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  • House on Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Bonnie Kistler
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Divorce lawyer Leigh Huyett knows all too well that most second marriages are doomed to fail. But five years in, she and Pete Conley have a perfectly blended family of her children and his. To celebrate their anniversary, they grab some precious moments of alone time and leave Pete’s son, Kip, a high school senior, in charge of Leigh’s 14-year-old daughter, Chrissy, at their home. Driving back on a rainy Friday night, their cell phones start ringing. After a raucous party celebrating his college acceptance to Duke and his upcoming birthday, Kip was arrested for drunk driving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart, Engaging and Sensitive Story

  • By Ellen on 03-29-19

A wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

The plot is a mixture of happiness, grief & overwhelming sadness. Lessons of life that may take near a lifetime to learn. Also tinged with excitement, a bit of mystery and all over, very well written. Narrator Cassandra Campbell is one of the best and made a great book greater. JC

  • Missing Daughter

  • By: Rick Mofina
  • Narrated by: Mark Owen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Life can change in an instant. For Ryan and Karen Lane, it happens on the morning they discover their 12-year-old daughter’s window open, their beloved Maddie missing from her bed. Police investigate. Suspicions swirl. A teenage boy admits he was outside her bedroom window the night she disappeared. A halfway house for convicts recently opened in the neighborhood. The Lane family is thrown into turmoil, and then the detectives turn their sights on them. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Teenagers with secrets...

  • By shelley on 02-22-19

Unusual

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

A different kind of crime mystery storyline. There’s a lot of surprises and twists and turns. I think you’d really enjoy it. JC

  • Long Road to Mercy

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,515
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,477

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon - and its rider missing - Pine is called in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damn, Baldacci is good!

  • By Wayne on 11-14-18

Couldn’t finish

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

Started off well & I thought it would be about her finding her sister and then the plot changed and it wasn’t very good. I may try others but probably not this series. JC

  • The Echo Killing

  • A Mystery
  • By: Christi Daugherty
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

A city of antebellum architecture, picturesque parks, and cobblestone streets, Savannah moves at a graceful pace. But for Harper McClain, the timeless beauty and culture that distinguishes her home’s Southern heritage vanishes during the dark and dangerous nights. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Not even finding her mother brutally murdered in their home when she was 12 has made her love Savannah any less. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Great Book

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-30-18

Great mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Loved the characters, plot and narration. The atmosphere is wonderful and it’s written like you are standing right there in the middle of it all. I’m starting book # 2 now.

  • Before She Knew Him

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Sophie Amoss, Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156

Hen and her husband, Lloyd, have settled into a quiet life in a new house outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Hen (short for Henrietta) is an illustrator and works out of a studio nearby and has found the right meds to control her bipolar disorder. Finally, she’s found some stability and peace. But when they meet the neighbors next door, that calm begins to erode as she spots a familiar object displayed on the husband’s office shelf. The sports trophy looks exactly like one that went missing from the home of a young man who was killed two years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Dark Psychological Thriller...

  • By shelley on 03-09-19

Creepy & yet Surprising

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Jeri
I’ve always loved Peter Swanson’s books. They can be scary and yet there are many surprising events that jump out at you where you wonder,” why didn’t I guess that”. I’m fairly good at guessing what happens way before the ending in books, but not with this author. I may figure some stuff out but there’s always a surprise or two to make me feel like I have to work harder next time!! Good plot and narration made a great book even better.

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  • Who Murdered Elvis?

  • By: Stephen B. Ubaney
  • Narrated by: Richard Batson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

If it was a medical fact that Elvis Presley was allergic to codeine, and there was no sign of anaphylaxis present in the body at the autopsy, how did a mega dose of Codeine show up in the toxicology report? If codeine is not in the body, it can't be in the toxicology report; so how did it get there? Who put it there? There is a massive cover-up going on ... The previously unpublished and unknown facts of Elvis Presley's death have been hidden for years, but now, finally, the truth must be told.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Silly

  • By J.C. on 01-18-19

Silly

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-19

One of the biggest piece of dribble I’ve heard. It’s all supposition and I’ve read dozens of books, documents on Mr. Presley and some of the mixed stories were easily explainable.

