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  • Becoming Mrs. Lewis

  • The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis
  • By: Patti Callahan
  • Narrated by: Lauren Woodward
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis - known as Jack - she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding love....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is TERRIBLE

  • By Karen S on 10-11-18

I have to agree - author is buried with narration

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

very religious which might not make it for me anyway but the narration is slow and plodding. I kept trying - but couldn't get through it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Newcomers

  • Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom
  • By: Helen Thorpe
  • Narrated by: Kate Handford
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Offering a nuanced and transformative take on immigration, multiculturalism, and America's role on the global stage, The Newcomers follows and reflects on the lives of 22 immigrant teenagers throughout the course of their 2015-2016 school year at Denver's South High School. Unfamiliar with American culture or the English language, the students range from the ages of 14 to 19 and come from nations struggling with drought, famine, or war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly great read.

  • By Ellen V. Moore on 05-23-18

A timely book to challenge and expand my perspective

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

The flow, the vivid and diverse descriptions of the students’ struggles and triumphs were depicted throughout, Courage, tenacity, confusion, faith, persistence, focus, and caring were constantly exemplified by students, parents, teachers and social workers and volunteers. I welcomed the sharing of this story each time I continued listening. The reader’s voice definitely added to my appreciation.

  • The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

  • A Novel
  • By: Leonard Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,477

England, 1914. Joanna Blalock's keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely tuned brain. But when she and her 10-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic skills, they invite her to become the third member of their investigative team.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sherlock stories continue!

  • By Marty Reed on 07-20-17

Awful

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

If you love Sherlock don’t go near this book. A stupid pastiche. The chat caters and both their relationships and their defections are obvious and overdrawn. Stupid. Insipid. Really was disappointed.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,875

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

brilliant unforgettable characters

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

while it takes a while to build because it's two stories in one, this is one of the most delightful interplay between light and dark that I have read in a while. the characters are wonderful

  • Fated

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,197

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom

  • By Jessica on 05-15-14

a Gr8 mix light and dark

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

better than Harry Dresden. deeper characters and charming. well worth reading if this is your genre.

  • Fanfare

  • By: Renee Ahdieh
  • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Cris Pereira hates starring in a cautionary tale. Alas, her recent heartbreak relegates her to this unbecoming fate. The only good thing about being dumped a foot from the altar is the newest layer to her punchy sarcasm. All she wants is a do-over, but this is not your average fairy tale, and wishes don't come true in the real world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fanfare

  • By asassyvic on 03-12-12

love can we ever know enough?

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

I'll read anything this author writes. she is a lays q great read. while at points hard to identify c with how distraught this character was the interactions carried it.

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,886
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,898

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

I'm returning it

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

What would have made Career of Evil better?

I've liked the other Strike books and I think his character is great - but this one is over the top with grusomeness. YUCK

Has Career of Evil turned you off from other books in this genre?

no but made me wary

Any additional comments?

Stay away unless you love horror - this isn't mystery as much as horror

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,199

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy In Contemporary London

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-24-16

a mystery until the end

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

Reviewed: 12-25-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes - great characters - intriguing plot

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silkworm?

when the murdered is revealed - I was surprised

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

strike

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

?

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Buried in a Bog

  • County Cork Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Sheila Connolly
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born-though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran. In the pub, she's swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly 100-year-old body in a nearby bog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric Irish Mystery

  • By Sara on 03-15-14

too bad about the narrator's lack of research

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator unfortunately did not take the time to research how people in Co Cork say the names of our towns and cities. It's like sandpaper to the ears of those that know this part of the world to have Skibereen, Clonakilty etc murdered in the English tongue

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character is fine - too bad the author is likely new to her trade as she hits us over the head with how things are for this character - repetitious to say the least.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy Rubinate?

someone who would do the research - however that said Amy's boston accent for the main character was a nice surprise

Was Buried in a Bog worth the listening time?

yes - a light enough read that went quickly but kept its pace, didn't bore and made for good background to daily tasks.

Any additional comments?

I don't no recommend the book and if you aren't from here the things I hated wouldn't matter to you - a 3.5 on a scale of 5 but a nice easy story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Some Luck

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 378

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel - the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Takes Times To Develop But Is Really Worth The Effort

  • By Sara on 10-12-14

dull and very slow - couldn't slog through it

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

Reviewed: 11-21-14

What would have made Some Luck better?

the pace is old fashioned - needs to pick up and dance

Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Smiley again?

no

Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorelei King?

nice voice - sure would give something else a try

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

boredom

Any additional comments?

no

5 of 8 people found this review helpful