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  • 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 24,746
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,842

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

Worth the slow start....

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

Really enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to really get into it, but I am glad I stuck with it. what a great story! Well written, and the narrator was quite good.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,259

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning about the ending

  • By Roger M. Young on 05-27-18

Extraordinary Novel

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was initially concerned when I saw the author was the reader, as that is not always a good skill set. This author did a wonderful job. The book addresses several complex issues beautifully. I was sad when the book ended, knowing I wouldn't be able to continue it tomorrow. Well written and wonderful character development. I highly recommend it!

  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,964
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,929

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

Grisham at his best!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Loved this book. Not only was I hooked from the start, the character development and WWII history lesson was also incredible! Great book and wonderful narrator.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,228

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

Excellent Book and Reader

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I enjoy historical fiction, and The Alice Network was wonderful! Well written about a point in WWI history that I had little knowledge of. The story is powerful, and the narrator is great. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Highly recommend!

  • Still Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,871
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,434

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • better than 2, not quite as good as 1

  • By Dr. Mary Young on 02-02-18

Truly enjoyed this book!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I loved Me Before You, and assumed this third in the series could not hold up to it. But, I found this to be a great read (or listen to, technically speaking).

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,887

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Engrossing story

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

While this is a novel, the true story it is based on is shocking and heartbreaking. Just amazing that this could happen for so long. Wonderfully told story, and wonderful narration.

  • A Dog's Way Home

  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

After Bella is picked up by Animal Control because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn't plan to wait. With 400 miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and her person, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A lesson in perseverance

  • By Shoe Lover on 06-07-17

Wonderful , Heartwarming Story

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Loved this story of undying, unconditional love! Bella and Lucas remind us of the special bond between a dog and her person that no one and nothing can break. Loved the book, and loved the reader!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crimes Against a Book Club

  • By: Kathy Cooperman
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

Best friends Annie and Sarah need cash - fast. Sarah, a beautiful, successful lawyer, wants nothing more than to have a baby. But balancing IVF treatments with a grueling eighty-hour workweek is no walk in the park. Meanwhile, Annie, a Harvard-grad chemist recently transplanted to Southern California, is cutting coupons to afford her young autistic son's expensive therapy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Beverly P. on 11-21-17

Hysterical

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

What a delightful and funny book. I loved the characters and the reader is superb!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Close Enough to Touch

  • By: Colleen Oakley
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, Kirby Heyborne, Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: She's allergic to human touch. After a nearly fatal accident, she became reclusive, living in the confines of her home for nine years. But after her mother dies, Jubilee is forced to face the world - and the people in it - that she's been hiding from. Jubilee finds safe haven at her local library, where she gets a job. It's there she meets Eric Keegan, a divorced man who recently moved to town with his brilliant, troubled adopted son. Eric is struggling to figure out how to be the dad - and man - he wants so desperately to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A touching road to family healing and love

  • By Ezinwanyi on 04-01-17

Colleen Oakley Scores Again!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

I loved Colleen Oakley ' s first novel, Before I Go, and her second novel is another great one. In Close Enough to Touch, she develops her characters so you feel like you know them. While they are dealing with what seems to be an impossible situation, they are also dealing with problems we all face -- issues with relationships, communication, children, grief, and love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Thanks, Ms. Oakley. You rock!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful