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  • 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 8,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,362

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
  • Once you finish it, you'll listen again!

  • By Cathleen on 10-05-06

A must read book

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

The story and characters make it hard for me to stop reading. I’ve read this book, one of the few, three times over the years and am never disappointed. Excellent character development and story line and performance

  • Home Front

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Patricia on 02-17-12

The raw truth about war, friendships, love and loss.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

There are not many, or any, books about the female experience in Iraq. The main character is a wife, mother and pilot who flies a Black Hawk—the story is captivating and in places, it’s difficult to read the raw truth.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,294

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Well worth purchasing and reading during a cold winter or on a long vacation. The story kept me captivated. The narration is excellent and made the story and characters come a live.

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,454
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,742
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,491

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audio makes all the difference.

  • By Sadie on 09-14-13

By 50 years old everyone needs to read this book

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

If you are over 50 and haven't read this book, you have some catching up to do. Shame, vulnerability and guilt-- topics we rarely talk about and yet drive our decisions in how we parent, go about our work, and influences the kind of partner we are.

I just finished this book and plan to read it again--its powerful message and deep understanding of self are a gift to anyone who reads it. When I first heard the term, wholehearted in the book, I was ready to take action, my goal was to reach wholeheartedness by the end of the month --unfortunately, that's not how it works. I was also thinking about getting rid of of my glass studio before I read this book and now I'm not. I can now see the value in continuing to create art. Thank you, Dr Brown, for your excellent work and staying the course to write books about your research even though writing isn't easy for you, I am grateful for your continued efforts!

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,728

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Sweet story

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

In the end, life is about the relationships we create and the company we keep. A Man Called Ove is an beautiful story of how important relationships are in the time of loss and grief. A reminder to keep our hearts open even after the one person we love more than life itself leaves us.

  • Find a Way

  • By: Diana Nyad
  • Narrated by: Diana Nyad
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

On September 2, 2013, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in 53 hours. Diana carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark-infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best, most inspirational words you will find

  • By H. Lambert on 02-09-16

Not only inspirational but also motivational.

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Thank you for sharing your story, Diana. You are a fabulous role model and inspiration for women, like myself, who later in life continue to seek their dreams in sports.

  • Some Luck

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 374

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel - the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Takes Times To Develop But Is Really Worth The Effort

  • By Sara on 10-12-14

Engaging story

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

Narrator was expressive and easy to listen. I enjoyed the story so much that I listened to the book twice.

  • Ruby

  • A Novel
  • By: Cynthia Bond
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 874
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 871

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city - the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village - all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Timothy Huff on 02-19-15

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

Intense story. Good character development. A story about the transformation of a little girl named Ruby. Her childhood is ripped from her along with her clothes and Ruby is thrown into a world of physical and emotional abuse.
In the end, Ruby recovers from the ambers that burned her and faces the devil himself.

  • Under the Wide and Starry Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Nancy Horan
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 354

From Nancy Horan, New York Times best-selling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nancy Horan - another good one!

  • By N. Thompson on 07-06-14

Another excellent book by Nancy Horan

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

I enjoyed Under the Wide and Starry Night almost as much as Loving Frank. That's only because I'm a big Frank Lloyd fan. Both books are beautifully composed. I am waiting for Nancy's next book.

  • Moloka’i

  • By: Alan Brennert
  • Narrated by: Anne Noelani Miyamoto
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539

The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book!

  • By David on 08-23-12

Excellent Read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-15

The story kept me so interested that I had a hard time taking a break. There's a lot of ground covered in this book and yet the author weaves it all together in the last chapters. The ending is beautifully done