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  • Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, her eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs - the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey McGinty, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's back room, Lydia's life comes unglued.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Here's a bright idea....

  • By Erin S on 07-15-17

Watch Out for the Quiet One

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This mystery story takes place in Colorado, mostly on Colfax Avenue in Denver. Lots of odd characters practically live at the Bright Ideas book store. A bit gruesome in spots but overall an entertaining novel.

  • The Marriage Lie

  • By: Kimberly Belle
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,300

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and their marriage is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Florida, Iris' happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else had he lied about?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • W.....T......F..... Seriously....?!

  • By Wendi on 09-07-17

Not a Believable Story

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Story was flaky. Didn't like any of the characters. Narration was irritating. Sorry I spent time on this one.

  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964

In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Mountains of Spain

  • By Anonymous User on 01-12-09

Long

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

It took a while to get through this long book about an American blowing up a bridge in Spain during the Spanish civil war. I know it is considered a classic but I found it excruciatingly slow and repetitive.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,466

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listen on 1.5 speed

  • By Gary on 11-27-18

Beyond Belief

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Not the best Liane Moriarty book that I have listened to. A little repetitious and somewhat whiney at times. Was glad when I was finished with it.

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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,653
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,557

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Michelle. That was some speech!

  • By J. James-Long on 11-15-18

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Listening to Michelle Obama tell her story confirmed my impression that she was a good person - good wife, mother and friend. A person it would be fun to interact with. I'm glad she wrote this autobiography.

  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 942

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spring for a professional narrator, please!

  • By Gail Dragon on 11-05-18

Spiders that Build Apartments

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Barbara Kingsolver never disappoints me. Her prose are like poetry. Her character development paints vivid pictures in my mind. Kingsolver's narration of her story adds depth to each personality. The use of little known, real people and events interspersed with the lives of her fictional people is an interesting technique that leads me to Google the names to see if they are real.

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,826
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,818

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

  • By Marina on 10-19-18

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This novel reminds me very much of two other novels I have read and not liked, while other readers have given them great reviews: A Little Life and The Goldfinch. This story was so wordy, hand-ringing and whiney. Plus the narrator was hard to understand when he portrayed some of the characters. I listened to all 22 hours of this audible edition, but was desperate for it to be over because of the narrator and the three unlikeable main characters. If half of the Oh My Gods and f**ck this and that were extracted it would have reduced the length of the book by at least an hour. It was a depressing book.

  • A Spark of Light

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,515

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter. Then he finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT a TRUE Picoult Read

  • By Karen M. Kaplan on 10-11-18

Pros and Cons on Abortion

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Jodi Picoult's books take on current issues and this one was no exception. It starts out with an overwrought father shooting staff and clients at an abortion clinic in Mississippi. Religion, politics and personal opinions, on both sides of the abortion issue, are discussed by the well-developed characters in this present-day novel. I found the back and forth between what was happening at the current moment and what had happened earlier a little hard to follow in the audio version.

  • The Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Meg Wolitzer
  • Narrated by: Dawn Harvey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are 35,000 feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki. Joan's husband, Joseph, is one of America's preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award, and Joan, who has spent 40 years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a downer

  • By Jody Cox on 08-01-18

Too Much Whining

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

The story idea was okay, but oh, my, so much whining - by the author and the narrator. The book has been made into a current motion picture. It will be interesting to see if the movie is any better than the book.

  • In the Midst of Winter

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 495

In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident - which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster - a 60-year-old human rights scholar - hits the car of Evelyn Ortega - a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala - in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Allende, rich, warm, enticing.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-17

During the Snow Storm

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I have read this author before and liked her previous books better than this one. The character development was good but the present-day interaction of the three main characters seemed unbelievable and a little farcical.