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  • All You Can Ever Know

  • A Memoir
  • By: Nicole Chung
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Nicole Chung was born premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up, she wondered if the story she'd been told was the whole truth. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent writing, interesting memoir, however

  • By T on 10-09-18

Intelligent and heartfelt story told by an adoptee

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This was an amazing book. So well thought out, organized, and written.The author is very honest about her experiences and her feelings, and tackles some very sensitive issues for birth families, adoptive families, and adoptees.
I am a white adoptive parent of a transracial child and I hung on every word, wanting to hear everything the author experienced and how she dealt with her experiences and decisions. I believe that it cannot be stressed enough that white parents raising a child of color need to make every effort to connect their child with their culture and celebrate their culture with them. The cultural identity of a child is everything, and can affect the way a child feels about themselves throughout their lives. A special thank you to this author for being able to communicate so many important things without delving into the anger and disappointment she must have felt at times. I will be recommending this book to people who are considering Adoption and Foster Care. I teach classes to help people prepare for this, and also co-lead a group for adoptive parents. I think this book can be very helpful in demonstrating the importance of cultural issues in adoption and Foster Care. Highly recommend, even if your family has not been touched by adoption.

  • Akata Witch

  • Akata Witch Series, Book 1
  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Yetide Badaki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she has albinism. She's a terrific athlete but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing - she is a "free agent" with latent mystical power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • imaginative!

  • By A^3 on 04-26-18

Loved this! Read it twice!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

The parts of the narration spoken with an African accent were excellent and made the story more genuine. I enjoyed this book and have enjoyed this author's other writing as well. If you are looking for a "Nigerian Harry Potter" type of story, as this book has been described by some, you may be disappointed and not appreciate the uniqueness of this story and its characters. but it is every bit worth your time, so strongly recommend that you read this or Listen by audiobook.

  • Blackwood Farm

  • The Vampire Chronicles
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 20 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm brings together the Vampire Chronicles and the story of the Mayfair Witches, and is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blackwood Farm: A Strange and Lovely World

  • By The Girl Who Reads Too Much on 09-09-13

The usual excellence from Anne Rice!!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Oh how I have missed Anne Rice's classic characters, beautiful descriptions and tantalizing storylines!
I didn't realize I had missed this book in the series. Listened to the audio book and it was wonderful. narration was excellent. Really loved the relationship that developed between Lestat and the main character. Once again Anne, you've left me thirsting for more! I'm already off to the next in the series, "Blood Canticle".

  • Catalyst

  • Breakthrough, Book 3
  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760

In 1984 a doomsday vault was constructed on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. Its purpose was to preserve Earth's genetic history in the event of a global catastrophe. Now, decades later, a second vault has been uncovered. This one resting where no one ever expected. And the problem is, it's not ours. Yet even more curious than the vault itself is what lies inside. Seeds. Millions of seeds. Each with a genetic embryo untouched and perfectly preserved. Waiting. No one knows who built it. Or when. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sci-fi action and adventure...

  • By shelley on 06-03-18

This series just keeps getting better and better!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Strongly recommend this book series. Once you read the first book, "Breakthrough", you may want to have each subsequent book available on your Kindle or audiobooks, or as a hard copy, because you will want to keep reading! These books, which are sequential, will attract anyone who enjoys intelligent, well written novels, with a dose of science, interspecies communication, military operations (with Navy SEALs!), a touch of romance, and of course, implications regarding alien civilizations. You will not regret getting hooked on this "Breakthrough" series!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Leap

  • Breakthrough, Book 2
  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162

It was just one year ago that she and her team of marine biologists had stunned the world with their incredible breakthrough. And now, they were about to do it again. But an ocean away, something strange was unfolding. Along a lonely coast in South America, an experimental Russian submarine, long thought to have been dismantled, has suddenly resurfaced. And the US Navy had taken notice, sending officers John Clay and Steve Caesare to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breakthrough continues... excellent sequel!

  • By shelley on 09-10-17

Even better than the first book!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next one in the series. Yup, I'm hooked, which speaks to the skill of this author's writing, and how engaging the story and continuing characters are. I'm looking forward to more of his books!

  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind Blown!!!

  • By FocusedOnTheJourney on 07-22-17

I'm hooked! Can't wait to read the series!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

At first, I had trouble getting through the beginning. It was very dry (at least for me), focusing on setting the stage for the story and characters, and a lot of technical information. I even put it aside and started reading another book. This is why I only rated the story with 4 stars. But I returned to start again, and although it took a little while to get to the important action and plot of the story, I now have to say it was worth waiting for. After that, it didn't take long for me to get hooked and want to continue reading. Some of the story is quite credible and even the Sci-Fi portion of the story is subtle enough to be possibly credible. And I appreciate that the Sci-Fi component of the story was not way over the top, allowing me to appreciate the main characters and their development throughout the story. I'm looking forward to continuing with this series and can't wait to start with the next book, "Leap". In the Audio version of "Breakthrough", at the very end, the author offers us the first few chapters of this next book to keep us interested. Although I appreciate this, it wasn't necessary. I was already hooked and looking forward to the next book. I've already downloaded it!

  • Flashback

  • An Anna Pigeon Mystery
  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When a mysterious boat explosion - and the discovery of unidentifiable body parts - keeps her anchored to the present, Anna Pigeon finds crimes of past and present closing in on her. A tangled web that was woven before she arrived begins to threaten her sanity and her life. Cut off from the mainland by miles of water, poor phone service, and sketchy radio contact, and aided by one law-enforcement ranger, Anna must find answers or weather a storm to rival the hurricanes for which the islands are famous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nevada Barr never disappoints!

  • By Shearyan60 on 03-19-18

Nevada Barr never disappoints!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Enjoyed this book as much as I've enjoyed all of the other Nevada Barr novels I've had the good sense to read. Just when I start to think, this can't be as good as the last one..... I am surprised again and swept up into the tension and suspense that Ms Barr is so good at. She also never disappoints at weaving in the beauty and importance of our national parks. Now more than ever, I so appreciate her loyalty and dedication to National Parks!

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,503

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-12-18

Beautiful, Heartbreaking and Real

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

I became quickly immersed in this story, hanging onto every detail about the beauty and savagery of Alaska. But it's also about a family's love, trying desperately to heal the damage of their husband and father's traumatic experience as a POW from the Vietnam War. At various times both exhilarating and tragic, expect to need a box of Kleenex nearby as the story progresses. Strongly recommend this powerful novel, unless you are likely to be triggered by some frighteningly accurate descriptions of an extremely abusive relationship. I cried at the end, despite the hopefulness of redemption offered at the conclusion of this story. Narration was perfect and excellent!

  • A Dangerous Talent

  • By: Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142

From the outside, Alix London appears to have it all. Unfortunately for Alix, what you see isn’t exactly what you get. A brilliant, once-promising art student, the daughter of a prominent New York art conservator, Alix and her world were left in ruins when her father went to prison for art forgery. Then she meets Christine Lemay, a novice art collector with deep pockets and a handle on a recently discovered painting by American master Georgia O’Keeffe. Chris needs the painting authenticated....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this

  • By Constance Jenkins on 09-11-17

Pretty good mix of art and mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Entertaining story/ novel. Like the way it used art and art history throughout.
Narration was okay, but very little difference in the sound of different characters voices. Terrible Boston accent!! although the character was supposed to be using a fake Boston accent so maybe it was okay considering this.

  • 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 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

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

Both heartbreaking and inspirational. Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Didn't realize how attached I had become to this novel until it was finished. Beautifully written and narrated.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful