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  • These Truths

  • A History of the United States
  • By: Jill Lepore
  • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
  • Length: 29 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths or belied them.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bad narration

  • By Karen F. White on 11-01-18

Informative but,..

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Got rather dry at times but, informative. Best read in small pieces but, a worthy read.

  • The River Widow

  • By: Ann Howard Creel
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

In 1937, with flood waters approaching, Adah Branch accidentally kills her abusive husband, Lester, and surrenders his body to the raging river, only to be swept away herself. So begins her story of survival, return to civilization, defense against accusations of murder, and the fight to save herself and her stepdaughter, Daisy, from the clutches of her husband’s notoriously cruel family, who have their sights set on revenge for Lester’s death. Essentially trapped, Adah must plan an escape. But when she develops feelings for the one person essential to her plan’s success, she faces a painful choice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, well performed.

  • By Stephanie on 12-17-18

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Depressing enough just reading the paper or listening to the news...didn’t need this on top of everything else. A book of nasty ugly and self-serving people and their impact on the honest and innocent. Yes, just like current events in this country😢

  • The Address

  • A Novel
  • By: Fiona Davis
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,340

From the author of The Dollhouse and The Masterpiece comes the compelling national best-selling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of the Dakota - New York City’s most famous residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be a movie!

  • By Linda Slater on 10-19-17

Well woven historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

Interesting character and plot provide an interesting view of the life and period around the famous residence.

  • The Secrets We Keep

  • By: Kate Hewitt
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

When Tessa arrives at the little house by the lake with her two children, it is an escape. The rental house may be a bit small – but it’s theirs for the summer. A place to hide.... However, their isolation is disrupted by the family from the big house next door. Three children and their glamorous mother Rebecca – who seems determined to invite Tessa into their lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Anonymous User on 09-10-18

Not a happy

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Well written and an ending that attempts to enlighten. But, so depressing that I wish I’d quit before the end.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,580

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Appropriate title

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Appropriate title to describe the atmosphere in the White House and the feeling of the reader if only 10% were true. (Unfortunately, considering the author, we wish only 10% were true!😢)

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  • Because She Loves Me

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428

When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end. But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Captivated for the first 90% and then lost me

  • By Heidi on 06-01-16

Good story but, violence

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Good story and characters but, violence at closing section is off-putting. Solid twists and turns.

  • Sisters One, Two, Three

  • By: Nancy Star
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,103

After a tragic accident on Martha's Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear. When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles' carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to follow.

  • By Nessa on 01-04-17

Secrets can cause a void

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Not a “Happy” but, a reminder of the void in relationships caused by secrets. So, a worthwhile read.

  • Black and Blue

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

When 19-year-old Fran married Bobby Benedetto, she never dreamed that she would find herself in an abusive relationship. Every time her New York City policeman husband hit her, she would think of convincing reasons to stay. Now, with her 10-year-old son in tow, she is running for her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Quindlen Jewel

  • By Carol T. Carr on 09-11-12

Escaping from abuse is not a happy story

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Not for anyone looking for a happy (though there is nobility in finally seeing a need to save yourself and child)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Me

  • Salty Key Inn Series, Book 1
  • By: Judith Keim
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Sheena Sullivan Morelli and her sisters, Darcy and Regan, receive the unexpected news that their Uncle Gavin Sullivan has left them a hotel on the Gulf coast of Florida. The gift comes with a twist. They must live together for one year at the hotel and prepare the hotel to receive guests within a year. Dreams of sitting on the beach sipping margaritas are shattered when they see the property in need of renovation. Facing the unexpected and working together, the three sisters learn a lot about each other and the gift of family love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel good and sappy summer read.

  • By Amazon Customer (Traci) on 08-12-17

Just stops?

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Why the story just stops and leaves reader hanging? Is it to sell the next book in series?

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,928
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,787

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

A Great Read

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

Disclaimer: I'm a liberal whose disillusioned and greatly troubled by the current President and GOP majority) I found the book very readable and interesting from start to finish. Providing the story of his first steps from comedian, talk show host and speaker to politician, Franken intertwined his skill for humor into his step into the political arena. With a back stage view of the inter workings on politics from local elections to the Senate, he gives the reader a look from the inside. (I found the stories of Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz worth the price of the book itself!) As someone with experience working in A Senate office, I found that he really tells it like it is. The reader will finish with a better understanding of the inter workings of the legislative process and some of the major players. For someone like myself who's been disheartened by both the current major players and their agenda, Franken also ends with s glimmer of hope for the future if there's a commitment to remain active in opposition.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful