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  • China Dolls

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Jodi Long
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 570

It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • New Narrator needed!

  • By Barbara on 06-25-14

poor choice of reader hurts story, confuses charac

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

odd voice choice doesnt fit with characters. makes story confusing. probably would be better to read a paper book. other books by Lisa See are well produced.

  • Dreams of Joy

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books

  • By maida smith on 06-03-11

relationships, history, many plot twists,

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Brilliant writing, riviting story, memorable characters. Believable historical references. Hoping for another installment. Don't miss it!

  • A Dog's Purpose

  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,920

A Dog's Purpose - which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list – is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dogs Purpose

  • By sara on 02-16-17

Starts a bit sappy, but worth waiting for.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

Don't care for the narrator's tone, but the story is sweet and believable. worth a credit.

  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,399

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those who are "different" only! Quirky & sweet

  • By Catherine on 05-18-16

Brilliant, one of the best books I've read

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

Backman is a phenomenal writer. Characters are real, their personalities unveiled as the plot progresses. The premise of this story is brilliant. The plot turns and turns as we meet each individual and their idiosyncrasies. I've never listened to a book right after I finished it, except this one -- because I knew I missed lots of details that foreshadow the delightful conclusion.

While Ove and Brit Marie are excellent books, this one is even better. You won't have any regrets.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Glassblower of Murano

  • By: Marina Fiorato
  • Narrated by: Cristian Solimeno, Kate Magowan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

The keys to the future lie in the past - a compelling story of love and intrigue spanning three centuries, three countries - and one miraculous talent....Nora Manin decides to leave her fractured life in London to start again in Venice, and there begins to unravel the story of her ancestor, Corradino Manin, the greatest artist of glass that the island of Murano ever produced.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is why we love historical fiction...

  • By S on 03-15-10

crappy sound editing, horrible squalling music

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

readers were good, but music at 8x volume was painful. difficult to differenciate time periods.

  • Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

  • Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
  • By: Karyl McBride
  • Narrated by: Karyl McBride
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

The first book specifically for daughters suffering from the emotional abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, Will I Ever Be Good Enough? provides the expert assistance you need in order to overcome this debilitating history and reclaim your life for yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST read for everyone!

  • By Barb on 10-29-12

Definite need for this book, editor badly needed

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

The writer is obviously someone who has spent her life in academia. Her information is good, the concept of using individual's stories as illustrations is good, but it's extremely tedious to wade thru due to the dire need for a journalistic editor.
She'll tell you how to do this in Chapter 13. Make sure you wait for a list of something in the following paragraph... The only way to get better is to do this in her order.... yadda yadda yada.
When you're pandering to a board to get your Phd this stuff is right up their alley, but if you want to help people, write to be readable. A good editor would have chopped and winnowed....
If this is your first exposure to a book about having survived a narcissistic mother, you will find bits and pieces of helpful information. What a shame no one got this manuscript to a competent journalist to edit for readability.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Flight Patterns

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Amanda Leigh Cobb, Melissa Hurst
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835

Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people's pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert on fine china - especially Limoges - requires her to return to the one place she swore she'd never revisit. It's been 13 years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting story about family secrets

  • By HollyColorado on 06-11-16

tried and tried to wade thru this, not worth it

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

Keep going back, relistening to see if I missed something....the metaphors are SOOO trite...the bee analogies so simplistic and awkward.
If you like soap operas, "The Bachelor" and crap like that, I suspect you'll love this...I assume a love story will ensue at some point.
If you like wit, creativity and an engaging story, pass this by.....
If you're interested in bees, read The Secret Lives of Bees -- extremely captivating and well written...

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion

  • Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation
  • By: Elizabeth Letts
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308

November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When will this story become a movie

  • By eddie on 01-18-12

Great story, needed an educated editor and reader

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

Great story. Fascinating facts about the history of the horse in the U.S. If an editor would have used some synonyms for "plow horse" or just deleted 1,000 of its uses, it would have been much better. Overkill to the n-th degree.
As a horse owner and published writer, it was nice to learn some unusual facts but annoying for the minor editing issues, likely caused by a non-horsey editor....
Definitely worth a read, will recommend to horsey friends.

  • The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

  • A Novel
  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Mitch Albom, Paul Stanley, George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,703

Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional character - Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist ever to walk the Earth - in this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives. It's an epic story of the greatest guitar player ever to live and the six lives he changed with his magical blue strings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction interwoven with REAL people, places,events

  • By Cynthia on 12-02-15

Tough to get into, but worth waiting for

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

I started this book 3 or 4 times before I finally stuck with it. As the stories weave together, details meld into the new creating a plot that is hard to step away from once you are pulled in. Knowledge of music and experience with strings, piano and more will enhance the experience. History is nicely woven thru. Thought provoking. Well written.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,584
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,230
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,159

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Great story, historically based, gripping

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

Unpredictable plot twist undisclosed until the not-bitter end. Intriguing, well researched story filled with details for any historian but lined with enough emotion and strong characters to stick with it as long as it lasts.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful