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  • Lucky Boy

  • By: Shanthi Sekaran
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani, Roxana Ortega
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

Solimar Castro Valdez is 18 and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US-Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin's doorstep in Berkeley, California, dazed by first love found then lost - and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Timely plot, but just average writing

  • By Bonny on 02-23-17

Timely story, unfortunately a boring execution

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This book was much too long, which diluted the impact of the story. The other glaring problem is the unlikability of Kayva and Rishi. It's hard to stay interested in a story where two of the main characters are so distant and self-involved. The narrators were good but a bit unemotional for such a traumatic story.

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200

Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh a little Cry a little Love All

  • By Patricia on 11-11-09

Immersive

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

So well written. The author beautifully weaves the culture of the Chinese people into the story. I felt like i was there with Lily and Snow Flower, sharing their experiences. The discriptions of foot binding are not for the fair-of-heart. The narration was appropriate for the story.

  • The Young Clementina

  • By: D. E. Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Charlotte Dean enjoys nothing more than the solitude of her London flat and the monotonous days of her work at a travel bookshop. But when her younger sister unceremoniously bursts into her quiet life one afternoon, Charlotte's world turns topsy-turvy. Beloved author D. E. Stevenson captures the intricacies of post-World War I England with a light, comic touch that perfectly embodies the spirit of the time. Alternatively heartbreaking and witty, The Young Clementina is a touching tale of love, loss and redemption through friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miss Dean's Dilemma

  • By Jerri C on 05-02-18

A simpler time

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Another lovely book from DE Stevenson. The story is totally predictable ( no plot twists here ) and the main character, Char, is so naive at times that I wanted to shake her. But I loved this sweet, lovely story where all ends well. Karen Cass is a perfect narrator for this very British story.

  • Pax

  • By: Sara Pennypacker
  • Narrated by: Michael Curran-Dorsano
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house 300 miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be - with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to you love something that hurts you?

  • By Anthony M Agostino on 12-13-17

Anti-war message

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

A good story for children with a strong anti-war message. Pax is a great character ( even he is a fox).

  • The Fact of a Body

  • A Murder and a Memoir
  • By: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • Narrated by: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley's face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes - the moment she hears him speak of his crimes - she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Memoir of Molestation

  • By Margaret on 05-22-17

50/50

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This book is truely a 50/50 experience. The positive 50%, it's well written, and the factual details of the murder are compelling.
The negative. 50%, the author's narration seemed stilted to my ear, and her part of the story, while certainly terrible, just seemed self-centered. She was not a sympathetic narrator in either sense. Also, 50% of the book seems factual, and 50% is the author's imagined scenarios of background and events. It's an interesting way of telling a dual story, but it didn't work for me.

  • The Italian Party

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Lynch
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Newly married, Scottie and Michael are seduced by Tuscany's famous beauty. But the secrets they are keeping from each other force them beneath the splendid surface to a more complex view of ltaly, America, and each other. When Scottie’s Italian teacher - a teenager with secrets of his own - disappears, her search for him leads her to discover other, darker truths about herself, her husband, and her country. Michael’s dedication to saving the world from communism crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cold War intrigue

  • By RueRue on 10-06-18

Cold War intrigue

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

The start of the story had style, humor, and intrigue, but unfortunately that didn't carry through the rest of the book. The emphasis seemed to be on the covert operations of the CIA in Italy to halt the spread of Communism in the late 1950's. Just not my kind of intrigue. Great narration, though.

  • The Lido

  • By: Libby Page
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Kate is a 26-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton, London, covering forgettably small stories. When she's assigned to write about the closing of the local lido (an outdoor pool and recreation center), she meets Rosemary, an 86-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since it opened its doors when she was a child.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief

  • By Sara on 07-30-18

Low-key

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I liked this very Bristish, low-key story. The characters are distinctive without being cloying or bizarre, and there are several nice "messages" in the narrative that are done subtlety, without being preachy. The ending was just right ( so many books end on an off note, this one gets it right). The narration was excellent, too. It's a good book, probably not one for a "best of the year" list, but worth the time to listen, especially as a break from dark, dysfunctional narratives ( of which there seem to be an awful lot)

  • Believe Me

  • A Novel
  • By: J. P. Delaney
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Matt Reeves, Lorelei King, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 249

A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected. Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. Then the game changes. When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never want to hear the name "Baudelaire" again.

  • By MarisaReads on 09-25-18

Letdown

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

The story had a great start, but it lost momentum and became an implausible mess. Even with the decent narration and "sound effects" ( personally I don't like these in an audiobook ) this is a big letdown.

  • Waiting for Eden

  • A Novel
  • By: Elliot Ackerman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. He has never even met their young daughter. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn't make it back home - and who narrates the novel. But on Christmas, the one day Mary is not at his bedside, Eden's re-ordered consciousness comes flickering alive. As he begins to find a way to communicate, some troubling truths about his marriage - and about his life before he went to war - come to the surface.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mesmerizing

  • By diana lynn on 10-11-18

Short but emotional

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

This isn't easy listening. The characters are damaged in ways both emotional and physical. *Spoiler* the ending leaves Eden in limbo, but the final paragraph is beautiful. Be prepared to need Kleenex. And I can't rave enough about the pitch-perfect narration by MacLeod Andrews.

  • Three Things About Elsie

  • A Novel
  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she thinks about her friend Elsie and wonders if a terrible secret from their past is about to come to light. If the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago? Three Things About Elsie is a story about forever friends on the twisting path of life. As we uncover their buried secrets, we learn how the fine threads of humanity connect us all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very well written But a sad story about aging.

  • By A. Dangerfield on 09-04-18

Poignant

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

Joanna Cannon's first book, "The Trouble With Goats and Sheep" was told from the perspective of a child. This book flips the perspective to that of an elderly woman in an assisted care facility. Both books feature a strong friendship between two girls/women; the plot of the both books is secondary to beautifully drawn characterization.
*Spoiler* Quite early in this story, I figured out that Elsie was imaginary, but that didn't detract from the plot. There is a mystery that motivates Florence/Elsie and Jack, another resident in the facility, to "investigate". This investigation uncovers secrets and corrects misunderstandings and misplaced guilt from the past. It was also the weak part of the story for me. There were too many inconsistencies, the most glaring one being *Spoiler* why would Ronnie come after Florence after (60) years ?
As I already mentioned, the characters are wonderful, and the narration is wonderful.

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