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  • The Illegal Gardener

  • The Greek Village Series, Volume 1
  • By: Sara Alexi
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Heathcote
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

A delightful glimpse into the lives of two very different people who became friends and were both better for it. A rare friendship that changed their lives and may change yours a bit too.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Listen, Sweet, Maybe Too Sweet...

  • By Marjorie on 08-30-15

Pleasant, Inspiring Story

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

A great read. Restores my faith in humanity! It is wonderful to read about the good one person can do for another human being.

  • Shadows on the Rock

  • By: Willa Cather
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

In 1697, Quebec is an island of French civilization perched on a bare gray rock amid a wilderness of trackless forests. For many of its settlers, Quebec is a place of exile, so remote that an entire winter passes without a word from home. But to 12-year-old Cécile Auclair, the rock is home, where even the formidable Governor Frontenac entertains children in his palace and beavers lie beside the lambs in a Christmas créche.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The reader failed...

  • By Pat on 05-14-18

Another great Willa Cather novel

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Like Willa Cather's other novels, Shadows on the Rock tells a beautiful story of pioneers, this time in Quebec. There are many memorable characters and wonderful stories within the larger one.

  • Chance Developments

  • Stories
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie, Jamie Jackson, John Keating, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

It is said that a picture may be worth a thousand words, but an old photograph can inspire many more. In this beguiling book, Alexander McCall Smith casts his eye over five chanced-upon photographs from the era of black-and-white photography and imagines the stories behind them. Who were those people, what were their stories, why are they smiling, what made them sad?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Several "I wish that I had written that..."

  • By N. David Blocher on 01-20-17

Enjoyable Read!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Each story had well-developed characters and an interesting plot. Smith carried the theme of love throughout each unique story.

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  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,757
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,380
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,308

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Such a Beautiful Story Set in a Horrific Time

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

I love this book! Its characters manifest their strength and love as they face the horrors of war with courage, love, and individuality.

  • Bel Canto

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,736

Ann Patchett’s award winning, New York Times best-selling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Pratchett’s other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Opera Has Charms to Soothe the Savage Guerillas

  • By Mel on 03-01-13

Beautifully Written: Disappointing Morality

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

This was a magical story about how music can transform a situation. However, the infidelity towards the end was very disappointing. It diminished the beauty.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful