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  • Show Me a Kindness

  • By: Nancy Brandon
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus, Bahni Turpin, Will Damron, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

As America plunges into the Great Depression, Marthanne Hendrix finds herself in rural Vidalia, Georgia, with no memory of how she got there.

Bewildered when the neighbors call her Oma, Marthanne is haunted by memories of another life—and another self. With the help of Comfort, a domestic worker living with her own tremendous loss, Marthanne discovers that Oma is another distinct personality inhabiting her body. In a time when mental illness is taboo, Marthanne and Oma’s simple, small-town life is fraught with complexity and danger.

With gossip running rampant, Marthanne and Oma will do anything to avoid their greatest fear: commitment to an insane asylum. Only by relying on Comfort’s kindness can they navigate their uncertain future. Friendship becomes sanctuary, and the quest for an ordinary life leads to an extraordinary bond.

Deeply moving and exquisitely wrought, Show Me a Kindness is a haunting novel of love, survival, and hiding in plain sight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listen and engaging

  • By iraida on 04-16-17

Excellent listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

My husband & I listened together and both loved it. The story is intriguing, performed beautifully by several talented readers. Highly recommended!

  • The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

  • By: Hannah Tinti
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter, Loo, to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife's hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother's mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past - a past that eventually spills over into his daughter's present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A literary work with a plot line

  • By Truth Speaker on 05-09-17

Very Disturbing

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I do not recommend this book. The main character, Hawley, was a despicable murderer for whom I had no sympathy. Dismal book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,303

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

Very interesting story and characters. He kept me interested the whole time. I plan to look for more books by this author

  • Ordinary Grace

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,604

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way

  • By tooonce72 on 03-29-13

I Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

Would you listen to Ordinary Grace again? Why?

This was such a moving story. I could really relate to this family and their troubles.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,532

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

Depressing & Slow

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

Reviewed: 11-20-13

Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

I kept waiting for it to get better, but it never did.

Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Tartt again?

probably not

Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

Hobie

What character would you cut from The Goldfinch?

The story was just too convoluted & left me frustrated.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Younger Next Year for Women

  • By: Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge M.D.
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz, Richard Harries
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

With the New York Times best-selling Younger Next Year, coauthors Crowley and Lodge showed countless men how to change their lives to achieve peak fitness and live longer, healthier, happier lives. Now they are back with an equally insightful, important, and, at times, downright hilarious version for women.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • good information muddied up by narration

  • By MJ on 10-25-11

Excellent message & delivery!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It was very motivational & certainly got me moving! I am 59 and needed this to give me the extra push I needed to up my exercise and nutritional program.