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  • Maid

  • Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
  • By: Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich - foreword
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Land
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very engaging

  • By NMwritergal on 01-24-19

Heartbreaking story of a Single Mom

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

The author writes in painstaking detail about her will to provide a decent home for her daughter. The work as a maid usually thankless, and how much little things like a tip or a gift of food made all the difference. A meaningful glimpse into a difficult way of life. Hopefully this book helped her survive more easily.

  • Meet Me at the Museum

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Youngson
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd, Lars Knudsen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, subject of Seamus Heaney’s famous poem, Anders Larsen, an urbane man of facts, and Tina Hopgood begin writing letters to one another. And from their vastly different worlds, they find they have more in common than they could have imagined. As they open up to one another about their lives, an unexpected friendship blooms. But then Tina’s letters stop coming, and Anders is thrown into despair. How far are they willing to go to write a new story for themselves?  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Regret and Sacrifice

  • By Sara on 09-16-18

Interesting format leaves you wanting more

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Writing letters seems to be almost a lost art. These two get to know each quite well using this process.

  • Jane of Austin

  • A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility
  • By: Hillary Manton Lodge
  • Narrated by: Kate Handford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

This hip contemporary romance combines Jane Austen-inspiration and foodie fiction in a witty and engaging tale of two sisters who are forced to uproot to unfamiliar Austin, Texas, after high rent and broken relationships force them away from their San Francisco life. In this Sense and Sensibility adaptation, Jane Woodward and her sister Celia run a small tea salon in San Francisco but are forced to relocate to Austin, Texas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this story, so sweet!

  • By BrontCO on 08-26-17

<br />Three girls are living their dream

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Three girls are living their dream of owning a Tea House.First in San Francisco, then circumstances move them to Austen.

  • Mirror Gate

  • The Harbinger Series, Book 2
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233

Though relations between Princess Seraphin Fitzempress and her father have been strained, Sera’s royal position has remained unchallenged. Filled with self-doubt, she struggles to grasp the Mysteries - her greatest trial yet. An education in the enigmatic magic is a necessary one, should Sera plan to rise in her station and invoke her powers during war. But the emperor’s death now leaves both Sera and her ambitious father eligible for the throne - a contest the prince regent intends to win. Even if it means an alliance with a rival empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great characters, and intriguing plot.

  • By Spencer on 09-05-18

Long story but keeps your interest

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Good continuation of story in book 1, including the girls going to school, finishing school and finding out what they have to look forward to.

  • Storm Glass

  • (Harbinger, Book 1)
  • By: Jeff Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312

Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society. Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her. But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immersive, Wonderful, Magical!

  • By Huntress on 07-05-18

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

This is the story of two young girls who grow up in very different circumstances, one a princess, one a poverty-stricken waif.Their world's are complex and fictional, and the poor waif is pulled into a wealthy household where she helps with the discovery of the storm glass, despite being abused by the housekeeper.

  • The Lost Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Signe Pike
  • Narrated by: Toni Frutin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

In a land of mountains and mist, tradition and superstition, Languoreth and her brother Lailoken are raised in the Old Way of their ancestors. But in Scotland, a new religion is rising, one that brings disruption, bloodshed, and riot. And even as her family faces the burgeoning forces of Christianity, the Anglo-Saxons, bent on colonization, are encroaching from the east. When conflict brings the hero Emrys Pendragon to her father’s door, Languoreth finds love with one of his warriors. Her deep connection to Maelgwn is forged by enchantment, but she is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of a Christian king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost no more!

  • By Beckersly on 09-13-18

Read it!

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

A wonderfully told story of queens and Kings, daughters bartered for land and power and history in the making. A worthwhile read.

  • The King of Bones and Ashes

  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 217

Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who've relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others are courting madness - willing to sacrifice former allies, friends, and family to retain the power they covet. While the other witches watch their reality unravel, young Alice Marin is using magic's waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad audio made this annoying to listen to

  • By Kellie on 06-10-18

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

A bit complicated, even after going back to re-read/ re-listen to sections. it did all fall into place in the end, but not a favorite of mine.

  • The Duchess Deal

  • Girl Meets Duke
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% perfect

  • By Eugenie on 09-29-17

A Fairytale come true

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

A seamstress meets a Duke and he has just decided he needs a wife immediately.
She is agreeable and they marry and after a few bumps in the road they live happily ever after.

  • Island Apart

  • By: Steven Raichlen
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Claire Doheney, recovering from a serious illness, agrees to house-sit an oceanfront mansion on Chappaquiddick Island in Martha's Vineyard. The New York book editor hopes to find solace, strength, and sufficient calm to finish a biography of the iconoclastic psychotherapist Wilhelm Reich. The last thing she expects to find is love. Then she meets a mysterious man the locals call the Hermit. No one knows his real name or where he lives. To their mutual surprise, they discover that they share a passion for cooking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful writing & narration-four and a half star

  • By PlantCrone on 06-12-12

A Woman and a hermit

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Not a common tale for a hermit living on an island to come across an injured woman and save her life. Then they become friends, lovers, husband and wife. Read it to learn who all that comes to pass.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54,881
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54,572

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
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Listen to it!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

Michelle's voice adds to the extraordinary tale she has to tell about her girlhood, college, post graduation and the Obama's venture into politics and eventually the White House. A worthwhile story.

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