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  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,949

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What does it mean to be human?

  • By Janice on 08-05-13

Extremely satisfying, Full of Delights

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

Reviewed: 06-25-19

Our beautiful world seen though such amazing eyes! I was hard pressed to stop reading this.
All the many many threads were woven together and into complete tales, no loose ends hanging!
A complete Triumph of storytelling!!! 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wish

  • By: Barbara O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wishing Children Everywhere Grow Up WIth These Books

  • By Kate Yonder on 12-30-18

Wish!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

This was such a compelling story.
I fell in love with Charlie and all the people in Colby ( I Listened so not sure how Colby was spelled). Charlie’s transformation over the telling of this tale is wonderful!
Full 5 stars from this New England small town Librarian.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Evidence of the Affair

  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, George Newbern, James Daniels, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574

The correspondence between Carrie Allsop and David Mayer reveals, piece by piece, the painful details of a devastating affair between their spouses. With each commiserating scratch of the pen, they confess their fears and bare their souls. They share the bewilderment over how things went so wrong and come to wonder where to go from here. Told entirely through the letters of two comforting strangers and those of two illicit lovers, Evidence of the Affair explores the complex nature of the heart. And ultimately, for one woman, how liberating it can be when it’s broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has all the magic of the short story form

  • By Jonetta (Ejaygirl) on 07-13-19

The late 70’s

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Wonderful story!
Loved the musical references of course Daisy Jones is one of the singers she listens to!!😍 I loved the books they read also.
Such wonderful characters they feel so real. It’s no work at all to suspend disbelief. Thank you for another great tale.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Daisy Jones & The Six

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,832
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,265

Daisy is a girl coming of age in LA in the late '60s, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s 20, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Different Kind of Review

  • By D. Fields on 03-23-19

Rich full of life and so real !

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

So I know this was a work of fiction and I was in High School during the time frame. So I kept thinking, I don’t remember the song Honeycomb and wait What does Daisy really look like?
I truly believed in all these people, beautiful story telling!!
Thank you!!

31 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Red Clocks

  • A Novel
  • By: Leni Zumas
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker, Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 479

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Need to read it in print

  • By swissviss on 11-15-18

Not at all a handmaid’s tale, Completely Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

An exploration of women’s roles, lifestyles, governmental interference, and the pathways taken. The Oregon Coast is the magic background to this compelling novel.
5 heart felt Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,241

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

A Christmas gift

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

This was a delightful little tale that was a welcome thing at the turning of the year.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Belong

  • Find Your People, Create Community & Live a More Connected Life
  • By: Radha Agrawal
  • Narrated by: Radha Agrawal
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

It’s the great paradox of the digital age, what Radha Agrawal calls “community confusion” - the internet connects us to hundreds, thousands, even millions of people, and yet we feel more isolated than ever, with one in four Americans saying they have zero friends to confide in. Where are our people? The answer is found in Belong, a highly energetic guide to discovering where and with whom you fit. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful experience that will truly improve your life

  • By J-OJ on 09-08-18

Belong

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I am so excited by the content of this wonderful book. I have been thinking about so many of the issues and themes in this book before reading it. You have put my thoughts and dreams on to paper and the air waves! Thank You my dear Writer!⭐️

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • This Is How It Always Is

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,479

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story mirrors our life -- to a point -- spoilers

  • By 1mom3kids on 11-14-17

Can’t put it down!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Loved the characters! Excellent dialogue! Terrific stories within stories!
Simply the best novel I’ve read all year and it’s October!!
5 stars!!!
Thank You Laurie Frankel for writing this beautiful book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Vox

  • By: Christina Dalcher
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 809

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial - this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke 16,000 words a day, but now women only have 100 to make themselves heard. But this is not the end. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great concept but the end felt rushed

  • By Lynette Garet on 08-24-18

VOX 🗣 An Excellent Tale!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I stayed up late to finish this thriller! You don’t appreciate your freedoms until they’re gone!
An excellent tale!
Don’t forget to exercise your rights. Speaking up, voting and enjoying the good life. Boys you never know!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 23,153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21,276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,226

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

Page Turner!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Dr. Anna Fox has a unique and yet very familiar voice. A Delightful Psychological thriller.
Full Five Stars
Looking forward to A.J. Finn’s next novel! Excellent book.