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  • When Winter Comes

  • By: V. A. Shannon
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Mrs. Jacob Klein has a husband, children, and a warm and comfortable home in California. No one - not even her family - knows how she came to be out West 13 years ago. Jacob, a kind and patient man, has promised not to ask. But if she were to tell her story, she would recount a tale of tragedy, mishaps, and unthinkable choices - yet also sacrifice, courage, and a powerful, unexpected love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historical fiction

  • By RueRue on 01-18-19

Historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

A compelling fictional account of the disasterous Donner Party, personalized by a first person narrative. Although it is a harrowing story, the gruesome details are kept to a minimum. The story did get a bit bogged down with the number of names of members of the party and the disputes, some petty, some serious, that arose. I felt that the ending was a bit abrupt, as I had become invested in the unnamed narrators struggle to move past that terrible winter. The narrator was excellent.

  • The Driver

  • A Novel
  • By: Hart Hanson
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

Michael Skellig is a limo driver waiting for his client in the alley behind an upscale hotel. He's spent the past 28 hours ferrying around Bismarck Avila, a celebrity skateboard mogul who isn't going home any time soon. Suddenly the wind begins to speak to Skellig in the guttural accent of the Chechen torturer he shot through the eye in Yemen a decade ago: Troubletroubletrouble. Skellig has heard these warnings before....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Listen: Nice Debut

  • By kurdis teed on 02-05-18

LA Action

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

As a life-time resident of LA, I enjoy stories set in my home town. This is a great example of the private-detective genre using the streets of LA as a backdrop. Michael Skellig, the main character, isn't technically a private deceive, but he fulfills that role in this crime story. Great characters, some smart, humorous dialogue, and excellent narration.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,546

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual style

  • By Veronica on 09-22-18

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

There are lots of rave reviews for this (including one from my sister), but while I enjoyed the story, I though it was a bit slow, and the ending was a BIG disappointment. Without giving it away, the explanation of the crime was completely unrealistic, especially in view of the evidence given during the trial. Don't even try to compare it to the classic "To Kill a Mockingbird".

  • Castle of Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Dane Huckelbridge
  • Narrated by: Max Winter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

For Sophie Ducel, her honeymoon in French Polynesia was intended as a celebration of life. For Barry Bleecker, the same trip was meant to mark a new beginning - turning away from his dreary existence in Manhattan finance to seek creative inspiration. But when their small plane is downed in the middle of the South Pacific, the sole survivors of the wreck are left with one common goal: survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Cindy Smith on 03-12-18

Initially Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

The start of the story was great, pulling me right in. Unfortunately, at about the half way point, it turned into a predictable, and, even worse, implausible story. The writing is fine, and the narration was good. It just needed a dose of reality; when characters make stupid decisions, it's hard to be sympathetic when things go awry.

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,996

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Story about Stories

  • By kurdis teed on 04-02-18

Very slow to start

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

It took a loooong time for me to get interested in the story. I liked the characters, but the story was very unrealistic. And, if you are at all modest, the "erotic stories" may be offensive; yes, they are pretty explicit. The narrator was excellent.

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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 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918

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

Like watching a B movie

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I was reminded of watching any number of 1930's-1940's black and white movies; you know, those B movies staring second tier actors, with budget sets and lame special effects. Those movies had a certain charm and were often quite entertaining. This book is like that, not great but entertaining.
I want to commend the narrator, she was excellent and gave each character a distinctive voice.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,778
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27,672

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Topical, but predictable

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I feel awkward going against the flood of rave reviews, but I thought the story was predicatble, and, to be candid, a bit preachy. LOVED the narration, though.

  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

  • A Novel
  • By: Imogen Hermes Gowar
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

In 1780s London, a prosperous merchant finds his quiet life upended when he unexpectedly receives an unusual creature - and meets a most extraordinary woman - in this much-lauded, atmospheric debut that examines our capacity for wonder, obsession, and desire. One September evening in 1785, Jonah Hancock hears an urgent knocking on his front door near the docks of London. The captain of one of Jonah’s trading vessels is waiting eagerly on the front step, bearing shocking news. On a voyage to the Far East, he sold the Jonah’s ship for something rare and far more precious: a mermaid.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up

  • By Isabella Piestrzynska on 10-27-18

Superlative narration

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

The prose and the narration are exceptional; the story itself was a disappointment. Maybe I'm too dense to appreciate its nuances.

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,622

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

Behind the scenes in the restaurant biz

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

You may never eat out again after reading this book, despite the assurances of the author. In addition to his (self-proclaimed) expertise at running a kitchen, Anthony Bourdain is an exceptional writer. His prose is as delicious as his food (I'm assuming the food is good, his writing definitely is).

  • Meet Me at the Museum

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Youngson
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd, Lars Knudsen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, subject of Seamus Heaney’s famous poem, Anders Larsen, an urbane man of facts, and Tina Hopgood begin writing letters to one another. And from their vastly different worlds, they find they have more in common than they could have imagined. As they open up to one another about their lives, an unexpected friendship blooms. But then Tina’s letters stop coming, and Anders is thrown into despair. How far are they willing to go to write a new story for themselves?  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Regret and Sacrifice

  • By Sara on 09-16-18

A rather boring correspondence

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

This story, written as an exchange of letters between two people in their '60's, had some nice moments, but unfortunately, much of their correspondence was really boring. The story is so predictable that even at only 6 1/2 hours, it felt interminable. The narration was good, though....