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Lucinda Parsons

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  • 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 25,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,968

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

Excellent and Interesting - all the way through!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

If you could sum up The Alice Network in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, well-written, exciting.

What other book might you compare The Alice Network to and why?

Kristin Higgins war novels. You really get the sense of being in that time, 1940's, and all the hardships that they endured.

What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did a great job of differentiating between the two main similar characters, Eve and Charlie. Also great job with the male voices, the evil Rene' and the lovely Scot.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No laughing or crying, but I definitely was tuned in to every word.

Any additional comments?

Books like this make me want to learn more about the hard times during WW1 and WW2, and about the roles women played in the wars.

  • Tucker's Way

  • The Tucker Series, Book 1
  • By: David Johnson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,917

After enduring a childhood of horrific abuse and crushing poverty, Tucker seeks refuge in her rural Tennessee home. The three grandchildren she is raising are her only connection to the outside, and her demeanor is purposefully rough. But her world is turned upside down when a new neighbor, Ella, moves into the old McDaniel place next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best novel I have read in a long time; anxious to listen to sequels!!!!

  • By Amy A. Dye on 07-17-15

Can't wait for the sequel

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

There's nothing pretty about Tucker's life, until she becomes friends with her neighbor. I disagree with other reviews about the gruesomeness, I thought the story was handles well and only necessary information was told. I also disagree with reviews about the narrator. There was a large range of characters from small children to old men and I thought she did great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,697

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total Letdown

  • By McChica04 on 07-11-16

Roberts is back on track

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

While her recent books have become formulaic, she stepped up and added some zing to this one. Instead of the quick one chapter prelude, that lays the groundwork for current event, she took three or four chapters in the beginning to thoroughly introduce character and important details.
While I did identify the bad guy when he was originally introduced, she kept me guessing til the last few chapters.
I'm back on board the wAgon!

40 of 49 people found this review helpful

  • Crash & Burn

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister, Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,160

Nicole Frank shouldn't have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible!

  • By Kerry on 02-06-15

Best one yet

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

Not predictable.
Included all my fav characters from previous books. I enjoyed seeing them all playing nice together.
Lisa Gardner has converted me to a new genre.

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,751

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Started out slow but got very interesting later

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

Took a few chapters to get into it. The description didn't match what I was expecting: I was expecting a modern day mystery but it starts off like a 19th century romance novel. I even went back and read the description again to make sure it was what I thought I was buying. As it went on tho, and started switching between the 1930's to the 2003's it started coming together for me. Was not predictable for me, which made it more enjoyable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If You Find Me

  • By: Emily Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,816

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to!

  • By Diane on 05-11-13

Couldn't put it down!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

Although difficult to deal with subject matter, the story is beautifully written and the characters are so believable. The only shortcoming is I want more.

  • Inside the O'Briens

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Skipp Sudduth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Joe O'Brien is a 44-year-old Boston police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, a proud father of four children in their 20s, and a respected, seasoned law enforcement officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As a person at risk for HD

  • By Stephen Rasmussen on 04-18-15

Educational and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

The characters are all fully developed and interesting. They're people I can relate to. Many points in the story that brought tears and many that made me laugh out loud.
Highly recommended.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,818

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narrator, not so great production

  • By j phillips on 08-08-17

From different points of view

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

The author depicted believable characters in a historical setting and for the first time ever was able to consider that some of the people in the Nazi side of the war were human beings too.
Loved how the story jumped around in time, I had to really pay attention to when and where and it really made the story more interesting to have it weave in and out like that.
Also enjoyed that the author finished the story for all the characters, didn't leave the reader hanging and wondering what happened after the war. Again made the characters more real that way.

  • The Fifth Gospel

  • A Novel
  • By: Ian Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,892

In 2004, as Pope John Paul II's reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. The same night a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator's research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Necessary Review of a Masterpiece

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-25-16

A lot like daVinci code

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-15

I wasn't sure what to expect. It was engaging. I liked the main character and his son and the surprising honesty that came thru the story. Not so much the wife/mother who left years ago but suddenly, for no reason related to the story, shows up again. The other brother is missing from most of the story too, leaving me with a thirst for a little more information about him, since he's one of the main subjects. All in all, the book was exciting, and educational, and interesting.