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  • Summer of '69

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the 20th century. It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year, the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book to come along in years!

  • By Anonymous User on 06-22-19

Sadly lacking

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

Reviewed: 07-05-19

I have enjoyed quite a number of this authors work, my favorite was Blue Bistro. I do not like stories about people who behave badly and really in this they are not at all likable.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Ripper

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 355

The Jackson women, Indiana and Amanda, have always had each other. Though their bond is strong, mother and daughter are as different as night and day. Indiana, a beautiful holistic healer, is a free-spirited bohemian. Long divorced from Amanda's father, she's reluctant to settle down with either of the men who want her - Alan, the wealthy scion of one of San Francisco's elite families, and Ryan, an enigmatic, scarred former Navy SEAL. While her mom looks for the good in people, Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature - as is her father, the SFPD's deputy chief of homicide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely entertaining

  • By cristina on 02-04-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Sad that such a good writer should fall to such an unintelligible story full of totally uncalled for sexual detail.

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond

  • By: Elizabeth George Speare
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen with a friend or relative!!

  • By E. Dickson on 08-26-05

Great story

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Loved it, hope my grand daughter will too!
Such a pleasure to read and listen to such a worthy book.

  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,168

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Martha on 02-23-18

Good read

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Lovely to still find books with lovely language and honorable people who know they are a part of the whole of humanity and behave accordingly.

  • 13 Rue Thérèse

  • A Novel
  • By: Elena Mauli Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays, Mia Barron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11

French-born author Elena Mauli Shapiro vividly recreates Paris during World War I in this captivating novel. 13 Rue Thérèse follows Trevor Stratton, an American academic working in Paris who discovers a keepsake box dated back to the Great War. The box, Trevor discovers, belonged to a piano teacher named Louise Brunet. Inside it are mementos that give Trevor clues to Louise’s life, including the love she lost in the war and her affair with a neighbor. Mesmerized, Trevor begins to imagine what life was like for the mysterious Frenchwoman.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is Something Missing?

  • By Terri on 04-22-11

Do not bother

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Hard to follow full of totally unnecessary sex
No storyline. Not entertaining and not thought provoking why read?

  • The Secret of the Villa Mimosa

  • By: Elizabeth Adler
  • Narrated by: Monica Buckley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

A beautiful Jane Doe with no memory of who she is or how she got to the bottom of a treacherous ravine; and a psychiatrist who joins her on her search for her identity. Dr. Phyl Forster was intrigued by the lovely woman who had been recovered from a San Francisco hillside and taken to the hospital where Forster was a resident psychiatrist. When Jane Doe regained consciousness, Dr. Phyl was at her side. It was then she realized that the patient had lost all memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen perennially

  • By shoelover on 03-27-17

Good listen perennially

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Good read, characters. Romance and mystery abound. Character is everything, when it comes to standing up to the fast balls life tends to toss our way.

  • Brat Farrar

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,306

A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great all around

  • By Catherine on 10-23-11

Lovely story

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Always liked Josephine Tey, this story no exception. Good mystery, lovely characters and setting. Reader great asset to the story.

  • The Bette Davis Club

  • By: Jane Lotter
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin, Tessa Marts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,614
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,314

The morning of her niece's wedding, Margo Just drinks a double martini and contemplates the many mistakes she's made in her fifty-odd years of life. Spending three decades in love with a wonderful but unattainable man is pretty high up on her list of missteps, as is a long line of unsuccessful love affairs accompanied by a seemingly endless supply of delicious cocktails.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharp, Clever and Elegant... and funny as hell!

  • By Chip Atkinson on 01-17-17

Great chase

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

This story was a lovely time out from the daily stuff. Full of hope and humor. It is a pity that we will not hear from her again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Summer in Tuscany

  • By: Elizabeth Adler
  • Narrated by: Celeste Lawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Gemma Jericho is an overworked New York doctor with a handful of a teenaged daughter and a mother who worries that Gemma has no life. So when her mother receives a mysterious letter telling her about an even more mysterious inheritance in Tuscany, Gemma sees her chance. The three of them throw caution and convention to the wind and leave for Italy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be fooled.

  • By Alice Curtis on 07-05-04

Trite

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

Hard to believe that this is the same author who wrote Fortune is a woman, or Property of a Lady or several other meaty good reads. Please write one of those again. They are not even available in audio!