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  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,672

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

15 hours wasted

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I didn't like this book. Shocked at all the positive reviews.It was not for me. So many better books from that era and genre. I feel like I wasted 15 hours. I almost quit several times but kept hoping it would get better. I felt the characters were stereotypical, one dimensional and unbelievable. I disliked them. A good editor could have cut out a few hours. So glad I can move on to a good book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prodigal Summer

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569

Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Lily on 10-12-08

So Enjoyed This Book

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

What a lovely story and beautifully narrated. Three stories that eventually have connections. If you want to fully appreciate all the life around you, I recommend this book.

  • The Weight of Silence

  • By: Heather Gudenkauf
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,763

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A jewel

  • By Sara W on 07-17-10

Never Wanted to Put it Down

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Not your typical missing child book. Perfect? No. Good? Yes!
Great reading for this winter that won’t end. Suspenseful until the end. I’m going to be recommending this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,787

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt đź’•

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Thoroughly Enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I couldn’t put this one down. Lots of twists and turns. Lots of suspense. If you like psychological thrillers, I recommend this. Ms Froggatt’s narration could not be better!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Asymmetry

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Halliday
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, Arthur Morey, Fiona Hardingham, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, "Folly", tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unsatisfying

  • By MConway on 05-27-18

This is not a fair review. Doesn’t work in audio format.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I think this may be the first review I wrote before I finished a book. I love the story premise and am very intrigued but I cannot follow the audio and it’s even linear. It jumps in time and place with such suddenness I get totally confused and lost. My guess is that the written book has line breaks or something to indicate this and it just doesn’t work in audio. Sadly, I’m going to have to return it.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,499

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Wonderful Book

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

I read Ms Ng’s first book and liked it so much, I recommended it for book club. This book I rate higher and want to discuss it with my book club now. So much to this story - many issues and themes. I love each flawed character -(except the mother of the four children). I love Mia and Pearl and the secret Mia carries across the country. Please read this beautiful book. You will think about it for a long time. You will thank me.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of the Hare

  • A Novel
  • By: Arto Paasilinna
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 912

Vatanen, a journalist, is feeling burned out and sick of the city. One summer evening, he and a photographer set out on an assignment, and as they drive through the country, the car hits a young hare. Vatanen leaves the car to save the injured creature, and the grateful animal adopts him. This small incident becomes a turning point in Vatanen’s life as he decides to break free from the world’s constraints.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lost in translation

  • By Janice on 11-03-17

Lovely Story

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I wanted a light, but enjoyable listen and I found it with this quirky book. It’s really not about the hare. It’s about the man who saves the hare and the many adventures he goes on with the hare. Fun story. If you liked “A Man Called Ove” - I think you may enjoy this.
“Audible 20 review sweepstakes entry”

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Best Friend

  • By: Shalini Boland
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,403

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer...wrong. Louisa's new best friend has it all - the house, the status, the money. But she's also hiding a dark secret. And as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend's life, events take a chilling turn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Skip this book

  • By Tony M on 07-30-17

Not My Favorite

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

Almost returned this a couple times. Not a lot of depth to this one. So unbelievable and predictable I would get frustrated. No one in real life could be as naive as the main character. Excellent narrator though.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,836
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,029

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

Wonderful Book

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Loved this book. Sad, happy, and poignant. It does deserve to be read in as few sittings as possible. A book full of hope.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The One-in-a-Million Boy

  • By: Monica Wood
  • Narrated by: Chris Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving, thought provoking,

  • By Kelli Stone on 04-12-17

Wonderful Story

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

I wish I could have read this in one sitting. It is that good. Such a great find. The story is poignant, sad, happy and quirky. Meaningful. I highly recommend!!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful