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Pullman, WA, United States
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  • Who Do You Love

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Sarah Steele, JD Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,248

Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she's intrigued by the boy who shows up all alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy's taken back to the emergency room and Rachel's sent back to her bed, they think they'll never see each other again.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Performer

  • By Christine C. on 01-14-17

Sort of a bore

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I hadn't read anything by Jennifer Weiner since her first novel. This one was decidedly "meh". I found both of the main characters flat and uninteresting. They made some really stupid decisions and I didn't have any confidence at the end of the book that they'd learned enough to make any better choices in the future.

  • Not Our Kind

  • A Novel
  • By: Kitty Zeldis
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

One rainy morning in June, two years after the end of World War II, a minor traffic accident brings together Eleanor Moskowitz and Patricia Bellamy. Their encounter seems fated: Eleanor, a teacher and recent Vassar graduate, needs a job. Patricia’s difficult 13-year-old daughter Margaux, recovering from polio, needs a private tutor. Though she feels out of place in the Bellamys’ rarefied and elegant Park Avenue milieu, Eleanor forms an instant bond with Margaux. Soon the idealistic young woman is filling the bright young girl’s mind with Shakespeare and Latin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters

  • By Barb on 11-13-18

Great Characters

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Wonderful book with great characters that you grow to love. The plot is good, though the inherent bigotry of the time angered me, but the main character grows, thinks and feels deeply and affects (positively) everyone she encounters. At the end, everyone in the book grows. Very interesting story. Well-written.

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Start at chapter 24 to listen in the right order

  • By Bzymom on 10-21-18

Fantastic story--read in the proper order

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The first time I listened to this audio book I was so confused that I wasn't sure what to do, so I bought the hardback copy. It's much easier to understand (and enjoy) when you realize that the first half of the book is actually the second file in the download, so listen to that first, and then come back for the second half of the book--in the first part of the download. Audible should fix that because it almost ruined the book for me, but I love Kate Morton's novels so I persisted. Wonderful story with characters you want to sit down and talk to. Mysteries, twists and turns, romance. I loved the story and the writing is a pleasure. The narrator was terrific.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Sometimes Sisters

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,975
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,976

When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north Texas. But secrets started building, and ten years have passed since they’ve all been together—in fact, they’ve rarely spoken, and it broke their grandmother’s heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Your Best

  • By Annelda Crawford on 03-07-18

Couldn't make it through

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

It's rare that I dislike a book enough to stop before it's finished, but I couldn't make it through this one. It was like every cliché of the rural South I'd ever heard of. Women in bar fights, grown sisters who bicker and refuse to get along. Not the book for me.

38 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • Paris in the Present Tense

  • By: Mark Helprin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

In the midst of what should be an effulgent time of life, with its days bright with music, family, and rowing on the Seine, Jules is confronted headlong and all at once by a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist who is a third his age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest living "novelist". Top 10 narrator.

  • By BellevueMike on 10-14-17

Close to perfection

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

This was an amazing book, made more amazing by Bronson Pinchot as the narrator. Beautifully written--passionate, funny, beautiful, deep--I loved every word and was amazed at Helprin's insight. I could feel what it was like to be a man in his 70's, I could feel what it was like to love something about almost every woman. I could feel his love for music, for his family, for life, itself. And Bronson Pinchot brought it to life. I both read and listened to the book and gave up reading it after a while, because Pinchot read it so exquisitely. He needs an award for this. Truly. The accents were perfect, and so "felt" as he read the words. I was truly entranced and carried away. Perfect. The best book I've read in a long time, and definitely the best reading I've heard in a long time. Wonderful experience.

  • A Week in Winter

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160

Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end.....

  • By Vicki Unger on 02-26-13

Pleasant, light read

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Maeve Binchy has always been good for characters you like. You find yourself hoping they'll have good lives after the book is over, but she leaves you certain that they will. The book is predictable but pleasant.

  • A Tale for the Time Being

  • By: Ruth Ozeki
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ozeki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769

In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story beautifully read

  • By Karen on 01-30-14

Layer upon layer upon layer

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

I've looked at this book many times, always deciding that it was probably too abstract for me. There are abstract parts, but most of the book is a multi-layered story featuring two characters separated by space and time. There's a touch of magical realism and characters that you can really get attached to. I loved the book. I'm going to buy a print copy and read it again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Paris Secret

  • By: Karen Swan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

When high-powered fine-art agent Flora Sykes is called in to assess objets d'art in a Paris apartment that has been abandoned since WWII, she is skeptical at first - until she discovers that under decades of dust the treasure trove of paintings is myriad...and priceless. The powerful Vermeil family to whom they belong is eager to learn more and asks Flora to trace the history of each and every painting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paris, Art History, Nazi occupation’s...

  • By Mona-Alisa on 02-06-18

Good fluff

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

A mystery/romance that was well-written fluff. Wealthy people with wealthy-people problems in places wealthy people go. A good romance read with a little mystery thrown in.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,583

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Immediately Drawn In

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

Celeste Ng has written a compelling, satisfying novel. The story of an artist and her daughter who move to a quiet suburb and change and challenge everyone's comfortable truths. I couldn't wait to see how it came out, even though you catch some of the ending at the very beginning of the book. (Which was an interesting surprise.) I also want to compliment the narration. You can see what a good actor does in interpreting a book, and Jennifer Lim did a superb job. One of my favorite "readings" of a novel, ever.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, her eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs - the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey McGinty, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's back room, Lydia's life comes unglued.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Here's a bright idea....

  • By Erin S on 07-15-17

Surprise!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

A wonderfully written mystery about a young man who commits suicide in a Denver bookstore, and the woman who works out the mystery surrounding his life and death. I could not have predicted the ending at all. It had me listening eagerly up until the last minute. Wonderful book.

The narrator did a great job of general narration, but when she voiced the male characters, she managed to make them all sound slow and rather stupid.