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  • Lincoln's Melancholy

  • How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
  • By: Joshua Wolf Shenk
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lincoln was depressed - who knew?

  • By Scott on 06-22-08

fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-09

I found this book to be very informative--things I never knew about Lincoln and the demons he dealt with all of his life. The author implements current medical knowledge to explain the torture Lincoln's mind endured during a time when not much was known about depression. Well worth the listen!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cemetery Dance

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948

Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers

  • By Samantha on 05-31-09

horrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-09

This book was too over the top for me--zombies and gore. I could not even finish it because it disgusted me--not at all what I expected.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Geraldine James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife, Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence, with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie's death, along with his kin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By Theresa on 03-15-09

The Best!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-09

I was sad to see the end of this series and I am hoping there were will be more Jamie & Clare adventures. I was totally addicted to the Outlander series and the last book is not to be missed. I only wish it was available in unabridged!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • True Colors

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

The Grey sisters had only each other when their mother died years ago. Their father provided for them physically on Water's Edge, the ranch that had been in their family for three generations, each of them however, longed for their father's love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, POORLY narrated... :(

  • By Brenda on 07-14-10

Loved it!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-09

I hated to see this book end--the character development was great and I can see it becoming a movie!

  • Prodigal Summer

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,717

Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Lily on 10-12-08

Great southern story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-09

I loved this book! The author's narration was "spot on" for the mountain accents and the characters were so interesting and intertwined, I was sad to have this book end. I highly recommend it!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Bones

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something "real dead...buried in your marsh." The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks it's a prank, but when a young woman's body turns up in LA's Bird Marsh preserve no one's laughing. And when the bones of more victims surface, homicide Detective Milo Sturgis realizes the city's under siege to an insidious killer. Milo's first move: calling in psychologist Alex Delaware.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Deja Vue

  • By Jean on 10-23-08

Okay

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-09

Jonathon Kellerman is one of my favorite authors and I was interested in this book because of the location--the marsh, protected land, etc. It was just okay--I still love, Milo, Alex, Robin and Blanche, but this story needed more....something....it was lacking somehow and very predictable. Maybe I have read too many of his books (all of them, in fact), so I can predict the endings. It was an okay read...just not great. I look forward to the next one in the anticipation that it will deliver the usual Kellerman twists and turns.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Change of Heart

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 660

Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • and shawshank

  • By Kelly on 05-11-08

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-09

I really loved this book--it touched on so many ethical issues and the characters were very real people--you can feel their emotions as they struggle with right and wrong and what is "expected" of them. It is very worthy of your time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Why Him? Why Her?

  • Understanding Your Personality Type and Finding the Perfect Match
  • By: Helen Fisher
  • Narrated by: Helen Fisher
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

Based on entirely new research - including a detailed questionnaire completed by five million people in 33 countries - Why Him? Why Her? will change your understanding of why you love him (or her) and help you use nature's chemistry to find and keep your life partner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I expected

  • By Paige on 09-09-10

Informative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-09

I found this book to be very informative and it made me very aware of the different personality types and why they act the way they do. I thought it was really worth the listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Plum Spooky

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

Evanovich fans rejoice! Stephanie Plum is back in town, along with her sidekick Lula, her Grandma Mazur, and an ever-widening cast of freaks, criminals, deranged felons, and lunatics looking for love. And just when Stephanie thinks her life can't get any more complicated, in walks the mysterious Diesel. A man who seems to show up at the most inconvenient moments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Stephanie Plum

  • By JoAnn on 01-08-09

Hilarious!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-09

Stephanie and her co-horts do not disappoint--you will be laughing out loud at their antics--a wonderful "feel good" book!

  • Scarpetta

  • Scarpetta, Book 16
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 591

Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your money

  • By Becky on 01-20-09

Predictable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-09

While I disagree with the other reviewers about Kate Reading--I think she does a great job and cannot imagine listening to a Scarpetta novel without her voice, I do have to say the plot was very predictable. It was okay, but her other books were so much better. I can understand why someone who had not listened to her other books would not care for this one--you really do have to begin with the older ones to understand the characters.