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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,115

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

Daily Deal Gone Great!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-19

In the midst of Aaron Burr I knew I was ready for something light and entertaining. Saw The Unlikely Pilgrimage offered at a discount and decided it would be just right. Little did I know it would grip my imagination and offer food for my soul. Rachel Joyce captures the ache of memories in each of us, Harold’s demons are simply metaphors for those we each bury so deeply and rarely acknowledge. I challenge any reader not to find himself/herself not walking in Harold’s yachting shoes or furiously attacking household chores as Maureen did. What a gift this book is! It will be with me as all good literature is, tugging at my conscience to be a better friend and see beneath the wrapping to find the treasure of those who pass through my life. I won’t retell the story, that’s for you to discover, just know it is not light reading, it’s a treasure.

Jim Broadbent is so right for this book, his reading is masterful. Editing is perfect, you won’t get lost in the English countryside. Enjoy!

Sigrid Price

  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,187
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I found the experience very satisfying.

  • By MV on 11-29-18

Now we wait another year ☹️

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Another home run in the Gamache series...no spoiler alerts here, read or listen for yourself and enjoy the magical world of Three Pines.

  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,595

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Kelly on 10-29-18

Don't Waste Your Money On This One!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

This is a far cry from Grisham's first novel...I persisted to the end hoping I could find some redeeming value, it just isn't there. It seems clear that the intent was to inform his many readers of the atrocities that were part endured during World War !! and he actually could have done a decent book around that theme. What started as a promising story never got off the ground. #wasteoftime Sigrid Price

  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 948

At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men - a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy - sitting across fromeach other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: JohnGload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration; and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great language and performance

  • By Villarreal on 11-06-17

I rarely write a review but...

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

...this book deserves commentary. Initially I was struggling to sync with the story and thought at the time it might be easier to actually read than to listen to this book. However, once I was able to settle into the rhythm of the book I was hooked...I think I read that this is the first novel from Kim Zupan, I look forward to the second. And Jim Meskimen! Wow! You won't be disappointed. I definitely will look for other novels he has read; his reading is nothing less than superb. The author has an incredible vocabulary and uses it well, perhaps to reflect the complex natures of the characters who initially appear to be ordinary people. Each is deeply rooted in his own personal ethics and Zupan offers evidence that the "back story" of ordinary people is so often fascinating. Is it possible to ache for a despicable, corrupt man? Yes. I found tears welling in my eyes as I listened to the final chapters. Prepare to find yourself unable to put this book aside, it is extremely engaging. S. Price

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,989
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,780

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Frightening Circumstance

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Enjoyed the action and considering the repercussions of an event like this but could do without the lecture at the end which reminded me of Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman. Theoretically the reader is intelligent enough to draw her own conclusion. A fun listen nonetheless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,700

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • pushing a shopping cart with a whiney child

  • By C. Ward on 09-03-07

There is always hope

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

A difficult book, engrossing and disturbing, reminding us of our innate innocence and drive to survive. Be prepared ... this one is tragically magical.

0 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Every Anxious Wave

  • By: Mo Daviau
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 517

Why would we need music if our lives were exactly as we wanted them to be? Karl Bender is a quiet guy who lives in three places: his bar, his apartment, and the cheap Mediterranean place on the corner that keeps him well fed with his daily portion of hummus and chicken shwarma. But that's all about to change. When he stumbles upon a time-traveling wormhole, Karl develops a business selling access to people who want to go back in time to hear their favorite bands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, character driven story.

  • By Besendorfer Books LLC on 11-24-16

Don’t waste your time or money on this one

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I don’t know why I spent a credit on this book, the idea had some possibilities, but it just failed...hard to follow, where was it going? Protagonist somewhat attractive but in general the lack of a real thread just impossible to follow.

  • The Woman in the Water

  • Charles Lenox Mysteries
  • By: Charles Finch
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

London, 1850: A young Charles Lenox struggles to make a name for himself as a detective...without a single case. Scotland Yard refuses to take him seriously and his friends deride him for attempting a profession at all. But when an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime - and promising to kill again - Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself. The writer's first victim is a young woman whose body is found in a naval trunk, caught up in the rushes of a small islets in the middle of the Thames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying prequel to this great series

  • By Gail N. on 03-01-18

Finch has yet another winner!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

If you are just starting the series do thus one first. For those of us who waited patiently for publication, it was worth the wait. Even rolling back the years worked, the one concern my friends and I had was that finch was aging our dear Charles Lenox too rapidly, but Finch h

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Bury Your Dead

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,659
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,085

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Great Gamache in Old Quebec

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-21-14

My heart was aching...

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

Louise Penny wove three stories through this book in such a masterful way that the movement from one to the other was seamless. Gamache

  • As the Crow Flies

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,063

Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply one of my favorite series.

  • By B.J. on 07-22-12

Katie gets married

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

I love this series, but this story seemed a bit shallow. As usual Craig Johnson does an amazing job capturing the characters' personalities. George Guidall delivers the story with his usual excellence. Henry returned in a more prominent role, a good move. It was enjoyable but not the best in the series. I will listen to Longmire as often as the books are published!