  • Careless Love

  • The Unmaking of Elvis Presley
  • By: Peter Guralnick
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 31 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

This concluding volume recounts the second half of Elvis' life in rich and previously unimagined detail, and confirms Guralnick's status as one of the great biographers of our time. Beginning with Presley's army service in Germany in 1958 and ending with his death in Memphis in 1977, Careless Love chronicles the unraveling of the dream that once shone so brightly, homing in on the complex playing-out of Elvis' relationship with his Machiavellian manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Michelle Huss on 04-21-15

What can one say?

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Both volumes of this Elvis biography are just about all you need to walk almost hand in hand with Elvis through his entire life. There were times I felt I was following him as an onlooker and sometimes as a participant throughout each hour, month and year of his life. It's a very fair and sensitive story with both good and bad times of an extraordinary life. I was smiling throughout and there also were times while listening that I realized tears were streaming down my face. After reading about each year, I would go onto you tube and watch films of what I had just read. This gave me a feeling of greater understanding and made the biography even more realistic to me. The narration was fantastic and made a great book even greater. Whether you are an Elvis fan or not, this is an extremely touching life story of a man with all his goodness and his frailties. His God given talent and charisma that won so many people over. It also showed his mistakes and personality traits that made "super stardom " for him so very difficult. It can be an almost impossibility for anyone to live normally while being that iconic. Especially a sensitive somewhat insecure person to try to figure it out. His supreme generosity and kind heart was hidden in later years by his drug induced mood swings. But in this life story it is told in such a way that one never forgets beneath all the fame, there is just a human being who wanted to be loved, cared for and understood as we all do.
I thank the author for being fair, sensitive yet brutally honest at times. The ending of course is listened to with the dread of knowing what is to come and yet I still couldn't stop the tears throughout this part. What a spectacularly talented gifted man who finally broke from the trials of life. Except in his case, it was always from within a fishbowl. The more he wanted peace and to be left alone, the more people expected of him. The dichotomy is so evident in this story. You won't be sorry you read or as in my case listened to it for it is a touching story that stuck with me for a long, long time. May he finally Rest In Peace alongside his mom, dad and twin brother. I picture them all singing together. Jeri Ann

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  • Last Train to Memphis

  • The Rise of Elvis Presley
  • By: Peter Guralnick
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the first biography to go past that myth and present an Elvis beyond the legend. Based on hundreds of interviews and nearly a decade of research, it traces the evolution not just of the man but of the music and of the culture he left utterly transformed, creating a completely fresh portrait of Elvis and his world. This volume tracks the first 24 years of Elvis' life, covering his childhood, the stunning first recordings at Sun Records, and the early RCA hits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Eye Opening

  • By Carson on 10-13-17

Why Elvis was King

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

This is certainly a very comprehensive book on Elvis Presley. There is also volume two which I will read now.

It's interesting and so real it feels like you're right there sometimes and most of all fair. It has the good and bad but is written with such sensitivity that I feel both Elvis fans and non fans will enjoy it alike.
Especially if you enjoy learning about a person that has been written about before. This book breaks down all the nasty rumors and myths written through the years by carefully documenting who said what on such a way that one feels like it's as truthful as any comprehensive biography can get.
I'm looking forward to listening to volume two. JC

  • Written in Love

  • An Amish Letters Novel Series, Book 1
  • By: Kathleen Fuller
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Jalon Chupp has a past he isn't proud to claim. He's worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can't help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First in series

  • By J.C. on 09-11-18

First in series

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

It was a good storyline but it becomes frustrating at times. It's as if the lead female character could have avoided lots of problems and received easy solutions if she had just actually talked to people around her. It causes the story to drag on unnecessarily. Other then that, it has great characters and I'm presently reading the next in series. Great narration. JC

  • Arms of Mercy

  • Amish Mercies Series, Book 2
  • By: Ruth Reid
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77

On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expecting her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin's bakery - anything to flee the source of her shame. Elijah Graber knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He's determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stalled

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-05-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Anyone who loves stories about the Amish, will certainly love this book. It has good times and bad times. The narration is wonderful and just makes a good book even greater. Enjoy! JC