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CHICAGO, IL, United States
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  • 9
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  • The Ocean Liner

  • By: Marius Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

Cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern board the luxury liner the SS Manhattan bound for New York, desperate to escape the concentration camps that claimed the rest of their family. America offers a safe haven, but to reach it they must survive a hazardous Atlantic crossing. Among their fellow passengers fleeing the war, each with their own conflicts, secrets, and surprises, are the composer Igor Stravinsky, making a new start after a decade of tragedy, and Rose Kennedy, determined to keep her four children from harm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Fiction--Compelling Characters

  • By Linda on 04-05-18

A lot of Characters

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I thought the narrator was excellent. Having to to play the parts of children and adults from different countries.

The characters were very very interesting and some were real and other characters were made up. It’s hard to tell which was which. I certainly cried st the end.

  • Canada

  • By: Richard Ford
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 632

When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous writing

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 07-06-12

The Best!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

I loved the narrator. What a bittersweet coming of age novel. It was truly a wonderful book. The characters were amazing as was the story.

  • The Girls in the Picture

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

It is 1914, and 25-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone's lips these days is "flickers" - the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you'll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all. In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Melodramatic

  • By Kay on 02-12-18

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

I truly like the author and have read several of her other books. It’s difficult to remember that she writes biographical novels. I have read nonfiction about this era in films so they melded together. Great book that I highly recommend. Issues with successful women don’t seem to have changed much!

  • Web of Fear

  • Glenmore Park Mystery Series, Book 3
  • By: Mike Omer
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Detective Hannah Shor gets a case in the worst way possible - a friend calls her for help. Her 12-year-old daughter has been kidnapped, and Hannah joins forces with the FBI to bring her home safely. When the kidnappers post an image of their captive on Instagram, the situation spins out of control. Now, the whole world is watching. Rumors spread like wildfire, and online vigilantes add fuel to the raging flames. As Hannah digs deeper, she unravels dark secrets from the family's past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!

  • By Joan on 01-16-18

Great Read!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

This was a terrific book. The characters were interesting and the plot most exciting. I think the narrator did an excellent job.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Criminal Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Benigno
  • Narrated by: Dan Triandiflou
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

A serial killer is littering the South Shore beach of Long Island - the bones of his victims stuffed into burlap bags. Nick Mannino, The Good Lawyer, is living off the ill-gotten gains of his deceased mobster uncle, when, without warning, a brutal serial killer turns on him, and worse, his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent suspense thriller!

  • By Wayne on 06-25-17

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

Loved the characters and the story. At times I asked myself is this really plausible? Then I found myself weeping as I was listening while on the the treadmill.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Alyson Richman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,485

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST book I have read in a long time

  • By Kfcarter on 11-04-13

Not for the Feint of Heart

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I thought this was an excellent book. Lucky for me, I had visited Prague a few years back so I could truly envision the surroundings. My family was from Prague and Budapest. Quite a few never left the camps.

  • Split Second

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,496

Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not a bad read

  • By David on 11-14-03

A Great Read

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

Loved this book. I've read many in the series but not the first one. Puts everything in perspective.

  • Dishonorable Intentions

  • Stone Barrington, Book 38
  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 455

Stone Barrington's latest lady friend is full of surprises, both good and ill. A sensual woman with unexpected desires, Stone finds her revelations in the boudoir extremely agreeable. But on the other hand, she also has some unfinished business with a temperamental man who believes Stone is an intolerable obstacle in the way of his goals.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • this was a romance novel, no mystery

  • By GeorgiaLane on 06-08-16

Not His Best!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

The sex is getting a little kinky. The story was inane and the characters implausible.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Walk

  • By: Richard Paul Evans
  • Narrated by: Richard Paul Evans
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

What would you do if you lost everything - your job, your home, and the love of your life - all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he's tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he's known and heads for the farthest point on his map.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen but why is it so SHORT?

  • By Kathy on 02-18-15

A Little Corny

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

Well...not what I expected. Will not read the rest of the series. Basically a food review with God looking over his shoulder.

  • The Midwife's Revolt

  • By: Jodi Daynard
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171

On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo

  • By Angela on 11-20-15

A Good Read!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

I loved this book. The story was very interesting as were the characters. The reader was excellent. Highly recommend.