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Morrison, CO, United States
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  • The Sweetness of Forgetting

  • By: Kristin Harmel
  • Narrated by: Kim McKean
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

At 36, Hope McKenna-Smith is no stranger to bad news. She lost her mother to cancer, her husband left her for a 22-year-old, and her bank account is nearly depleted. Now, Hope’s beloved French-born grandmother Mamie, who wowed the Cape with her fabulous pastries for more than 50 years, is drifting away into a haze of Alzheimer’s. But in a rare moment of clarity, Mamie realizes that unless she tells Hope about the past, the secrets she has held on to for so many years will soon be lost forever. Arming her with a scrawled list of names, she sends Hope to France.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • the WORST narration I have ever heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Lori on 09-10-13

Narrator ruins the story as an audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

The narrator reminded me of an elderly preschool teacher. She spoke so slowly it was grinding. She also read without much expression and was pretty awful with accents as well, turning most of them into a monotone. Like other reviewers, I found this narration made it difficult to listen to the entire book.
The story was interesting though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,829
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,947

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina Anderson on 11-01-16

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

When I first heard of this book, I was a little surprised because I knew the author was a white woman and how would she know how black people think? I think she did an excellent job with this book. However this is from the perspective of another white person. All that said I love the story and the narrative and the resolution

  • Amy Snow

  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

Winner of the 2014 Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition. Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy's only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits ... if only she can unlock the secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating historical fiction

  • By Olivia on 10-09-15

Great for a road trip

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

Reviewed: 05-07-16

Held my attention though the less than scenic parts and even the expansive vistas of the 1000 plus mile drive from Denver to Spokane. In fact had to dawdle around at my destination to hear the ending!

  • The Chaneysville Incident

  • A Novel
  • By: David Bradley
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Brilliant but troubled historian John Washington returns to his hometown of Chaneysville, Pennsylvania—just north of the Mason-Dixon Line—to learn more about the death of his father. Washington discovers that his father was researching a mystery of his own: why 13 escaped slaves reached freedom in Chaneysville only to die there, for reasons forgotten or never known at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • He said, she said, I said.

  • By Jennifer on 02-04-16

He said, she said, I said.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

For me, the story didn't flow well. Lots of jumping around in time which may have been easier to follow in print, but a little tricky with a narrator. Also excessive use of the before mentioned he said, she said, which the narrator overly emphasized.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Lavender Ribbon

  • By: Heather Burch
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137

Can a stack of long-hidden love letters from a WWII war hero inspire a heartbroken woman to love again?Reeling from a bitter divorce, Adrienne Carter abandons Chicago and retreats to the sun, sand, and beauty of Southern Florida, throwing herself into the restoration of a dilapidated old Victorian beach house. Early into the renovations, she discovers a tin box hidden away in the attic that reveals the emotional letters from a WWII paratrooper to a young woman who lived in the house more than a half-century earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming love story

  • By Deli on 06-14-15

Not Loving a main character

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

There were so many times throughout this book I found myself verbalizing out loud to Adrienne to stay away from Will, her love interest and run, not walk away from him and his 30-year-old pettiness.

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,881

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Had a little trouble with suspension of disbelief.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

Let me preface this review by saying I am a medical professional, so my take on this book is obviously colored by my experiences and expertise. Overall, I really liked this book but found certain elements hard to swallow; most specifically Andy the orthopedic physician who continued to treat his friend for self inflicted wounds without at the very least getting a 72 hour mental health hold placed. In real life, Andy could and would be in danger of loosing his license for not following through on this. Also had a hard time accepting the fact that Jude would be released from any in-patient psychiatric facility after a drastic suicide attempt just because he failed to corporate with his therapist. That part would have bought him more time, not a ticket out.

But....I did like the characters (although I do agree with other reviewers that Willem was a bit too saint-like) and the way the story was laid out in bits and pieces throughout the novel.

IMHO, the end dragged, the novel could have ended quite a bit sooner without any loss of substance to the story.

55 of 62 people found this review helpful

  • The Good House

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Leary
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156

The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book, Hildy is a great character!

  • By Rhonda Morrison on 01-31-13

Loved it, funny and real

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

Like the author, at one time I lived in the same are as the fictional town of Wendover, so I know how different it is to move into a place steeped with history and tradition and be on the outside. I loved Hildy, so funny but still a real person with her struggles.
A very entertaining story, the narrator was perfect!

  • Never Broken

  • Songs Are Only Half the Story
  • By: Jewel
  • Narrated by: Jewel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730

New York Times best-selling poet and multiplatinum singer-songwriter Jewel explores her unconventional upbringing and extraordinary life in an inspirational memoir that covers her childhood, rise to fame, marriage, and motherhood. She writes beautifully about growing up amid the natural wonders of Alaska, about pain and childhood trauma, and about discovering her own identity years after the entire world had discovered the beauty of her songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book

  • By Megan on 09-30-15

Beautifully written memoir

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

A worthwhile listen for anyone who appreciates how artists develop and what is behind their lyrics. This book was probably cathartic for Jewel to write; she has a lot of baggage from her upbringing, from both her father and her mother. Although I sometimes wanted to smack her mother upside the head ( what was that woman thinking???), Jewel was quite a bit more generous in her description of her. The writing is insightful and very articulate. The only negative is that towards the end, Jewel waxes a bit heavily on the philosophical nature of her life and life in general which might have been better left inside her journals.

  • Edge of Eternity

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,049

Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good, some bad

  • By Elisa on 09-22-14

Meh

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

Reviewed: 09-29-14

As this story entered a more modern era, so did many unnecessary descriptions of sexual encounters.It didn't add much to the story line. It was interesting to learn from a different perspective the political machinations behind the actual historical events of the last 30 or so years. As much as I have liked the story lines of this series of three books, I am not enthralled with the author's writing ability. He overuses the literary device of questioning a character's motives and choices. The narrator doesn't help here by stating these questions as expository statements as opposed to the questions they are intended to represent. E.g. "what was he to do?" over and over and over stated as a sentence and not as an actual question.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Fair and Tender Ladies

  • By: Lee Smith
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Author of many novels and short stories, best-selling writer Lee Smith has received numerous awards for her works, including two O. Henry Awards. Fair and Tender Ladies is an epistolary novel that traces the life of Ivy Rowe, born in the isolated Virginia mountain community of Sugar Fork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • roots

  • By Vivian on 12-10-06

Great for a road trip

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

Reviewed: 06-28-13

My 19 year old daughter and I listened to this on a 1000 mile get-there-in-a-hurry road trip and loved it. The narrator does a great job and has an authentic accent (I know because I spent about 10 years in the south although I am not a native of that accent.)

On the way home, we had to drive till 1 am to get to a place with an open motel booking and hardly noticed our fatigue because it is such a good story even though told in the form of letters to various people.