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San Antonio, TX, United States
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  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20,205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,532

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

not so good

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

This book was pretty difficult to finish. I found it pretty shallow, though I was expecting something more like Gone Girl. It wasn't. I may ask for my credit back.

  • Saving Amelie

  • By: Cathy Gohlke
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Increasingly wary of her father's genetic research, Rachel Kramer has determined that this trip with him to Germany - in the summer of 1939 - will be her last. But a cryptic letter from her estranged friend, begging Rachel for help, changes everything. Married to SS officer Gerhardt Schlick, Kristine sees the dark tides turning and fears her husband views their daughter, Amelie, deaf since birth, as a blight on his Aryan bloodline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Stephanie on 09-26-16

Not exactly what I expected

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

Basically, this is a good story. I just wasn't prepared for the heavy religious input. As a Christian it was not at all offensive, but for those of other faiths or none at all it may be off putting.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,588

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

Couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

I stopped halfway through. The plot and premise sounded really good but the tone is very pointed towards the "white privilege" agenda. Yes, racism exists but I didn't realize this was a lecture and reprimand to everyone reading this book. When the main character scolds the racist white grandmother for watching Fox news, I'd had enough. Granted, I don't watch Fox but really??

Also, the narration of the attorney's part is quite stiff and unnatural.

I want my credit back.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,240

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brought Room and the outside world to Life

  • By Daryl on 07-09-14

Surprisingly positive story

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

Reviewed: 03-25-16

I WAS hesitant to purchase because I thought it would be creepy and a downer, like Flowers in the Attic. Extremely well narrated and a pretty upbeat story line.

  • All That I Am

  • A Novel
  • By: Anna Funder
  • Narrated by: Judy Bennett, Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

When Hitler seizes power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers suddenly become hunted outlaws overnight. Dora, liberated and fearless; her lover, the great playwright Ernst Toller; Ruth; and Ruth's journalist husband, Hans, find refuge in London. There, using secret contacts deep inside the Nazi regime, they take breathtaking risks to warn the world of Hitler's plans for war. But England is not the safe haven they think it will be, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart.... Based on true events, All That I Am is testament to some of the earliest - now forgotten - heroes of the resistance to Hitler.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Did not keep this book

  • By Tracey on 03-15-16

Did not keep this book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-16

I tried to get interested in this story but just could not get connected top any of the characters. I live the WWII era and was disappointed that I could not get past the first 3 hours. I tried.

  • Criminal

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,741

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explains a lot!

  • By Joan on 11-22-12

good story, mediocre narration

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

The plot was interesting but the narrator used a deeper voice for the main female character and a higher pitched voice for the male. it made it a bit confusing to follow sometimes.

  • The Seamstress

  • By: Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254

Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overcome with Emotion

  • By Meryl on 05-16-13

Very engrossing...rare 5 star rating for me

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

The true story of a Holocaust survivor is told in such a way that you really do want to hear more. It isn't just a series of gruesome details, though there are some of those. Rather, it is a story of a young girl whose life was interrupted by 4 years of horror, yet she was strong and lively...and even somehow happy.

Although the writer vividly describes the bad, she equally tells of the beauty of family, love and spirit. Be sure to stick around for the epilogue. It's also very interesting.

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,736

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

freaky!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Don't listen to this alone at night! crazy twists, esp halfway through. Great, creepy fun!

  • Wrath & Righteousness

  • By: Christopher Stewart
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 53 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

It was the last peace, the great peace, the deep breath before the storm. The Golden Age was closing and the heavens paused and waited for the long plunge ahead. Some people saw it coming. But they were few. The first episode of this geopolitical thriller sets up the start of an epic battle between Light and Darkness. Taking listeners from Saudi Arabia to Israel to Washington D.C. and Chicago, Wrath & Righteousness is a frightening, torn-from-the-headlines peek into the future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • chilling

  • By Tracey on 05-06-15

chilling

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

very long but well worth the listen. This story is a frightening look at a very possible future for our country. While bleak in parts, joy and hope are also woven throughout,

i would mention that there is a heavy amount of Mormon doctrine in the last third of the book. It influences the storyline, but didnt bother me.i didnt read it for the religious aspect. i was able to recognize what was Mormon doctrine and chose to overlook that aspect.

i really enjoyed the story and the narration.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,377
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,839
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,767

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

engrossing, couldn't stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

What a great story! The author did a great job making you visualize everything. I became very invested in the lives of the characters, felt like i really knew them. Sad to leave them all now that it's over.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful