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  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,284

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confidence booster for introverts their parents

  • By Neuron on 02-28-14

Educational and Insightful

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

I did not need a book to tell me I'm an introvert, but the title drew my attention so I wanted to read it. It is admirable that Cain comes to the defense of introverts in a world that seems to only appreciate extroverts. I learned many things I didn't already know. I feel like most of it is preaching to the choir, though because I don't figure many extroverts would be interested in the subject matter. It's not about them. Haha.

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  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526

After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a book that can be heard/read again and again

  • By bebe on 04-17-10

Perfectly Narrated - A Beautiful Listen!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-13

This story comes alive in the narration. I know that sounds like a commercial, but I am absolutely serious in making this claim. Not only is Susan Ericksen's narration wonderful, but Charlotte Bronte's writing style is gorgeous! If you shy away from the classics because they're too wordy, or the words seem to be in the wrong places, give this one a try. I had no trouble at all following this story and it was such a wonderful one. I thoroughly enjoyed this recording.

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  • The Education of Little Tree

  • By: Forrest Carter
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

After his parents die, five-year-old Little Tree goes to live with his grandparents in their cabin deep in the Tennessee mountain hollows. Granpa instructs the boy in the ancient wisdom of “The Way” of honoring nature’s subtle balance. Even when he faces racism and the white authorities try to take him from his grandparents, Little Tree’s understanding and humor sustain him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comfort food

  • By Nancy on 03-07-12

Sweetness, with a let-down ending

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

A precious story, simply told and heartfelt. The end was disappointing as I had higher hopes than that for Little Tree. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book very much.

  • 16 Lighthouse Road

  • Cedar Cove, Book 1
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 802

"You don't know me yet, but in a few hours that's going to change. You see, I'm inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove, because I want you to meet my family, friends, and neighbors. Come and hear their stories - maybe even their secrets!"

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Light Chick Lit

  • By Leslie on 03-02-11

Good Story, Lousy Narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

Many characters, every one with an interesting story. I enjoyed the story enough to continue with the series, but the narrator sounded just like a telephone operator, mechanical and impersonal. I will read the rest of the series the old fashioned way.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bet Me

  • By: Jennifer Crusie
  • Narrated by: Deanna Hurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,710

Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Taking a Gamble on Love

  • By Queen Squared on 07-15-13

Too Many Annoying Quirks

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

A story where the guys make bets on women. Grown adults! How juvenile! I expected to not like it because I had a stereotypical scenario in my mind about how it would play out. As it turned out, I did like how the relationship developed. It wasn't what I had envisioned at all.

There were some very annoying details about the story. The word "said", the doughnuts, and how many times did they eat Emilio's cooking during the course of this one month period? For crying out loud, I don't know anybody who eats out this much, let alone the SAME restaurant over and over again. Despite these annoyances, the story moves along at a comfortable pace, and I enjoyed it more than I expected to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bitter Is the New Black

  • Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office
  • By: Jen Lancaster
  • Narrated by: Jamie Heinlein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb. She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life - and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I'd hoped.

  • By Amanda Sava on 08-03-10

Mixed Review

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

Reviewed: 03-09-13

I was conflicted between 3 and 4 stars. I liked it, and thought Jen Lancaster put together a great autobiographical story, but I often asked myself, "What is the point of this?" Or, "Why do I care?" On the other hand, I couldn't stop listening, and want to hear more from her. Because of that, I gave in with the 4 stars.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,591

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

A Then-and-Now Story to Remember

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

Reviewed: 03-01-13

I liked that this is a relatively modern historical fiction. I love classic film, so the way Jess Walter wrote a then-and-now novel that involved a real movie (Cleopatra) filmed on location in Italy, and tied real actors (Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor) and film makers (Joseph Mankiewicz) to these fictional characters was a real treat. I loved Pasquale, and developed a profound respect for this man who honestly and sincerely did the right thing, with no regrets. I give it a 4 because I didn't instantly love it. I was more than halfway through before I developed feelings for the characters.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,871
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,875

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of your time. Keeps dragging

  • By Anne Banks on 11-10-18

Amazed By It's Greatness

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

Reviewed: 02-21-13

This was a completely random choice, and it turned out to be one of the most suspenseful audio books I have heard. I could not wait for my next commute to or from work because this was that amazing. From the reader's voice to the fresh and witty characters, and the original story line I was thoroughly and completely entertained. I even had that spine-tingling sensation during some parts of the book, and it was awesome. I would NEVER have chosen this if I had known it was a science fiction book. I completely surprised myself and absolutely came out a winner! I highly recommend you give it a try, even if sci-fi is not your thing.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • To Win Her Heart

  • By: Karen Witemeyer
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 417

RITA Award nominee Karen Witemeyer is acclaimed for her winning blend of history, humor, and romance. In this heartstirring tale, repentant exconvict Levi Grant comes to Spencer, Texas, in 1887 - hoping to put his past behind him and start out fresh as the town’s new blacksmith. To promote civility, Eden Spencer runs her own lending library, where she discovers Levi’s love of literature. But just as romance begins to bloom, Eden learns of Levi’s prodigal past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Romance, Strong Characters

  • By Candace on 05-03-12

Refreshing, Romantic

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

Reviewed: 02-14-13

I like a good cookie-cutter romance, and this fits the bill. I did not know it was an inspirational romance, but that made it even better. I didn't like the leading lady at first, she was terribly judgmental, and I was not surprised that she overreacted to the truth. However, her young house companion really set her straight, which I found tremendously satisfying. I enjoyed the story, the narrator has a very pleasant voice, warm and sincere. This audiobook gave me warm fuzzies from my head to my toes. Enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Darkest Corner

  • By: Elizabeth Haynes
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Karen Cass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,045

Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH

  • By Betty on 06-05-12

A Victim's Journey to Victory

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

Reviewed: 02-09-13

I think this story was well-written, well-told, and realistic. I thought during this book that if someone had gone through a similar situation in real life, they would have some serious coping issues due to the subject matter. I couldn't give it a 5 because I like to read more cheerful fiction. I read suspense or other genres just for a change of pace.