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L. Swartz

tucson, az
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  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621

Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family. In time Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, caring for the master's opium-addicted wife and befriending his dangerous yet protective son. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating read!

  • By Gottalookgoodwhenyouwkout on 10-18-17

tiresomely stereotypical storyline

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Evil drunken white guys. Terrible time but this story is old, needs a new twist. I did not finish this book

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,673

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Slowest "Thriller" Ever

  • By Kierstin L Hartwig on 10-18-18

Dumb, unrealistic ending, annoying whiny woman voice

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Like many of these "thrillers", they great you until you reach the end and them things just fall apart realistically.

  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,623

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spring for a professional narrator, please!

  • By Gail Dragon on 11-05-18

I have always loved her books but....

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

It started out great but unfortunately became infused with current politics which I find infuriating because I turn to fiction as an escape from all of that. I wish entertainers could understand that!. I don't want to hear about Obama care and talk radio!. The parts in the past are quite boring unless you are super into botany and entomology . I tried to slug through it but just couldn't. 😕

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  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,011

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story... good overcomes misogyny

  • By Sher on 06-15-17

Trite, predictable story.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Sappy romance, nauseating sex scenes, women who go back and forth between being really tough and wanting a strong real man. Sigh. I am sorry to have wasted my time. And of course the protagonist had to be a right wing nutjob, who called himself a true patriot who wanted to take the country back to it’s constitutional founding with an IQ of about 50. He is also a religious nut who thought it his right to “take” a wife and beat her into submission in order to plant his seed and have her produce his sons. I imagine the author believing this to be a the picture of what “tea party patriot” might be like. She used a lot of the buzzwords associated with that movement. It seemed like there was a bit of an agenda to put down politically conservative or religious people.

  • The Wife

  • A Novel of Psychological Suspense
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,844
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,833

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Toni R. on 02-03-18

Slander of current public figures disgraceful!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

The story was okay, not great, but okay. I was dismayed that the author chose to use her fictional platform to slander real people though. This is a big part of what is going wrong in our country today.

  • The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

  • A Novel
  • By: Nichole Bernier
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

Summer vacation on the island was supposed to be a restorative time for Kate, who'd lost her close friend Elizabeth in a sudden accident. But when she inherits a trunk of Elizabeth's journals, they reveal a woman far different than the cheerful wife and mother Kate had known. The complicated portrait of Elizabeth--her upbringing, her marriage, and journey to motherhood--makes Kate question not just their friendship, but her most fundamental beliefs about loyalty and deception at a time when she is uncertain in her own marriage.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring. Nothing "Wowed" Me.....

  • By Sue Adams on 01-13-13

BORING WITH A CAPITAL B

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

Any additional comments?

I stuck it out till nearly the end just waiting for SOMETHING to happen.

  • Night Road

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518

For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Took awhile to get into but worth it

  • By selena on 05-10-11

insipid and boring

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

Any additional comments?

I listened to over half of the book waiting for something to happen. Maybe it would entertain an 8th grader....

  • The Grownup

  • A Story by the Author of Gone Girl
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 796

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Grownup

  • By Beth C. Hunt on 09-14-16

UNBELIEVABLE THEY CHARGED A CREDIT FOR THIS!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan?

I loved gone girl but this was a HUGE letdown. Note that it last a little over an hour. There is just no there there!

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,053
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,019

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Just a southern bashing book

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

What disappointed you about Go Set a Watchman?

It was so stereotypical. The people in the south are depicted as just a bunch of ignorant hateful rubes while the northerners are so educated, kind and sophisticated. The book seemed like a parody to me. I could not finish it! I am from Texas and while there are racists, ignorant people there, the same is true of the North. I am truly sick of the stereotype. I have known many fine, intelligent and wonderful people in the southern part of the country too.

Any additional comments?

If you are a liberal progressive, who thinks your way of thinking is superior, and that people in the southern part of the country are all wet, you will love this book, otherwise you might just find it to be as offensive as I did.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Safe Haven

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093

When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Safe Haven

  • By Tina on 11-09-10

BORING WITH A CAPITAL B!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-13

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

People who like sappy, uneventful love stories.

What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sparks’s story?

I listened for 3 hours and nothing interesting happened in the story.