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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,840

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 🌬🌥☁️🌦Fun, Fluffy, and Forgettable🍭🍬🍭

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-03-19

Great Listen from a Favorite Author

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Nine Perfect Strangers was a new release this fall by Liane Moriarty, one of my favorite authors. The setting was a bizarre health spa. The nine “guests” arrived at the spa as strangers for, what turned out to be, a very strange week. I don’t want to give any spoilers. The book is engaging with some very strange twists. It’s a little different than Moriarty’s other books, but I loved it. I listened to the audiobook. The narration by Caroline Lee was great. It was definitely a good listen and would be an equally good read.

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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,291

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Sweet, Old-Fashioned Story

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I enjoyed listening to the Audible version of The Christmas Hirelings. It was originally published in 1875 and reminded me of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, published in 1869. It was definitely dated and politically incorrect in places. I liked it because it was a sweet, old-fashioned Christmas story.

  • Women in Sunlight

  • By: Frances Mayes
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Kit Raine, an American writer living in Tuscany, is working on a biography of her close friend, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit’s own life. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women - Julia, Camille, and Susan - all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives. Susan, the most adventurous of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of staid retirement by taking a lease on a big, beautiful house in Tuscany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By Jan Harris on 04-14-18

Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I listened to the audio version of Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes. It was an inspiring novel about four women living in Italy. Kit, an expat who has lived in Italy for many years, narrates the story. Julia, Susan and Camille meet while touring a senior retirement community. After developing a friendship, the three women decide to move to Italy together. They lease a house in Tuscany, next-door to Kit. I enjoyed hearing about their year of exploration and personal growth. It was a good listen and would be an equally good read.

  • The Kill Artist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,516

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reluctant Assassin

  • By Snoodely on 10-30-13

Gabriel Allon Series

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

We listened to the Audible version of The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva on a very long road trip. It was the first in Silva's Gabriel Allon series, setting up a series of thrillers. The Kill Artist involved terrorism and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The story was interesting, but there was a bit more suspense and violence than I like.

  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,724

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing author

  • By Book Addict on 07-24-15

I'm a Fan!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Fredrik Bachman is one of my current favorite authors. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry was one of his best. It’s an incredibly sweet, insightful book about the journey of a young girl takes after her grandmother's passing. Seven-year-old Elsa learns a lot about friendships and life through a quest set up by her grandmother before she died. I listened to the Audible version, narrated by Joan Walker. The translation by Henning Koch was excellent. Definitely a good read!

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,255
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,240

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

  • By Marina on 10-19-18

I'm a Fan!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

The Witch Elm is a brand new novel by Tana French, one of my current favorite detective novelists. This is an independent, stand-alone book. It features two sets of detectives working on two separate cases involving Toby, his cousins and a skull found in the Witch Elm growing in their dying uncle's garden. I love Ms. French's descriptions. She is great at setting ambience and mood. The story is suspenseful at times, but not overly graphic. I listened to the Audible version, narrated by Paul Nugent. It was a good listen and would be an equally good read.

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,936

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ha! (Listen to the book and you will understand!)

  • By Jodie on 07-22-16

Fredrik Backman is a favorite!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I first met Britt-Marie when reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. Britt-Marie was not a very likeable character in that book, and I couldn't relate to her much at the beginning of this one. However, Britt-Marie grew on me as her story unfolded. During her time in the village of Borg, Backman shows the reader some of the reasons for Britt-Marie's compulsive and defensive behaviors. Her interactions with the people of the village, particularly the children, show her as a complex and more dimensional person. By the end of the story, I was rooting for Britt-Marie. Her personal growth and ultimate life decisions left me more than satisfied. I listened to the Audible version, which I really enjoyed. Britt-Marie Was Here was a good listen and would also be a good read. Fredrik Backman is one of my current favorite authors.

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,486
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,480

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

Looks Like a Good Series

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I’ve been reading and listening to quite a few historical novels set in the WWI period recently. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear was one of the best. It seemed like it was almost two books in one: historical fiction on the WWI period and also a mystery set in that period. The book begins by setting up the mystery involving a retreat for disfigured WWI veterans. It then spends the majority of the book describing the early life of Maisie Dobbs, the detective in what will probably be a series. At the end of the book, the story returns to solve the mystery and tie up the loose ends in Maisie’s life. I listened to the audio book, which was actually a free promotion from Audible.com, and found it quite enjoyable.

  • Broken Harbor

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,630

In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the Series

  • By sara miller on 07-29-12

I'm a Fan!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Broken Harbor is the fourth book in the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French. I have really enjoyed the entire series, especially Broken Harbor. The books are all very intelligently written psychological mysteries. I love the way Tana French builds suspense and develops the characters. In Broken Harbor, the detectives investigate the murder of an entire family. The investigation is complicated Kennedy’s kid sister and his rookie partner, Richie Curran’s, inexperience. I also enjoy the Irish setting and speech. It didn’t take long to figure out the meaning of “jacks” and “jumpers”. The narration of this Audible book by Stephen Hogan was excellent and added a lot to the story. Tana French is definitely a current favorite!

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,767

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

David Sedaris is one of my favorite authors and Calypso was not a disappointment. I really admire his ability to turn his bizarre childhood into humorous material for his books. Calypso had its hysterically funny moments, but it also had a more serious tone. Sedaris is feeling his age. I am, too, so I could relate. As always, the book is a series of essays based on his experiences and interactions with family. His narration was great. I’m definitely a fan and would highly recommend Calypso.

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