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  • Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers

  • A 44 Scotland Street Novel
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce’s first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll. But fate, an amorous Bedouin, and the Dubai Tourist Authority conspire to transport Bertie's mother, Irene, to a warmer--if not a better--place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bertie turns seven!!!!

  • By Lynne F on 02-20-15

I love all the Bertie books

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

44 Scotland Street is a wonderful series. Great to read if you’d like to escape to a kinder gentler World

  • Still Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,051

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • better than 2, not quite as good as 1

  • By Dr. Mary Young on 02-02-18

A light book with a heavy dose of kindness. The antidote I needed to cope with how ugly America has become.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

If you pick up your phone every morning to see what new fresh ugliness has been unleashed in America this book will help. It’s not “literature” but it lifted my spirits. My only criticism: Pugs don’t bite. If a pug miraculously managed to bite someone they wouldn’t draw blood. Anyway thank you JoJo I’m reading all your books right now. They are my emotional support :)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Scores

  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085

Meet Michael Blutrich, mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history, funded by the proceeds of an insurance embezzlement scheme. All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking. Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seductive narration about fortunes and betrayals

  • By Eugene on 02-06-17
  • Scores
  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich

A look inside the world of a Trump associate

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Witty, well told story of the seedy world of the people in Trumps orbit. Murder, money, laundering, extortion and missing moral compasses

  • Becoming Nicole

  • The Transformation of an American Family
  • By: Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Narrated by: Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn't long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things little boys were "supposed" to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress-up and playing Little Mermaid. By the time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt's insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More narratives like this, please.

  • By book worm on 10-22-15

Best book I've read in ages

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

This book show us what kind of parents everyone should be. In awe of the author and the family.

  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,634
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,604

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

When I grow up I want to be half as good as this man

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

Should be required reading for every American. In addition to being important, it is well written and suspenseful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Season

  • By: Samantha Shannon
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,948
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,689
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,698

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter

  • By Steph on 09-05-13

Amazing Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-23-13

I have listened to ALOT of audiobooks. (might even have a problem :) I have to say this narrator is probably the best I've heard. It's a good book that looks to me like the beginning of a series. While it isn't great literature it's a ripping good yarn. But again - awesome narrator.

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,999
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,346
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,365

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Awesome rip on Scientology

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

Reviewed: 10-14-13

I am amazed that no one has mentioned the very obvious references in this story to Scientology. If you want a scary dystopian read with a villain that is part NSA, apple, google, amazon, Facebook and Scientology this is a fun/scary read. It does seem a bit juvenile, but I think that's part of the point - how the young and innocent can be manipulated by nefarious individuals that talk a good talk. I just hope no one at the Church of Scientology reads this - they may get ideas.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Paris

  • The Novel
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Jean Gilpin
  • Length: 38 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 963

Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And I thought I knew Paris, a fascinating read!

  • By Janels on 06-06-13

I got lost in this book (in a good way) :)

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

Reviewed: 07-22-13

My two cents says don't worry about the time line skipping around. I began to listen full of trepidation because of the reviews that mentioned the moving time line. Because of those reviews, the beginning of the book was stressful for me because I was too worried about keeping track of people and getting lost. However, I discovered that it worked and the stories wove together like a piece of tapestry. Just relax, and let the story unfold and let Paris come to life. The only negative is that you'd better prepare to loose some time to this one as it is very hard to stop. You may find yourself making up excuses that require you to turn the book back on or miss a nights sleep.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,154

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Mystery wrapped in an enigma surrounded....

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

Reviewed: 07-31-12

I begrudgingly purchased this book at my sister's suggestion. I wasn't really interested in a fictional rehash of the Lacey Peterson murder. With complete astonishment I found myself reading an intelligent look at our society (warts and all) and Narcissism.

If you have ever known a Narcissist or suspect you have a friend living with one - this book is for you. As they say there are only a few stories and we just keep retelling them. This is the story of Narcissus and Echo and boy is it well told. You will not be able to guess the end - and if you know a Narcissus or an Echo you will think "I should have seen it coming." Completely unpredictable and yet completely predictable.

My hat is off to you Gillian Flynn this book is BRILLIANT.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures

  • A Novel in Two Books
  • By: Walter Moers
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 24 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Set in the land of Zamonia, this exuberant, highly original fantasy from Walter Moers features an unlikely hero. Rumo is a little Wolperting—a domesticated creature somewhere between a deer and a dog—who will one day become the greatest hero in the history of Zamonia. Armed with Dandelion, his talking sword, he fights his way through the Overworld and the Netherworld.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Headphones NOT recommended!

  • By Andrea on 01-02-14

A book for Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams Fans

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

Reviewed: 04-12-12

A whacky witty read. Not for those with irony poor blood. The narration and performance were well suited to this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful