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  • The Silver Music Box

  • By: Mina Baites, Alison Layland - translator
  • Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

1914. For Paul, with love. Jewish silversmith Johann Blumenthal engraved those words on his most exquisite creation, a singing filigree bird inside a tiny ornamented box. He crafted this treasure for his young son before leaving to fight in a terrible war to honor his beloved country - a country that would soon turn against his own family. A half century later, Londoner Lilian Morrison inherits the box after the death of her parents. Though the silver is tarnished and dented, this much-loved treasure is also a link to an astonishing past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Thoughts

  • By BPotter on 01-08-18

Touching story

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I liked this book very much. There were a few details that could have been expanded upon, but not
enough to ruin the story.

It also would’ve been nice if Lilian’s narration had been done in a British accent as she was raised in England.

All in all a very interesting work of historical fiction.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Marry in Haste

  • By: Jane Aiken Hodge
  • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Camilla Forest finds herself alone on a muddy road, left to fend for herself, when the carriage of Lord Leominster pulls up alongside. This sets off an agreement to a marriage of convenience with Camilla and Lavenham, the Lord. They move to Portugal, along with his sister, Chloe. Camilla finds herself falling in love with her husband. But will her French brother ruin everything?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grew on me

  • By Valerie on 07-28-16

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

This was my first day taste of Jane Aiken Hodge. I will definitely be reading more! An entertaining clean romance with some mystery and a bit of humor. Delightful!

  • Ruthless

  • By: John Rector
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Nick White is the only person who can save Abigail Pierce. After uncovering a plot to have her killed, he attempts to warn her but instead puts himself squarely in the crosshairs. They know who he is, they know where he lives, they know how to get at his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the worst book I have ever read

  • By Wayne on 11-20-15

Anticlimactic ending

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

Reviewed: 01-16-16

This has some disturbing sequences in it. The plot twists were good, but I found the conclusion lacking. The narrator was excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Survivors Club

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911

The rapist left an indelible mark on their lives; now three women must live with the consequences of his violent brutality. But when he's murdered on his way to trial, the police investigation takes a scorching new focus. All three women had a reason to hate him. All three wanted him dead. But which one of them murdered him? Explosively plotted and unnervingly suspenseful, The Survivors Club sizzles from beginning to end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Get this one!

  • By Kathleen on 09-16-04

Another great Gardner book

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were appealing. You were routing for them. The narrator is very good as well.

  • The Lost Empress

  • Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 4
  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517

When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is shown a locket belonging to one of the Empress' victims, a British admiral’s daughter named Alice Stilwell, he must travel to England to understand the course of events that led to her death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the author's best, but worth listening to

  • By Historygal777 on 04-29-18

Love this series!!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next installment.

I so enjoy a book that is a good mystery, keeps you guessing and is NOT focused on sex. The book is all three.

I liked how it switched back and forth between the past and present. It helped to build the suspense.

Simon Vance never disappoints. His narration is excellent!

  • Angel Falls

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Bruce Reizen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

Michaela, beloved wife and mother of two, lies in a coma. Doctors have told her husband Liam not to expect a recovery, but he maintains hope that love can accomplish what medicine cannot. Day after day, he sits by her bedside, holding her hand, sharing the stories of their life together. Then he discovers the evidence of his wife's secret past - a long hidden first marriage to international movie star Julian True.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Angel Falls

  • By barbara on 11-14-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-25-11

I am a HUGE Kristin Hannah fan, but this one fell short. I just could not connect with the characters. Pick another-Once in Every Lifetime is an excellent choice.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Roots

  • The Saga of an American Family
  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,316

Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive! DO NOT WIKI THIS BOOK!

  • By avoidthelloyd on 09-17-14

A great listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-11

I found this to be a very touching listen. The narrator did an excellent job with the various characters. I would highly recommend this this book! Enjoy!