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  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,228

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham wrote this?

  • By Dan on 06-13-17

better

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

better than his last five or six releases.. No law, but a great little mystery and interesting topic

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  • House Rules

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,183

One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book until the ending

  • By Charlotte on 03-12-10

Good book, unfinished

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

I appreciate a cliffhanger, or even just leaving the reader to their own imagination, but this book is made entirely of the "build up," then offers no real resolve.
The first-person perspective on autism spectrum disorders is interesting, and the journey itself, memorable. Still, seems unfinished somehow.

  • No One Knows

  • By: J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,743
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,107

The day Aubrey Hamilton's husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn't want to move on. She just wants Josh back. It's been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage - they were happy, weren't they? - screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy bad plot

  • By clifford on 04-07-16

Unexpectedly disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-14-16

I enjoyed every minute of this book until the end. The description compared the novel to Gillian Flynn so I expected a twist, but what I heard instead was a random, undeveloped, alternate ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pay It Forward

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Pay It Forward, is the moving story of Trevor McKinney, a 12-year-old boy who accepts his social studies teacher’s challenge to come up with a plan to change the world. Trevor’s idea is simple: Do a good deed for three people and ask them to "pay it forward" to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading beyond his small California town and across the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I haven't read a book by this author I didn't like

  • By Anonymous User on 04-26-16

I haven't read a book by this author I didn't like

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

The book is almost always better than the movie and this one is no exception. So many details and dialogue that film just cannot capture. After reading this book, I downloaded several additional titles by Catherine Ryan Hyde - loved them all.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Never Broken

  • Songs Are Only Half the Story
  • By: Jewel
  • Narrated by: Jewel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772

New York Times best-selling poet and multiplatinum singer-songwriter Jewel explores her unconventional upbringing and extraordinary life in an inspirational memoir that covers her childhood, rise to fame, marriage, and motherhood. She writes beautifully about growing up amid the natural wonders of Alaska, about pain and childhood trauma, and about discovering her own identity years after the entire world had discovered the beauty of her songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book

  • By Megan on 09-30-15

Worth reading, but far from the best memoir.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-16

Jewel is a singer/songwriter I remember from my youth and though her quirkiness may make her music good, it is a little more strange than interesting in her memoir.

  • Confessions of a Reformed Dieter

  • How I Dropped 8 Dress Sizes and Took My Life Back
  • By: A. J. Rochester
  • Narrated by: A. J. Rochester
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

For every woman who has ever tried to lose weight and failed, A.J. Rochester offers her own unique recipe for success, from someone who looked like the last of the lost causes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • TOO SELF ABSORBED

  • By Judy on 03-19-05

I love this book!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

I have, admittedly, read this book several times. I find it both entertaining and inspirational in the sense that the author never wavers from being an "average" person battling an issue so many people have. Honesty, vulnerability and a bit of sarcasm make this book relatable.

  • Playing with Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Will Damron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,417

The first time violinist Julia Ansdell picked up the "Incendio Waltz" in a darkened antique shop in Rome, she knew it was a strikingly unusual composition. The minor key and complex feverish arpeggios have a life of their own. But when she plays the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her small daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. When she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a heart-stoppingly dark secret....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat off-key

  • By Janice on 11-16-15

Great read!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

Another reader mentioned that listening to this book was like hearing two stories in competition.. i disagree. This audio IS, in fact, like hearing two stories, but it the most compelling sense!

  • Gone for Good

  • A Novel
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

In a bold novel, Harlan Coben ( Tell No One) continues to stake out new ground in suspense, unleashing a haunting tale of secrets and betrayal...and of one man's search for his missing brother that spirals into a breakneck hunt for a killer, a victim, and the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent twists and turns

  • By Ed on 10-08-07

Falling in Love With the "Bad Guy"

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

Reviewed: 03-26-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Gone for Good to be better than the print version?

I am a voracious reader and that includes both print and audio books. I love to listen to a book while working (graphic design) and I especially love a great Harlan Coben novel, but I would say the audio and print editions of these books are equal in my mind. (However, I prefer Scott Brick as the narrator!)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone for Good?

There are always many memorable moments in Coben's novels. Unlike a lot of mystery-thrillers, Coben's novels have layer upon layer of truths to uncover. A mystery within a mystery! Just when you think you have predicted a likely outcome, the proverbial tables turn and the most unlikely of conclusions is unveiled.
In Gone for Good, that "change of heart" happens not only when the truth about "Sheila" is revealed, but the heart shifts again and again with Will's brother Ken...

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Marosz – was your favorite?

My favorite character was definitely "the ghost" if only because he is portrayed as so obviously (seemingly) "evil" only to be the sort of underdog in the end. "The ghost" is far from innocent; lurking in the shadows and contracted to kill, he seems the least likely to bring any light to Will's life - even when Ken's true nature is revealed. I was gripped in suspense up to the very last moment (as is often the case with Coben's thrillers) certain that "the ghost" would take every last shred of hope; what might be found in the innocence of a child, and leave Will with nothing. Instead, "the ghost" takes the last threads of the unfortunate predicament in which Will finds himself, and ties the loose ends as best he can - and voila! I have fallen for the "bad guy!"