LISTENER

Book Hoarder Letty

  • 9
  • reviews
  • 3
  • helpful votes
  • 29
  • ratings
  • Find Her

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,152

Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, so damn good.

  • By Christine on 02-12-16

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

First book by Lisa Gardner I have read (actually, listened to) and now I'm hooked and wanting to read more by her. This was a fast-paced psychological thriller with some pretty fascinating and complex characters that had me engrossed right from the very start. Awesome story with a riveting plot. The audiobook's narration by Kirsten Potter was very well done. I didn't realize this was book 8 of a series, even though it can be read as a stand-alone, but I feel the need to read Books 1-7 to get to know Detective D.D. Warren a little better!

  • Juliet’s Answer

  • One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak
  • By: Glenn Dixon
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When Glenn Dixon is spurned by love, he packs his bags for Verona, Italy. Once there, he volunteers to answer the thousands of letters that arrive addressed to Juliet - letters sent from lovelorn people all over the world to Juliet's hometown, people who long to understand the mysteries of the human heart. Glenn's journey takes him deep into the charming community of Verona, where he becomes involved in unraveling the truth behind Romeo and Juliet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In fair Verona, where we lay our scene...

  • By Craig on 08-07-18

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I found this memoir delightful and heartwarming. Glenn Dixon writes about his time in Verona as a volunteer answering letters sent to Juliet. I enjoyed listening to his time there in Verona and also about his time as a high school English teacher back in Canada. It was a very enjoyable book and has left me wanting to visit Verona, Italy.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,016

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Magnificent!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Magnificent!! What an incredible story about Pino Lella, a 17 year old who was a a true hero in Italy during WWII. What an honor it must have been for Mark Sullivan to have spent time with Pino Lella and hear his story to then to write this fabulous book. So much bravery, love, and trust in one so young. I'm amazed at what he went through and what he did for his country. This is a beautifully written book and I highly recommend it. Tthe narration by Will Damron was brilliant!!

  • Windy City Blues

  • By: Renée Rosen
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

In the middle of the 20th century, the music of the Mississippi Delta arrived in Chicago, drawing the attention of entrepreneurs like the Chess brothers. Their label, Chess Records, helped shape that music into the Chicago Blues, the soundtrack for a transformative era in American history. But for Leeba Groski, Chess Records was just where she worked. Leeba didn't exactly fit in, but her passion for music and her talented piano playing captured the attention of her neighbor, Leonard Chess, who offered her a job at his new record company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timely and Timeless

  • By Syd on 03-16-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Excellent book!! I'm a music lover, book lover, and historical fiction lover so how excited was I to read this book? Very. And I was not disappointed. I listened to the audio version of this book and the narration by Robin Miles was outstanding! This is the story of brothers Leonard and Phil Chess, Polish born immigrants, who founded Chess Records in 1950 Chicago, Illinois during the birth of the blues scene. I was familiar with many record labels but not familiar with Chess Records so I was surprised to learn that they were the first to sign such amazing talents as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Etta James, just to name a few. This is such a riveting read about the struggles of not only starting a record label, finding artists to sign, and getting that music played on the radio, it also dealt with the struggles of being black, Jewish and an immigrant. It was heartbreaking listening to some of the events that took place in the book knowing that they actually happened and, unfortunately, continue to happen now. Renee Rosen did a fantastic job researching and writing Windy City Blues. I think there should be a blues soundtrack to go along with this book. I highly recommend it!

  • Things Unsaid

  • A Novel
  • By: Diana Y. Paul
  • Narrated by: Sara K. Sheckells
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Jules, her sister Joanne, and her brother Andrew all grew up in the same household - but their experiences growing up have made them all very different people. Now, as adults with children of their own, they are all faced with the question of what to do to help their parents, who insist on maintaining the upscale lifestyle they're accustomed to despite their mounting debts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Things unsaid...and said

  • By Jan M on 03-26-17

Wonderful Book!!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

As a current caregiver for my elderly mom with beginning stages of Alzheimer's and an older sibling that isn't always dependable, this book really hit home for me. I could relate to Jules Foster in that she's the one that everyone depended on to take care of everything, but I would not have made some of the decisions that she made especially when it came to her own daughter. There were a few characters that were not likable to me, especially the narcissistic mother, Aida, but I thought Diane Paul did an excellent job of writing a book that deals with very important family issues. I hope that younger readers reading this book will think about having a discussion with their parents and siblings about what is to occur should the need arise for elder care. It is not always needed but it is best to discuss and have a plan, not only for their parents, but for themselves. I enjoyed the audio version of this book and do highly recommend it!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Rather Lovely Inheritance

  • By: CA Belmond
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,210

This is your life Penny Nichols...Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a big-budget film in the south of France when she gets an urgent call. Her Aunt Penelope has just died, and Penny's presence is required in London for the reading of the will. With only a slim recollection of her eccentric aunt, Penny is astonished to learn that not only is she the bona fide heiress - but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Story with Excellent Narratation

  • By AnJoMom16 on 01-13-15

A Rather Enjoyable Book!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

A sweet and enjoyable book. Liked the character of Penny Nichols. Not realizing this was a series when I started reading, I'll now have to continue on with book two to see what's up next for Penny. The narration seemed a bit brash to me at times but overall I thought it was a good story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Marriage Lie

  • By: Kimberly Belle
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,337

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and their marriage is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Florida, Iris' happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else had he lied about?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • W.....T......F..... Seriously....?!

  • By Wendi on 09-07-17

Thrilling!!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

What a thrilling read this was! I found it hard to stop listening to this audiobook! I love it when a book does that. There were so many scenarios that went though my head as to what happened, why did Will lie to Iris, who was really responsible? At the end of the book, I wondered if Iris would do what she ended up doing and was glad that she did. Wondering what it was? Well, I highly recommend that you go get yourself a copy of this book to find out!!

The narration of this book by Johanna Parker was very well done!

  • The Sandcastle Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Alison Fraser
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 534

When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, he begins to write Elizabeth letters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story

  • By EAA on 02-26-13

Powerful!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Very powerful story about the Armenian genocide of 1915, a part of history I did not know much about. It was sad to listen to at times because of the horrific descriptions that I had to take a break for a day or two and then get back to it. Overall, it was well done with a bittersweet ending. The narration of this audio book was excellent.

  • If I Forget You

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Christopher Greene
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Twenty-one years after they were driven apart by circumstances beyond their control, two former lovers have a chance encounter on a Manhattan street. What follows is a tense, suspenseful exploration of the many facets of enduring love. Told from alternating points of view through time, If I Forget You tells the story of Henry Gold, a poet whose rise from poverty embodies the American dream, and Margot Fuller, the daughter of a prominent, wealthy family, and their unlikely, star-crossed love affair.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh!

  • By Hello Alysha on 04-18-18

Very well written!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

What did you love best about If I Forget You?

Loved this book. A story about Margot and Henry who meet in college and fall in love but because of Margot's father, their relationship could not continue. Frankly, I felt Henry wasn't treated fairly at all. Twenty years later, Margot and Henry meet again and you wonder if they will end up together again or once again go their separate ways. Told in alternating points of view from the past and present by Margot and Henry. Beautifully done. Enjoyed the narration in the audio book.