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  • Caleb's Crossing

  • A Novel
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 696

In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good entry into fiction!

  • By Mary Sue on 05-31-11

Also Bethia’s Crossing

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I started out not liking this book because I could not stand the way Bethia was treated. I ended up liking the story, though, once I started to care about the characters, and especially Bethia. She stood her ground the only way she could in the 1660s without finding herself removed from the community or worse! I admire her strength and ingenuity.

The book is much more about Bethia than it is about Caleb, but he also was a strong character who stood his ground in the best way he knew how. That must be why they remained friends for so long.

Narrator Jennifer Ehle was great, although the pronunciation of the article “a” as a long vowel started to wear on me after a while. I assume she did it that way because that was the way it was pronounced in the 1660s which is fine, but still annoying to the modern ear. Both author and narrator did a great job of handling the older forms of English. That part was very interesting to me.

  • Green River, Running Red

  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379

In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young women were and who they might have become.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful and chilling

  • By 9S on 07-02-11

Chills are Running Down My Spine!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

It is unthinkable that a man could become so adept at killing that he could take a woman behind an old shed, rape and kill her, and then convince his 11-year-old son who is waiting for him in the car that she had decided to walk home because she lived nearby. This man was not caught for 20 years and could have killed upwards of 75 women. This is the story of how he got away with it for so long. It is a chilling story, expertly written by Ann Rule, from whom we expect an exceptionally well researched and tastefully detailed story of the most gruesome of crimes. Don't read it if you are squeamish, or if you have to get up in the middle of the night to let the dog out. But if you are weird enough to enjoy reading true crime stories (and I guess I have to count myself as one of those), you will, well, I can't say enjoy so I'll say, appreciate this book.

It is expertly narrated by Barbara Caruso.

  • The Modern Scholar

  • Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion
  • By: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
  • Narrated by: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Unique Read...(J/K)

  • By Jade on 06-10-09

I love the great courses

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

I know this book is not for everyone or even for most people, but for those of us who are fascinated with words, who love to learn how they came to be and why we use them the way we do, and whose favorite app is the dictionary, this will be an instant favorite. It is actually one of the Great Courses, and is therefore more of a series of lectures than a book. To listen to Professor Drout, a man who loves grammar with a passion, talk about the proper and improper use of the English language is to sit at the feet of a master. I found a few real surprises as he taught me why we should use it correctly. Some of that is based on historical context, but overall it is based on being correctly understood, and being able to change the world with the words we speak and write. I truly loved every bit of it.

  • The Firebird

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Historical Fiction

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-06-13

A little too predictable

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

I had a hard time getting into this book. Although there are some cool things about it, I found it very predictable. I loved the premise and thought the going back and forth in time was quite creative. It was a bit over-dramatic for my taste, however. I have to admit I was happy when the book was finished.

The narrator was great with her characterizations, but when she was narrating it felt like she was yelling at me.

  • The 5 Second Rule

  • Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage
  • By: Mel Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mel Robbins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,478

How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I turned it off after an hour.

  • By Zac on 04-08-17

Life changing

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I have a problem I have been struggling with for most of my life. I have looked everywhere for answers. I think I might have just found it, or at least a way to finally be able to work through it. Here’s hoping. I’m jumping into this rule with everything I have. It got me out of bed this morning ready to exercise! I believe it has the potential for much good.

  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Chris Anderson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,769

The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I got this book quite a few years ago because it was . . . well . . . free. I never got around to listening to it because a lot of free books are not very good, but finally decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. Chris Anderson is charming, witty and smart. He was easy to follow, and most of the stuff he talked about made great sense. I rarely give a non-fiction book 5 stars but I really think this one deserves it.

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  • The Greatest Game Ever Played

  • Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf
  • By: Mark Frost
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 250

Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon came from different worlds and different generations, but their passion for golf set them on parallel paths that would collide in the greatest match their sport had ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Warren on 11-02-15

A Great Story

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

This book, somewhat like the game it glorifies, has many pages full of excitement, but at least an equal number of pages with exquisite detail that is often interesting at best, but long-winded and less than interesting at worst. I enjoy watching the game of golf although I have never really participated in it as more than a spectator, so I guess this book holds less of a fascination for me than it would for true-blue, die-hard players and fans. Of course I loved the many pages about the 1913 open that Francis won against two of the world’s greatest golfers. Who wouldn’t? And I absolutely fell in love with Eddy Lowery. In spite of its too lengthy (for me) descriptions of less interesting (for me) details, I really enjoyed this book. And I love the movie!

  • The Good Soldier

  • By: Ford Madox Ford
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

On the face of it Captain Edward Ashburnham's life was unimpeachable. But behind the mask where passion seethes, the captain's "good" life was rotting away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The saddest story

  • By CB on 04-24-10

Where’s the action?

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I read it because it is on every must-read list. It did not hold my attention because it was like reading the diary of someone with less than average writing skills and a very uneventful life.. It was all description and nothing really ever happened. No more Ford Madox Ford for me. The best thing going for it was Frank Muller who is a great narrator.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,146

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

There is not really a story line to this book. It is rather a collection of reminiscences of Bob Newhart, of whom I am a great fan, and his fellow-comics. It wasn’t all that interesting to me, although I’m quite confident many other people will really enjoy it.

  • For Laci

  • A Mother's Story of Love, Loss, and Justice
  • By: Sharon Rocha
  • Narrated by: Staci Snell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 303

Every mother's worst fear became Sharon Rocha's reality. On Christmas Eve 2002, she received a phone call from her son-in-law saying that her daughter, Laci, was missing. In the hours, days, and eventually months that followed, Sharon struggled to avoid accepting what no parent should ever have to face: the certain knowledge that her child is never coming home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG!!!THE BEST BOOK I'VE LISTENED TO THUS FAR!!!

  • By leelee8888 on 08-01-15

Such a tragedy

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I remember thinking that this was such a sad tragedy when it took place several years ago, and it is still a tragedy.

This is not a happy, feel-good book by any stretch. Mrs. Rocha tries to tell about all the things she went through, and how it felt to lose a daughter in such a violent, meaningless way, and I’m sure it was not an easy thing to do. It was interesting and informative, and my heart broke for everyone involved. But there was a lot of repetition, reciting the same things many times in a slightly different way. I think it could be more effective if a good editor could get hold of it and cut a lot of the repetition out. Perhaps this book was written more for Mrs. Rocha than it was for her readers, and that is a perfectly legitimate reason. Sometimes you just have to vent.

I hope this family has finally found some peace.

Stacy Snell was a very good narrator. Im sure it wasn’t easy to read.