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  • The Only Woman in the Room

  • By: Marie Benedict
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • incredible true story about heddy Lamar

  • By S. Loew on 01-26-19

Author missed her chance

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

I think the author really missed the chance to write what could have been a really interesting book about the woman who's mind saw the "future" in the technology that affects our everyday lives - cell phones. I was hoping for a well written telling of Hedy Lamarr's mind, personality and life that led to her scientific writings & inventions. But sadly the author spent more time writing about Lamarr's looks, clothing, jewels and homes and how she thought her mother didn't love her, her husbands not knowing & loving her for her mind not body. It took more than half the book to finally get to how science and technology were important to Lamarr. And then to contribute as the reason for her invention was Lamarr's guilt and need for penitence. Seriously?? Also, the author's treatment of George Antheil, as just a sidekick to Lamarr's inventions - it is insulting to him. The author's note was more interesting than the whole book.
I have enjoyed listening to Suzanne Toren's narration of other titles. But for this title - I just didn't like her interpretation. Maybe if the narrator had been different I would have liked this book better OR if the book had been better I would have liked Toren.

  • The Silence of the Girls

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman - Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war's outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms until Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles' concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific book!

  • By Michal on 09-16-18

Troy - the other side

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Enjoyed listening to this version of the story of the fall of Troy. It was interesting to hear the women of Troy's side of the story. I didn't care as much for Part II when Achilles is telling his side of the story (although the narrator did a good job). I much preferred hearing Briseis' story. Really liked Kristin Atherton's narration. Good historical fiction told from a different point of view.

  • Night of Miracles

  • By: Elizabeth Berg
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Berg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her delicious classic Southern yellow cake, the perfect pinwheel cookies, and other sweet essentials. When a new family moves in next door and tragedy strikes, Lucille begins to look out for Lincoln, their son. Lincoln's parents aren't the only ones in town facing hard choices and uncertain futures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book - ho-hum narration

  • By Kay on 12-01-18

Good book - ho-hum narration

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I wish authors would not think just because they can write a good story/book, they can read aloud well. I like Elizabeth Berg's writing and have read most of her books - this was another good one. But I do NOT like her as a narrator. There is something in her voice that I find irritating. Also, she is a bit boring - lacks emotion or inflection.

The characters are good and their growth and change interesting. The progression of the events is nice, with just enough twists and turns to keep you wanting to know what they are going to do next.

SpoilerAlert: I loved the email exchange between Iris and her ex-husband. Very thoughtful and touching.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Thread of Grace

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

It is September 8, 1943, and Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes, overnight, an open battleground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had no idea......

  • By Deborah on 09-14-05

Well written & read

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Very well researched and written by Russell. She doesn't get bogged down in flowery over descriptive writing and yet you feel so much emotion and connection to the characters and story.
Cassandra Campbell once again delivers an excellent narration for all characters - female & male, young & old, no matter the accent.
Great listen!

  • The Dollhouse

  • A Novel
  • By: Fiona Davis
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 801

When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong - a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lifetime Movie in Book Form

  • By chelsie on 08-30-16

It was ok

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Easy listen. The narrator did a pretty good job with the different character voices, especially the accent for Esme. But often the delivery seemed overly dramatic, a bit too "soap opera-y".
The story itself was entertaining, if not again a little bit like a soap opera. But it kept my attention the whole way through, so I guess it wasn't too - too much.

  • The Orphan's Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra, Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,566

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sappy and tedious

  • By Churchill on 03-23-17

Good - not great

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Story was fairly good. The love story between Noa & Luc seemed a bit contrived. I was disappointed that the author's not was not included in the Audible version. I read on Goodreads that Jenoff's note was interesting and added to the story.

  • The Girls in the Picture

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

It is 1914, and 25-year-old Frances Marion has left her (second) husband and her Northern California home for the lure of Los Angeles, where she is determined to live independently as an artist. But the word on everyone's lips these days is "flickers" - the silent moving pictures enthralling theatergoers. Turn any corner in this burgeoning town and you'll find made-up actors running around, as a movie camera captures it all. In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Melodramatic

  • By Kay on 02-12-18

Melodramatic

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I have enjoyed other books written by Melanie Benjamin more than this title. It is not very well written - overly dramatic and sappy.
I have also listened to other titles narrated by Kimberly Farr - and have enjoyed her interpretation of those titles. This time - not so much. Again the phrase "overly dramatic" says it best.
I finished this title because I was interested in the subject and main characters. Although I did roll my eyes at the writing & narration - I enjoyed hearing about (even in a fictional way) the actors, writers and others who were there when the movies began.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Arthur Truluv

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Berg
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Berg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

Three people find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of belonging in this deeply moving novel. Arthur, an old widower struggling to overcome his grief, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who avoids school by hiding out where Arthur goes every day for lunch. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing at best

  • By Anonymous User on 09-14-18

Enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

Often times when an author reads their own book, well.. it just doesn't work. But this time Elizabeth Berg does a very nice job reading her story. She put the right emotions and inflections in each character's voice. Berg's reading made this simple story very enjoyable. It is what we librarians like to call "A gentle read". I recommend this to those wanting a nice, easy, gentle read that will bring a tear to your eye in the end.

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,679

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Excelllent story & narration

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

If you could sum up We Were the Lucky Ones in three words, what would they be?

Hope, Courage and of course, Luck.

What other book might you compare We Were the Lucky Ones to and why?

I hate to compare books. But if you have read books such All the Light we Can See, Anna and the Swallow Man and Salt to the Sea - you will want to read this book.

What about Kathleen Gati and Robert Fass ’s performance did you like?

Kathleen Gati reads the actual story and does a wonderful job. Her pacing and expression was spot on.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was easy to get lost in the story but not so compelling as listening to all in one sitting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rules of Magic

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,108

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the '60s, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, not so great narrator

  • By just4now on 11-15-17

Favorite author

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

Alice Hoffman again writes an interesting and fanciful tale of love, life, sadness and magic.