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  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

  • A Novel
  • By: Joel Dicker
  • Narrated by: Pierce Cravens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 339

August 30, 1975: The day 15-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods before she disappears; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of America’s most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher's deadline looms.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • big disappointment

  • By MHR on 01-05-15

A love story...wrapped in a mystery...

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

A book about writing a book about a love story that turns out to be a mystery! What could possibly be better?!? Every time I thought I knew where it was headed - I turned out to be wrong and it went a completely different way! As the protagonist says, the last chapter should be the best and the reader should be sorry that it's over - well, I certainly am that!

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 62,791
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57,309
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56,981

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - from a 54 yo white republican man

  • By Richard Sullivan on 12-22-18

What a woman!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

No matter how you feel about her, reading this book will impress upon you one thing - at her core, she's not so different from you! Let me begin by saying, I am a fan...no that's not strong enough...I'm a super-fan of Michelle Obama. She's beautiful, she's smart, and, oh, yeah - she can write! I knew her husband could write, but Michelle almost makes him seem like a rank-amateur. And, as one other reviewer said, listening to her read her own words does make you feel like she is sitting right next to you, telling you her story.

There are some public people that make you wish you could be their friend - she is definitely one of them. When I make my list of three people, alive or dead, to invite to dinner, Michelle Obama is first on the list. Thank you, Michelle!

Addendum: I wrote the above before I had completely finished this book. As an afterthought, I hope there is a young woman somewhere, who in 25 or 30 years as I read her book, credits Michelle Obama with impressing upon her that yes, she is good enough. This is a book that should be required reading for all high school students in general and all young women in particular.

15 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Lies

  • By: T. M. Logan
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Six days ago, Joe Lynch was a happily married man, a devoted father, and a respected teacher living in a well-to-do London suburb. But that was before he spotted his wife’s car entering a hotel parking garage. Before he saw her in a heated argument with her best friend’s husband. Before Joe confronted the other man in an altercation where he left him for dead, bleeding and unconscious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever

  • By Ms Gayle M. G. on 09-13-18

Gone Girl fans....

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

You know all those mystery/psychological thrillers that say "for fans of Gone Girl"? Well, Audible fans, THIS one really is! You're going to believe one thing, then something else, and then be absolutely gob-smacked at the ending! Leighton Pugh is the perfect narrator. What a ride!
#Suspenseful #Gaslighting #London #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Greyhound

  • By: Steffan Piper
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228

Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship

  • By Gillian on 06-29-16

The right person, at the right time!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This book surprised me. While the main character is a 12-year-old boy, it is not a YA novel. There are grown-up themes, and parts will break your heart. At its core, it is a book about friendship and how sometimes, exactly the right person comes into our lives at exactly the right moment. And, while these people may not be in our lives forever, they forever change the way we approach life. Bottom line: we all need to look out for one another and take care of one another.

Nick Podehl is one terrific narrator. He knows how to give characters personality as well as individuality so you always know who the focus is on.

  • The Lido

  • By: Libby Page
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Kate is a 26-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton, London, covering forgettably small stories. When she's assigned to write about the closing of the local lido (an outdoor pool and recreation center), she meets Rosemary, an 86-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since it opened its doors when she was a child.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief

  • By Sara on 07-30-18

This one will make you feel good!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This is a book for all the fans of Frederik Backman. Libby Page had done a terrific job of telling a really nice story about the residents of a very lovely English village. A cast of characters that you get to know in flashbacks to learn their back stories.
In the words of a friend who recommended it to me, "I want to live there!" And, I'm with her - I'd love to live in a place like this.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,286

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

A nice book....from a mystery writer?!?

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I've read other books by Robert Dugoni, but never anything like this one. No mystery and not a thriller but a beautiful coming of age story about a boy who is different - but not really! Sam Hell is someone we all want to be friends with - he's nice, smart, witty - and he has red eyes, who could be a better friend? It's also a testament to the cruelty of kids, the genuine love of mothers for their children, and how sometimes a little faith (even for those of us who are squishy about the belief) can carry us through the fire. Being read by Mr. Dugoni himself is an added bonus. And, his afterward is not to be missed! Loved this book!

  • Us Against You

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,398

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they learn that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown's new hockey coach. Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the crazed lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect compliment to Beartown as well as another great read

  • By Trudy K. Miller on 06-17-18

The man writes a great story!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I don't generally care for sequels, but as I have said before, I'll read/listen to anything Fredrik Backman writes - obituaries, recipes, random letters - he's that good a story teller! His characters are well rounded, with very human qualities - never all good or all bad - just like all of us.

The story takes up very nearly right where "Beartown" ends and features most of the same characters as well as a few new ones. Its story is very topical in today's environment, and so as not to spoil it for you, I'll leave it at that!

Marin Ireland is again, the perfect narrator - I'd listen to her read the dictionary (I was going to say telephone book, but it occurs to me, few if any know what a telephone book is!).

Mr. Backman, what's next?

  • Dumplin'

  • By: Julie Murphy
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191

Dubbed "Dumplin'" by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked...until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable heartwarming story

  • By Jenjer on 08-26-16

An excellent coming of age story

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

This book was our bookclub's selection when we needed a shorter book for a shorter time between meet-ups. And, I was happily surprised! It's funny, poignant, surprising - everything you might want in a YA novel. You'll come to love Willowdean!

  • Tangerine

  • By: Christine Mangan
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 737

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. Lucy - always fearless and independent - helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice - she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice's husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Goes downhill

  • By Karen on 03-31-18

Watch out Gillian Flynn!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This may be a debut novel, but all indications are that Christine Mangan has a terrific future as a writer of psychological thrillers! I loved the initial feeling that it was a "travel" type novel but then, takes an unexpected turn (or two!). Contrary to what others said, I LOVED the narration. I always knew which character I was listening to and just enough tension was reflected throughout. Much to my family's chagrin, I could not stop listening - a quick two day listen!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Escape Artist

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,297

Who is Nola Brown? Nola is a mystery. Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead. Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not His Best

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Scott Brick never disappoints!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I've never read any Brad Meltzer (he's in my library, but somehow, I haven't read him!), but as long as Scott Brick keeps narrating his books, I'll be getting them! And, Nola is my new favorite anti-hero heroine! She has issues (and, how!); she has attitude (gotta love that!); and I'm hoping Brad Meltzer gives her a long and observant life. Looking forward to her next adventure!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful