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Alpine, UT, United States
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  • The Story Keeper

  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823

Successful New York editor Jen Gibbs is at the top of her game with her new position at Vida House Publishing - until a mysterious manuscript from an old slush pile appears on her desk. Turning the pages, Jen finds herself drawn into the life of Sarra, a mixed-race Melungeon girl trapped y dangerous men in turn-of-the-century Appalachia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible version is mostly very good

  • By Joleen on 07-30-15

Enjoyable storytelling!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I enjoyed learning about the people from the back country of the Appalachians. This book made me think about how hard it might be for some to leave their native close knit communities and go out into a big city like New York!
The narrator did a great job with different voices that brought the book to life!

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,427

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

As a whole - not a good book

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

Reviewed: 04-24-14

I agree with many others who say that the story idea is a cute idea and at times it is funny and totally unbelievable. I love history but his version put me to sleep! The story of the main character running away from a retirement home is very believable but the series of events are just so far out there that it make the story boring. There was some entertainment value but not much.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Takedown Twenty: Analysis of a Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich - Sidekick

  • By: BookBuddy
  • Narrated by: Naomi Cole
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 24

Janet Evanovich continues the Stephanie Plum series with the 20th installment, Takedown Twenty. Fans of the series know protagonist Stephanie Plum as a bond enforcement officer by day and bounty hunter on the side. In the latest addition, Plum tracks down neighborhood gangsters, a giraffe on the loose, and a notorious crime boss who may be her future father-in-law.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • UGH!

  • By Michele on 04-24-14

UGH!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-14

My mistake, I thought maybe this was an additional little book written by Janet Evanovich to go with her book Takedown Twenty! Unless you are doing a study for a college class and need something like this, this is not worth 10 cents. I do not care to listen to someone's analysis of a book that I read for pure enjoyment. I enjoy Janet's books and the humor and characters in them. This has nothing to do with it! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,718

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

Long but worth it!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

This book is great! You will need to listen to this book and really pay attention....I call books that I can multi-task with , no brainers.....this book is NOT a no brainer!
Ken Follett describes everything with very colorful and artistic vision! You can imagine every character in the book, the beautiful cathedrals and every curve of each piece of architecture that is built! I loved this book! Some descriptions do get drawn out but in the long hall it was worth it all!
This is a classic!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32,403
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,120

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe I bought ths

  • By Jayson on 06-03-12

Waste of my money!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

I would have returned it, except that I feel that if I actually listened to the book I should keep it and pay for it! I purchased all 3 of these in the series at one time without having any knowledge of what they were about! Basically, there is no story here except innocent girl gets the sick mentally ill man who can only have S&M in his bedroom repertoire. It takes 3 books, thousand of "oh my" being said by the girl and literally hundreds of poorly written S&M scenes. I really believe that this only made the best sellers list because it was for sale in a cover that was not a pornography type cover and made the average house wife feel like she was doing something illicit! Boring! Be creative and you can come up with much better yourself!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades Darker

  • Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,195

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Point, Well Made!!

  • By Moki on 05-04-12

Worthless!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

You can read my review of the last book - it covers everything to be said about all the books! Do not waste your money, unless you are desperate to read S&M scenes or have curiosity about it, or have no life!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades Freed

  • Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,559

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • We ate the dessert first...

  • By SIMARA on 05-02-12

YAWN!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

I guess if you are hungry for S&M this is your book! There is absolutely NO STORY line, or should I say the one there is, you figure out in the first book in the first few chapters. I ignorantly bought all 3 of these Fifty Shades Books, hearing they were all the rage. I will say that my sex life is varied enough that I don't need to read all of this crap written by this woman! I am sorry I purchased the set but I did not wish to return because I did listen to all 3 books hoping that they would get better in some way shape or form! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!
All of the characters in this book are shallow and there is no development of anything in this book!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Between the Lines

  • By: Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie, Suzy Jackson, Nick Cordero
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 283

A story of romance, adventure, and humor, Between the Lines features high-schooler and social outsider Delilah, who discovers a charming fairy tale in the school library and can’t resist turning to it again and again. But one day she finds the book has hidden depths—and that the story’s handsome prince has somehow stepped from the page into her very own world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not YA, this is a children's story

  • By Johnna on 07-04-12

Don't get this just because you like Jodi Picoult

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

Ok - I love Jodi Picoult's books, they make me think! I have loved every single one except the very first one she wrote (Song of the Humpback Whale) - HUH????
Anyways, I love all the rest of her books and purchased this one thinking that this was another sure deal and a good book. I think Jodi was just trying to help her daughter Samantha Van Leer with book sales. If you have a child who would like to listen to a fairytale romance, this might work for her. I would never recommend for an adult or teenager to read this book. Boring and slow!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728

Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia. Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A seameless continuation to a great series!

  • By Lupdilup on 07-22-12

Funny, funny, funny!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

I would rate this book as another easy listening (mindless) - I can listen to this and easily work on computer or clean house or some other multi-task! I never would have picked this series except that I got a great deal on the first book and then found them funny! Read the whole series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,670
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,816

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Something to think about!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

This book was enjoyable and gave me something to think about. If I were in this situation, what would I do, how would I feel, would I have made the choice to be in this situation being desperate as this couple was?
I am American -all the way- I can understand a lot of British but that being said, it took me a little while to get into the narration by Noah Taylor. I found some words just hard to understand.