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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,209
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,101

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

The American success story

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Humble, honest, forthright, real. I have always admired her, and this book just explains how much hard work goes into being what, from the outside, seems like an effortless , brilliant, beautiful, driven person bent on helping to improve the world. The grace and good nature of this woman makes me understand why so many people will forever consider her one of our greatest first ladies - - I just think of her as one of our greatest role models. This is a must read that is even better as a must listen. #michelleobama #firstladies

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,948
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,616

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Love this series!!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

And now I wait impatiently for the NEXT Cormoran Strike book. I am a huge fan of this series, this author (duh), and this narrator that so effectively delivers the characters with all their flaws, feelings, and frustrations on full display. This is the best of the series so far, but it would help to have read the intro books to really understand how we've gotten to this mystery so artfully delivered. Love these books! #greatseries #UK #curmudgens #favoriteauthors

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,274

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Unique setting, unique voice

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I can't think of another book that has so successfully made the place where it is set such an integral part of the story. The marsh is a character inseparable from the other people whose lives are chronicled here. The main character is completely fascinating, if not completely believable, but who cares...it's fiction for goodness sake. This is just another in the Southern characters profiles that fascinates and provides a story you wouldn't have thought of unless it was on paper. Totally new place and fascinating new author. #newauthors #southern #strongwomen

  • The Deal of a Lifetime

  • A Novella
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

It all begins with a father telling a story to his son on Christmas Eve. But this isn't your typical Christmas story. The father admits to his son that he's taken a life but he won't say whose - not yet. One week earlier, in a hospital late at night, the man met a five-year-old girl with cancer. She's a smart kid - smart enough to know that she won't beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seems to make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Novellas Are Horrible!!!!!

  • By 3xcharm on 12-28-17

Itty bitty book - - big emotions

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I so adore Fredrik Backman, and this teeny addition to his library packs an emotional punch that surprises. A bit adult, you have to have a few years under your belt to best appreciate where this one goes - - and yes, I'm being vague because this one is much too easy to spoil. Suspend your thinking and be led by a great story and narrator to the deal of a lifetime. #favoriteauthor #quickread

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,535

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

Sometimes the best stories are the quietest

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This is a quiet little story that charmed the heck (or should I say hell...) out of me. It's read by the author, something that I often find annoying, but for some reason, it works for this quiet book. The story is lovely, makes you wonder, and just feels good to be a part of. I am still annoyed that so often people writing reviews set silly expectations and think they're being clever by warning of plot twists or surprise endings, so please skip those &^#@@ reviewers and just lower your expectations and go on a quiet life journey with Sam Hell.

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,310

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

So glad to find a new series!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Given the time frame (early 1900's) and the subject (murder/psychology) I kind of expected a period piece that might keep my attention for the short term, but was DELIGHTFULLY surprised to find a truly unique and satisfying author. So happy to continue on the path to see what Maisie does next!

  • Pushing Brilliance

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696

Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc. Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book of the Year!

  • By Brad on 08-26-16

Good story, inappropriate narration

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Good story - - tight and edge of your seat thrilling, but the narrator just ruined it. The narrator isn't particularly bad (although he kind of forgot what voices he started with and his British accents really need some work) but sounded like the protagonist's asthmatic grandfather! This is supposed to be a super fit early 30's Marine trained spy -- why would you choose someone who had difficulty maintaining a full breath through the end of a sentence and who chooses to make the main character sound like an 80-year old? Cannot recommend this one.

  • Dodger

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537

A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Narrator, Great story

  • By Easy Reader on 01-18-13

It's Terry Pratchett: OF COURSE IT'S GREAT

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This is just brilliant. Entertaining, fun, silly, sad, slightly risque, and did I say brilliant? The legacy of Charles Dickens revisited by one of the most amazing minds and a narrator that puts his heart and soul into the performance means that this book is a fitting legacy for Terry Pratchett. I loved it and I'd be willing to bet half a Crown everyone else will, too.

  • A Scone to Die For

  • Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 786

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose's quaint English tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford's past. Armed with her insider knowledge of the university and with the help of four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery - all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the cover and buy this cozy mystery

  • By Eddie Lynn on 10-01-16

Cozy but lonnnnnnggggg

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I liked the book, but it's painfully obvious that there's a LOT of filler to try and elongate the story! Would have been ever so much nicer to simply have a shorter book or a bit more on each character.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,655

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Flawed but compelling

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

There were times when this just plodded along with such little to show that I almost stopped listening, but when they finally got to the story, it was a well thought out, if not totally convincing, tale. The good is the narrator (and author) gives a great reading. She has a lovely voice and at times that's the ONLY thing that kept me going forward. The characters are well thought through, almost too well because the detail is just too much. When they do finally get to the adventure you've got so much background that even the slightest of off-character turns aren't quite believable. The bad is simple to name: this is just too bloody long, and, again because of ALL the background we've already gotten, not totally convincing. But, even after saying all that, it's a full, if not particular tasty meal. Still glad I ate it, but would not go back in for a second helping.

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