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  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,667

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-18

Harry Potter déjà-vu

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Although the story flows well and the narration is really good, this was a rewrite of Harry Potter for a female witch. It seemed to be geared towards Young Adults as well. No character development, no depths, maybe an easy read, but this was NOT worth a credit.

  • The Good Goodbye

  • By: Carla Buckley
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn, Suzy Jackson, Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846

Two cousins, Rory and Arden, lie unconscious in a hospital burn unit. The fire, which broke out in their shared college dorm room, killed another student, and the police want answers. Tension between Rory and Arden's parents was already at an all-time high before the fire, owing to a recent financial crisis and the decline of the family business. As the parents huddle anxiously in the waiting room, carefully avoiding the subject of their own unraveling relationships, disturbing truths come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad!

  • By CR on 07-04-16

How well do you know your child?

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

I couldn't put the book down. It is well written, the story flows and every chapter reveals another piece to the puzzle. It is an interesting maze of secrets, half truths and finally the truth. Somewhat unbelievable, yet, these days, who knows, it could happen. Anyways, I fully recommend the book, I enjoyed all the narrators, and it is worth a credit. Please vote if you like my review.

  • Presence

  • Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
  • By: Amy Cuddy
  • Narrated by: Amy Cuddy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,251

Brilliantly researched, impassioned, and accessible, Presence is filled with stories of individuals who learned how to flourish during the stressful moments that once terrified them. Every listener will learn how to approach their biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and to leave them with satisfaction instead of regret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the TED Talk

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-10-16

I thought I would get tips

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Although I enjoyed listening to the book, and some of the "stories" were really good, I thought I was getting a more hands-on book, i.e. this person just went through ..... this is what she/he did, but you can do this, or alternatively this.... It really wasn't a self-help book. Still a good listen though, hindsight, if you are looking for practical help, this is not really it.

  • The Girl Before

  • A Novel
  • By: J. P. Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,721

Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant - and it does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Lisa on 05-07-17

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

I must say, I enjoyed listening to the book, as the narration was spot on. The story itself was intriguing, but it reminded me of Fifty Shades of Grey and the Marriage Pact, and somewhat created a déjà-vu experience. The characters were somewhat neglected, as the first one "Emma" was supposed to be a twist, and the reader was supposed to think :"I did not see that coming", but the building up was mostly absent, and the final reveal fell flat. The second one "Jane" was a bit more lively, but the ending which was supposed to be a "surprise revelation" was again, nothing new, nothing shocked and somewhat predictable. I would recommend the book if you can get it on sale - not worth an entire credit. Thank you for reading my review, please vote.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,884

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

Misleading title

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I thought I was going to learn about Victorian age, what they ate, how they lived, what clothes they wore, their thoughts, politics of the day.... NOPE... I got an ear full of homosexuality and lesbianism. Thanks a lot!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,878

I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling thriller

  • By Phoebe on 05-15-16

Entertaining Mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I can recommend the book as it was a page turner for me. The story keeps you involved, despite that some things are just too unrealistic to happen, especially towards the end. The author has based this book on a true story and I felt that she describes the feelings of the "two moms" really well. The only down for me was the male narrator, he just did not give the story it's justified feelings, Nicola Barber did a good job. The story is good, character development is steady, some of the insights of the characters are mirroring human behavior, may it be good or bad. I would say the book is worth a credit. Please vote if you like my review.

  • Now That You Mention It

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,856

It's been over a decade since Nora left her hometown of Scupper Island, Maine, and very seldom looked back. She's carved out a successful life in Boston, where no one knows her as the awkward girl with the delinquent sister and the dad who left, but a not-as-dramatic-as-it-sounds brush with death has her taking stock of her life. Inspired to reconnect with her prickly mother and snarky teenage niece, Nora returns home for the summer, where she's forced to face the people she's spent the last ten years trying to avoid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 million stars!

  • By jodiod on 12-28-17

I would give it a C+

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

The beginning of the book is outstanding. I thought, this will be great. But then it becomes sort of a deja vu - or deja heard story. Character development is steady, no real depth, no real drama. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a easy listening book. The story flowed well, it would recommend the book on sale. The narrator did not get the mood of the book, she was just (barely) ok.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312

Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh a little Cry a little Love All

  • By Patricia on 11-11-09

Beautiful - A handheld fan tells your story!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I do love Lisa See's books. This one transports you back to China in the 1800's where you get to meet two soul mates or "same as" Lily and Snow Flower. I could not put the book, it was mesmerizing. Lisa See's research, her feel for the culture, her talent of explaining the inner workings of a different culture to a non-asian reader is truly awesome. She captures the sheer, raw humanity with this story an I especially like the wonderfully, discreet way she writes about "bed business" and this makes this such an excellent book to read in a book club. I would highly recommend the book. The narrator did a great job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Partner

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,671

From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A minor peeve...

  • By N. Ekim on 01-29-14

My first Grisham

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

So, I have never read Grisham before. I got this book based on the great reviews. The writing is ok. The story started strong and then just ran it's course with dialogues, sheer luck, more luck, and apparently the wise strategies of the not so like-able protagonist. It felt just unreal. Patrick Lanigan is an arrogant know-it-all and just a dishonest person. If we all would steal because our spouses don't do right by us, where would we all end up? The ending is very predictable, although Patrick thought of everything, he did not predict everything. I think the whole book takes our judicial system too lightly and it seems like only lawyers know how to "win". There is no suspense in the final two-thirds of the book and the end was predictable. I read the book pretty quickly, as it reads easily, but there is no depth, no suspense, no character development, no legal tidbits that would make sense. Overall, the book is weak. Performance was good. Get it if it's on sale. If you like my review please vote.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,847
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,204
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,206

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gutsy, chilling and important.

  • By Michael J Canning on 02-28-15

Truth wrapped up in a novel

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

It surely does, you will want to listen to the whole story in one sitting. The more realistic part is that the story is real and sadly portraits the current affairs of Russia and many other countries. If you don't know about the Magnitsky Act and who Sergai Magnitsky is you will. You will experience the lawlessness of Russia, how greedy the police and judges are, Meet wealthy Russian oligarchs who conspire along with Putin to capture and maintain a large portion of the wealth of Russia, and suppress common citizens. The book represents courage, tenacity and gumption of Bill Browder, who would not give up to find out the truth. You will be mesmerized. A great read, and a valuable story to read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful