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  • My Own Words

  • By: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett, Wendy W. Williams
  • Narrated by: Linda Lavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993 - a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women's rights, and popular culture. My Own Words is a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacularly Dry

  • By CMP on 07-27-18

Amazing book!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

I am here to dispel the reviews that this book is not a personal book, that it is all about the law. Yes, it IS about law -- She's a Supreme Court Justice! A Feminist! And one of the first women on the Supremes... broke through so many barriers.

But the stories she tells about the law are very personal... and her speeches, and her husband's speeches, are also funny and often peppered with stories that are personal. Two people whose lives were the law yet so much more. She gives her take on many other famous legal peeps.

I will say, and have recommended on places like Goodreads, that this book is better in audio fashion -- hearing Ruth's voice and Linda's voice is complimentary and exciting.

I will listen this book more than once.

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,581

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

Unexpectedly good!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Mrs. Polifax is fun and unexpected and a decent mystery -- the story hangs true. Barbara Rosenblat is, as always a wonderful reader. I like the unexpected premise that an older widow could in fact change careers and assist intelligence operation. Recommend.

  • The Unraveling of Violeta Bell

  • A Morgue Mama Mystery
  • By: C. R. Corwin
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 176

Maddy Sprowls, newspaper librarian for the Hannawa Herald-Union, prefers to stay in the newspaper morgue and do her job. But one Saturday, she sees four elderly women get out of a taxicab at a garage sale. She figures that those women must hire that cabby every week to drive them from garage sale to garage sale, and wouldn't that make a great feature story for the paper? Shortly after the story runs, one of the four women, retired antiques dealer Violeta Bell, is murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, the Best of readers

  • By Donna on 03-31-08

I wanted to love it

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Great reader, and the bones of the mystery were good -- twists and turns. I wanted to like it. But it was just too much yakking about her life -- a fine line -- and politicizing the novel where it was just not the right time. The mystery itself was good.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 88,035
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80,113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79,659

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

One of the best books we've read...

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

This book is a beauty -- surprising, honest, exciting, earthy. We finished it and it is staying on my phone as I will listen again. I bought it because I wanted to hear the behind the scenes side or her story of being first lady; but the writing is so good that this is an amazing story on its own. I can't recommend this book enough -- anytime i will listen to a book mroe than once it is a great book.

It was a pleasure to hear Obama read her own book.

  • No Time to Spare

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, a collection of thoughts - always adroit, often acerbic - on aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation. Ursula K. Le Guin has taken listeners to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she's in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice - sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical - shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula's blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a delight!

  • By Linda on 02-13-18

Will listen again and again

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I'm not a fan, mostly because I am not a Sci-Fi fan... But I've always enjoyed listening to her speak and so, loving autobiographies I bought. Oh, this one is a gem. I've listened to it twice sience I bought it and will listen again. A simple yet profound voice of wisdom.

  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,673

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Kelly on 10-29-18

Was there two novels?

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Grisham lost us -- my husband and I listened together. Some plot reveals, trying not to give anything away... The first part, where the main story takes place, might have been a good story in itself, but then he ended it with that climax and frankly, we've not been interested enough to see where he wanted us to go next -- for another 10 hours or so... Perhaps flashbacks would have been a better choice for his story, happening with in the story, but as it stands, when some folks died we were okay -- we didn't care enough about those characters to feel badly for them -- as we were bored by the stubbornness, bored by the pace. I don't know if we will finish his "second" story -- we almost gave up on the first. This is the second book we've been disappointed in of his, thinking he may have lost his touch.
Michael Beck is one of our favorite readers... He was, as always, wonderful as the voice of the characters of the south.

  • Chasing the Dime

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,410

The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!

  • By David on 05-29-05

The reecording is bad!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

The recording starts in the middle and ends then the beginning happens at the end. Audible should fix this. It might have been a good story (we love Connelly) but we kept being confused them figured it out when it ended halfway through... Very odd! Davis is not bad but not great.

  • Louisiana Longshot

  • A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,872

It was a hell of a long shot.... CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not great lit but at $4.95 no loss

  • By green ice cream garden on 08-22-16

Could not get through an hour

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I am okay with light-hearted mysteries but this was unbelievable. She just seemed tooo blonde (and I am one.)

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  • Single Malt Murder

  • A Whisky Business Mystery
  • By: Melinda Mullet
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,476

When Abi inherits her uncle's quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot - but making the perfect shot is another matter. When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, it's clear that someone wants her out of the picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read with Excellent Characters

  • By David on 01-22-18

Another GREAT Cozy Mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I love the unique setting, the characters were all different and well-written, and I haven't checked but hope this is a series! On my way to buy another! Excellent (new to me) reader, and thankfully, ONE narrator. (Not a fan of and won't buy multiple narrators anymore.)

  • Murder in an English Village

  • By: Jessica Ellicott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,376

The year is 1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait For Next Book

  • By Sally W. Harris on 05-22-18

A Cozy with a Great Plot!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This story had an unusual setting and a great plot, even though it was offered as a cozy mystery, and so my expectations were that I'd love the characters and the plot MIGHT be so-so -- it was NOT. A lively who-dun-it with a lead who is worth reading about again -- on my way back to see if this is a series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful