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  • A Secret History of Witches

  • By: Louisa Morgan
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219

After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, though new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden. But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Such Beautiful Writing, Such Terrible Characters

  • By Katie M on 11-26-17

Witching hour

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Polly Lee brought this complex tale of women and power to life. She switched skillfully between male and female characters in a way that was clear and believable. I was enthralled with the story because of her. I also thoroughly enjoyed Louisa Morgan’s talent in my weaving together a multi generational story. The weakest part of this outstanding book was the last section. The reader must suspend disbelief in one part of that story. However, you must read the book to find the one singular weakness in a stellar tale.



  • Every Fifteen Minutes

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,004
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,000

Dr. Eric Parrish is the chief of the psychiatric unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Alice, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter, Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his homelife, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and, Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as he is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More twists and turns than Lombard Street

  • By Susan on 04-23-15

Really? Not her best but enjoyable none the less

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

When listening to this book, imagine it as a movie that incorporates multiple plot twists. Otherwise, the actions of the protagonist border on idiocy. He "can't believe this is happening" despite the fact that he's the source of his own misery. That being said, Scottoline incorporates plot elements that keep the listener listening until the neatly tied up ending. Perhaps the narrator contributes to my annoyance with his overly dramatic and often breathless performance. He imbues each character with his own interpretation rather than allowing the listener to develop a personal picture.

  • Washington's Farewell

  • The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations
  • By: John Avlon
  • Narrated by: John Avlon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

George Washington's Farewell Address was a prophetic letter from a "parting friend" to his fellow citizens about the forces he feared could destroy our democracy: hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars. Once celebrated as civic scripture, more widely reprinted than the Declaration of Independence, the Farewell Address is now almost forgotten. Its message remains starkly relevant. In Washington's Farewell, John Avlon offers a stunning portrait of our first president and his battle to save America from self-destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well written and performed

  • By Michael Reading on 03-02-17

Timely talk

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

John Avlon skillfully interweaves Washington's Farewell Speech into the complicated and tangled history of the Great American Experience of democracy. He allows readers to draw their own conclusions about the current state of our messy political system, remaining a neutral observer. The conclusion alone is worth the time.

  • The Likeness

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185

In the "compelling" and "pitch perfect" follow up to Tana French's runaway best-seller In the Woods, it's six months later and Cassie Maddox has transferred out of the Dublin Murder squad. But an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used as an undercover cop. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "This is a re-issue of a great book.

  • By Nancy on 02-15-18

Improbable Tale

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Tana French is a fine and engaging writer, which is fortunate given the improbable nature of this twisted tale. I kept listening because, despite the need to stretch credulity, I enjoyed the narrator and French's ability to suck the reader in with her skillful writing. So, if you listen to this book, be aware that the story is improbable.

  • After Anna

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180

Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So Bad That I Couldn’t Stop Listening

  • By Felicity Xenia Spamotic on 05-04-18

After Reading

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

This book gets a five star clean house rating. I was so enthralled ,with the dark twists and turns that I cleaned vigorously in order to justify listening until the end.

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  • Alternate Side

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 451

Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life - except when there’s a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college. And why not? New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. Then one morning she returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the fault lines begin to open: on the block, at her job, especially in her marriage.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Skip This One

  • By BostonMommy on 04-18-18

New Yorkers 0nly

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

This self-absorbed tale of privileged white people may be enjoyed by that same demographic. The characters were unsympathetic, two-dimensional spoiled rich kids; the two non-white characters matched stereotypes that abound. Finally, the narrator's voice grated and she lacked the ability to give credible voice to anyone. I wished that I followed you instinct and returned it after listening to the first hour. I expected better from Quindlen!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Drums of Autumn

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,940
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,838

Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Can't Get Enough!

  • By Eugenia on 02-15-10

Interminable and Tedious!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Suffice it say that I wish I had ended the tortuous tale early on. However, I kept thinking it would get better. Ultimately, I increased the speed to 1.5 just to bring it to an end. Fortunately, the narrator is talented and saved the book from absolute tedium.

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,737

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • private

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 07-01-10

Formulaic

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

An enjoyable listen but Patterson still relies heavily on formulaic writing. His portrayal of women relies upon sexual stereotypes such as the outdated idea that every female lusts after marriage. I would be willing to bet that any description of strong women were written by Maxine not James.

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,605

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place.... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Save your credits.

  • By Scott F Feighner on 12-03-18

Not. Horror Story!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Stephen and Owen King have written yet another apocalyptic novel that incorporates environmental, social, and psychological issues within the context of a catastrophic event that renders half of the world's population ineffective. The authors explore the nature of relationship between women and men, parents and children, bully and victim to name a few. They also address the issue of guns and wanton violence that might occur without the influence of women on society. The story unfolds with the requisite King style violence and bloodshed that strips away the veneer of civility. The book causes the reader to pause and contemplate our so called civilized society. Enjoyable!

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,619

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

Better and Better

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series just keeps improving with each new book. Perhaps the ever changing cast of flawed protagonists. Or maybe her rich combination of psychological, personal, and thriller components draws the reader into the subtle magic. However, I believe that none of this would succeed without her amazing facility with language. I savor the wait for the next installments.