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  • No Mark Upon Her

  • A Duncan Kincaid - Gemma James Crime Novel, Book 14
  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

When a K9 search-and-rescue team discovers a woman's body tangled up with debris in the river, Scotland Yard superintendent Duncan Kincaid finds himself heading an investigation fraught with complications. The victim, Rebecca Meredith, was a talented but difficult woman with many admirers - and just as many enemies. An Olympic contender on the verge of a controversial comeback, she was also a high-ranking detective with the Met - a fact that raises a host of political and ethical issues in an already sensitive case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great addition to the series

  • By Ruth on 06-03-12

Another good read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I love Crombie’s mysteries. She is capable of creating characters that are human kind and gentle or cruel and arrogant. She has such an impressive knowledge of the environment that I feel I’m in the middle of the rain storm or confronting the gun aimed by the villain. I will continue to await each new episode of these detectives’ lives.

  • Cause of Death

  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: C.J. Critt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

On a quiet day, away from the hustle of Richmond, in a small cottage on the Virginia coast, Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives a disturbing phone call from the Chesapeake police. Thirty feet deep in the murky waters of Virginia's Elizabeth River, a scuba diver's body is discovered near the Inactive Naval Shipyard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marcum Welby you are Fired!

  • By Peggy on 04-12-04

Good story annoying performance

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Patricia Cornwell is a fun read. Not challenging but enough technical details to require a bit of awareness. A good read for these challenging political times. The narrator used a voice for one of the characters that was annoying. Less performance and more reading is my response to this reader.

  • The Testament

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,096

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Late & Glowing Review

  • By Bee Keeper on 03-13-10

Terrific distraction to a strange land

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Another Grisham tale with greed, bad behavior and redemption. A good read and since way to avoid daily stresses. Characters are richly drawn and actions are believable. While half the actors are one note players the protagonist is human, fallible and genuine. Perfect Beach read.

  • Abraham Lincoln

  • The Prairie Years and The War Years
  • By: Carl Sandburg
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 44 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

Originally published in six volumes, which sold more than one million copies, Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln was praised as the most noteworthy historical biography of Sandburg’s generation. He later distilled this monumental work into one volume that critics and readers alike consider his greatest work of nonfiction, as well as the most distinguished, authoritative biography of Lincoln ever published.

Growing up in an Illinois prairie town, Sandburg listened to stories of old-timers who had known Lincoln. By the time this single-volume edition was competed, he had spent a lifetime studying, researching, and writing about our 16th president.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A moving tale of a very human man

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-25-16

A powerful history of Lincoln

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-17

This book is an essential history of the man who was Lincoln. Reading this book has given me a more powerful understanding of the trauma of the Civil War than the many books I have already read. The writing is beautiful and the history is truly profound.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Warriors of World War II

  • The Daring Women of the OSS and SOE
  • By: Gordon Thomas, Greg Lewis
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

They were told that the only crime they must never commit was to be caught. Women of enormous cunning and strength of will, the Shadow Warriors' stories have remained largely untold - until now. In a dramatic tale of espionage and conspiracy in World War II, Shadow Warriors of World War II unveils the history of the courageous women who volunteered to work behind enemy lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent telling of a story of women's strength, courage and intelligence

  • By Ralph's mother on 02-24-17

Excellent telling of a story of women's strength, courage and intelligence

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Very well done history of the women of the OSS and SOE who were key to the allies success in WWII. The reading was
Not only perfect for this history but her pronunciation was superb. I would have liked more about the bravery and creativity of the women whose histories are given. Alll in all this history ranks up there with the McCullough Truman bio and his bio of the Wright brothers. I want more about these amazing women.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3

  • The War Years and After, 1939-1962
  • By: Blanche Wiesen Cook
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The third and final volume takes us through World War II, FDR's death, the founding of the UN, and Eleanor Roosevelt's death in 1962. It follows the arc of war and the evolution of a marriage as the first lady realized the cost of maintaining her principles even as the country and her husband were not prepared to adopt them. Eleanor Roosevelt continued to struggle for her core issues - economic security, New Deal reforms, racial equality, and rescue - when they were sidelined by FDR while he marshaled the country through war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • E R's efforts

  • By Footloose on 12-06-16

Excellent history of Eleanor Roosevelt

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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-17

The material presented is stimulating and thorough. Well written and accurate and narrated as if it were a romance. What happened to the narrator for volume 2 of this biography? I so enjoy a good history that conveys not only the story of the main players but brings the reader into the environment of the events. This biography does provide that content;however the narrator who has a lovely voice sounded as if she were sharing a romantic novel rather a picture of a primary player in the events of the 20th Century.

  • Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume II

  • The Defining Years, 1933-1938
  • By: Blanche Wiesen Cook
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 28 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Historians, politicians, feminists, critics, and reviewers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook's monumental Eleanor Roosevelt as the definitive portrait of this towering female figure of the 20th century. Now, in her long-awaited, majestic second volume, Cook takes listeners through the tumultuous era of the Great Depression, the New Deal, and the gathering storms of World War II - the years of the Roosevelts' greatest challenges and finest achievements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stimulating, provocative, well-researched

  • By Ralph's mother on 01-16-17

Stimulating, provocative, well-researched

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

A solid examination of Eleanor Roosevelt's life from the beginning of FDR's first administration until the beginning of his third term. Kept my interest riveted throughout and makes me eager to the next volume.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,903
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,411

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Excellent writing and reading

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Even if you are not a huge Springsteen fan, this book is so rich and filled with musical history as well as his own development as a professional that it should be read. The writing is as powerful as his music and the challenges he overcame to reach his level of professionalism is impressive. Read this book. Learn about music history and Springsteen's odyssey as a musician.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Franklin and Winston

  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of "the Greatest Generation." Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one: a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together and exchanging nearly two thousand messages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Franklin and Winston Review

  • By Ronald Hull on 01-29-04

Rich full story of the two men who insured democracy prevailed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-16

Well researched examination of the relationship between the leaders of the free world during WWII.

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,045
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,071

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative

  • By JJ on 09-10-12

Thrilling exploration of Lincoln and the Civil war

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-16

The writing is exceptional. The historical details are surprising and rich providing life for an important period of American history.