mr. Bathurst. Cosham was able to provide an interpretation of Gamache that was consistent with how Penny presented him. I know that it is difficult to please people in a situation such as this. But it certainly seems that a better choice could be made for future books (of which I hope there are many!).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hey Nostradamus!

  • By: Douglas Coupland
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, David LeDoux, Jillian Crane, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Pregnant and secretly married, Cheryl Anway scribbles what becomes her last will and testament on a school binder shortly before a rampaging trio of misfit classmates gun her down in a high school cafeteria. For a handful of people still reeling from that horrific day, life remains derailed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Cynthia on 08-10-03

Deep thinking encouraged

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

This book has stayed with me for weeks. It is unlike most books I've ever read. I think the author did not expect all who read it to understand it in the same way. Sort of like Life -we do not understand experiences in the same way that others do and no one really helps us to interpret them. So, while this book had a great story line, it kept us interested and was the means to encourage the reader to develop her/his own understanding. I think that is why some readers felt let down by the ending. Ambiguity can be difficult to cope with, but it does help us to think more deeply than we otherwise could.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,423

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By DCinMI on 08-29-15

Chilling!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

It was good there were so many readers for this book because of the many characters. They all did a great job. The plot was unlike any I have ever read. The main character was a very good portrayal of a sociopath. I have run into many of these in my professional career, but none so interesting. The plot was very believable which is why it was so chilling!

  • Utopia

  • By: Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 853

Rising out of the Nevada canyons, Utopia is a theme park so technologically advanced as to be awe-inspiring. But serious mishaps are starting to cause concern, and things turn from bad to worse when a group of mercenaries infiltrates the park's computerized infrastructure, holding the entire park hostage. The engineer who designed the park now must find a way to save it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Utopia (unabridged)

  • By Patti on 10-01-03

I felt like I was being bamboozled

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

I expected a lot more from Lincoln Child than what was in this book. Crisis after crisis became very boring after a while. There was a plot, but it seemed secondary to the author's attempt to "thrill" the reader, a gratuitous and shallow goal. The characters were there to provide the framework for the "thrills," but were not well drawn. I do not recommend this book.

  • Pure

  • By: Andrew Miller
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

By 1785, deep in the heart of Paris, the city's oldest cemetery is overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it. At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is exquisite

  • By marsha on 08-27-12

Engrossing, entertaining, but weird

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

Reviewed: 02-16-14

I am really glad I listened to this book. At first, I thought the author wrote it strictly from his head. But in the epilogue, I discovered it was a fictionalized real event. That made it even more meaningful to me. So, it is historical fiction (late 18th century), a love story, a bit of mystery. The main character, John-Baptiste, an engineer, was given the job of demolishing a very old cemetery in Paris. He designed the process and supervised the project. While Parisians weren't very happy about what happened to their families who were buried there, I couldn't help but think about the contrast with the kind of conflict a similar project caused in my city. Watching John-Baptiste grow and change made me feel quite close to him. Other characters weren't developed as much as his.

Supernatural eeriness was not part of this story. However, the weirdness of digging up thousands of bodies, (often no coffins or very flimsy ones) was enough.

This was a good story, a bit on the weird side, that was satisfying and provided a good look at 18th century Paris.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful