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  • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • By: Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,011

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing

  • By Claudine on 12-04-15

intriguing <br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

The story was educational because as pointed out in the story this subject is not taught in school. The timing of reading the book (October 2018) was uncomfortable because of the divisive issues in our country.

The narrator was good as long as she was not trying to do a Scottish accent.

I thought that it was out of character for a woman who had just graduated from college and obviously a smart woman to think that it was a good idea to lie when her lies could be easily uncovered. I suppose it made for a dramatic ending but smart women don't lie.

  • My Beloved World

  • By: Sonia Sotomayor
  • Narrated by: Rita Moreno
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overcoming proverty via education

  • By Jean on 01-17-13

Didn't want it to end.<br />

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

When someone reaches the height of Supreme Court Justice it is hard to imagine what struggles that person had to overcome. The path of a woman of such brilliance should be paved not blocked by prejudice because the color of her skin or her gender. My new hero!

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,871

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Depressing...

  • By Sena on 09-11-18

Fear This!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Thank you Bob Woodward for putting this all together for us. It is somehow comforting that I was not just imagining all the craziness coming from the White House. I am writing this before the all important 2018 midterm elections hoping that there will be less to fear when the results are in.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,434

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Could not get through this book.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Performance is awful. There is nothing else to say but since so many words are required I keep typing.

  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

  • Outlander, Book 8
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,641
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,353
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,296

Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Outlander! How you take over my LIFE!

  • By DebbieK on 07-21-14

My favorite of the series?

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Masterful storyteller in the genre of historical fiction. I took a trip to Scotland from the US inspired by Ms Gabaldon's books. Can't say enough of how much I admire her research.

  • Bel Canto

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,701
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,711

Ann Patchett’s award winning, New York Times best-selling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Pratchett’s other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Opera Has Charms to Soothe the Savage Guerillas

  • By Mel on 03-01-13

Hope the movie is better

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

I am sure if I would have enjoyed this story better if I had read the book. The performance was subpar. Did audible pick this performer because she could imitate a Russian man? As far as the story it should have ended after the rescue. Maybe I wouldn't have liked it better after all.

  • The Big Burn

  • Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating history of early Forest Service

  • By P. Bergh on 11-11-09

Great Story telling <br />

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This book made me realize how much history we were not taught in school. Wonderful story about the beginning of conservation in the USA.

  • An Echo in the Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,470
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,424

Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one

  • By Charles on 10-17-09

Intriguing as Usual

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

An honest look at the struggles of the common people during the Revolutionary War. Very interesting, however a bit to long and I looked forward to the end.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,443

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Do not understand the hype

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

why do we have glorify a foul mouthed, gun toting grandma? Not impressed. I do agree that hillbillies need to change their attitude.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,458

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

Lisbeth does not disappoint

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I have to admit that I mourned when Stieg Larsson passed away in 2004. I never imagined that anyone could keep Lisbeth Salander from slipping away. This book is truly intriguing. Loved it. Thank you David Lagercrantz.