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  • Goodbye, Paris

  • A Novel
  • By: Anstey Harris
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Grace hasn’t been able to play her cello publicly since a traumatic event at music college years ago. Since then, she’s built a quiet life for herself in her small English village, repairing instruments and nurturing her long-distance affair with David, the man who has helped her rebuild her life even as she puts her dreams of a family on hold until his children are old enough for him to leave his loveless marriage. But when David saves the life of a woman in the Paris Metro, his resulting fame shines a light onto the real state of the relationship(s) in his life. Shattered, Grace hits rock bottom....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok. <br />

  • By Elizabeth Cooper on 08-22-18

Delightful Twist of a “Mozart in the Jungle” story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Absolutely gorgeous. A delight for both a Paris lover and. Music lover, and for those of us lucky enough to have had friends rescue us from time to time. I’m proud of Grace and her journey! I just finished binging on Mozart in the Jungle. This was different but also perfectly in line with what I loved about that show.

  • The Dinner List

  • A Novel
  • By: Rebecca Serle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Serle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in The Dinner List. When Sabrina arrives at her 30th birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hire a professional narrator

  • By Beth on 09-15-18

Heartbreaking and Hopeful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Why aren’t more of my book friends talking about this love story? Lovely and devastating, but also easy and touching, a bit like an Audrey role.

  • Crowned and Dangerous

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,268

Nothing is simple when you're 35th in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau, Darcy O'Mara, hope to bypass a few royal rules....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I always adore Lady Georgiana

  • By Dylan on 03-28-17

Lovely Ireland

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

My favorite in the series for a long time. Loved getting to know Darcy’s Ireland family.

  • Transcription

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 744

In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying two days!

  • By Wendy on 09-30-18

Interesting and Shocking

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I’ve been thinking about this a lot: how do you take a story about a transcriptionist and make it anything but boring? Well, this. This is how. True to Atkinson, it’s a slow build but worth it. Some very tense moments. All English war and post war history as experienced by the protagonist who lived it, and yet, I can see the effects that our American social war and 2016 election have had on the story. In fact, I’m not sure we would get it without that. Fantastic.

  • The Sea Queen

  • The Golden Wolf Saga, Book 2
  • By: Linnea Hartsuyker
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Six years after The Half-Drowned King, Ragnvald Eysteinsson is now king of Sogn, but fighting battles for King Harald keeps him away from home, as he confronts treachery and navigates a political landscape that grows more dangerous. Ragnvald’s sister Svanhild has found the adventure she craves at the side of the rebel explorer Solvi Hunthiofsson, though not without a cost. She longs for a home where her quiet son can grow strong, and a place where she can put down roots, even as Solvi’s ambition draws him back to Norway’s battles again and keeps her divided from her brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better

  • By SydSavvy on 10-08-18

Even Better

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This offering satisfies even more than the first, as these people go through their lives much as we do, trying to do right for family, lovers and country. But what is right for one person is not always bearable by the other, and sometimes leaders demand greater sacrifice than followers can give. Bravo.

  • How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

  • Advanced Fiction Writing, Book 1
  • By: Randy Ingermanson
  • Narrated by: James L. Rubart
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Are you writing a novel, but having trouble getting your first draft written? You've heard of "outlining," but that sounds too rigid for you. You've heard of "organic writing," but that seems a bit squishy to you. Take a look at the wildly popular Snowflake Method - a battle-tested series of 10 steps that jump-start your creativity and help you quickly map out your story. All around the world, novelists are using the Snowflake Method right now to ignite their imaginations and get their first drafts down on paper. In this book, you'll follow the story of a fictitious novelist as she learns to tap into the amazing power of the Snowflake Method. Almost magically, she finds her story growing from a simple idea into a deep and powerful novel. And she finds her novel changing her - turning her into a stronger, more courageous person.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredibly helpful methods for beginners

  • By Khoa Ly on 02-01-18

Interesting and Method to Madness

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-18

I resisted buying this for awhile, but Finally took the plunge and am glad I did. I was annoyed at first that the method was demonstrated through a story, but it turned out to be an amazing vehicle, giving me a number of Ah-ha! Moments. And FYI, the last chapter explains the method and gives info for where to get the pdf so you can see it with your own eyes. Highly recommend.

  • NaNoWriMo 101: A Quick Guide on How to Write a Novel in 30 Days During National Novel Writing Month

  • By: Nicole Thomas, HowExpert Press
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Futty
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Have you always dreamed of writing a novel? NaNoWriMo offers your chance. It is a 30-day challenge in which you write a complete novel during National Novel Writing Month. This book will help you learn what NaNoWriMo has to offer, and how to make the most of the challenge. You will learn about required preparation, strategies, resources, and more. Learn how to overcome the most common obstacles to writing a book, and learn what to do to make sure you are successful in NaNoWriMo. This book goes into great detail about everything you need to know to be successful during NaNoWriMo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Enough Good Advice

  • By SydSavvy on 09-27-18

Just Enough Good Advice

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I’m going to participate in National Novel Writing Month and am getting prepared. This is a great primer and gave me some forewarning about things I didn’t realize would likely happen during the month and how to deal with them. Much of it I was planning to do already, but it was good to know I am on the “write” track. 😉😎. Also some good practical tips about writing software, etc.

  • Lady Bird Johnson

  • Legacy of a First Lady
  • By: Mr. Joe Bevilacqua
  • Narrated by: Mr. Joe Bevilacqua, Lady Bird Johnson, Betty Ford, and others
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady, written, produced, directed and narrated by Joe Bevilacqua. One of the most licensed audio books on The Public Radio Exchange and iTunes, Lady Bird Johnson: Legacy of a First Lady is veteran NPR producer Joe Bevilacqua's award-winning audio documentary examining the challenges and achievements of this extraordinary woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complete Gem

  • By SydSavvy on 09-17-18

Complete Gem

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This little production perfectly suited my needs to learn more about this great woman to whom we owe so much. Absolutely loved the personal touch of Lady Bird’s voice, as well as those of her staff, historian and friends (like Barbara Bush).

  • A Borrowing of Bones

  • A Mystery
  • By: Paula Munier
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

After their last deployment, when she got shot, her fiancé, Martinez, got killed, and his bomb-sniffing dog, Elvis, got depressed, soldier Mercy Carr and Elvis were both sent home, her late lover’s last words ringing in her ears: “Take care of my partner.” On the Fourth of July weekend, when all of Northshire celebrates with fun and frolic and fireworks, the dog alerts to explosives and they find a squalling baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with what appear to be human bones. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked. Something old, Something very New.

  • By SydSavvy on 09-15-18

Hooked. Something old, Something very New.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I couldn’t stop listening, as I cared more and more about Mercy, Elvis, Troy and Susie Bear, plus many more. Service dogs? Great big yes. Setting in Vermont? Yeah baby! Not only so hooked that I listened without wanting to stop, I’m now ready for Book 2. Congrats Paula on an awesome mystery (that fully demonstrates what you teach writers).

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  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,447

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

Marvelous, Enchanting, Real

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Wasn't sure what to expect with this, but it was enchanting. At the same time, there are some real life stories shared. Thank you Sharon Washington and telling your story, not just the fairy tale but the deep truths.