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  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,461

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

This well written tale held my interest in spite of the narrator's efforts to blend languages. Many words, spoken in an unnecessarily strong French accent, constantly slipped into the story were unintelligible. It was almost annoying enough to give up but I wanted to hear the outcome of the story, back and forth between WW1 and post WW2, told in two voices. All the characters are well developed and evoke the author's intended emotions.

  • 44 Cranberry Point

  • Cedar Cove, Book 4
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

"I love living in Cedar Cove, but things haven't been the same since a man died in our B and B. Turns out his name was Max Russell, and Bob had known him briefly in Vietnam. We still don't have any idea why he came here and - most important of all - who killed him. Because it now appears that he was poisoned. I sure hope somebody figures it out soon!"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moving Right Along in Cedar Point

  • By Debbie on 11-29-14

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is pure fluff, like a harlequin romance. Good for an afternoon's entertainment but far from thrilling or enchanting. Way too many characters with no focal point.

Has 44 Cranberry Point turned you off from other books in this genre?

Maybe.

Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

That was the problem. I never got to care about any of the multitude of couples/characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. Frustration trying to keep up with too many stories at once.

Any additional comments?

The author can do better.

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  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,871

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Another Good story

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

What made the experience of listening to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane the most enjoyable?

Another good story by Lisa See but does not compare to Shanghai Girls or Joy's Dream. But See is a fine writer and captures the Chinese culture and Chinese-American dilemma. I will happily read everything See publishes.

What did you like best about this story?

I appreciated the glimpse into the life of the non-mainstream Chinese people and how their world has changed over time.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrator never gets in the way of the story.

  • Dust and Glory

  • By: Evan Green
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 22 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

The world's toughest car race. Twenty-one days of searing heat and rock-hard desert tracks; of blowouts and breakdowns; of subterfuge and sabotage. Ten thousand miles of dust and glory. Driving at breakneck speed over Australia's roughest roads and through the most appalling conditions imaginable, six competitors break free from the pack and fight for the lead, gradually finding themselves entangled in a web of deceit, betrayal and danger. Dust and Glory is best-selling author Evan Green's stirring account of the most grueling race of them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great adventure!

  • By Boysmom on 07-21-15

Another winner.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

A winning combination, Evanns and Bower! A long delightful adventure with love, suspense and plenty of drama.

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,196
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,205

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Loretta R. Cooper on 10-14-14

Wasted my time

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-17

I was so excited to listen to this book. What a let down and frustration. I was bored with the writing, the characters, and the narator. I hung in to the end hoping there would be a worthwhile moment. There wasn't.

  • An Invisible Thread

  • The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
  • By: Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

In the tradition of the New York Times best-seller The Blind Side, The Invisible Thread tells of the unlikely friendship between a busy executive and a disadvantage young boy, and how both of their lives changed forever

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing but painful

  • By Linda on 02-04-13

Powerful story

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Every action we take can change the life of anoither and this true story proves it.

  • Claiming Ground

  • By: Laura Bell
  • Narrated by: Laurie Birmingham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

A transcendent memoir from an author of rare talent, Laura Bell’s Claiming Ground recounts Bell’s time living mostly alone in the hills of Wyoming, where she herded sheep and cattle and battled isolation. A journey to the heart of self, Bell’s work sparkles with shimmering prose and remarkable insight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful writing

  • By Rand Hall on 11-01-16

Beautiful writing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-16

A beautifully written memoir but at timres disjointed and confusing. But so beautifully wtitten it is still a delight to read.

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  • The Slave Dancer

  • By: Paula Fox
  • Narrated by: Peter MacNicol
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Fife player Jesse Bollier was kidnapped and dumped aboard a slave ship, where he was to play music so the slaves could keep their muscles strong and bodies profitable. He was sickened by the thought of taking part in such a despicable business, but, to the men of the ship, a "slave dancer" was necessary to ensure their share of the profit. After four months of hazardous sailing, Jessie was to face a final horror that would stay with him the rest of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A black time in history

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-30-17

Entertaining tale

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-16

Well written and well read but the music was distracting and annoying. Good story overall.

  • In Sheep's Clothing

  • Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People
  • By: George K. Simon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 781
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 771

Dr. George K. Simon knows how people push your buttons: your children---especially teens---are experts at it, as is your mate. A coworker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses. Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great enlightenment for confused codependents

  • By Darcy on 05-20-14

Not a real book

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

Reviewed: 12-24-15

What disappointed you about In Sheep's Clothing?

This seems to be a poorly written, poorly reasesrched poorly read college thesis.

What could George K. Simon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not published

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It never should have been written, much less read.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance

Any additional comments?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,995
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,978

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!

  • By aaron on 06-05-12

Dark depressing

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

Would you try another book from Robert McCammon and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

Only listened to 15 minutes of this long book. Found it dark and angry and depressing to listen to the reader. The part of the story I heard was ugly, ugly situation, ugly people, ugly thinking. Not something I want to experience.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Back to Bryce Courtney and John MacDonald.

What three words best describe Edoardo Ballerini’s voice?

The reader makes each and every word forceful which makes me feel hammered.

Any additional comments?

Grateful that i can return this unpleasant book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful