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  • The Switch

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055

From the bestselling author of The Alibi comes a thriller about a woman investigating the murder of her identical twin sister. Melina Lloyd vows to stop at nothing to learn the truth and avenge her sister Gillian's death. But soon she is on the run from police, the FBI, and the mastermind whose evil plot to engineer the perfect "switch" could result in disastrous consequences on a global scale.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t waste your time

  • By Iris M. Archer on 07-09-18

Fruity?

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Didn’t make it past the jest sentence with the “fruity waiter”. Seriously, what century do you live in?

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  • It's What I Do

  • A Photographer's Life of Love and War
  • By: Lynsey Addario
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913

Lynsey Addario is just finding her way as a young photographer when the events of September 11, 2001, change the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she will often find herself making--not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thrill ride from the beginning until the end!

  • By Leslie on 08-26-15

Thank you

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

What else can you say but thank you to Lynsey and her fellow journalists—for all that they do and for a life-changing book.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,074

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

A League of Its Own

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Just like Circe herself, this book is like no other book I have read or listened to. It’s just that beautiful and beautifully narrated.

  • 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 5,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,178

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
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

A Heavenly Story

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

From the first paragraph to the last, this is a book to love. The storyline, the characters, the conflicts and resolution are all first class. I noticed that some reviewers were not impressed with the narration. I didn't find it to be overacted or underdone. It thought it was well done because it sounded like someone sitting at your kitchen table and telling you the story of their life. And what a story it is!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Case of Redemption

  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,847
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,525

A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By cristina on 05-20-13

Not quite

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I see that I am not part of the majority on this one, as A Case for Redemption has received rave reviews from most review sources. I thought there was something not quite authentic about it.

Some of it was the story. For an attorney with as much talent and hours in the profession as the main character was supposed to have, he made some very amateurish assumptions and mistakes. Understandably, he was not a criminal defense attorney, but some of his mistakes seemed like first year law school material. The author does eventually explain "why", but until that point the main characters blunders were difficult to accept.

And then there was the narrator. Kevin T Collins is an accomplished voice artist. His reading of the secondary characters in this novel was well done and believable. What was not believable was his narration of the main character, and since the book is told in the first person, that was most of the story.. Maybe it is because I have spent time with attorneys, but he just didn't sound like one to me. I found it distracting and even occasionally annoying, especially when his voice would quiver over the top.

Those two issues aside, I did finish the story because I found it interesting enough to spend the time. It wasn't intended to be a heart-pounding thriller, and it held true to that. It was a legal story with mystery and suspense, and on that it did deliver.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tenth Circle

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father Daniel's life - a straight-A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who's always seen her father as a hero. That is until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family - and herself - seems to be a lie. Could the boyfriend who once made Trixie wild with happiness have been the one to end her childhood forever?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not one of her best

  • By swaz410 on 04-17-18

Dark and depressing

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

The first Picoult novel I listened to was Small Great Things. It was such a moving and transformative story, and though full of tragedy was, I thought, optimistic at its core.

The problem with reading such a novel is that I expect the same from other works by the author. I did not find that in The Tenth Circle. Maybe it was because it was one of her earlier works. Maybe it was my frame of mind when I listened to it. But I couldn’t finish it. The tragedy was that intense and, in keeping with themes of the story, cut too deep.

It’s a story that needs to be told and one that needs to be heard. Someday I may try to finish it. I would just warn potential readers that this is not a light read .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Fine Balance

  • By: Rohinton Mistry
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Praise for the Narrator as much as the Writer

  • By Karen P. Smith on 05-10-09

Not Dickens

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I recommend this book, but I didn’t like it.

found this story very difficult, and I don’t know how to rate it. From a literary perspective, it should probably be a five star story. And the narration certainly was—John Lee is fantastic. If I had read this book from text, I might have given up on it. Mr. Lee breathes life and warmth into characters and plot that might have been otherwise overwhelmingly depressing.

Mistry has been compared to Dickens. He does illustrate misery, brutality and corruption of power as well as Dickens did, but I didn’t find a very “fine balance” in his development of hope and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. This is where my struggle lies because I wanted a Dickensian finish after suffering through all of the gut wrenching heartbreak. What Mistry offers instead is the reality of lukewarm survival. I can’t fault him for that. It just isn’t what I want in my fiction, especially now.

Often when I finish an exceptional story, whether fiction or nonfiction, it takes a while to let go of the characters. I have no trouble at all letting go of anyone in A Fine Balance, but I may carry a bit of their sadness with me for a long while.

So why would I recommend such a book? It is a reminder to question power and the ease at which the balance of power can be quickly corrupted. It is a reminder that the back we turn on something new suffering today can become the obstacle we face tomorrow. And, as Frankl taught us, to remember that “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.”



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,075

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Some fire, a little ice

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Little Fires is a well written book that is beautifully narrated. The story flows, most of the characters develop in meaningful ways, and the reader/listener is challenged to consider some hefty issues without weighing down the process. For me personally, what kept this from being a five star story is that Celeste Ng draws some conclusions that I disagree with. I think it would have made a better story if she had left it to the reader to draw their own conclusions. And I think it would be interesting to know if, after 30 more years of living, she would write it differently.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Washington

  • A Life
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,132

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

A new look at an old story

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Washington: A Life is intensely comprehensive, appropriately exploring Washington's life within the context of his time. It reveals the personal side of the man as well as the professional, and through Washington's perspective we can understand many of the choices made in the early days of our country.

I am not usually interested in war history, and there was a great deal of time devoted to his military career. Still, it was interesting and not as tedious as I thought it would be. What I found truly remarkable was the nearly bulletproof cloak of invincibility Washington wore. I am not usually a believer in "things are meant to be", but as I read about his life, I did wonder if he was destined to be the first leader of this country.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Say Nothing

  • A Novel
  • By: Brad Parks
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 439

Judge Scott Sampson doesn't brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she'll get the kids from school instead. It's not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn't have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent's most chilling nightmare begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! I Did Not Think That I Would Survive This!

  • By Ida on 03-29-17

Tragic and unnecessary

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

If you don’t mind implausible story lines, child torture and people destroyed, you might appreciate the tension and plot twists in this book. I skipped over the second half of the book, so maybe there was redeeming value that I missed. At first I kept thinking the author had a purpose to reveal, but after the child torture I decided it probably wasn’t worth it.

The narrator isn’t a bad narrator, but he might be better at non-fiction. He did well with voices, but the general narration sounded more like a 1950’s broadcaster describing a drop in the stock market than someone talking about gut wrenching events taking place in a family. It is hard to know how much of that was his narration and how much was the written word.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful