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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,972

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual style

  • By Veronica on 09-22-18

Absolutely wonderful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This is an amazingly beautiful story. I am in awe. It is so beautifully written. And the story is riveting. Absolutely perfect. Wow and double wow.

  • The Marsh King's Daughter

  • By: Karen Dionne
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 358

At last, Helena Pelletier has the life she deserves. A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, a business that fills her days. Then she catches an emergency news announcement and realizes she was a fool to think she could ever leave her worst days behind her. Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like this...

  • By Cayce on 06-16-17

Fascinating Read!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I read this book after seeing it reviewed in Costco magazine. I’d never heard of Karen Dionne, or this book before. I was floored! It is so good! I was riveted. Now I’m off to see what else this fabulous writer has written! Highly recommend!

  • A Bride Most Begrudging

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Reluctant love and shared faith blossom during the daily chores and arguments of tobacco farmer Drew O'Connor and Lady Constance Morrow. Constance is everything Drew despises in a wife - she cannot cook and she prefers mathematical equations to cleaning. Worst of all, she has red hair! But when the two are forced into a marriage of convenience, Drew soon realizes how blessed he truly is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finding Love When You Least Expect It.

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 07-24-13

Engaging and impressive!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-18

This was my first experience with this author, and I was captivated. The historical detail was amazing, so well-done and thorough. The character development was beautifully done, and the story was complex and engrossing. I felt like I was in colonial Virginia experiencing the tumultuous story!

  • Learning to Swim

  • By: Sara J. Henry
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

When she witnesses a small child tumbling from a ferry into Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. Harrowing moments later, she bobs to the surface, pulling a terrified little boy with her. As the ferry disappears into the distance, she begins a bone-chilling swim nearly a mile to shore towing a tiny passenger. Surprisingly, he speaks only French. He'll acknowledge that his name is Paul; otherwise, he's resolutely mute.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Worthwhile Suspense/Mystery

  • By Howard on 10-25-11

Incredible Debut Novel!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-17

This is the first time I've read a book by Sara J. Henry, and I've already bought the second. The writing is superb and the story complex and well-plotted. The characters are fascinating and engaging. I simply loved it! The narrator Suzanne Toren did an excellent job! I highly recommend this listen.

  • The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Stewart Hoag Mystery
  • By: David Handler
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Stewart Hoag knows how quickly fame can fade. The same critics who adored his first novel used his second for target practice, ending his literary career once and for all. To keep his basset hound fed, Hoagy ghostwrites memoirs for the rich, famous, and self-destructive. His newest subject reminds him all too much of himself. By the age of twenty, Cam Noyes is already being hailed as the next F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though he’s only published one book, Cam runs with the big boys: dating artists, trashing restaurants, and ending every night in a haze of tequila and cocaine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Meh Narration

  • By Keima on 09-27-17

Charming detective!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-16

This is my first read of one of David Handler's Stewart Hoag mysteries. Enjoyed it. Funny, unusual detective (day job is ghost writer), and light murder mystery story. Narrator Sean Runnette was excellent!

  • Bird by Bird

  • Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  • By: Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922

A New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction, Anne Lamott was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. As much a guide to writing as an exploration of the emotional challenges of being a writer, Bird by Bird offers a candid and often humorous look at how to tackle these varied obstacles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A funny listen, but no writing samples to speak of

  • By Alice on 04-12-15

Insightful and inspiring!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-16

This book is better and better every time I read or listen to it, and that's saying a lot as it was fantastic the first time. Susan Bennett is the perfect narrator for the irreverent, funny voice of Anne Lamott's book of truth about writing.

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  • Laura

  • By: Vera Caspary
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and utterly mysterious. No man could resist her charmsnot even the hardboiled NYPD detective sent to find out who turned her into a faceless corpse. As this tough cop probes the mystery of Lauras death, he becomes obsessed with her strange power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like this a lot.

  • By Judith on 07-10-10

Wonderful Classic Mystery!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-16

I love the movie, but the book is so much better! A deep psychological crime novel, and, despite its age, neither its plot nor its language is outdated. Terrific read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dear Enemy

  • By: Jean Webster
  • Narrated by: Anne Hancock
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

This delightful sequel to Webster's Daddy Long-Legs centers on socialite Sallie McBride, who reluctantly agrees to become director of an orphan asylum. The asylum's benefactors, her friends Judy and Jervis Pendleton, insist she is just the person to institute the sweeping reforms the institution needs. The exuberant Sallie soon begins ruffling feathers of the staff, filling the children's lives with hope and love, and locking horns with the new Scotch doctor, the Dear Enemy of the title.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashioned tale

  • By H. Egan on 04-13-18

A Charming and Historically Poignant Sequel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-15

This sequel to Daddy Long legs stands on its own. The story comes out through a series of letters written by a wealthy young woman who has been coerced into taking charge of an orphanage. Her fresh view of how things should be run cause her to clash with people accustomed to thinking of orphans as life's refuse, but her struggle teaches both them and her that there are no limits to the human heart. Her acidic relationship with the Scots doctor who works with the orphans develops into an alliance that allows their charges to flourish. A delightful read.

  • Daddy-Long-Legs

  • By: Jean Webster
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

First published in 1912, Daddy-Long-Legs is an epistolary novel that follows orphan Jerusha "Judy" Abbott through her college years through a series of letters written to her anonymous benefactor, whom she nicknames "Daddy-Long-Legs." As Judy learns to navigate the complex world of studies, social life, and romance, her letters convey her growth and address the increasingly complex questions that preoccupy her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My granddaughter loved it .. So I had to read

  • By Beverly on 03-11-15

Vibrant voice! Literary and performance both!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-15

I've seen this movie so many times but the book is even better! The reader and the author are a perfect fit. Timeless and touching. Judy is a heroine to be admired, and putting her in the context of her time, amazingly brave, independent, and charming.