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PARIS, TX, United States
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  • The Battersea Barricades

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

It's not easy being a rebel. So many new skills to assimilate. Never mind strategic planning, weapons expertise and the like - there's bicycle-stealing, oil-stain removal and boat steering to be mastered first. And quickly. It's the time of the Civil Uprisings, and two young women set out to make a difference. Their only problem? They don't know where they are. Or where they're going. Or what to do when they get there. Other than that....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just what the series needed

  • By michael pentecost on 04-23-18

Review is the key

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

The story triumphed in the end but just know this is a REView- a remembrance by several special ladies of times past. I appreciate the author spreading her style wings but it’s sort of epistle style, and thats not my favorite. Still, I’m sad my latest St. Mary’s binge is over, and in the end this story had heart.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas Past

  • A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 330

Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational. Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I could give more stars than 5

  • By D on 12-26-17

Go Max!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Sweet sweet Christmas Past story for Mathew and Max and my heart. Why didn’t I know this was published!

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,729

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

She’s the Real Deal

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Madeline Miller, you master, you literary goddess. In a perfect world, professors will start adding you to the canon.
Narration is none to shabby either.

Of course, I read this in anticipation of Odysseus, and his part in Circe’s story was greatness, but it was all the encounters I did not anticipate which bowled me over. And, to find a goddess who wants something more than just beauty and forever glory. To find a witch story, in this day and age, where she might be respected for something more than her powers, that will stay with me.

  • How to Walk Away

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Center
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment. In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Uplifting Story

  • By Tropicalart77 on 05-17-18

You Won’t be Able to Walk Away

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Big romantic read of the summer.

Margaret fears flying, so of course her golden boyfriend trains to pilot. And takes her up in the air to propose. What could go wrong?

Good news: she says yes, oh, and they survive the crash. Bad news: he walks away, she doesn’t. She had her whole life before her, now she only has a taciturn PT, and a family, a life, in chaos.

All the feels. Couldn’t put it down, much less walk away.
#botm #beachread

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Outwitting the Gestapo

  • By: Lucie Aubrac, Translated by Konrad Beiber, Betsy Wing
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

What was it like to be a citizen fighting the Nazis? Lucie Aubrac, of Catholic and peasant background, was teaching history in a Lyon school and had just married Raymond, a Jewish engineer, when World War II erupted and divided France. This is Lucie's harrowing account of her participation in the Resistance, when, though pregnant, she planned and took part in raids to free comrades - including her husband, under Nazi death sentence - from the prisons of the infamous "Butcher of Lyon," Klaus Barbie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind Blown

  • By SydSavvy on 04-25-18

Mind Blown

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Quite frankly, Yes, this blew my mind, and I want to shout at everyone I know to READ THIS (or listen, as I did; the narration is sublime). It's a must read book. It's old, but I was looking about something on Lyon, France, where I studied abroad during law school and incidentally learned some about the resistance. It always has amazed me that a popular historical novel about Lyon during WWII doesn't exist in English (that I know of, so if you know of one please please tell me). Non-fiction and surreal, considering the difference in how I listened to it now verses several years ago. Important stuff, and what a woman!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,559

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

The Mona Lisa Award

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I can now give this the Mona Lisa because, indeed, this story is worth the read, worthy of the hype and the top charts placement. It’s a little rocky at first (lol in more ways than one) but definitely settles into its stride and sheds important light on the Italian theatre of WWII that has mostly not been told. Excellent. Also, I’m glad to see an important book like this with a male protagonist. Those have virtually disappeared.

  • Still Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,511
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,193

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Still Me Narrator Ruined it for me

  • By Shauna on 02-07-18

Lu!!! Gotta Love that Girl

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

Think you are done with sweet Louisa? Think again. So sweet, whole new world, Lu doing her thing. ❤️❤️❤️

  • The Masterpiece

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want - money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn't know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist - an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic read

  • By MW on 02-15-18

Wowed Me

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

My favorite Francine Rivers in a long time. Very cool concept, great hook, especially knowing how she delivers. I've been trying to read faith based books during Lent this year, so glad I caught this one.

What happens when an ex-gang member, closet graphic building tagger, now a high profile artist, hires a modest young woman, who has made a few mistakes in her life and who is a Christian, to be his assistant?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hunger

  • A Memoir of (My) Body
  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined", Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal and raw and honest

  • By S. Yates on 07-17-17

Stunned

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

I haven't had a book stun me, slay me, like this in a long time. Have I ever had a book open me up and bleed me, like this one has? I don't think so. Thank you Roxane Gary for digger deeper than China, for putting thoughts into words. I needed this.

Of course it's not for everyone. But if you could, I think we'd all be closer to understanding this thing called Hunger, particularly in a woman's body.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

Deep and Wide but Worth the Journey

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

I'm a bit stunned by the breath of this novel, traversing multiple time periods and lives. My only Jewish knowledge is that which I've read in books, but I know I've rightly concluded that their history is as rich and complicated as it is full of deep sorrows and divine questions. This novel raises many of them from multiple POVs, without forcing answers. Beautiful story, with the time investment.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful