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  • Killing Commendatore

  • A Novel
  • By: Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel - translator, Ted Goossen - translator
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704

In Killing Commendatore, a 30-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious 13-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece and A Good Novel To Start

  • By Elif Kaya on 10-18-18

Well worth the time

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Loved this book! Don't let the length worry you, I didn't want it to end.

  • The Story of a Marriage

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

It is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful young housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset District in San Francisco, caring not only for her husband's fragile health but also for her son, who is afflicted with polio. Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep and everything changes. All the certainties by which Pearlie has lived and tried to protect her family are thrown into doubt.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed as well

  • By Margaret on 10-03-08

included cadence are lovely, specific sentences

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I'm ready to relisten in goodwill for a striking story telling again and against . Many faceted layers to this book, A great glimpse into the space adjustment of the times and erroneously knotted by names.

  • Sister of Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sabra Waldfogel
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931

When two Union soldiers stumble onto a plantation in northern Georgia on a warm May day in 1864, the last thing they expect is to see the Union flag flying high - or to be greeted by a group of freed slaves and their Jewish mistress. Little do they know that this place has an unusual history. Twelve years prior, Adelaide Mannheim - daughter of Mordecai, the only Jewish planter in the county - was given her own maid, a young slave named Rachel. The two became friends, and soon they discovered a secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By M. Ryder on 06-20-16

Great read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-17

This subject is relevant today. I loved the historical aspect of the novel. Narration is superb.

  • Before You Know Kindness

  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81

For 10 summers, the extended Seton family met at their country home in New Hampshire to spend a week together playing tennis, badminton, and golf, and drinking gin and tonic on the homestead porch to celebrate the end of the season. But during the 11th summer, everything changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Read

  • By Pamela Harvey on 10-30-04

Any diet is tough

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Characters had character. A Simple story with a lot of statements. I liked the very notable ending, because it left me smiling. Very good coming of age story for all ages.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,848

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Who's the artist . Amor Towles

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Continue on please; from a favorite author - artist. Amor Towles. i look forward to your next stories.
Oh for manners! Settled debates. All perhaps perfect. Glamorous hotels worldwide, in all the other countries, sharing the familiarity of a Starbucks in our future scorecards of debate.

  • The Art of Living

  • By: Bob Proctor, Sandra Gallagher
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

With this audiobook, the listener will become a student of Bob Proctor as he teaches lessons and presents jewels of wisdom on living an extraordinary life. Listeners will marvel at Proctor's miraculous way of disseminating his decades of business wisdom into easy-to-understand parables and learn lessons on what our creative faculties are and how to use them, why we need to unlearn most of the false beliefs we've been indoctrinated with our whole lives, and how our intellects have the ability not only to put us ahead in life but also to be our biggest detriment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for someone who wants to expand their mind!

  • By 204NYC on 09-22-16

Laws of the Universe

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Follow yourself, for doing the best better. Loved the time I $pent listening. Recommended or Required Reading.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,898

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

****

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-15

Happily this book didn't remind me of Gone Girl. Great who done it psycho thriller.