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CASEY, IL, United States
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  • The Garden of Letters

  • By: Alyson Richman
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre, Alyson Richman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Portofino, Italy, 1943. A young woman steps off a boat in a scenic coastal village. Although she knows how to disappear in a crowd, Elodie is too terrified to slip by the German officers while carrying her poorly forged identity papers. She is frozen until a man she's never met before claims to know her. In desperate need of shelter, Elodie follows him back to his home on the cliffs of Portofino.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My thoughts

  • By Lelia on 01-05-15

One of the best books I have read.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

I really enjoyed this book. The characters really captivated me. Would highly recommend to everyone.

  • Eragon

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,282

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and Enjoyable

  • By Mary S. Murray on 02-23-04

GREAT BOOK

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-11

AMAZING BOOK, I REALLY DIDN'T THINK I WAS INTO DRAGONS BUT THIS BOOK IS ONE THAT IS SO EXCITING, IT IS HARD TO PUT DOWN

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,807

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Bland

  • By Heather on 01-25-11

SOBERING

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-08

THIS BOOK BRINGS TO REALITY THE THINKING OF THE AGING IN A VERY VIVID WAY. AS AN RN IT DID OPEN MY EYES TO THE AGED PATIENTS I HAVE DEALT WITH. I HOPE I WILL BE MORE UNDERSTANDING TO THEIR NEEDS SINCE READING THIS BOOK. I COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT THE BAD LANGUAGE.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Donada Peters
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Northanger Abbey is the coming-of-age story of Catherine Morland, who is taken to the fashionable resort of Bath with her friends, the Allens. While in Bath, she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor. The Tilneys invite Catherine to Northanger Abbey, their family estate. Catherine, an avid reader of Gothic novels, soon becomes obsessed with the thought that possible atrocities are going on at the abbey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Favorite

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-10-07

WONDERFUL READ

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-08

MY TYPE OF BOOK AND THE READERS MAKE IT COME ALIVE SO YOU FEEL AS IF YOU ARE RIGHT THERE AND LIVING AMONG THE CHARACTERS. DEFINITELY ONE I WILL LISTEN TO AGAIN.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

This mysterious tale is the best known and best loved of du Maurier's work. After honeymooning in Italy, the dashing Max de Winter returns to Manderley, his beautiful country estate, with his innocent young bride. But the unsettling presence of Rebecca (the first Mrs. de Winter) still lingers within the mansion's rooms and halls, and most of all in the persistent reminders from the grim housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebecca

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-05-05

EXCELLENT BOOK

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-08

ENJOYED EVERY PAGE OF THIS BOOK. THE READERS WERE FANTASTIC AND MADE THEY MADE THE CHARACTERS COME ALIVE. WILL DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT TO ALL MY READER FRIENDS.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Defying Hitler

  • A Memoir
  • By: Sebastian Haffner
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

When the famous German author Sebastian Haffner died at the age of 91 in 1999, a manuscript was discovered among his unpublished papers. The book was begun in 1939, but with the advent of World War II, Haffner had set it aside. His family made the decision to publish it, and the book became a best seller in Germany in 2002. Spanning the period from 1907 to 1933, it offers a unique perspective on how the average educated German grappled with the rise of Hitler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of moral courage

  • By GLENN on 08-27-04

ENLIGHTENING

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-08

HELPED TO UNDERSTAND THE THINKING OF THE GERMAN PEOPLE AT THE TERRIBLE TIME IN HISTORY. IT DOESN'T MAKE IT ACCEPTABLE BUT DOES HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND SO AS TO BE AWARE OF HOW INDIFFERENCE CAN MAKE ONE TURN HIS BACK ON HUMAN SUFFERING.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,959

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing Story--2 missing chapters

  • By J. Elliott on 01-28-10

SPELLBINDING

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-08

THE MOST SPELLBINDING BOOK I HAVE LISTENED TO IN A LONG TIME. I ALSO GAVE THIS TO MY DAUGHTER WHO COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. WE BOTH LISTENED DAY AND NIGHT. I HOPE THIS IS NOT THE LAST BOOK FOR MS SETTERFIELD. THERE WERE SO MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS TO THE PLOT. WONDERFUL, WE WILL RECOMMEND IT TO ALL OUR READER FRIENDS.

  • A Paul Christopher Novel, Book 10

  • Christopher's Ghosts
  • By: Charles McCarry
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The grand tale begins in 1939 Berlin, where young Paul Christopher and his family are struggling against the rise of Nazi totalitarianism. The Christophers are known to be sympathetic to the persecuted Jews, and 16-year-old Paul has fallen in love with the daughter of a Jewish doctor. Their enemy is a sadistic S.S. officer named Stutzer, who will stop at nothing to destroy the young couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT, SPELLBINDING

  • By Janet on 10-05-07

EXCELLENT, SPELLBINDING

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-07

THIS BOOK WAS EXCELLENT, DIDN'T WANT TO STOP LISTENING. WILL LISTEN AGAIN. RECOMMEND TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN THAT ERA OR WHO JUST WANT TO HEAR A GOOD BOOK. JLBRN

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Standing as one of the most revered works in all of English literature, Great Expectations traces the development of Philip Pirrip, called Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations to a man of depth and character. Pip is reared by his sister and her husband Joe Gargery, a blacksmith. In his youth he is influenced by the eccentric Miss Havisham, who was jilted on her wedding night and who has brought up her adopted niece Estella to hate men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fully Deserving a 5-Star Rating!

  • By John on 02-01-05

MANY VALUABLE LESSONS

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-07

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL BOOKS I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO. IT IS FULL OF MANY LESSONS THAT WE ALL NEED TO LEARN. CHARLES DICKENS DID A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING UP SUSPENSE AND CAPTIVATING THE MIND. I OFTEN WOULD GET SO CAUGHT UP IN THE BOOK THAT WHEN NOT LISTENING TO IT I STILL FELT LIKE I WAS INVOLVED IN IT. LISTENING TO BOOKS WILL ALLOW ME TO BE ABLE TO GET THROUGH MANY THAT I MIGHT NOT HAVE BE ABLE TO READ DUE TO LACK OF TIME. THIS AVENUE OF LISTENING HAS MADE BY COMMUTE TO WORK SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO AS "MY TIME" AND I LOVE IT. THANKS SO MUCH, JANET

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter

  • By: Kim Edwards
  • Narrated by: Martha Plimpton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Martha's awesome

  • By jennifer on 09-08-13

THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-06

I VERY MUCH ENJOYED THIS BOOK. THE VOICE OF THE READER WAS VERY CLEAR. THE BOOK HELD YOU SPELLBOUND AND THE ENDING WAS SUPRISING.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful