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  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,312

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

DONT LET IT END

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

I’ve reread parts 1 and2 before starting Columns. Please say Ken Follet has a part 4. It can’t end. Loved it!

  • The First Phone Call from Heaven

  • A Novel
  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Mitch Albom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,624

The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heaven Calling...............

  • By tooonce72 on 11-20-13

Please let my phone ring

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

Reviewed: 08-29-16

No soul is ever truly gone. Having suddenly lost my son last Christmas Day it was comforting I believe!

  • The Winner

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,525

She is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever. It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Sally on 09-21-12

ZZZZZZZZZZZZ Narator

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Great book. Great story. Ruined by worst narrator ever Her voice just puts you to sleep

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

  • By: Candace Fleming
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Various
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishing

  • By Angelbaby on 08-02-16

Where is Annastasia

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

Excellent book. I loved it and couldn't put it down. Very informative and gave me insight into Russian history. Highly recommend

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Killer Ambition

  • A Rachel Knight Novel
  • By: Marcia Clark
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after a kidnapping gone wrong, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller find themselves at the epicenter of a combustible and high-profile court case. Then a prime suspect is revealed to be one of Hollywood's most popular and powerful talent managers - and best friend to the victim's father. With the director vouching for the manager's innocence, the Hollywood media machine commences an all-out war designed to discredit both Rachel and her case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a Perfect (Rachel) Knight

  • By Cynthia on 07-02-13

WOW

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

Who knew Marcia Clark was a great writer. Couldn't pot it down. Kept my interest

  • Sayonara

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

James A. Michener combines powerful storytelling with deep sensitivity in this novel of a US army man who, against all odds, falls for a fascinating Japanese woman. Stationed in the exotic Far East, Major Lloyd Gruver considers himself lucky. The son of a general, dating the daughter of another powerful military family, he can look forward to a bright future. But then Lloyd meets Hana-ogi. After that, nothing matters anymore...nothing but her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sayonara

  • By Joanne DeVuono on 01-07-16

Sayonara

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

Beautiful and touching. Oh how I hated to say Sayonara. That can't be the end. Broke my heart. I want more and more

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Interview with the Vampire

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,424

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged at last - First class

  • By Hilary on 08-16-11

Wasn't into vampires!!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

Wow. Couldn't stop listening. Simon Vance is awesome. Just downloaded all the series. Hurricane on way here and I'm set. Oh by the way did I say how much I loved it!!

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,065
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,615

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

I expected to enjoy this book

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

Based on the reviews. I did not expect to travel to Bombay. I could smell the city see the slum and endure the prison. This is a must read and beyond my expectations

  • The Other Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen, Jenny Sterlin, Ron Keith
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 804

New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the "guest" of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing to Write Home About

  • By Theodore on 06-11-13

Painful

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

Reviewed: 07-20-15

The male reader was beyond awful. He was so boring and I just couldnt listen to him another minute.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bleachers

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: John Grisham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 271

High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was the best quarterback to play for the Messina Spartans. 15 years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into a football dynasty. Now, as Coach Rake's "boys" sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen!

  • By Patti on 09-14-03

Wasn't expected to like it!!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-15

Just decided to read a short book on the beach. Wasn't prepared to love it. Lots of thoughts about life's highs and lows