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  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,900

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knocked this one out of the park

  • By Anne on 02-22-18

Not As Good As

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

. . . the Royal Spyness series. It was very light somewhat predictable reading but still enjoyable if you are looking for that type of books. There’s a little romance, a little danger, a little mystery, and a little Tuscan cooking.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,868

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Twists and Turns

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Very satisfying mystery thriller. You think you have it figured out and then you don’t. And you feel there’s always something dark lurking in the background.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,093
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,667
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,640

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow sows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

It’s all in the details

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I thought I was reasonably aware of the details of the Civil War but found otherwise in reading this book chock full of detail not just about Grant but also about the country and people around him. The descriptions of partisan politics make you realize the what we are experiencing today has happened before and somehow we survived. In places slow and other places a page turner, it is well worth the read. The arc of Grant’s life was truly amazing.

  • The Flower Shop

  • The Seed Traders' Saga, Book 2
  • By: Petra Durst-Benning, Edwin Miles - translator
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Twenty-year-old Flora Kerner has arrived in Baden-Baden, the “Summer Capital of Europe.” Having spurned the family seed trade, Flora has instead chosen to accept a floristry apprenticeship in the famed German spa town. She is a quick study in the art of flower arranging, but progress is slower in matters of the heart. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • All Over the Place

  • By Susan on 06-09-18

All Over the Place

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

This story couldn’t decide what it wanted to be. The characters were flat and the plot very predictable. Lots of poorly developed characters who were obviously only there to move the predictable story along. The romance is not very romantic. The narrator’s voice was high pitched and annoying especially when she was trying to sound upset. The only reason I finished this book is because I never give up on a book. This was s “deal of the day” and I now know why.

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

This is heralded as the very first mystery novel. Collins, in his great work, created the guidelines for the genre as we know it today: a fabulous diamond stolen, everyone in the house is suspected, three mysterious Indians sworn to protect the jewel at all costs, the upstairs/downstairs tension from the servants, and a brilliant detective who is eccentrically fond of roses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By James on 08-03-16

Really Long

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

And long boring parts. This would have been a clever old fashioned mystery if it were a third of its length. Two thirds of this story are just a long unnecessary slog.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Alyson Richman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,511

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST book I have read in a long time

  • By Kfcarter on 11-04-13

sad and depressing

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

I picked up this book thinking it would be a love story with a little bit of adversity thrown in . instead what I found was a booked filled with tales of life in a concentration camp and of endless loss. it is a well written book and will probably be enjoyed by many but for me it was just too much. Reader beware . . .

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,294
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,226

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

sometimes a slog but well worth reading

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

well researched and well written. at times it was hard to get thru the dates and names but in totality a great book. a real eye opener about Hamilton and all the founding fathers but especially Hamilton who would have been a better President than Jefferson, Adams, Madison, or Monroe. surprisingly our founding fathers engaged in even more dirty politics and character assassination than we do today.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • By: Muriel Barbery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,816
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,624
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,649

An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It surprised me

  • By Pyles on 04-21-10

Boring, Pretentious, and Self-indulgent

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Would you try another book from Muriel Barbery and/or Barbara Rosenblat and Cassandra Morris ?

Maybe

Has The Elegance of the Hedgehog turned you off from other books in this genre?

I can't even tell what this genre is.

How could the performance have been better?

Couldn't tell if the performance was annoying or the two characters were annoying. Mlle Michelle was pretentious and a closet snob who judges others as snobs, and the little girl was just really annoying. I actually had sympathy for her mother who you're actually not supposed to like but with a precocious brat like Paloma . . . . .

What character would you cut from The Elegance of the Hedgehog?

I'd have to cut both characters and then there'd be no story. If anything I would cut the very unsatisfying ending.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book, I can't imagine how boring it would be to read.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,475
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,837

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

erudite and lovely

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

a wonderful journey through changing times about a man who adapts to harder coarser times but never loses the essence of what makes him a gentleman.

  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3

  • Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
  • By: William Manchester, Paul Reid
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
  • Length: 53 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548

Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy final volume in a great biography

  • By Mike From Mesa on 11-27-12

should be required reading . . .

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-17

albeit in a condensed form. I am a history buff born in central Europe but raised in the US. I thought I knew quite a bit about WW2 and the geographic region of my birth. Turns out I didn't nor did I appreciate what a difference the right man/woman in the right place at the right time can make. Winston Churchill was such a man. if not for Churchill we'd all be speaking German. and if only we'd listened to Churchill in the aftermath of WW2 we could have spared eastern and central Europe 40 plus years under the communist yoke.