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  • The Book of Night Women

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570

The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • twenty stars

  • By Denise on 09-21-10

Powerful! Thought Provoking! SHOCKING!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

“Man’s inhumanity towards his fellow Man” is powerfully written then performed here in “The Book of Night Women”. The author’s skill in description of the life & times of a sugarcane Plantation in the mid to late 1700’s had me wearing my earphones during all waking hours. I loved this novel! 1 million x Infinity ⭐️ for the narrator ☀️Thank you for adding so much life to this story ~
This is a Classic Tale for the Ages. To be honest I am ashamed of my “culture” in that in the following 244 years since this period in time, all men and women are not equal.

  • The Ragged Edge of Night

  • By: Olivia Hawker
  • Narrated by: Nick Sandys, Olivia Hawker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet to wed Elisabeth Herter, a widow who seeks a marriage - in name only - to a man who can help raise her three children. Anton seeks something too - atonement for failing to protect his young students from the wrath of the Nazis. But neither he nor Elisabeth expects their lives to be shaken once again by the inescapable rumble of war. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Ragged Edge of Night must be made into a movie

  • By M. King on 10-04-18

An outstanding & deeply moving Truth for the Ages

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I am grateful for having listened to this magnificent true story of resistance to “evil” in controversial times. This tale of one deeply Spiritual Man and one Woman of Kindness is more than inspirational.
Mr. Sands’ performance was unbelievable in its perfection. This is the 1st time I’ve encountered his reading and I was blown away! I will look for more of his historical fiction.
I do not give 5⭐️ lightly. Olivia Hawker is due 10 x 5 ✨🌟⭐️

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion and the Rose

  • A Novel of the Borgias
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Leila Birch, Maria Elena Infantino, Ronan Vibert
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

From the national best-selling author of The Serpent and the Pearl comes the continuing saga of the ruthless family that holds all of Rome in its grasp, and the three outsiders thrust into their twisted web of blood and deceit.…

As the cherished concubine of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Giulia Farnese has Rome at her feet. But after narrowly escaping a sinister captor, she realizes that the danger she faces is far from over - and now, it threatens from within. The Holy City of Rome is still under Alexander's thrall, but enemies of the Borgias are starting to circle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Lady Can Wright

  • By G. M. on 01-16-14

Disappointed!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This couldn’t be Kate Quinn’s work. “The Alice Network” was engaging from the first paragraph, where there’s a stark contrast with this novel. I’m finding it difficult to meter out distinct characters and their relevance to ????
I’m returning this one ~ “1 credit” is worth it’s weight in gold ~

  • Amy Snow

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,133

It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family's magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a bastard foundling into the house, but Aurelia convinces them to keep the baby, whom she names Amy Snow. Amy is brought up as a second-class citizen, but she and Aurelia are as close as sisters. When Aurelia dies at the age of 23, she leaves Amy 10 pounds. But Aurelia also left her much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss out on this one.

  • By laurie eller on 01-24-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

After reading the 5 star reviews plus noticing few 1 & 2 star reviews, I wagered 1 credit on this Amy Snow.
I thought I would learn something re: this time period; sadly no information above grammar school was given.
Tedious at time as Any Snow read then read her letters recalling her shared childhood with her wealthy young benefactress who had found Infant Amy out side the Mansion naked in the Snow. The Lord & Lady reject Amy allowing her to stay at their daughters insistence.
A highly improbable story unfolds such that one must suspend all known facts of reality! Ha!
If your credits are as precious to you as they are to me, do not waist one here.

  • The Throwaway Children

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully called Jimmy Randall and has a baby boy by him. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage, not knowing that the papers she has signed will entitle them to do what they like with the children. And it is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them - without their family's consent or knowledge - are Rita and Rosie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long, But So Worth The Journey!

  • By M. Ryder on 09-03-17

Young adult? It’s NOT adult

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Way beyond 5 Stars for narrator Anne Dover!
Kudos Brava Ms Dover deserves 10 stars 🌟
The story? While listening I often felt my intelligence being insulted by the simplistic leaps from one situation to the next. I did investigate all the reviews posted regarding this novel: copious quantities of 5 star ⭐️ accolades, applause and words attributing glory to this story and the author.
Here’s another case proving the age old: “One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor” OR “There’s No accounting for Taste” Amen to that.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Red Dragon

  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051

An innocent family are the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness. All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had forgotten how good Red Dragon was...

  • By DanBudda on 08-07-17

A classic cerebellum suspenseful story! Amazing

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

😋😊‼️Suspense from the first telling of this story! Bravo 👏 The story of another psychopath and his methodically planed execution of everyday families ~

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,256

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

A miraculous family story for the Ages ~

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This truly unbelievable Family survival story was told by a descendant with repetitive retelling of significant scenes throughout the WWII years in Poland. This proud to be Jewish Family was scattered across the battle zones of Europe, the Near East, and South America. Astonishingly ~ every member survives!!!
Although the beautiful story needs telling, the author was verbose; word “smithing” would have helped the listening pleasure score.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Loneliness

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Propelled into the priesthood by a family tragedy, Odran Yates is full of hope and ambition. When he arrives at Clonliffe Seminary in the 1970s, it is a time in Ireland when priests are highly respected, and Odran believes that he is pledging his life to "the good."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional and Powerful

  • By RueRue on 05-11-15

Spellbound

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

From the very beginning to the tragedy of the end ~ John Boyne told of the lives of priests in Ireland from the early 1960’s to today: following 1 priest.

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • A Novel
  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding. A Must listen.

  • By Keith G on 09-04-17

I could not stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

From the first 5 minuets to the last seconds of this brilliantly written novel, both author John Boyne performed magnificently by Stephen Hogan, I was captivated by the world they took me through from 1945 to 2015; pain & sorrow, love $ happiness >>>

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 25,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,968

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

A simply stunning story!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Brava! “The Alice Network” grabbed me from the very beginning and from there on never a dull moment! The author drew very real characters as she continued to paint on the canvas of 2 World Wars, love, loss, and strength from within. I became vested in each “person” as each story line grew longer. The only criticism I have is with the performance:
When reading the character of “Charlie”, she used a “GROWLING” sound that: 1) a young woman in the 1940s wouldn’t have, 2) it is a gimmick & annoying.
Other than that, a wonderful listen!