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ESCONDIDO, CA, United States
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  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,771

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Ms. Harper

  • By green ice cream garden on 11-30-17

Sweet Light Read

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This book is a great light summer read. Margo lives a fast paced life among the highly competitive high society people in her Chicago circle. Circumstances lead to her firing and subsequent move to small town Georgia to reunite with her long lost 'kin folk' on her absent father's side. There she learns about what it means to be part of a family and to actually enjoy your friends and let her guard down. Then she has to decide which life she is actually meant for. Its a cute story with fun characters. It can be pretty predictable at times but its still a fun ride!

  • 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 2,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,658

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
  • A very, very special novel!

  • By Wayne on 06-02-18

Life Lessons Aren't Easy

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Born with ocular albinism, Sam Hill, was destined for bullying in our very superficial society. Add to that he was sent to a Catholic school where 'the Devil Boy' could not find solace. This story details what life is like as a misfit in society. The story is charming and full of interesting characters. The narration was very good and I was never bored. It wasnt one of those 'I cant put it down' books, but it was a very enjoyable summer read.

  • The Sister

  • By: Louise Jensen
  • Narrated by: Natalie Blass
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,235

Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend, Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's words the last time she saw her and, in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend. When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister, steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and her boyfriend Dan's home. But something isn't right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great suspense with unsual twists, turns and spill

  • By green ice cream garden on 10-05-16

Lots of Twists and Turns

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

This was my first psychological thriller. I am more of a comtemporary fiction person but I did enjoy this story. It was never dull, moved at a good pace and kept me guessing. My only real complaint is the narrator didnt always distinguish the differences between female voices well. At times I wasnt sure which character was speaking.

  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

  • By: Susan Crandall
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557

In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feisty red-headed little girl takes on the south

  • By Laurette on 07-16-14

Touching heartfelt story !

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

This story is filled with interesting characters, adventures and deep life lessons. Set in the civil rights era in the south its an interesting perspective to read now that our country seems hell bent on going backward. I enjoyed Starla's journey and her fortitude. It was a great read/ listen!

  • Facts and Fears

  • By: Trey Brown, James R. Clapper
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the US Intelligence Community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation on the 2016 US election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speaking Straight, Unbiased Truth to Power

  • By Cynthia on 05-29-18

Speaking Truth to Power has never been more import

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

This book provides an important insight into the complex world of national intelligence. James Clapper gets to the core of the critical need for intelligence as well as their independent roles from the executive branch. They do not serve with loyalty to a party or a president, but to the country. James has a hardened no nonsense approach to his work and this book. His military background and influence shows in his style of writing. There were times when my head spun from a litany of dates and acronyms, but it was worth it to hear his perspective and learn about the history and innerworkings of the intelligence community. His 50 plus year career provides him a great prospective and expertise on what our country's biggest threats have been and are today. His assessment of tbe Russian intereference campaign and Trump's apathy towards it is important for everyone to hear. If only the people who need tp hear it the most would listen!

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  • Sourdough

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,116

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her - feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious!

  • By Lylo on 11-13-17

Stagnant Story

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

This story really lacked umph. There was no tension, no intrigue, it was just meandering through until it ended. The author did a great job of describing things and places but the story just never went anywhere. Usually i lsten to my audio books while I drive and often times Im bummed to arrive cuz the story is in a good spot. I never once felt like that while listening to this one. And having lived in San Francisco myself, it was irritating listening to the narrator mispronouce Cabrillo Street and Alameda!!!

  • What to Say Next

  • By: Julie Buxbaum
  • Narrated by: Abigail Revasch, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David's blunt honesty - in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit's attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad's tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they'll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishing

  • By Krystal Parker on 10-06-17

A Book about Real Honesty

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

The book was very engaging and got me hooked right away. The two main characters, David and Kit, were multidimensional and easy tp connect with. The story is about Kit's struggle with her dad's death and an unlikely friendship with a quirky and unpopular boy. Throughout the story the theme focuses on the truth and each of their difficulties with it. The story is sad, heart warming, cute and real. Its a good one!

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,932
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,095
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,007

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

It's not what you think it is!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

So many people expected this book to be a gossipy tell-all book but nothing could be further from the truth! I was so pleasantly surprised by the depth of this book and the philosophical approach taken by James Comey. I went into this book with no particular feeling toward's Comey, I just really wanted to know why he made the decisions he did and what led him to write the book. But the more I read, the more I admired the guy. By the end of the book I have really come to respect and look at Comey in a different light. The book focuses on ethical leadership and what that means. He looks at his various experiences with different bosses and leaders in his life and talks about what it takes to lead, what qualities are important and what that means for our democracy. He describes his interactions with previous presidents and DA's and leaders of all kinds. It is very even handed and more of an examination than a point of view. What is surprising to most people is that he only really talks about his experiences with Trump at the very end of the book. There are a few references toward the front but this isn't a book about Trump or Comey's firing or any of that. It truly is about leadership and it is an incredibly important topic and a conversation this country needs to have. The best part is that it will leave you feeling hopeful. And don't we all need that in today's world!

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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,793
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,721

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Haley on 05-27-18

An Important Read in Today's World

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

The author gave an amazingly open and vulnerable look at her life growing up without an education and in an incredibly unhealthy family dynamic. It is not only an examination of what isolation can do to your perception of life but on the importance of education. Do you submit your mind to someone else's views or do you educate your mind on a variety of perspectives to create your own?

  • Russian Roulette

  • By: David Corn, Michael Isikoff
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the US election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a sleeper with critically important info

  • By luvdata on 05-07-18

A Must Read for Every American

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Ok, first off just let me start by saying the narrator was very very dry. It was difficult and dense material to listen to anyway, but then add a dry and flat narrator - it made it not the most pleasant listen. That being said - the material in the book is critical to know. All of these people, situations, choices, underhanded activities and illegal machinations are important to understanding where this country is headed. There are some amazing detailed accounts and background that is very enlightening. If you are a liberal some of this can be really hard to relive and hear about the mistakes the White House made early on. If you are a conservative this is really going to make you feel conflicted. But for both groups - it may be hard to hear - but it really important to hear it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful