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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,872
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,280
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,190

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Don’t miss this great book.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I was mesmerized to the point of almost non stop listening. The narrator was outstanding and the story had me laughing at times. Keep the tissues handy because it will make you tear up as well. I can’t recommend this book too strongly. It’s great.

  • And Still She Laughs

  • Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering
  • By: Kate Merrick
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Kate Merrick examines the Bible's gritty stories of resilient women as well as her own experience of losing a child - a journey followed by more than a million people on prayfordaisy.com - to reveal the reality of surprising joy and deep hope even in the midst of heartache.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding my joy

  • By Georgia Girl on 09-25-18

Great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-08-18

This is a wonderful read. You will need tissues. I laughed and cried. Even if you know the Bible front to back it’s good to be reminded of Gods place in your life. If it matters to you it matters to God. I listened to the entire book in one sitting. Will probably listen to this book again.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,787

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Deborah on 02-07-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

Don’t miss this wonderful story. I didn’t want it to end. I listened non stop.

  • Malevolent

  • Shaye Archer Series, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

Everyone wondered about Shaye Archer's past. Including Shaye. Shaye Archer's life effectively began the night police found her in an alley, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous 15 years, not even her name. Nine years later, she's a licensed private investigator with a single goal - to get answers for her clients when there aren't supposed to be any. And maybe, someday, answers for herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plot twists and suspense!

  • By Wayne on 12-01-17

Outstanding!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I listened to this book in one day. Couldn't stop. It's a sharp turn from Miss fortune. I loved those too. But this was different. Can't wait for book 2.

  • 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 3,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,856

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Potential squandered... sort of

  • By Anne on 02-11-17

Don't miss this!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-15-16

This book will be among my favorites. I read reviews that say you won't be able to put it down. Well this is exactly what I felt about this book. The narrator was wonderful and the story had such well developed characters that I missed them when I finished. You can continue the story with the next volume An Unexpected Frost.

  • Unsaid

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Abramson
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Unsaid is told from the perspective of Helena Colden, a veterinarian who has just died of breast cancer. Helena is forced to witness the rapid emotional deterioration of her husband David. With Helena's passing, David, a successful Manhattan attorney, loses the only connection that made his life full. He tries to carry on the life that Helena had created for them, but he is too grief-stricken, too angry, and too quickly reabsorbed into the demands of his career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but...

  • By Diane on 03-01-12

Don't miss this winner

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-31-16

This is at the top of my list as a favorite. Can't wait to listen to this authors next book. I'm an avid reader and know that really great books don't come along that often. This is a great book.
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  • Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart

  • An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • By: Carrot Quinn
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 798

Carrot Quinn fears that she's become addicted to the Internet. The city makes her numb, and she's having trouble connecting with others. In a desperate move, she breaks away from everything to walk 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. It will be her first long-distance hike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh and surprising thru-hikealog

  • By Beth E. on 06-05-16

Great read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-16

I think if you have an interest in hiking and outdoor living not to mention perseverance you'll enjoy this book. Like another reviewer the sex could have been omitted. For me it took away from the story. There was more than enough about her life as a child to keep the listener engrossed in the story. I would recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dog Who Saved Me: A Novel

  • By: Susan Wilson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Rick Adamson, Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

In Susan Wilson's The Dog Who Saved Me, former Boston K-9 unit policeman turned animal control officer in bucolic Harmony Farms is up against rescuing a gun shy and wounded dog gone feral, and proving that his low-life older brother is back in the drug business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read for animal lovers everywhere

  • By kncopp on 06-30-15

Absolutely great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-15

I didn't want this story to end. It's a wonderful listen. Great story and great narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • These Is My Words

  • The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901
  • By: Nancy E. Turner
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier. Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon - from child to determined young adult to loving mother.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Narration I've Encountered in a Long Time

  • By jingles on 10-30-15

Spellbinding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-15

This is the first review I've ever written so this book was really worth the read. Or maybe I should say the listen. I was sorry to have it end. I will be listening to the sequels.

  • Fat Free and Fatal

  • Savannah Reid, Book 12
  • By: G. A. McKevett
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

There's nothing like a makeover story to get people hooked, and America is certainly addicted to the weight-loss saga of once celebrated actress Dona Papalardo. Savannah's no exception although she can't imagine wanting to shed her own hourglass figure by undergoing gastric bypass surgery like Dona did. After Dona's personal assistant is shot dead in the star's mile-long driveway, Savannah becomes her bodyguard. The victim was wearing one of Dona's fur coats, indicating that Dona was the target. And when Dona's hunky gardener takes a bullet between the eyes, Savannah and Detective Sergeant Dirk Coulter know they must act quickly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I love getting lost in Savannah's world!

  • By C. L. Finch on 05-06-14

Always a great read

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Reviewed: 04-14-15

I'm listening to these wonderful G.A. McKevett titles for the second time. I enjoy Savannah and her quirky family. Good mystery and a laugh.