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  • Secrets of a Charmed Life

  • By: Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,176

Current day, Oxford, England. Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden--one that will test her convictions and her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year

  • By Joyce BZ on 06-19-15

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

A novel that teaches as well as entertains is what I am always looking for. This is succeeds in every way.

  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Ford
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a book! What a narrator!!

  • By Bev S. Weiler on 09-06-09

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 07-24-15

Great rendering of cultural divide & shameful actions of a frightened nation. There were some timing inconsistencies but otherwise a terrific story.

  • The Christmas Wedding

  • By: James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
  • Narrated by: Susan McInerney, Kathleen McInerney, Eileen Stevens, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 289

The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill's wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby's four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven't celebrated Christmas together since their father's death, but when Gaby announces that she's getting married - and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day - she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays. But the wedding isn't Gaby's only surprise....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A solid, good book

  • By Sheila on 11-13-11

Boring

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

Reviewed: 12-12-12

What disappointed you about The Christmas Wedding?

Could make myself care about characters

What was most disappointing about James Patterson and Richard DiLallo ’s story?

No depth

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She used different intonations but everyone pretty much the same.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time on this one.

  • March

  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Richard Easton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 494

As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the war, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. Riveting and elegant as it is meticulously researched, March is an extraordinary novel woven out of the lore of American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, greatly narrated

  • By Paula on 07-30-06

So Much to Consider

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-10

This well-written story brought up so much to think about. I had never heard of contraband in this context and learned much about the treatment of slaves in the transitional period of the first part of the Civil War. The author's background as a war correspondent is very evident in the very bloody descriptions of the battles and the atrocities committed during raids.

Very strong women were prominent in this story about an idealistic and very naive man. Each of them has to deal with the consequences of his impetuous actions. It is interesting that this is exactly the tendency that he is continually trying to squelch in his wife.

This sequel also kept very true to the original book in its treatment of the characters.

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