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  • The Crate

  • A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice
  • By: Deborah Vadas Levison
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

After surviving the horrors of the Holocaust - in ghettos, on death marches, and in concentration camps - a young couple seeks refuge in Canada. They settle into a new life, certain that the terrors of their past are behind them. They build themselves a cozy little cottage on a lake in Muskoka, a cottage that becomes emblematic of their victory over the Nazis. The charming retreat is a safe haven, a refuge from haunted memories. That is, until a single act of unspeakable violence defiles their sanctuary.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Memoirs of an unrepentant narcissist

  • By Buretto on 07-25-18

a fascinating book

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Well written and welll narrated. I only wish we could have found out who had helped move the body. and who was Samantha's secret lover and why he had not come forward or at least made an anonymous tip on whatever he knew. She handled a complicated plot well. And the narrator broughgt it to life.

  • What Was Rescued

  • By: Jane Bailey
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan, Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

In the autumn of 1940, four children meet on a train. Behind them is London, under heavy aerial attack; ahead of them is a ship bound for the safe shores of Canada. Arthur has promised his mother not to let his little brother, Philip, out of his sight. Pippa and Dora are on their own: polar opposites, brought together by the adventure of a lifetime. But disaster strikes mid-Atlantic, and in the chaos one of the children makes a choice that will determine the course of their lives forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Crude, depressing, bitter tale of lust & stupidity

  • By Debbie on 12-07-17

fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I couldn't put it down. fascinating tale well told. having 2 narrators worked brilliantly. i found both readers good, but the man at times used a monotone that made him sound boted.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,740
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,262

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

excellent! A real nail-biter

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

This was a real treat. I was surprised the writer was a man because not only was his lead character and narrator a woman but he gave such details of her emotional and psychological make up. It takes a very gifted imagination to create in that much detail a character of the opposite sex, I think. Every twist and turn of the plot required the readers not only feel Ann was believable but sympathetic. And we did. At times I held her at arms length and wanted to shake her and yet I had to admit I'm not sure under those circumstances I would do any better. I look forward to the author's 2nd book.
Also I want to compliment the story teller for a very dramatic reading. She brought the story to life wonderfully.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,474
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,497

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

hard to put down even with it's flaws

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

This is my first James Patterson book and I was a little disappointed. He put 80 percent of his energy, creativity and words on the plot , 10 percent on the technical explanations of hacking and how Congress, government agencies and the presidency works, 8 percent on character development and 2 percent on atmospherics and setting. I like more fully developed characters. But he did have a most engaging plot. I especially liked the twists and turns of the plot as we tried to figure out who was the traitor.
Some of the narrators were excellent, the woman I thought was especially good at bringing her characters alive. I had the most trouble with the guy with the gravelly voice: harder to understand and very distracting. I got more used to it after awhile.

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  • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • By: Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,012
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,014

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing

  • By Claudine on 12-04-15

well crafted, hard to put down

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

This was such an emotional, mysterious tale. Great piece of historical fiction. Well written and well narrated.

  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,931

Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch's past revealed

  • By Dan on 09-18-08

great read!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Hard to put down as all of Bosch Mysteries I've read so far but this one gave more depth of understanding of Harry Bosch and the true effect the violence that police have to deal with daily has on them personally, esp. the good ones.

  • The Red Tent

  • By: Anita Diamant
  • Narrated by: Carol Bilger
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,328

Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Pleased

  • By John on 04-10-06

the author brought biblical times alive!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-18

It made me want to immediately take up my study of Genesis. She is quite the story teller. Narrator also very talented in bringing the printed word

  • The People's House

  • By: David Pepper
  • Narrated by: Jon Eric Preston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Political reporter Jack Sharpe is logging time at the tail end of a disappointing career - jaded about politics and stung by personal hard knocks. But after an odd election result in the Ohio Congressional district he covers, Sharpe stumbles across irregularities that spur him to dig deeper. The story takes him far beyond his corner of Ohio as he discovers an international plot one that strikes at the heart of American democracy by taking advantage of weaknesses in today's political architecture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed .

  • By Barbara Tuckey on 10-28-18

great suspense after a very dry start

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

This was a well crafted story that came alive in the narrator's voice. The beginning was a little too much of an essay on political science more than a novel but I'm not sure how else to catch us up on the modern spectacle that is our election process. The characters were believable and most of the plot's twist and turns made sense. The jumping back and forth in time sometimes made it difficult to follow. The ending was a little less than satisfactory with so much still needing to be solved. You would almost think the author was planning on a sequel, lol.


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  • Wives of War

  • By: Soraya M. Lane
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

London, 1944. Two young nurses meet at a train station with a common purpose: to join the war effort. Scarlet longs for the chance to find her missing fiancé, Thomas, and to prove to her family - and to herself - that she's stronger than everybody thinks. Nursing is in Ellie's blood, but her humble background is vastly different from Scarlet's privileged upbringing. Though Ellie puts on a brave face, she's just as nervous as Scarlet about what awaits them in France.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather predictable

  • By Avidlistener on 07-09-17

well crafted story, but narrator almost<br />ruined it

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

I loved the characters this author created; however, there was a lot of repetition it seemed -- explaining character's emotions or reactions three different ways before moving on -- that threatened to drag the story to a complete halt. Part of the blame goes to the narrator who used a sing-songy delivery throughout the entire book. She sounded bored like she was reading the New York City phone book, White pages at that. I will have to remember this narrators name so that I will not have to endure another book read like this again.

  • Friday the Rabbi Slept Late

  • A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Harry Kemelman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

Young and unassuming Rabbi David Small sorts through puzzling pieces of mysteries with logic straight from the Talmud. In Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, a shocking discovery on the temple grounds threatens to ruin both the diligent rabbi and the entire Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing. Unaware that his congregation is grumbling about his rumpled appearance and absent-minded manner, Rabbi Small spends long hours poring over scholarly books.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I slept late too, because i was up late listening.

  • By DARBY KERN on 12-19-12

Couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

I read this 40+ years ago and still held my attention. Narrator -- also one of my favorites -- really brought it to life.