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  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,289

You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: Your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes - it would be too awkward - and you can't say no - it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Endearing, funny, but sometimes overly clever

  • By Lili on 07-30-17

a boring read

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

the first chapter or so is sort of interesting. beyond that, it's a waste of time.

  • Priceless

  • How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
  • By: Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a 20-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. In this compelling memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bogged down by a bad narration.

  • By April D Love on 10-24-10

this book is just okay

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

this book had some interesting attributes however it was too boring to finish the last chapters

  • Angels and Demons

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,327

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Trip Inside the Vatican

  • By Rachel on 06-02-04

this book was boring

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

this book is not as exciting as the DaVinci Code. it was not even close.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,668

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

a very long and slow read

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

Very hard to finish. many dull characters detracted from the lovely ones. The plot lagged.

  • The Windfall

  • A Novel
  • By: Diksha Basu
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118

For the past 30 years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha's lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, gossipy neighbors, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages. They thought they'd settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son's acceptance into an American business school. But then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Struggle

  • By Sara on 08-07-17

a lovely book

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

wow, I had no idea just how disruptive wealth can be. and as funny too! The different viewpoints from a variety of characters were hilarious. the reader experiences each without the author imposing her judgment. this is a rare quality. Each character is truly the main character of Their Own Story. the author holds their hands through the ups and downs of life, without falling into cliches.

i especially enjoyed seeing life through The Eyes of Indian as well as American characters and the assumptions we all make. it was something Universal about that. Rather than getting to know each other humans tend to fill in the blanks until Calamity comes. we got to see both sides of unaware versus vulnerable ... and enjoying the Follies that ensue.

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  • The Hourglass

  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens, Imogen Church
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

It's 2014. Sensible Nora has always taken success for granted until suddenly her life begins to fall apart. Troubled by anxiety and nightmares, she finds herself drawn to the sweeping beaches of Tenby, a place she's been only once before. Together with a local girl, she rents a beautiful townhouse and slowly begins to settle in to her new life. But Tenby hides a secret, and Nora will soon discover that this little town by the sea has the power to heal even the most painful memories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy it!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-12-17

<br />not her best book

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

this novel was slow to start and didn't quite come together overall like her previous novels did. Tracy Rees' first two novels are so good that I reread them both. i eagerly look forward to reading her next book.

  • The Marriage of Opposites

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Gloria Reuben, Tina Benko, Santino Fontana, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,951

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths and her deep, lifelong friendship with Jestine, Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical!

  • By TV on 09-27-15

great story

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

I loved so much of this book. the characters were palpable. the scenery became more real as the story continued and as the characters aged. the best places in the novel seemed to be characters in and of themselves as they interacted with the inhabitants. each person and place told of deep layers in their journey, interacting and evolving beautifully into one another through time.

I did not care for the narrators, especially the first one. I was able to tune her out after a while. There were three narrators total. this is always a challenge for me. it did however amplify the fact that the story was told from multiple points of view throughout the book.

the biggest issue for me however was the historical inaccuracies. Jews didn't own slaves. our religion does not allow it. it was a major difference between jews and non jews. typically in the Americas Jews were not legally able to own slaves anyway. all people belong only to G-d.

  • Every Day

  • By: David Levithan
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,510

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicted after the ending

  • By Sarah on 07-26-13

amazing

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

when an author can take the mundane act of living and transform it, there is truth. this author cuts through so much that we get hung up on and reminds us that we are about 98% the same yet we get so hung up on the 2% that makes us different from each other. is not a statement, the author does not ask you to suspend any belief ( after the main premise). Instead the author uses this thought Experiment 2 Share all the ways to see beyond the thin layer that keeps us distracted, at war, and diconnected from each other.

  • Night over Water

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Tom Casaletto
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,684
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273

On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Listen

  • By Daniel McAfee on 07-11-08

wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

it's everything the reviewers say it is. it was a little slow to start for me but I appreciate a thriller that isn't super gory and more character-driven. there is also more Romance without detracting from the beautiful plot.

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  • Florence Grace

  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399

Florrie Buckley is an orphan living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It's a hard existence, but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape. She thinks her destiny is set in stone. But when Florrie is 14, she inherits a never-imagined secret. She is related to a wealthy and notorious London family: the Graces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly brilliant!!!

  • By Maria on 07-04-16

Cornish gem

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

this is a wonderful read. I found it difficult in a few parts but otherwise I couldn't put it down. narrator does a wonderful job and the story comes to life.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful