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  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,977

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

Lives intertwined

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

A generational look at life, love and marriage through a filter of events outside of and within one’s control.

  • Amy Snow

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928

It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family's magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a bastard foundling into the house, but Aurelia convinces them to keep the baby, whom she names Amy Snow. Amy is brought up as a second-class citizen, but she and Aurelia are as close as sisters. When Aurelia dies at the age of 23, she leaves Amy 10 pounds. But Aurelia also left her much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss out on this one.

  • By laurie eller on 01-24-17

Interesting Journey

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

The story weaves the life of Amy Snow and her savior Aurelia. I always enjoy the thoughtful juxtaposition of class and the fickle finger of fate.

  • First Family: Abigail & John Adams

  • By: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both Adamses were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was clearly the more gifted of the two). Joseph J. Ellis distills this unprecedented and unsurpassed record to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Real History"

  • By leslie on 11-15-10

Dry, dull & boring

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

The subject line says it all. A true disappointment. Not really a story of the lives of the parties, but rather a dull recitation of facts.

  • Plain Truth

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: Circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide - and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, fix the reading.

  • By SarahLee on 05-04-16

Ridiculously disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-24-16

According to the author: the Amish can be summed up as dolts (the narrator reads their parts as if they are intellectually stunted) and attorneys as "professional liars." Her complete misunderstanding / misrepresentation of the attorney-client relationship made the storyline laughable. Such a disappointment after "Small Great Things."

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  • Sister of Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sabra Waldfogel
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,792

When two Union soldiers stumble onto a plantation in northern Georgia on a warm May day in 1864, the last thing they expect is to see the Union flag flying high - or to be greeted by a group of freed slaves and their Jewish mistress. Little do they know that this place has an unusual history. Twelve years prior, Adelaide Mannheim - daughter of Mordecai, the only Jewish planter in the county - was given her own maid, a young slave named Rachel. The two became friends, and soon they discovered a secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By M. Ryder on 06-20-16

Life: Then and Now

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

In addition to being well written and having an excellent narration, this story makes one step back to realize that the fortunes or misfortunes of life are a combination of what is imposed by birth and of one's own makings. To see the parallels between two women's lives - one as an entitled white slave owner and her half-sister born into slavery was fascinating and thought provoking. A truly enjoyable listen.

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