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  • 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 3,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,244

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

One of My Favorites

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Any additional comments?

I loved this book. Hilda the alcoholic real estate agent is a real "character". She does all the wacky things alcoholics do to cover up their drinking. I haven't seen a character so well drawn in a long time. I grew up in New England and could feel the atmosphere of a small New England town. Read the other 5 star reviews and they will fill you in on what a great find this book is.

  • City of Endless Night

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,047

When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The allusive Pendergast..,

  • By shelley on 01-18-18

A solid Pendergast Novel

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Any additional comments?

This is a great book. We see Pendergast is a different light, "vulnerable" giving us a different facet of his personality and making it a better book. The story was great. I don't always love all the novels in the series, a few just weren't for me. This one rekindled my joy in the Child/Preston partnership.

  • Saving Grace

  • By: Jane Green
  • Narrated by: Jane Green
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

Grace and Ted Chapman. Literary power couple. On the surface, they seem to have it all. Beneath, what no one sees, is Ted's rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted's longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. To the rescue comes Beth, a new assistant. Someone who will help handle Ted. Soon, though, it's clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By betsy on 01-13-15

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

I listen to many books and I am hard to satisfy, so when I find something that I can't stop listening to I have to share. I always read others reviews and I want to write one on this book. Basically, it kept me hooked wanting to find out what going to happen. Great character development and tension build up. I couldn't stop for 6 hours! If you liked Gone Girl you will like this. It was better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The World's Strongest Librarian

  • A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family
  • By: Josh Hanagarne
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Different, Something Wonderful

  • By SydSavvy on 03-09-14

A Feel Good Story

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

Josh Hanagame is a wonderful writer. His humor reminded me of the Wonder Years and gives insight into Tourettes Syndrome. I hope he keeps writing and writes some fiction where he can bring his humor and power of observation of people into a story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Atlantis Gene

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 1
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,605
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,866

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Horrible

  • By Laura Roderick on 07-29-17

Written just to make money

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

Author took all the good ideas about adventure and threw into a "story stew". Problem is, it didn't work

8 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,768
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,749

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

I liked it

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

Reviewed: 07-31-13

Original. I listened waiting to find out what the mystery was. I usually only write a review if a book is a 5 to encourage a listener to order, or a disaster to give a warning. This is interesting a low 4

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shatter Me

  • By: Tahereh Mafi
  • Narrated by: Kate Simses
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,887

"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!

  • By Amanda on 06-08-12

The worst, only for teens, but even then ....

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

Reviewed: 06-28-13

I hated this book. I tried to stay with it hoping as it went along it would get better. But, alas it didn't. I read the reviews and some gave a 5 star so I thought there might be something there, but no, just drivel. I like a great variety of books depending on my mood; science fiction, thrillers, funny, some bios.....For example I loved The Help, the early James Patterson books, Grisham, Baldacci, but I have no mood in me to like this stuff. I have never written a bad review but this. Sorry, to all who loved it I know everyone is different and my opinion doesn't out weigh yours.
Next, I have the last Corbin book to give a negative on

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

The Nomination
    A Novel of Suspense
    
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        William G. Tapply
    
    


    
    
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        David Bryson
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    8 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Nomination

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: William G. Tapply
  • Narrated by: David Bryson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Vietnam War hero and Massachusetts Judge Thomas Larrigan is hand-picked by his friend the president to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. Larrigan seems like the perfect candidate: a family man with an un-controversial judicial record. The president's credibility needs a sure bet. Larrigan will do anything to win the nomination, but he has some old skeletons rattling around in his closet. He calls his old Marine buddy, now a hit man, to sweep the closet clean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked this one!

  • By BarbJ1947 on 02-05-13

fabulous

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

Reviewed: 03-09-13

I have found a new favorite author. Unfortunately, I have to wait more. A great beach book. As good as Patterson used to be.

  • Guilty Wives

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,573

Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By christy on 05-11-12

Ditto - Don't waste your credit.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-12

What is James Patterson thinking?...Is he even reading what this co-author wrote.....Drivel, is a word that comes to mind! I have always been a big fan of Patterson's entertaining, fast paced novels, now I will be more careful. Why do some top authors seem to sell out and release inferior work after the first three or four hits?

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

We Need to Talk About Kevin
    
    
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        Lionel Shriver
    
    


    
    
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        Barbara Rosenblatt
    
    


    
    Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    245 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblatt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and an algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a long-standing ambivalence. How much is her fault?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Sherry L. Wright on 04-29-07

Unbelievable.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-11

I started listening and was expecting something totally different. Once I adjusted I became totally enthralled. Lionel is a fabulous writer with so much insight and has the gift to portray deep feelings and subjects. This book has a shattering ending, so isn't for everyone. If anyone has a "different" child that can't seem to love and attach deeply, I don't know if this will be a good listen for you or too painful.