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  • The Making of Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 959

Lydia, Dean, and Robyn live very different lives, but each of them, independently, has always felt that something was missing. What they don't know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down. It's a letter containing a secret - one that will bind them together and show them what love and family and friendship really mean. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Stories

  • By JimKnott on 08-16-18

Siblings

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

This is a most unusual topic for a novel, but very interesting. Children sired by donated sperm begin looking for possible siblings, and finally meet the father they have in common. Excellent character development for the siblings and all others involved. Some parts seemed a little drawn out, thus 4 stars rather than 5. All in all worth the listen.

  • Pegasus Descending

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

A troubled young woman breezes into Detective Robicheaux's hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of his friend: a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking

  • By Deborah on 07-24-06

Outstanding Writer - Perfect Reader

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

What more is there to say ?
The story is a bit violent in places, but because of the beautiful writing and the descriptions of Louisiana, I stick with the series.
There are also some descriptions in this book of hurricane Irene and then Katrina.

  • The Round House

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Gary Farmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,503
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,198

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance takes a bit of getting used to

  • By Library on 04-22-13

Reservation Culture

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

This is a quiet 5 star read. No zips or action packed scenes. We just follow simple day-to-day lives of adolescent boys on the reservation: friendships, loyalties, crushes. It's an up-close portrait of what it's like to be a normal teenager in the summer. Then tragedy comes to one of their families, one that binds two of the teens even tighter as they make a most difficult choice from the adult world, and the reservation community quietly stands beside them. This book well deserves the National Book Award is has been given. As the reader, I became wrapped up in the characters on this reservation, felt the discrimination, the broken promises made to tribes throughout history. Yet, I enjoyed the Indian stories and descriptions of the traditions that have been salvaged through time.

  • Ghost Shadow

  • Bone Island Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

There are those who walk among us who are no longer alive, but not yet crossed over. They seek retribution…vengeance…to warn. Among the living, few intuit their presence. Katie MacDonald is one who can. As she’s drawn deeper and deeper into a gruesome years-old murder, whispered warnings from a spectral friend become more and more insistent. But Katie must uncover the truth: could David Beckett really be guilty of his fiancée’s murder?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • She can see Ghosts!

  • By Kathy on 09-24-12

Learn about Key West

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I enjoyed hearing about the history of Key West Florida and the unique culture of the place. The story was ok, but parts felt more like a "romance novel" because of the several detailed love-making scenes. However, I really liked the talking ghosts and the predicament the main character has as being the only one who can see and hear them. Pretty good ghost story in a most interesting setting.

  • Harbour Street

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revelers break the muffled silence. Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped due to the bad weather, and the other passengers fade into the swirling snow, Jessie notices that one lady hasn't left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never guessed the ending

  • By Susan S. on 12-17-15

Many Surprises

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Characters are not what they appear to be. Secrets from the past revealed after two murders that Vera and Joe and the team must unravel. Another excellent Vera Stanhope mystery.

  • Before I Met You

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072

After her grandmother Arlette's death, Betty is finally ready to begin her life. She had forfeited university, parties, boyfriends, summer jobs in order to care for Arlette. Now she's ready for whatever life throws at her, and, since the will included a beneficiary unknown to her who lives in the city, she heads there to find the mysterious woman. In 1920s London, Arlette is starting her new life in a time of postwar change. Beautiful and charismatic, she's drawn into a hedonistic world, but then tragedy strikes, and she flees back to her childhood home....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the author’s best...

  • By Phyllis on 12-23-18

Brilliant!!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

This has become one of my all time favorite stories. What a writer, and the narrator, Hellen Duff, is one of the best I've listened to. She caused me to believe all of the characters were real. Kudos!
I was drawn into the parallel tales as if I were there with them. I'd so much like to BE Betty! The 1920s and again in 1995, there's such a colorful portrait of Soho, London. Two young women experiencing all that youth has to offer.
I will listen to this one again.

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  • Trail of Lightning

  • By: Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Narrated by: Tanis Parenteau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,337

The sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse have destroyed most of the planet…yet out of these waters, Dinétah, a former Navajo reservation, has been miraculously reborn. Listen along as Tanis Parenteau's impeccable narration, capturing the rhythms of Navajo speech, fully envelopes you into the Sixth World. Trail of Lightning follows our heroine as she walks the land alongside gods, heroes of legend, and monsters alike. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING STORY

  • By Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded) on 01-14-19

Interesting Story but Lots of Graphic Gore

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

A Native American fantasy story I enjoyed, but really, the descriptions of blood and guts are over the top.
I did get to the end with much skipping over the violent parts. The reader is great. I loved the true sounds of the language.

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,173

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British Mystery

  • By Customer on 09-07-16

Old Cop Young Cop

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

A good British Police story read by a narrator with a lovely British accent. What more could one want?
Was the crime an accident? Maybe, yet so much more.

  • Burying Water

  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Josh Goodman, Elizabeth Louise
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,411

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives - but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to "Jane Doe" for another day, the woman renames herself "Water" for the tiny, hidden marking on her body - the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding! Perfect love / mystery book!

  • By Rebecca on 11-07-14

A Word of Warning

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This story focuses on a horrible beating of a young woman who survives, but gratefully, loses her memory of the beating and of everything else. Some readers, like me, may not find domestic abuse an enjoyable story even though there are no graphic details, only a description of the results of the horrific abuse. I did complete the book, fast forwarding at times. The way the tale is written is clever and interesting. It's just the subject matter that gave me a stiff neck and disturbed my sleep.

  • Single Malt Murder

  • A Whisky Business Mystery
  • By: Melinda Mullet
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,398

When Abi inherits her uncle's quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot - but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it's clear that someone wants her out of the picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read with Excellent Characters

  • By David on 01-22-18

A Lot About Whisky

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This is the first book in a trilogy. At first I didn't get into the story, but kept listening. The mystery is pretty good, but the main character keeps getting so many threats on her life, I'm surprised she doesn't die or give up.
Maybe I'll try book two, see how it goes.