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  • Sea of Memories

  • By: Fiona Valpy
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

In 1937, seventeen-year-old Ella’s life changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful Île de Ré and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the island’s sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels truly free. But the outbreak of war casts everything in a new light. Ella is forced to return to Scotland, where she volunteers for the war effort alongside the dashing Angus. In this new world, Ella feels herself drifting further and further from who she was on the Île de Ré.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book...bad narrator

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-26-18

Wonderful Story!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Narrator did not change anything about the way she spoke when doing different characters so I had to stop and rewind at times to see what character she was speaking about. No change in emotion when devastated or ecstatic which took away from the story.

  • A Bella Flora Christmas

  • By: Wendy Wax
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Kyra was hoping for a peaceful holiday at Bella Flora - a last gathering before a wealthy mystery tenant moves into the home she's been forced to rent out. Instead she must make a life-altering decision by New Year's - a decision that becomes even more difficult when unexpected guests arrive at Ten Beach Road on Christmas Eve. Now Kyra, Maddie, Avery, and Nikki will need to pull together to secure Bella Flora's future as well as their own.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 3 Hours You'll Never Get Back

  • By Me & My Girls on 11-13-17

Novella

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Good writing and characters continue but just a set up for the next book, which is frustrating.

  • A Perilous Undertaking

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682

Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task - saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough!!

  • By Denise on 01-18-17

Another enjoyable read from author.

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Although I could see "who dunnit" from the start, it was still a fun read, with interesting new characters and good character development of those in her previous book.
Only issue I had was the repetition of adjectives and adverbs, which got annoying and took away from story flow; please use a thesaurus in your next book!
I look forward to reading/listening to more of this series.

  • The Orc King

  • Transitions, Book I
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,883
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594

An uneasy peace between the dwarves of Mithral Hall and the orcs of the newly established Kingdom of Many-Arrows can't last long. The orc tribes united under Obould begin to fight each other, and Bruenor is determined to finish the war that nearly killed him and almost destroyed everything he's worked to build. But it will take more than swords and axes to bring a lasting peace to the Spine of the World.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Victor Bevine!

  • By Randy on 06-27-14

Stop Changing Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Hard to follow as the narrator pronounced main characters' names and cities differently from all other previous books, and a host of new characters were added. I tried to read the book but I just don't have the time to physically sit down and read it so I had to listen to a completely different kind of book at the same time, and try to read it when possible but it was annoying and frustrating!! I will not buy any more books in any form in this series if they don't go back to the original narrator and STAY with him!!!

  • Ginny Moon

  • By: Benjamin Ludwig
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

Meet Ginny Moon. She's mostly your average teenager - she plays flute in the high school band, has weekly basketball practice, and reads Robert Frost poems in English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what's important to her might seem a bit...different: starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, her baby doll, and crafting a secret plan of escape.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring!

  • By Happy Customer on 03-17-18

Good read

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

I thought the plot would have been tied together with it coming out that the baby sister was her baby by Donald, so the ending seemed weak and drawn out for no reason.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,521

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Scary & Sick

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Excellent read, building creepiness and suspense. Steven King, move over! Perfect actor for the disturbing story.

  • Practical Magic

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,949
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,756

When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers - and as their own powers begin to surface - the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't expext the movie story!

  • By JEAN9 on 09-25-14

Hoffman at her Best.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

I usually enjoy Alice Hoffman's books but she really outdoes herself here, using words to describe a scene so fully. so beautifully, that you are positive that you are actually there. A don't miss!

  • When We Were Sisters

  • By: Emilie Richards
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Elijah Alexander, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,521
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397

As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters they had never had. Cecelia, now a superstar singer-songwriter, is living life on the edge. Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris' love and attention, but does Kris need them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible journey!

  • By Terri C. on 02-02-17

Excellent Book!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

Loved the book, although I didn't particularly care for the voice of Robin, although she did a good job reading it. I just noticed that I didn't like it periodically throughout the book, which took away from the excellent story line and characters.

  • Down the Hidden Path

  • The Roads to River Rock, Book 2
  • By: Heather Burch
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Jeremiah McKinley is the first of his enlisted brothers to return home to River Rock, Missouri - their sleepy but charming hometown in the Ozarks - in the wake of their father's death in combat. While he's grateful to be home with his sister nearby, his grief over losing the man known as Major Mack proves almost overwhelming, especially without his brothers around.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soldiers Don't Quit

  • By Debbie on 05-30-18

Good til end

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

I consider myself a faithful Christian but...The writing, characters and plot were deeply engrossing, until last two chapters ruined it for me. It repeated "Eye of God" just too many times, so that it interrupted the bubble the author had created. It really took away from the story for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lives of Tao

  • By: Wesley Chu
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 549

When out-of-shape IT technician Roen wakes up and starts hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumes he’s losing it. He isn’t. As of last night, he has a passenger in his brain - an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Over the millennia his people have trained human heroes to be great leaders, to advance our species at a rate far beyond what it would have achieved on its own. Split into two opposing factions - the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix - the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not funny, just a lot of fighting

  • By Julie W. Capell on 09-19-15

slow to start

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

but great fun and totally engrossing after the first 3 or 4 chapters. worth it