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  • The Wild Girl

  • By: Kate Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

One of six sisters, Dortchen Wild lives in the small German kingdom of Hesse-Cassel in the early 19th century. She finds herself irresistibly drawn to the boy next door, the handsome but very poor fairy-tale scholar Wilhelm Grimm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heartwrenchingly amazing

  • By Jennifer Jacoby on 03-15-16

Surprising Depth

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

I don't know how much of this is true. But I know its based on truth. This story packs a punch, just like Grimms’ original fairy tales. Very glad i read it. Official fan.

  • The Ragged Edge of Night

  • By: Olivia Hawker
  • Narrated by: Nick Sandys, Olivia Hawker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet to wed Elisabeth Herter, a widow who seeks a marriage - in name only - to a man who can help raise her three children. Anton seeks something too - atonement for failing to protect his young students from the wrath of the Nazis. But neither he nor Elisabeth expects their lives to be shaken once again by the inescapable rumble of war. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Ragged Edge of Night must be made into a movie

  • By M. King on 10-04-18

Oh Heart! And Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

Absolutely wonderful. To hear a story based on a simple man with a hurting heart and a mighty will against impossible odds. More of this, more of this publishers!!

Great job Libby and Nick. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

  • Daisy Jones & The Six

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889

Daisy is a girl coming of age in LA in the late '60s, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s 20, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Alisia Ned on 03-06-19

Damn good—Award Winning Game Changer

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

There are several things that make this audiobook an award winning game changer. 1. The writing. I can’t imagine the research that went into this. Luckily I didn’t have to imagine it, the period, happenings and voice were perfect and so I was caught up in being there, instead of ever thinking about the writing. Also, the interview style plays out perfectly, keeping the timing right even with the thread of these bandmembers sharing memories and different perspectives. 2. What the audio does is take that spot-on delivery and supercharge it. The narrators sound like they are giving an intimate interview. The narrators and voice become the band members. I can already tell you where my vote goes for best audiobook of the year.

Yes, I pictured Stevie Nicks through out, but I think any favorite band can be pictured. The experience seems true and 1970s rock band universal. I loved seeing it all unfold, including the actual writing and recording sessions. Also I’m glad for the hope this book gives.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Proposal

  • By: Jasmine Guillory
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,085

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn't come as a surprise - or happen in front of 45,000 people. When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part - they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Impressed

  • By michelle prue on 02-07-19

Perfectly Chill and Sizzle

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Fun, entertaining, enough depth to engage without being heavy. Just right. And the cooking! Almost as hot as the sex! Sizzle and heart.

  • Small Fry

  • By: Lisa Brennan-Jobs
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

A frank, smart, and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs' poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the '70s and '80s, Small Fry is an enthralling audiobook by an insightful new literary voice. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful, poignant, thoughtful and devastating memoir

  • By Robert Ames on 10-11-18

Still an inigma

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

This memoir hops about in a disjointed way, keeping Jobs as enigmatic as ever, both to us and to his estranged daughter. A bit of a tale of woe, a warning to parents to do better to get it right and avoid the regret of final separation and lost chances that death inevitably brings.

  • The Virgin's Lover

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 905

In the autumn of 1558, church bells across England ring out the joyous news that Elizabeth I is the new queen. One woman hears the tidings with utter dread. Amy Dudley, wife of Sir Robert, knows that the bells she hears will summon her husband once more to power, intrigue, and a passionate love affair. Philippa Gregory paints a picture of a country on the brink of greatness, a young woman grasping at her power, a young man whose ambition is greater than his means, and the wife who cannot forgive them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Take on Elizabeth

  • By Theodore on 09-08-12

Strange and stranger

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

This book was strange for me. I didn’t like any of the main characters, and kept thinking: surely this isn’t true! But the authors note in the end did make it sound plausible. Very interesting.

  • One Day in December

  • A Novel
  • By: Josie Silver
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,863

Laurie is sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away. Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend: the man from the bus.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's Not Romantic, Not Joyous, and Not for Me

  • By D. Fields on 12-01-18

Better than a Hallmark Chistmas Special

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I honestly thought in the beginning, this is going to be impossible to pull off. But it was great. Skip Hallmark Movies and go for this one, you’ll be glad!

Narration was superb.

  • Goodbye, Paris

  • A Novel
  • By: Anstey Harris
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 196
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 3,701
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,402

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

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