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J. Stirling

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  • By Invitation Only

  • A Novel
  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Courtney Patterson, Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

 The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where By Invitation Only begins, at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feel-good story

  • By Jane on 06-16-18

What treat

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

What treat to listen to this story. Laugh and cry with a rich cast of characters. So sorry to have it end. As soon as I finish this review I must find other books written by author Dorothea Benton Frank.

  • The Last Castle

  • The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home
  • By: Denise Kiernan
  • Narrated by: Denise Kiernan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York's best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House. Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very factual

  • By Jennifer on 11-28-17

Vanderbilt Facination

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I’ve had a long time fascination with everything Vanderbilt. So naturally I found the story about George and his dream wonderful.

  • The Last Mrs. Parrish

  • A Novel
  • By: Liv Constantine
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman, Meghan Wolf
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,743

Amber Patterson is fed up. She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more - a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne - a socialite and philanthropist - and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Up in the Air

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-18

Agonizing

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

I tried so hard to like this book as came from a friend whose taste in reading I love. Mean and selfish I could not scrape on iota of sympathy for the main character. The secondary character was supposed intelligent but was unbelievably blind to rug being pulled from under her. I could not finish listening (got 1/3 thru) so if anyone thinks I should give it another chance I’d like to convinced

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,750

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

Keep reading...,

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Over a six month period I tried many times (unsuccessfully) to get into this book. Could not understand why it had such great reviews. Eleanor was pushing me away just as she did everyone else in her life. A few days ago I decided to listen at least through three chapters and so glad I did. It is now one my all time favorite books. The author is first rate. Story telling, pacing, dialogue, setting up, descriptions of scenes and characters — all are so well done. After I finished the book I did not want to talk to anyone as it might break the spell. I wish there were a ‘real’ Miss Oliphant and that I could know her. And to think I almost returned this book to Audible.

  • Nobody Is Ever Missing

  • By: Catherine Lacey
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 24

Without telling her family, Elyria takes a one-way flight to New Zealand, abruptly leaving her stable but unfulfilling life in Manhattan. As her husband scrambles to figure out what happened to her, Elyria hurtles into the unknown, testing fate by hitchhiking, tacitly being swept into the lives of strangers, and sleeping in fields, forests, and public parks. Her risky and often surreal encounters with the people and wildlife of New Zealand propel Elyria deeper into her deteriorating mind.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read.

  • By Jaclyn on 05-31-17

I loved it

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I hesitated to purchase based on some of the bad reviews. But it is our Book Club’s choice this month and l am so glad I was thus pushed to listen to the wonderful reading by Catherine Lacey. I was mesmerized and listened to the whole book in one day. It is beautifully written and poignant and sad and often funny.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,789
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,687
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101,202

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • just ok

  • By Bluebird on 01-29-18

Breath Taking

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Beautiful tribute to his mother and his country. You will love this book. Part action movie and part comedy.

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  • The Secret

  • The Number One Best-Selling Author of The Letter
  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Mary has been nursing a secret. Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear. Beth is searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage, but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When Beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother's things, she realises the key to her son's future lies in her own past. She must go back to where it all began to unlock...the Secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Cricket on 03-25-18

So sweet I need an insulin shot

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

The story takes a few dips and turns but you won’t be surprised by anything. I actually groaned from time to time because the characters are so maudlin. I enjoyed the author’s other book “The Letter.”

Enhancing the syrupy novel was the reader’s sleepy voice. I don’t like the give bad reviews as I have tremendous respect for the author and certainly I don’t think I could do better. I wonder if the author approved of the reader’s interpretation.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Adam Bede

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

George Eliot's first full-length novel Adam Bede is a profound rendering of 19th century English pastoral life. This timeless story of seduction and betrayal follows the virtuous carpenter Adam Bede, whose world is soon disrupted when the all-too-beautiful Hetty betrays him for another villager. Her actions precipitate a turmoil of tragic events that shake the very foundations of their serene rural community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul satisfied

  • By J. Stirling on 08-26-17

Soul satisfied

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

It's a slow pace and yet when it was over I wanted wanted more. The reader is multi talented. I loved her authentic and lyrical delivery of the authors work.

  • Anything Is Possible

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,545

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times best seller) returns to visit her siblings after 17 years of absence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful & Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-08-17

Amazing author and great performance of reader

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

The reader is excellent. The book just naturally flows through her to our ears. And of course Elizabeth Strauss is one of the great writers of our time. Her insight into the human condition is phenomenal. I will listen to this book again.

  • The Orphan Keeper

  • By: Camron Wright
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,865
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,863

Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life - and his destiny - is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Star Worthy

  • By Kari on 10-26-16

Tragic beautiful and uplifting

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

First let me praise the reader; a performance worth an Oscar. This novel based on a true story proves the adage the fact is stranger than fiction. What an adventure!