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  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story

  • By: Hyeonseo Lee, David John
  • Narrated by: Josie Dunn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,184

An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The grit it must have taken

  • By Lucy on 11-13-17

Must Read, EXCELLENT!

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

This book was so informative while having drama to keep your interest. Seriously it’s shocking that this is a true story. This is the type of book that I get nothing done because all I want to do is listen to every word.
The performance was EXCELLENT!
I highly recommend it.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,421
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,604

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Excellent Story

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

This story grabs you from the beginning and takes you on a journey. Throughout this journey, I laughed at the character’s peculiarities. It was really funny. Then you have the journey into the mental health of the character which made me uncomfortable. However, this is why I enjoyed the story so much because I was so absorbed into it. I will be choosing this book for my book club.

  • Auschwitz #34207

  • The Joe Rubinstein Story
  • By: Nancy Sprowell Geise
  • Narrated by: Richard Rieman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 422

Shortly before dawn on a frigid morning in Radom, Poland, twenty-one year-old Joe answered a knock at the door of the cottage he shared with his widowed mother and siblings. German soldiers forced him onto a crowded open-air truck. Wearing only an undershirt and shorts, Joe was left on the truck with no protection from the cold. By the next morning, several around him would be dead. From there, things got worse for young Joe, much worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life changing read

  • By mwatt on 03-26-16

Not just another holocaust story

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

The reason why I enjoyed this book is because of its simplicity. It follows the life of Joe Rubinstein from a child through his youth in Auschwitz and after. I kept shaking my head in disbelief that someone could survive this hell. However, he explained it in a way that was matter of fact and it kept me engaged. The events are horrific yet he finds a way to share it very respectfully. I would recommend this book to others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Island of the Lost

  • Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
  • By: Joan Druett
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,135

Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. In 1864, Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave inspires his men to take action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Stories Ever Told!

  • By Tiffany on 04-10-16

Admirer of fiction, historical fiction, classics

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

This book was very detailed more than I normally enjoy. I felt it could have been condensed. However, I thought the comparison of both groups VERY INTERESTING. You learn what a true, honorable, respectful captain (leader) can accomplish.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Victoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Daisy Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Anna Wilson-Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,935

Early one morning, less than a month after her 18th birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died, and she is now queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Surely she must rely on her mother and her venal advisor, Sir John Conroy, or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are all too eager to relieve her of the burdens of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!!

  • By Tommy on 02-06-18

Enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

I enjoy historical fiction and although this may have been more fiction than truth (I'm really not too sure), it kept my interest. The performance was excellent. I will listen to more of this author.

  • The Painted Veil

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458

First published in 1925, The Painted Veil is an affirmation of the human capacity to grow, change, and forgive. Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What An Unexpected Delight!

  • By Cathy on 10-22-08

Classics, fiction and nonfiction lover

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

This book started off really good. I thoroughly enjoyed the premise. It involves an affair which did not go into detail and I greatly appreciated that. However after 3/4 of the way I was disappointed at the turn of events. That being said I moderately enjoyed this book.

  • Forty Autumns

  • A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall
  • By: Nina Willner
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family - of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than 40 years and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A personal look at a tenuous era that divided a city and a nation and continues to haunt us, Forty Autumns is an intimate and beautifully written story of courage, resilience, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By AvidReader on 03-24-19

Simple, Interesting, Informative

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

This book was easy to follow and easy to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was a Freshman in college when the wall came down and enjoyed listening to the differences of lifestyles in East Germany and West Germany. During such repression, it is amazing to see the family stay strong and succeed under those circumstances. Highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,499

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite novels, ever

  • By Calliope on 11-24-14

Excellent Classic

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

This book is well written and keeps you interested throughout the whole book. Excellent book club book due to its ample discussion points.

  • The Stranger from the Sea

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1810-1811: Poldark, Book 8
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

The Stranger from the Sea is the eighth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, 1810. The Poldark family awaits the return of Ross from his mission to Wellington's army in Portugal. But their ordered existence ends with Jeremy Poldark's dramatic rescue of the stranger from the sea. Stephen Carrington's arrival in the Poldark household changes all their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where are all the Poldark books

  • By Sharon on 12-11-16

Did not hold my attention

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

For some reason, this book did not hold my attention like the others before it in the series. The performance was excellent but I feel the storyline did not interest me.

  • Ross Poldark

  • A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799

Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his family and his beloved Elizabeth. But instead, he discovers that his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth, having believed Ross dead, is now engaged to his cousin. Ross must start over, building a completely new path for his life, one that takes him in exciting and unexpected directions....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hats off to the Screenwriters and Actors

  • By Donna Miller on 07-05-15

Movie vs Book

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

I've watched the recently aired PBS production of Poldark and enjoyed it so much I had to listen to the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The performance was FANTASTIC! I hope the whole series has the same narrator, Oliver Hembrough. For those who care, the movie follows the book closely which I was happily surprised. This is a WONDERFUL Book!!! So excited there are more to the series.