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  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,993

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ho Hum

  • By John Riggs on 05-27-12

sara Gruen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-07

One of the best audio books I have listened to this year. Imaginative, creative and entertaining. A great story with great characters. I will be reading her other books.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sisters

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Sam Freed
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Candy is blazing her way through Paris, New York, and Tokyo as fashion's latest supermodel. Her sister Tammy has a job producing a hit show on TV. In New York, oldest sister Sabrina is an ambitious young lawyer. And Annie is an American artist in Florence, living for her art. On one Fourth of July weekend, as they do every year, the four sisters come home to Connecticut for their family's annual gathering. But before the holiday is over, tragedy strikes, and their world is utterly changed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sisters

  • By Stephanie on 04-04-08

Sisters

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-07

Another good Danielle Steel book--entertaining without making you think too hard. A true guilty pleasure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Simple Genius

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206

Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than average

  • By Joanna on 06-09-09

Baldacci

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-07

I have to classify Simple Genius as another BBB--Boring Baldacci Book. This book was a disappointment to me and I found myself fast forwarding to the end. His Oliver Stone books are better.

  • The Year of Fog

  • By: Michelle Richmond
  • Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Here is the spellbinding story of Abby Mason - photographer, fiancée, soon-to-be stepmother - and the consequences of her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, it is a riveting tale of how life can change in an instant, of the search for the truth behind a child's disappearance, and of one woman's unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a lot of promise

  • By Amber on 06-21-07

year of fog

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-07

The Year of Fog was an excellent drama that I loved listening to. Great storyline and very well written. Reminded me of The Deep End of the Ocean but stands well on its own merits.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mercy

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts, for most of his life, as has his beloved wife, Allie. Their lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's cousin, Jamie, arrives in town, along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder: a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations. Meanwhile, another new arrival in town threatens to drive a dagger through Cam's marriage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Her books are always good

  • By CBDC on 02-18-07

jodi picoult

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-07

I highly recommend any book written by Jodi Picoult. She is one of the best writers around. Her books are always intriguing and have great character development. Every book she has written--Mercy included--make you think.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Outrage

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Green
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Jake Carlson, a correspondent for the TV news show American Outrage, inhabits a world of sensational trials and crazed celebrities. One of the nation's top television journalists, he's used to dragging himself through the dirt to get to the truth. When his adopted son, Sam, asks him to use his muckraking talents to find his birth mother, Jake is stunned by the ugly secrets he unearths.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • american outrage

  • By Barbara on 06-12-07

american outrage

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-07

I usually like Green's thrillers but found this one dragged . Plot line was slow but the character development was a little better. Overall not recommended.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful