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Yarmouth, ME, United States
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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,353

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Interesting historic foundation

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

The two narrators worked well--ending was a bit too tidy and contrived. Historical background upon which it was based was done very well and told a story that needs to be told.
All in a good read that shows the dark aspects of early to mid 20th century trafficking in illegal adoptions and abusive orphanages.

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,714

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

A great listen and story

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

A terrific story ---well researched historical fiction , written very well and performed beautifully. I highly recommend it--I learned a lot while enjoying the story.

  • George Carlin Reads to You

  • An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'
  • By: George Carlin
  • Narrated by: George Carlin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,852
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,526

If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Cast of Thousands

  • By Rick on 07-16-12

Love Carlin--but didn't enjoy the book

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

Reviewed: 07-17-13

I was disappointed--I love George Carlin comedy but this book just t didn't keep me engaged.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Sense of an Ending

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 836

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Something Happened'...

  • By Mel on 01-09-12

Still chewing on the ending-well written/performed

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

Reviewed: 07-17-13

Still not sure I pieced the ending all together--but a very well written story that drew me in. A short and good listen that would be fun to talk over with a friend who has also read it. I did miss the opportunity of having a paper book to go back over the last pages several times and replaying is cumbersome--enjoyed listening to it and enjoyed the craft of the writer which was first class>

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85,460
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85,394

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Narration enhanced following the story-loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-13

When I saw how long this was--thought I would never last--got totally hooked! Now am watching the video version and comparing characters as I imagined them with the actors who play them--really quite entertaining in itself! Just bought the second book--the narrator is terrific and helped me follow the myriad characters. Occasionally a voice was a bit "over the top" but all in a very good story with a great reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

  • By: Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (interviewer), Caroline Kennedy (foreword), and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 601

In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Listen

  • By Tim on 01-03-12

Jacqueline's voice as a young widow-

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

Reviewed: 07-17-13

Jacqueline Kennedy's words directly from her when she was still a young widow in her thirties --gave me a unique sense of of the time, place and person. The quality of the tapes was not great, and the content sometimes rambled, but the overall experience was a sense of intimacy with a historic person. I got much more insight to the times and person--there were interruptions by her children--very poignant and reminder that our icons were real people living both a daily and yet extrordinary life. Biggest aha for me was Jacqueline's undeveloped sense of feminism and a "woman's role"--which Carolyn notes in the forward she subsequently changed. All in-- a unique experience for a person who enjoys history.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,200

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

good twists and turns served well by audio format

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

Reviewed: 07-17-13

Some books adapt especially well to audio format and this book is one of them. The story is told from two points of view and the audio version follows suite with a male and female reader. This added to my sense of each character an the sense I was hearing their thoughts. Story felt a bit long and contrived toward the end--but all in an excellent listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Into Africa

  • The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
  • By: Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Gene on 04-01-04

Take a safari back in time

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

One of those books that makes you feel that are you are in another century and place. A good listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,456

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

Excellent--deeply affecting book

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

This is a powerful book that stays with you. It put me a another time, place and body. One of the most compelling books I have heard in a long time. The narration was excellent and enhanced m experience of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Olive Kitteridge

  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,923

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interweaving Short Stories Make a Good Novel

  • By Sara on 07-21-14

First rate!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-12

An excellent listen. First rate writing and narration. A story that grows on you and stays with you.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful