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  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,554
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,618

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

Moved me more than anything else I have experience

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

This book moved me more than anything I've experienced regarding racism. There were many ah-ha moments. But there was one in the closing arguments that made me realize I never really understood what it feels like to be on the receiving end.

Mind blown.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,958

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Disturbing, yet I could not put it down.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

Where does The Girl on the Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 65%.

What other book might you compare The Girl on the Train to and why?

None yet.

Any additional comments?

The subject matter creeped me out, once you truly understand what is going on. Yet right up to the last couple of chapters... I just couldn't put it down. Creepy ending though.

  • Witness to a Trial

  • A Short Story Prequel to The Whistler
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,353

A startling and original courtroom drama from New York Times best seller John Grisham that is the prequel to his newest legal thriller, The Whistler. A judge's first murder trial. A defense attorney in over his head. A prosecutor out for blood and glory. The accused, who is possibly innocent. And the killer, who may have just committed the perfect crime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Appetizer

  • By Jean on 10-06-16

Good Prequel to The Whistler

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

If you could sum up Witness to a Trial in three words, what would they be?

Great background info! Really set's you up for the Whistler. Well worth the tiny book!

What did you like best about this story?

It set me up for The Whistler.

What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

n/a

If you could rename Witness to a Trial, what would you call it?

None.

  • Leonard

  • My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man
  • By: William Shatner
  • Narrated by: William Shatner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Little did they know that their next roles, in a new science-fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In 79 television episodes of Star Trek and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine. Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shatner brings to life an amazing tale about a talented, hardworking man!

  • By Jeremy Stone on 02-20-16

Better title: "Wm Shatner... and Leonard"

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Leonard's story.

What about William Shatner’s performance did you like?

He was entertaining.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I rolled my eyes every time Shatner made it about himself instead of Leonard. The first time I was so surprised and passed it off. But Shatner's ego is massive and it shows time and time again in this book.

Any additional comments?

Don't get me wrong I absolutely love Shatner and all the characters he's played. I just think he should have titled this book differently or put his ego in the backseat while writing this.

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,682

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Moving on so many levels...

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Not My Father's Son: A Memoir the most enjoyable?

I applaud him for his vulnerability and willingness to share. It definitely stirred up a lot of issues I have with my own father. HOWEVER, some of his self-realizations were validations of my own feelings. Things I could never share...he said the same words...which were healing in just knowing I'm not abnormal in how I'm keeping myself safe from my own tormentor. With the most sincere appreciation...thank you.

What did you like best about this story?

His honesty, his articulation and his intelligence. He completely owned what was his without trashing someone else. Impressive individual!

  • Clapton

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Eric Clapton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

Eric Clapton is far more than a rock star. Like Dylan and McCartney, he is an icon and a living legend. He has sold tens of millions of records, played sell-out concerts all over the world, and been central to the significant musical developments of his era. His guitar playing has seen him hailed as "God". Now, for the first time, Eric tells the story of his personal and professional journeys in this pungent, witty, and painfully honest autobiography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-19-07

Excellent, excellent, EXCELLENT!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-12

If you could sum up Clapton in three words, what would they be?

Just finished listening to "Clapton" by Eric Clapton. He writes how CranioSacral Therapy helped his youngest daughter when (as a newborn) she was unable to latch onto her mom's breast, and had colic. She had immediate relief after the first session.

I was so impressed with his intelligence. Due to his journaling throughout his life, this book chronicles his experiences with such detail... making this a fascinating read. I was sorry it was over.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Clapton?

It's not a moment, but instead my astonishment at how intelligent he is.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was a profound walk down memory lane, as he is only a few years older than I am.

Any additional comments?

Simply outstanding!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • F is for Fugitive

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Mary Peiffer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

Everyone knew the kind of girl Jean Timberlake was: wild, looking for trouble. But she certainly wasn't looking for murder. She was found dead on the beach 17 years ago, and an ex-boyfriend named Bailey Fowler was convicted of her murder and imprisoned, and then escaped. Now private eye Kinsey Millhone steps into a case that should have never been closed, in a town where there's no such thing as a private investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • F is for Faithful Filler

  • By Simone on 10-27-13

I live here!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-12

What made the experience of listening to F is for Fugitive the most enjoyable?

What made this book extra special to me... we live and work in San Luis Obispo, CA. So it was exceptionally cool to know of the locations discussed in this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Second Glance

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 482

An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Ella on 11-04-06

BEST Jodi Picoult book I've read to date!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-12

Where does Second Glance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is in my top 10% EXCELLENT!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

YES! I never knew what was going to happen or how it was going to end. So many different twists and turns. So much historical information on subjects that are well buried in US history!

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

All of them!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not in one sitting... but I could not put this book down!

Any additional comments?

Simply one of her best!

  • The Seven Storey Mountain

  • By: Thomas Merton
  • Narrated by: Sidney Lanier
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

The Seven Storey Mountain is the extraordinary spiritual testament of Thomas Merton (1915-1968), a man who experienced life to its fullest in the world before entering a Trappist monastery. By the end of his life, he had become one of the 20th century's best-known and beloved Christian voices. This autobiography deals...not with what happens to a man, but what happens inside his soul.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Letter to Audible

  • By Victoria A. McCargar on 08-06-17

Just couldn't get into it.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-12

What disappointed you about The Seven Storey Mountain?

Boring speaker... just could not manage to get into it.

What was most disappointing about Thomas Merton’s story?

Boring speaker... just could not manage to get into it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

Snooze.....

2 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • A Reliable Wife

  • By: Robert Goolrick
  • Narrated by: Mark Feuerstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 491

When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reliable Wife

  • By Katydid65 on 04-30-09

Strangely good...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-10

I cannot put my finger on it... but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I kept wanting to know more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful