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C. A. Rogai

Haverford, PA
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  • Oliver Loving

  • A Novel
  • By: Stefan Merrill Block
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

One warm, West Texas November night, a shy boy named Oliver Loving joins his classmates at Bliss County Day School's annual dance, hoping for a glimpse of the object of his unrequited affections, an enigmatic junior named Rebekkah Sterling. But as the music plays, a troubled young man sneaks in through the school's back door. The dire choices this man makes that evening - and the unspoken story he carries - will tear the town of Bliss, Texas, apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible story

  • By ZippyBippy on 03-29-18

Could not get through this book.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I thought the story had promise but I lost interest after a few hours. Fast forwarded to the final hour to see if I should stick with it but the ending was not redeeming. The narrator did not help. Actually he sounded as dull as the story. My bookclub selected this title for this month’s read. 5 out of 6 women did not enjoy and could not finish it. Would not recommend this book.

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,126

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

This should be required reading!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Wonderfully woven story that includes many points of view. I loved it! Can’t wait to discuss at our book club. Well done Jodi Picoult! I also appreciated the authors notes at the end.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,458

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Wonderful read!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

Great story. Great characters. Great narration. Was sorry to see it come to an end. My favorite quote from the book, "The truth is still the truth. It has value." So apropos in our world today. LOVED this read.

  • No Coming Back

  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,946

Eighteen years ago, Jenna Luckman disappeared, presumed murdered. Her boyfriend, Jake Olson, hasn't been home since. Now he's coming back to find her killer. When a body is discovered at the frozen Hangman Falls, Jake is beset by a snowstorm of anger and revenge. Hounded by grudges and feared by the townsfolk, Jake is determined to uncover the truth behind his girlfriend's disappearance. But he still has enemies in town and they have other plans for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally twisted tale!

  • By shelley on 12-02-15

Kept My Interest...BUT

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

Really enjoyed this book from the start however was very disappointed in the ending...to the point I almost felt like it had wasted my time reading it. Some people might like the surprise revealed in the final chapters but I thought it was rather depressing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One Thousand White Women

  • By: Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809

One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • One interesting woman is better than one thousand!

  • By Tracy on 04-29-12

Great read!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

Loved this story! And thoroughly enjoyed the audio version reader. If I could have given her 10 stars I would have. Great job with the various accents of the characters.

  • Accidents of Marriage

  • By: Randy Susan Meyers
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

Maddy is a social worker trying to balance her career and three children. Years ago, she fell in love with Ben, a public defender, drawn to his fiery passion, but now he's lashing out at her during his periodic verbal furies. She vacillates between tiptoeing around him and asserting herself for the sake of their kids - which works to keep a fragile peace - until the rainy day when they're together in the car and Ben's volatile temper gets the best of him, leaving Maddy in the hospital fighting for her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Is Not Always Enough

  • By Pamela Dale Foster on 11-08-14

Good, but....

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

Overall good read. Realistic and accurate portrayal of events. Wanted to shake Ben for his poor decisions sometimes. Room to be hopeful however something in the ending left me wanting more.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,694

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Mixed Feelings

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

Reviewed: 11-29-12

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

Yes

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Hated it!!!!!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes...but would hope for a variation from the original ending.

Any additional comments?

Story idea was great, writing was good and the performance was well done but the ending definitely ruined it for me.

  • Power Down

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 1
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,122

There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW.COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. MUST READ!

  • By Constance on 11-09-10

Awesome 1st Book!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-12

What made the experience of listening to Power Down the most enjoyable?

The characters were realistic and generated emotions.

What did you like best about this story?

It demonstrated in an entertaining way the indomitable American spirit and patriotism.

What does Peter Hermann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice helped to relay the urgency of certain situations and he did a great job changing voices for the various characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Hey terrorist: you picked the wrong country to %#@& with!

Any additional comments?

Great first book...hope it becomes a series!

  • True Love and Other Disasters

  • By: Rachel Gibson
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 713

Best-selling author Rachel Gibson is acclaimed for her quick-witted and endearing romances. True Love and Other Disasters begins as the Seattle Chinooks hockey team owner dies, bequeathing the team to his young widow, Faith. Faith is determined to be taken seriously as the owner, and she’s not going to let anyone—especially dreamy star player Ty Savage—get in her way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Rachel Gibson, please!

  • By S on 12-23-10

Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-11

Loved the characters and dialog. First time reading this author but will look for more. Thoroughly enjoyable read!