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  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,172

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Martha on 02-23-18

Sweet and awesome

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

Reviewed: 07-20-19

It starts out slow but eventually becomes an endearing story of WW ll with the bravery of the people of Italy. Love blooms, the food description s are mouth watering. Worth a summer read / listen. On to more by Rhys Bowen.

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,486
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,143

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Very sad and strange

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

Reviewed: 07-06-19

This is a very odd book and not in a good way. I had listened to the sample but had no idea it was going to be so random and so sad. Would love to have the money back if I could return it.

  • Slightly South of Simple

  • Peachtree Bluff, Book 1
  • By: Kristy Woodson Harvey
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

Caroline Murphy swore she'd never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father's death, her mother selfishly forced her to move - during her senior year of high school, no less - back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beach read

  • By Anonymous User on 07-10-17

A work of brilliance

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

I wasn’t sure what to find when I bought this audiobook. I figured it as a good summer read when I listened to the sample. I was drawn into the story and the wisdom by the words and the exquisite voices of the narration. I think I would call this a chick book because I cannot imagine a man actually understanding the complexity of what happens to this family, to these wonderfully strong women, over the course of a lifetime. If this were a book I would call it a page turner but I have listened to all the pages like a marathon because I could not bear missing out on what would come next. Treat yourself to this marvelous work of literature. I will eagerly follow this author.

  • Thin Air

  • Jessica Shaw, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Gray
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 491

Private investigator Jessica Shaw is used to getting anonymous tips. But after receiving a photo of a three-year-old kidnapped from Los Angeles twenty-five years ago, Jessica is stunned to recognize the little girl as herself. Eager for answers, Jessica heads to LA’s dark underbelly. When she learns that her biological mother was killed the night she was abducted, Jessica’s determined to solve a case the police have forgotten. Meanwhile, veteran LAPD detective Jason Pryce is in the midst of a gruesome investigation into a murdered college student moonlighting as a prostitute. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dumbest 2 detectives ever to get a book deal.

  • By squishy on 07-05-19

A decent story with too many words.

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

Reviewed: 06-17-19

The plot is reasonable and the narration is fine, just fine. I think the author wrote too many words, words to Philippines, descriptions that just are unnecessary to support the plot. Segues from one scene or chapter to another are filled with descriptions that just take up time and space. I feel the book needs editing but overall a decent story.

  • Long Road to Mercy

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,482

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona resident agency, which is responsible for protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon - and its rider missing - Pine is called in to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damn, Baldacci is good!

  • By Wayne on 11-14-18

Powerful Story Resonates with America’s Corrupt and Treasonous Leaders

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Another amazing story. A solitary FBI agent follows a missing person case until a plot to fake a pretext to start a war is discovered. Russians, N Koreans and American black ops are cast in fictional but all too familiar immoral roles we read about every day.

Brilliant writing and narration.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21,288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,237

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Hitchcock has a rival

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Hitchcock has a rival in this wonderful, intense story. I know this will become a fantastic movie at some point in the future. Since this is a first work, Finn has created a successful foundation for psychological thrillers, so stand in line for his next masterpiece. The partnership with an Oscar-worthy performance by narrator Ann Marie Lee will draw and maintain audiences for a lifetime. Thank you for sharing your gift.

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  • No Cry for Help

  • By: Grant McKenzie
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

During a cross border shopping trip, a family vanishes. No reason. No ransom. No cry for help. Bus driver Wallace Carver fears the worst when his family fails to meet him at the Bellingham, Washington mall. His anxiety is justifiably heightened when security cameras unexplainably show that he crossed the Peace Arch border alone. Now, all Wallace wants to do is get his wife and sons back. But first he has to work out why they were taken and by whom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme Violence

  • By Sara on 06-25-18

Tender story

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

This is an interesting story about a man whose family is kidnapped for a reason he does not know. The story can hold your attention for a long time and would be called a real page turner if it were not for the narrator who needs a bit more work on really acting the narration. His voice is kind but not mysterious.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Beach Trees

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Ki Gottberg, Gin Hammond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

For Julie Holt, travelling to the beautiful but ravaged coast of Biloxi, Mississippi, is a journey into a secret past, and a life she never expected.... Julie first knew loss at the age of 12, when her sister disappeared, never to be found. As her once close-knit family grew apart, Julie's mother obsessively searched for the girl, and when her mother died, Julie took up the search, never letting go of the hope. Then, at an art exhibition in New York, she meets Monica....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book! Awful southern accent

  • By amcbmoore on 07-07-11

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Karen White knows how to write a story, a good story, maybe not much of a mystery but a good story. This is not her best.

The narration is atrocious, So bad that I have thought of putting the book down several times. I tend to write down the names of narrators whom I have enjoyed but this time I will be writing down the names of narrators who will automatically delete a book from my listening pleasure. Their voices do not match the characters they portray. Their audible acting capability is distracting. I do hope Karen White finds Theresa again as she brought something to the party of listening.

  • An Unseemly Wife

  • By: E. B. Moore
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gold
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Not all journeys come to an end.... 1867: Ruth Holtz has more blessings than she can count - a loving husband, an abundant farm, beautiful children, and the warm embrace of the Amish community. Then, the English arrive, spreading incredible stories of free land in the West and inspiring her husband to dream of a new life in Idaho. Breaking the rules of their Order, Ruth’s husband packs up his pregnant wife and their four children and joins a wagon train heading west.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Lori Seward on 06-07-18

This book is a gift, wrapped up with a story inside.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Mysteries are often rated as page turners but this story captures your heart with phrases that open worlds different from my own. Ruth is an amazingly strong woman, "Simple" like steel.
I will listen to this book again and share it with as many people as I can find. It is a story of hope and love, dedication and guidance. Life is not fair and we make of it as best we can. The words of this author draw you into a worldof complexity and ultimately simplicity. The narration is exquisite and enhances the words of the author in many ways. I will find her again. I have a strong need to find other works of this author.


Treat yourself and listen.

  • The Sound of Glass

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,688

It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward's husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news - Cal's family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal's reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. Charting the course of an uncertain life - and feeling guilt from her husband's tragic death - Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal's unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll LAUGH, LOVE, and maybe CRY a little

  • By Jennifer on 08-08-15

Life lessons

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

This was my first introduction to Karen White Who I now know is a magnificent author. She is a master of imagery and emotion. I would say this is a page turner but being an audible book it has made its way through my ears, into my brain, and straight to my heart.
Her characterization is real and to the bone. Their fears could be yours or mine. I cried. I laughed. I smiled and would listen to this book again and again.
The narration by Therese Plummer Brings the words of Karen White to the listener in a way unequalled by other teams. Highly recommended as a five star opportunity. Thank you both.