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  • Daisy Jones & The Six

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221

Daisy is a girl coming of age in LA in the late '60s, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s 20, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Alisia Ned on 03-06-19

A wild ride!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-19

Wow, this is an incredible journey through need, want, hope, loyalty, addictions, and intense emotions and deep loves. The narration is superb. 5 stars in every category!

  • Tony's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Adriana Trigiani
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

Set in the lush Big Band era of the 1940s and World War II, this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times best-selling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids who marry and become a successful singing act, until time, temptation, and the responsibilities of home and family derail their dreams. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank goodness Ms. Trigiani has gone back to her best stories!

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 12-19-18

Fast paced, but disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I loved The Shoemaker’s Wife, and so was very excited to listen to this book. The narration was superb, but it could not lift this book enough. Character development suffered in this book. What started out promising, was disappointing in the end. Tony was a shell of a character that was an ass. It never made sense why Chi-Chi loved him so much. The big band era was a fascinating time in history, but this novel did not do it justice.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40,851
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,978
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36,809

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.

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

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Reads like a novel

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Wow, I absolutely loved this book. Dr. Westover is a wonderful writer and Julia Whelan narrates a gripping tale of love, violence and transformation. Bravo on all counts!

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,833

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Slowest "Thriller" Ever

  • By Kierstin L Hartwig on 10-18-18

Joanne Froggatt is Masterful

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This narration is the best I have heard in a very long time. The story is suspenseful but Joanne’s performance brought it to an exceptional level.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,635
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,459

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Good plot, but too much pontificating

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Love the plot and the politics are aligned with mine—that said, there was way too much political pontificating for a novel. January Lavoy is an exceptional narrator as usual. Dennis Quaid has a great voice for the president but often reverts to robotic narration. I was disappointed in that. Overall, an exciting plot and very believable threat to the US.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lighthouse Keeper

  • By: Cynthia Ellingsen
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,358

Dawn Conners's parents are famous for finding historic treasures, but she has a knack for losing things - her job, her boyfriend, and now, her reputation. Thanks to a mud-slinging exposé, Dawn's late great-grandfather is assumed guilty of stealing silver from a century-old shipwreck. Hoping to clear his name, Dawn returns to Starlight Cove, her idyllic hometown on Lake Michigan, where the doomed vessel sleeps beneath the beam of a ramshackle lighthouse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story , completely entertaining!

  • By Lisa on 04-16-17

Robot narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I couldn’t finish the first couple of chapters . The narration is choppy and robotic. Sorry!

  • The People We Hate at the Wedding

  • By: Grant Ginder
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 186

Paul and Alice's half sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at "it" restaurants, and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins. They couldn't hate it more. The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. As this estranged clan gathers together and Eloise's walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It had potential.

  • By Makenzie on 06-22-17

Drama and cattiness at its worse

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

I could not get through the first chapter of this book. It wasn't the narrator's fault. The story was just awful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beartown

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,193

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

Layers upon layers of emotion

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

This story is beautifully written and very rich with complex themes of parents and children, loyalty and courage, betrayal and anger, revenge and justice. The author masterfully creates a feeling of suspense from the very first sentence. It goes on my "books I loved" shelf. Warning--if you don't like hearing swearing, you may not like it, but that is how people, especially teens, talk in some situations. This book has so much heart, and a feeling of hope, despite how dark the subject matter can be.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 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 33,153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,553

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 Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Top 10 Best Books Ever Read

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

The narrator was perfectly suited to this wonderfully written book. We all know an odd duck like Eleanor Oliphant, but we often don't consider what kind of life leads to the way they are. This story is very funny a lot of the time, but there is a darkness creeping around the edges. Brilliantly narrated--would love to see this made into a movie.

109 of 117 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Concerto

  • By: Helaine Mario
  • Narrated by: Carol Purdom
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

A woman and her young son flee to a convent on a remote island off the Breton coast of France. Generations of seafarers have named the place Ile de la Brume, or Fog Island. In a chapel high on a cliff, a tragic death occurs and a terrified child vanishes into the mist.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to 1 1/2 chapters

  • By DQmaine on 04-25-17

Listened to 1 1/2 chapters

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

This melodramatic prose has heavy dialogue that isn't appropriate for modern times. I couldn't stick with it. The narrator was great, but the writing was awful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful