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  • Kane and Abel

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great one ....

  • By Dee on 10-20-11

Incredible, superb !!!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I read this book 35 years ago. I could not remember the details, but I did remember that it was an incredible book.
I could not stop listening to it. The narrator was excellent, the story amazing, the performance excellent as well. I highly recommend this book, you will not regret it.

  • 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 20,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,535

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

Just a novel

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I found the book to be very slow and kind of boring. It was just ok. I read it because I thought it was going to get better, but no, it was just ok.
I would not recommend it.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,290
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,033
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,966

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Wow!!! What a story!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

If you are looking for a book that has it all, look no more, get this book. From the start the story involves you in a journey that has many many turns - unexpected turns. Each character has a different voice which makes the reader easier to follow the different set ups. The performance is absolutely amazing. The story is so unpredictable that I had to stop sometimes either to cry, to breath, or to try to understand the profound of the suffering that many people went through during WWII. Great book.

  • Becoming Marie Antoinette

  • A Novel
  • By: Juliet Grey
  • Narrated by: Juliet Grey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Raised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria, ten-year-old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother’s political ambitions. What she never anticipated was that the day in question would come so soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely the best narration from an author!

  • By Annonymouse on 09-10-15

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

If you are looking for an upbeat, exciting story-you got the wrong book.
The narrator is superb, but the story just doesn’t not move. The beginning is ok because you are getting to know all the characters. Towards the middle it just does not move! Patiently and giving credit to what has already happened, you keep reading expecting the story to move forward, it never does. I did finish the book, but again...not my cup of tea.

  • Innocent Traitor

  • A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,232

The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior listen!

  • By Jt on 03-05-07

Excellent Read

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This is a story will have you at edge throughout the whole book. The last 2 hours gets a bit slow for what the book has been until then. Wild ending, I completely thought another outcome. Good read, great performance and it makes it alive the fact that almost each character has a different narrator. You will literally feel the pain and suffering that Jane went through.

  • Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

A princess of Spain, Catalina is only 16 years old when she sets foot on the shores of England. The youngest daughter of the powerful monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella, Catalina is a coveted prize for a royal marriage - and Arthur, Prince of Wales and heir to the English throne, has won her hand. But tragedy strikes, and Catalina, now Princess Katherine, is betrothed to the future Henry VIII.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful!

  • By DebaDeb on 08-23-16

Excellent story!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I give this book 5 stars. The narrator is superb and the story gets you hooked from the beginning. The narrator uses different voices for each character which makes the 22 hours of listening interesting. Excellent book.

  • The Last Queen

  • A Novel of Juana La Loca
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

One of history's most enigmatic women tells the haunting, passionate story of her tumultuous life. Juana of Castile is just thirteen when she witnesses the fall of Moorish Granada and the uniting of the fractured kingdoms of Spain under her warrior parents, Isabel and Fernando. Intelligent, beautiful, and proud of her heritage, Juana rebels when she is chosen as a bride for the Hapsburg heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By MissSusie66 on 08-17-12

Excellent excellent excellent!!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

This book is absolutely fascinating. I hear it mostly while running, and many times I ran much more than usual just to keep on hearing the story. I will give an A+ to the story, the performance and the narration was superb A++.

  • Living a Life that Matters

  • From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream
  • By: Ben Lesser
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Silverman, Ben Lesser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

In this engaging, inspiring, and educational Holocaust survivor memoir, Ben Lesser invites listeners to revisit a time in history when the world went mad. Learn how this ordinary, young Jewish teenager from Krakow, Poland, survived through extraordinary times living in ghettos, enduring four concentrations camps -- including Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Dachau -- two death marches, and two death trains. After liberation from Dachau, the Holocaust survivor slowly healed, eventually recovering physically from his near-death experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening!!! Unbelievable story, one of the best readings if not the best.

  • By Abigail on 03-12-18

Could not stop listening!!! Unbelievable story, one of the best readings if not the best.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I have read and listened to many many books and stories about the holocaust. If I could have I would have listened in one sit. The story is amazing, the narrator is also great. I give an overall of 7 stars!!!

  • Survivors Club

  • The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz
  • By: Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Michael Bornstein - preface and afterword, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat - preface
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144

In 1945, in a now-famous piece of World War II archival footage, four-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother's arms. Survivors Club tells the unforgettable story of how a father's courageous wit, a mother's fierce love, and one perfectly timed illness saved his life and how others in his family from Zarki, Poland, dodged death at the hands of the Nazis time and again with incredible deftness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read!

  • By Cynthia Robin Steffl on 06-05-17

One of the best books I have encountered, if not the best

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

I could not put the book down. From the beginning until the end, you are caught in the story and live what Mr. Bornstein and his family went through. The story is impressive, hard to read sometimes. I have read many many books about the holocaust, this is one of the best, if not the best. The narrator is superb.

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  • Remember Us

  • My Journey from the Shtetl Through the Holocaust
  • By: Vic Shayne, Martin Small
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Remember Us is a look back at the lost world of the shtetl: a wise Zayde offering prophetic and profound words to his grandson, the rich experience of Shabbos, and the treasure of a loving family. All this is torn apart with the arrival of the Holocaust, beginning a crucible fraught with twists and turns so unpredictable and surprising that they defy any attempt to find reason within them. Through the eyes of 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Martin Small, we learn that these priceless memories that are too painful to remember are also too painful to forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Tragic and Rich Life, With Lessons For All

  • By still reading on 03-17-16

Excellent book, excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

This is one of the most detailed stories about the holocaust that I have heard. Even though the author does not give in much detail the horrible things that happened to him during the war, he does give you an idea of the hell that he went through. I had to stop and pull myself together to be able to keep on listening. Excellent story, excellent performance and the narrator was superb.