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mary j aboughadareh

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  • The Prodigal Daughter

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 382

With a will of steel, Polish immigrant Florentyna Rosnovski is indeed Abel's daughter. She shares with her father a love of America, his ideals, and his dream for the future. But she wants more to be the first female president. Golden boy Richard Kane was born into a life of luxury. The scion of a banking magnate he is successful, handsome, and determined to carve his own path in the world - and to build a future with the woman he loves. With Florentyna's ultimate goal only a heartbeat away, both are about to discover the shattering price of power as a titanic battle of betrayal and deception.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Enough Meat

  • By Simone on 10-19-13

Boring

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I could barely get through it. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by JA. Even the long series. Normally each book can stand on its in and is interesting. Ugh. A few lame references to Kane and Abel and too lame to stand in it’s on. Listen to Kane and Abel skip Prodigal Daughter.

  • After Anna

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nauseatingly saccharine

  • By cathy journeaux on 04-29-18

Very good

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

It was very well done. With a hint that something was “off” almost from the beginning it’s not until the end do you find the answers. I enjoyed it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Boston Girl: A Novel

  • By: Anita Diamant
  • Narrated by: Linda Lavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801

Addie Baum is "The Boston Girl", born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story!

  • By LL on 05-24-18

A story that brings up no emotions

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

It was pleasant enough to listen to but if I skipped it it would not be missed. Nothing interesting or funny or heart wrenching. Blah.

20 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • New York

  • The Novel
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 35 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789

New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Rachel on 12-17-09

One of the best

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I enjoyed every single minute of this book. It was perfect from the story to the reader. I am sad it is over. It’s one of those historical fictions that has you look events a people up. Therefor learning in a most delightful way. I love family sagas too and the characters were delightful. I highly recommend this one.

  • The Judge Hunter

  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

London, 1664. Twenty years after the English revolution, the monarchy has been restored, and Charles II sits on the throne. The men who conspired to kill his father are either dead or disappeared. Baltasar “Balty” St. Michel is 24 and has no skills and no employment. He gets by on handouts from his brother-in-law Samuel Pepys, an officer in the king’s navy. Fed up with his needy relative, Pepys offers Balty a job in the New World. He is to track down two missing judges who were responsible for the execution of the last king, Charles I. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise!

  • By mary j aboughadareh on 06-12-18

Surprise!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I had no idea this book would be so funny and engaging. I couldn’t stop listening. What a good book. I highly recommend it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Meridon

  • Wideacre, Book 3
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

The third volume in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. Set in the 18th century, they launched the career of Philippa Gregory, the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and Three Sisters, Three Queens. Meridon, a desolate Romany girl, is determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a travelling show while her sister, Dandy, risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing them both from danger and want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than book 1 & 2

  • By mary j aboughadareh on 01-28-18

Better than book 1 & 2

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

I honestly didn’t like book 1 & 2 but by this time I felt I had to finish the series. Book 3 is much better and I can say I did like it. I’m glad to say it had a good ending. Still, if I had it to do again I’d skip the whole series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 8,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,737

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

It does not get any better than Ken Follett and John Lee

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

It was worth the wait for this book. It was so interesting and entertaining. I listened every chance I got but now I’m sad it’s over. John Lee is my favorite reader. I think he could make the most boring topic interesting. The story is alive. The characters are alive. This is one I think anyone would enjoy even if they haven’t read the previous books in the series although you shouldn’t miss them. I highly recommend it.

  • Adam's Empire

  • By: Evan Green
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 34 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

He thought he had everything until tragedy struck... Adam Ross, orphaned at nine, cherished a dream - that one day he would have land of his own. The opal fields of Coober Pedy offered his first glimpse of riches - and Nellie, a dusky beauty, provided his first taste of love... From the western plains of New South Wales to the balmy waters of Sydney Harbour, from the grinding heat of a West Australian cattle station to the eerie desert shores of Lake Eyre, Adam was driven by his ambition.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A little too long winded

  • By Jeanette on 04-03-15

Excellent in every way

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

I enjoyed this book so much. It reminded me of the late Bryce Cortenay's writings. A really good story that kept me engaged from very first word until the last.

  • At the Water's Edge

  • A Novel
  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,229

After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the colonel's favor is to succeed where the colonel very publicly failed - by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Julie Angles on 04-20-15

Great story

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

This was a very good story and I loved the reader. It picks up immediately and will keep your interest the whole time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mightier than the Sword

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014

Harry Clifton is more successful than ever as a novelist, and has just been elected president of PEN Britain. He learns of a writer in Russia whose memoir of life inside Stalin's palace has landed the writer in prison for life, his book taken off shelves and destroyed. Harry becomes obsessed with freeing the writer and telling his story. His wife Emma, meanwhile is the chair of Barringtons Shipping, having escaped a plot to destroy their company by bombing one of their luxury liners, and now the company is thriving.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better Then the Last Two

  • By Joel on 04-26-15

Lots of loose ends

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

I've listened to and loved this entire series but this one left too many loose ends making it not very satisfying. I guess the good news is there's got to be another one coming.