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  • Our Own Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Daynard
  • Narrated by: Cristina Panfilio
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

In 1770s Boston, a prosperous merchant's daughter, Eliza Boylston, lives a charmed life - until war breaches the walls of the family estate and forces her to live in a world in which wealth can no longer protect her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!

  • By BookwormKitchen on 03-14-16

good period story, from another perspective.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

If you could sum up Our Own Country in three words, what would they be?

I did not enjoy the narrator of this story. This story contains the same characters as The Midwife's Revolt, but told from another characters perspective. The narrator made this story rather unpleasant to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Commonwealth

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,613
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,616

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly - thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen for Patchett fans

  • By Jeanie M. Phillips on 09-19-16

Family life & all that compelling in-between

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Would you listen to Commonwealth again? Why?

Hope Davis. She was born to read Ann Patchett novels.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked all the characters. They were real, flawed, interesting.

What does Hope Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hope Davis - that voice, intonation, gravity, nuance.

If you could rename Commonwealth, what would you call it?

Loved the name - read the book to find out why the novel is named such.

Any additional comments?

GET THIS BOOK! I read a couple of other reviews that said "this isn't Bel Canto or State of Wonder". Yes, it's a different story arch (THANK YOU ANN PATCHETT) - the storyline is instantly appealing, and the characters are all so individual, but connected to each other in ways family is connected to each other. I loved the lifespan of the story, the interesting careers, the thread about law school and working in a swanky hotel bar. Very rich characters. I was really sorry the book had to end, but I am even sorrier for people that pass this book up based on other reviews GET THIS BOOK!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Some Luck

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 374

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a powerful, engrossing new novel - the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Takes Times To Develop But Is Really Worth The Effort

  • By Sara on 10-12-14

slow start, but interesting history sweep

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

Reviewed: 11-18-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Some Luck to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version, so I cannot related the two, but generally I think audio books are better than print versions!

What did you like best about this story?

Well told story of middle America during the depression and WWII

Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

No favorite. Most all of the characters were likable.

Any additional comments?

This story started out very slow - I felt like I was listening to a children's book! Having read other Jane Smiley books, I held on and am glad I did. I'm happy to hear this is a trilogy and am looking forward to the next installment!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lone Wolf

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,000

In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good

  • By PlantCrone on 02-29-12

Great story, fantastic ensemble performance

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

Reviewed: 03-15-12

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Joe - his head and heart are in the right place, and who doesn't need to have a lawyer in the family?

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The ensemble narration underscored the personal and intersecting perspectives and individual motivations.

Who was the most memorable character of Lone Wolf and why?

Luke, of course was the most memorable character for me. I can picture him with blood on his face, and imagine what he must have looked like as he emerged from the Canadian forest after 2 years in the wild.

Any additional comments?

For Jodi Picoult fans, this book doesn't disappoint. No preaching, but a very interesting observation into wolf pack behavior and end of life decisions; likely two things you never thought you'd say in the same sentence. The process of contradiction, compromise and truth telling (something most families will have to face at some point) was heart wrenching at times. Awesome story - I enjoyed every minute!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,817
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,691
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,704

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

A delightful story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-10

The tenor of this story was just so sweet. The protagonist is clearly sympathetic. The last track of the audio-book is an epilogue from the author, where she reveals she had a much loved black domestic in her life, a woman that worked for her grandmother. The love and respect she had for this woman oozes from this book. I loved every minute. The narration absolutely makes a great story even better. Kathryn, don't stop...

  • Last Night in Twisted River

  • A Novel
  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious 12-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the 12-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto, pursued by the implacable constable.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better to read it

  • By MJL on 11-24-09

ugh

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-09

one word review: excruciating. I almost gave up on this; the story is strange, too many weird things happen (without merit), not one character was 'endearing' and the prose is wwwaaay theatrical. This might be better assimilated being read rather than listened to. This cost two credits (that's $30) for this gold member. I'm sorry I wasted my money on this.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • An Echo in the Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,949
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,988
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,933

Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one

  • By Charles on 10-17-09

Another fine performance....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-09

Diana, I hope you are busy with the sequel to An Echo in the Bone. I loved this book as much as the first one (and second and third, et al). I love Jaime and Claire going back to Scotland (I haven't finished the book, so I don't know EXACTLY what happens), but their adventures are so much fun to hear about - gray hair and spectacles not withstanding. Don't miss this series - not one of them. Diana Gabaldon - - - I hope you are busy! We're not done with the Fraser's yet!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In Search of Eden

  • By: Linda Nichols
  • Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In this Romantic Times Top Pick, Christy Award finalist Linda Nichols follows the wanderings of Miranda DeSpain, a young woman still haunted by a painful adolescent experience. When Miranda finds a clue to this mystery from her past, she travels to an idyllic Virginia town. There, an 11-year-old girl helps her find lodging and a job. Suspicious of strangers, the police chief discovers there's absolutely no record of Miranda. And then he notices his niece's picture among Miranda's belongings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Inspirational Book!

  • By ProperlyPrepped on 02-27-09

pass

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-08

I must have missed the 'religious' denotation about this book in the review. I've listened to other authors that used religion as a basis for their work, such as Jan Karon. In the Karon novels, you feel the love and the neighborly support, but I didn't get this one. I've never written a negative review before and I'm sorry to have paid for this book, which I didn't finish. If you want a book to tell you GOD is the reason why, this is it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • China Road

  • A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power
  • By: Rob Gifford
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book

  • By Anonymous User on 10-20-07

Entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-08

This "road trip" book was written by an English journalist that was taking one last long look at a country that he has spent years living in and reporting on for NPR before ending his foreign assignment and returning to England. Very interesting insider look at the development of China without forsaking the past of 'old hundred names'. The author (with an excellent narrator) speaks fluent Chinese and intersperses the story of local people with his own personal thoughts of what he sees and how he feels about China, the people who live there and their struggle to not only survive, but thrive.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful