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  • The Flight Portfolio

  • By: Julie Orringer
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe in this gripping historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry's extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust. In 1940, Fry - an American journalist - traveled to Marseille carrying $3,000 and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for 13 months, setting up an underground railroad that led over the Pyrenees, into Spain....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Dian_uh on 06-30-19

Great book great narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-07-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was aware of the story but not many of the details. What an amazing man he was to save so many people. Highly recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Circle

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

 

Dr. Ruth Galloway returns to North Norfolk in her latest chilling adventure. DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters. They are anonymous yet somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of the Crossing Places and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead. Or are they? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery Is Intriguing

  • By Sires on 05-09-19

Another great story by Elly Griffiths

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

Reviewed: 05-13-19

I love this series! Always a good story, great narrator and fun characters. Can’t wait until the next one.

  • Madame Fourcade's Secret War

  • The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler
  • By: Lynne Olson
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

In 1941 a 31-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization - the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country’s conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her group’s name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah’s Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous book, inappropriate narrator

  • By LJH on 03-07-19

Wonderful Story

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

I really enjoyed this story of bravery by an amazing group of French Resisters during WWII. Madame Fourcade’s resistance group is finally receiving the recognition it deserves. The narration is superb and story well written .

  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,605
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,297

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Louise Penny never disappoints

  • By Blucola on 12-04-18

Stellar as always

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Love this series and always look forward to the next one! We’ll writer and suspenseful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Crusher

  • The True Story of a Father and Son's Fight for Survival in Auschwitz
  • By: Jeremy Dronfield
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 129

In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was arrested by the Nazis. Along with his 16-year old son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany, where a new concentration camp was being built. It was the beginning of a five-year odyssey almost without parallel. They helped build Buchenwald, young Fritz learning construction skills which would help preserve him from extermination in the coming years. But it was his bond with his father that would ultimately keep them both alive. When the 50-year old Gustav was transferred to Auschwitz - a certain death sentence - Fritz was determined to go with him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Harrowing tale

  • By G. Price on 10-12-18

Heartbreaking and inspirational

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

This is one of the best holocaust stories I have listened to and I have listened to a lot! Narration was very good and the pace of the story was perfect. I never cease to be amazed about how some people were able to survive the horrors of the holocaust.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,400
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,389

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Another great book by Tana French

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This author is masterful at building suspense and pulling the reader into the mind of the main character . The beginning was a bit slow but I later realized that the slow build up was critical to understanding the actions of the three cousins and Hugo. If you liked her other books you should like this one too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Boat Runner

  • A Novel
  • By: Devin Murphy
  • Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Beginning in the summer of 1939, 14-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem. On days when they aren't playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. When war breaks out, Jacob's world is thrown into chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical World War II story

  • By Marsha L. Woerner on 01-31-18

Nice Story! Good narration!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

I really enjoyed this story. A little different angle on WW 2 occupation of Holland and what happened to one family .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,677
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,803

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Chip Atkinson on 10-11-17

Love Ken Follet’s Historical Novels

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

I listened to the first two books in the series and this one was just as good! The narrator is perfect and the book moves at a good pace. Hopefully there will be another one before too long!

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,439

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Chip Atkinson on 08-07-17

Really good WW2 story based on real events

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

The narrator was excellent and the book very well written . It had my attention from the very beginning to the last word. The bravery and strength of many of those who lived through the war zones in WW2 never ceases to amaze me . I wish I could have met the man who was the basis for this story . A must listen!

  • No Place to Die

  • DI Mike Lockyer, Book 2
  • By: Clare Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 259

DS Jane Bennett takes charge of South London's Lewisham murder squad following the temporary suspension of her boss, DI Mike Lockyer. His involvement with a female witness resulted in her murder. Mike returns to work, but he's a shadow of the detective he was a few months before. Bennett gets a desperate call from an old friend to say that her husband, retired colleague Mark Leech, has gone missing. Blood spatters found in the home suggest she doesn't have long to find him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great British Police procedural

  • By Christina Crawford on 04-16-15

Enjoyable Series

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

I am enjoying this series quite a lot. Great narrator and good story lines. It is easy to get attached to the two main detectives and their life stories .