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  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,250

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

True life experiences

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

Reviewed: 06-16-19

This was an amazing novel!! I find it astonishing that it took him 22 years to write it! I can see why though because it is very detailed, explicit, agonizing for the reader, and truly heartfelt. It takes a good while to listen to it because it meanders and slips backward and forward, but it IS WELL WORTH THE TIME SPENT! It just goes to show you that an individual CAN overcome the most dire experiences and end up on top of the heap! Hmmm...I wonder if our COORS beer is the end result of her company?

  • No, Daddy, Don't

  • By: Irene Pence
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Dallas antiques dealer Mary Jean Pearle had a bitter history with her ex-husband, John David Battaglia, a former Marine and successful accountant. But even after the abuse she endured from him, she never thought he would go after their daughters, Faith and Liberty. That is, until she listened helplessly over the phone as Faith made a heartrending plea for her life - which was followed by gunshots. In this updated account of Battaglia's unthinkable crime, Irene Pence recounts an unforgettable saga of violence, betrayal, and a mother's worst nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By deb on 08-15-18

A Broken Heart is Guaranteed

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Perhaps he was at the top of the bipolar pyramid. Perhaps mediation could have enabled him to function with behavior acceptable to other people and in society at large. The fact is that he was an extremely damaged individual who could never have been 'cured'. It's impossible to reverse and restore rotten meat!! What he did was evil!!! I don't believe that a life sentence with no possibility of parole would have been a better decision because he would have had empathy for others. He didn't and couldn't have had any. There were many times tears rolled down my face, and I cringed over the descriptions of physical abuse. The only thing I can say about the mother is that she should have had the intestinal fortitude to stand up and fight against a justice system that ordered her to expose her children to the evil that she knew existed in that man! Now she has to live with her inability to truly protect her daughters.

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,827

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

The 2nd. most horrible book from Audible

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-19

It has taken me way over a month to complete this novel!!! I kept persevering because I feel that I must complete a novel once I have started it. This novel is 17hrs- 24min. TOO long. It rambled and stumbled and staggered through hour after agonizing hour of endless, needless looping without ever getting to the main thrust of the story. The characters apparently got lost then stumbled back onto the 'path' which traversed the time frame from 1933 to 2003. When it finally limped onto the finishing line, the reader still wasn't certain what happened to the 11 month old boy! The British dialect didn't help any!

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  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,055

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total Letdown

  • By McChica04 on 07-11-16

Genetics or not?

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

The main character is a very strong child who becomes an even stronger woman. She has the courage and intestinal fortitude to do what she believes and knows to be the right thing to do. Her entire life is influenced and driven by what she has discovered and learned about her father. The strengths of her father were a viable part of her ability to overcome all the negative aspects of her father's genetic inheritance. I don't know if I could have survived and overcome all or any of what she did. She directed all those inherited strengths into positive channels that were responsible for all her successes and ability to realize that what she had to share with her own children did not depend on perceived genetic predisposition.

  • The Reckoning

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,999
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,965

Pete Banning was Clanton's favorite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, a father, a neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • different

  • By Kelly on 10-29-18

Forgiveness and Tolerance are part of life

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

It's haunting as if it were true but presented as fiction. The historical aspects made one realize what men endure, tolerate, overcome, and survive from to carry such baggage into the rest of their life, and existing as well as new relationships. Mistakes are a part of becoming a mature, loving, giving and forgiving individual. Sometimes a mistake becomes something that that individual cannot live with emotionally and mentally. This is what happened to the main character. The people in his past were very strong individuals and not only expected him to be but raised him in the same vein. This 'strength' does not allow for any mistake as 'perfection' is paramount for survival. When he realized what his wife had actually done and with whom, he then realized that he had, indeed, killed the wrong person. It then became an issue of "if your right eye offend you then pluck it out" necessitating his own death.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,844

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Intriguing and captivating and a little shocking!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

It was slow from the start, but became interesting and intriguing from there on out. British accent is not necessary to make the story more plausible. All-in-all a good read!

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  • The Cutting Edge

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,164

 In the early hours of a quiet weekend morning in Manhattan's Diamond District, a brutal triple murder shocks the city. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs quickly take the case. Curiously, the killer has left behind a half-million dollars' worth of gems at the murder scene, a jewelry store on 47th street. As more crimes follow, it becomes clear that the killer's target is not gems but engaged couples themselves. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deaver continues writing First Rate novels!

  • By shelley on 04-10-18

Very Misleading!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

The story is supposed to be about a sociopath who targets young women, who wear a diamond engagement ring and are caught attending to a necessary item for her wedding. That is mentioned several times leading to a mirage of Russian spiess; nuclear fusion gas; radiation; and fire bombs planted in neighborhoods to destroy property and people which are attributed to a 6.9 earthquake. The international names are difficult to understand making it difficult to follow the characters. I would not recommend this novel to any person expecting an enjoyable reading unless you have time to sit, listen and concentrate for 12+ hours!

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,396

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery

  • By Jill, NM on 10-21-16

Just Like You Were Visiting Ireland

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

These novels by Carlene O'Connor are all very similar, in that it is the same family. The reader is informed of the logistics of the family in each and every novel. They are well written and narrated. I did discover that the speech patterns and dialect were a whole lot more unstandable when played at a slower speed! The true villain is not the red herring!

  • Montana Sky

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Erika Leigh
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,981

When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC READ

  • By Heidi on 08-10-09

You can almost feel a cold nose, hands and feet!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This is a great story with many, many twists and upheavals! You can visualize the scenery, mountains, snow, animals, and people!!! Just when you "know" who the killer is, you get knocked off your feet. I thought Nora Roberts wrote mushy romances, but I was wrong, albeit, the relationships and romance went hand in glove! I don't care for descriptions of sexual encounters, and there were just too many for my taste!

  • The Christmas Remedy

  • By: Cindy Woodsmall, Erin Woodsmall
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of "big box" stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface - and possibly love.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Insight of Amish beliefs & rules

  • By Diane L. on 11-26-18

Interesting Insight of Amish beliefs & rules

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

It was an enjoyable albeit a predictable romance story with interesting facets of Amish everyday life and the religious rules governing women's lives and careers.

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