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  • Tucker's Way

  • The Tucker Series, Book 1
  • By: David Johnson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,904

After enduring a childhood of horrific abuse and crushing poverty, Tucker seeks refuge in her rural Tennessee home. The three grandchildren she is raising are her only connection to the outside, and her demeanor is purposefully rough. But her world is turned upside down when a new neighbor, Ella, moves into the old McDaniel place next door.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Potential squandered... sort of

  • By Anne on 02-11-17

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

I am unable to return this book or I would have done so. Sections of it are so gruesome it is beyond my understanding as to why anyone would willingly listen to this story. The narrator is fairly good but the material she had to work with is not. And of course there is no way they use some of the gruesome telling of the killing and dismembering of a body in the Sample of the book. Don't waste a credit on this story - it's truly not worth it.

  • On Brassard's Farm

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Hecht
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In a radical departure from her urban life, Ann Turner buys a piece of remote Vermont land and sets up a tent home in the forest. In an effort to escape an unending string of personal disasters in Boston, she hopes to find a kind of peace in this new life. She soon learns she was mistaken in thinking a kindly Mother Earth would grant her wisdom and serenity in her new home. The forest confronts her with unanticipated dangers, aching loneliness, harsh weather, and wildlife. Then necessity requires her to start work as a farmhand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a love story about loving yourself.

  • By Leigh on 11-23-18

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I expected this book to be a story of a city person's retreat to the country and all the lessons learned the hard way ... with and without humour.

What I got was a much richer story of struggle, love, pain, redemption, humour and farming. I had to remind myself, daily, as I listened to it, that it was not a biography, not a story about a real person's life. I still have to remind myself, even having finished the book.

It is really a love story when you come right down to it. But not a predictable one, and the love story is not just between two people, but also between people and the animals that are part of our world, as well as people and the traditional world of farming. Hardship is an underlying theme, but not in a sob story sort of way. Grit, resilience, courage and kindness all have roles to play in this thoughtful and engaging story of part of one woman's journey and the people she took with her, or met, along the way. I highly recommend it if you are a thoughtful reader looking for an above average story. If you're looking for a light and somewhat predictable read, this might not be the book for you.

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  • Handle with Care

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla, Jessica Almasy, Jim Colby, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 750

From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be still my heart

  • By Puppyluver on 01-16-10

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I didn't get around to trying this book until 2 years after I purchased it, so I was not able to return it. I usually love Jodi Picoult's books ... the very first audiobook I ever listened to was My Sister's Keeper and I still think about the story from time to time.

This story, about osteogenesis imperfecta, is probably valuable in that it is not a well known illness. But I struggled to make it through even the first hour of the audiobook and couldn't imagine sticking with it for 17 further hours. What I heard was deeply depressing. The voice of the older sister was dreadful. Try it if you wish, but don't wait too long after downloading in case you want to return it as I wish I could have done.

  • What We Find

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,745

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a lawsuit - and experiencing levels of anxiety she's never faced before. She knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan's Crossing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, Enjoyable Read

  • By Melstamps on 04-27-16

Utterly forgettable

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

What disappointed you about What We Find?

The characters failed to be either interesting or memorable.

What was most disappointing about Robyn Carr’s story?

What aspect of Therese Plummer’s performance would you have changed?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Any additional comments?

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,865

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13

Extraordinary story, beautifully narrated

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

Any additional comments?

I found it difficult initially to reconcile the authorship of this book with the book for which the author is best known - Eat Pray Love. They are two very different creations. The research that must have gone into The Signature of All Things gives author Elizabeth Gilbert a new credibility in my view, and I applaud the beautifully crafted narrative and the extraordinarily honest and vivid characters she has created. The listener is doubly blessed to have the story told by Juliet Stevenson whose voice and acting ability I, personally, find superb. A more apt choice of narrator could not have been made for this story.While one does not need to have a background in science or academia to appreciate this tale, neither is it a light or fluffy story. It deftly weaves threads of history, philosophy, religion, spirituality, science, racism, politics and the humanities together into a compelling work of fiction. In short, it is a rich, meaty story made more compelling because it is so beautifully narrated and it is a book I recommend with pleasure.

  • Calling Me Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Kibler
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope they make a movie!!

  • By Christina6marie on 08-17-15

A gem of a story

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Though I guessed at the story's ending long before the end, it in no way spoiled a well-told, thoughtful and beautifully narrated story. As a debut novel, this is a true gem.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Riches

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760

When Dora Conroy, a Philadelphia antiques dealer, purchases a curious selection of auction items - objects she judges to be humorous novelties, she unknowingly becomes the deadly focus of an international smuggler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Valerie Ng on 10-28-09

Beyond dreadful

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

Reviewed: 11-12-13

What disappointed you about Hidden Riches?

Generally, I find Nora Roberts a good storyteller and I have enjoyed some of her books a great deal. This was not one of them. I am guessing this was one of her earliest books, referring as it does (in the story) to old technology like Walkmans. The writing is awkward, saccharine and immature. But the worst part of all was the narrator, whose voice sounded like something from a 1950's movie. Every time the narrator said one of the main character's names -- "Skimmerhorn" -- in that breathless little voice I wanted to smack her, so awful and contrived did it come across. And seriously: who would name a character Skimmerhorn anyway?

What didn’t you like about Sandra Burr’s performance?

Everything. Her voice(s) and "over performance", her pacing. Sandra Burr was absolutely awful and I will go out of my way to avoid any book narrated by her in the future.

Any additional comments?

If you're a fan of Nora Roberts current books, I would strongly encourage you to avoid this older book with it's stereotyped, flat characters, silly dialogue and boring-as-hell storyline. It is terribly dated and a real waste of a credit. I could not finish it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,023

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

Absolutely superb!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-13

What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

What other book might you compare The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to and why?

Have you listened to any of Jim Broadbent’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Any additional comments?

This story is beautifully crafted and told. The characters are so real, I feel as if I know them personally and the story is utterly believable. It is a worthy study of the human character, flaws and all. I strongly recommend it.

  • The Ideal Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103

Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation. Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to her usual level

  • By Corrie on 08-18-11

Utter drivel

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

Reviewed: 06-17-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

What do you think your next listen will be?

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Traister?

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

Any additional comments?

Save your money or credits for something more worth listening to ... this is as trite as it comes.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocent: A Novel

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,282

Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disliked all the Sound Effects.

  • By Stan on 07-16-14

An excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 09-11-12

Any additional comments?

This is a thoroughly engaging story. Not particularly original, not serious literature, but an enjoyable story that keeps the listener's attention. I am not a fan of the sound effects that were sporadically added, and think it might have benefited from a couple of additional voices for the various characters, but all in all, a good listen I would highly recommend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful