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  • Siracusa

  • By: Delia Ephron
  • Narrated by: Talia Balsam, Katie Finneran, Darren Goldstein, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 387

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine - Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. "From the beginning," says Taylor, "it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together." In Rashomon style, with alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENORME!!!!

  • By tooonce72 on 07-15-16

This Is A Relationship Deep Dive

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

The characters are unique and very interesting. Each has a story and a set of circumstances that keep you interested. I love the intimate look into the two marriages and how they are intertwined yet also individual. The story is set in a magical location that also plays into the story and adds depth. I really enjoyed this book and it was refreshing after a long, dry spell where good novels are concerned.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,119

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Classic and Beautiful!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

I started this book last year and put it down, mistake! I started it again and fell completely in love with it! It is magnificent and absolutely beautifully written. The story is gripping and spellbinding and the language is breathtaking.
I was so drawn into the characters and their stories that I feel as though something is missing now that I have finished the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Find Her

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,098

Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, so damn good.

  • By Christine on 02-12-16

Chilling

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

I was hooked on the first line! I was mesmerized by this book from the very beginning. This book is dark and graphic and I felt like I was right there with the characters. I could almost see, hear and smell the characters!

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,783
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,768

On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the John Grisham I know

  • By William Moritz on 11-01-15

Grisham Never Disappoints

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

It was definitely not a typical Grisham novel, but it was a great read! It feels like short stories, but it flows well.

  • The Conspiracy of Us

  • By: Maggie Hall
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 802

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead. To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked on Julia Whelan

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

Not really my thing

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

I'm sure there are plenty of readers who will love this book, it's just not my favorite type of story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,566

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

The best book since Gone Girl!
I lived Gone Girl and have struggled to find a book that good since, The Girl On the Train is that book.

  • Neither Here Nor There

  • Travels in Europe
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

You'll stop at Europe's most diverting and historic locales and view the Old World through Bryson's tourist eye view in this affectionate, blisteringly insightful, and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish he were my neighbour.

  • By Heather on 08-29-12

Crack for Travel Junkies

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

Reviewed: 06-23-14

Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe starts out slow and in a remote, cold and desolate location that I have never had a desire to visit. I almost stopped listening right there. But I hung in there and was richly rewarded. Bill Bryson delivers a European travel log full of wit and unfaultering truth.

I love the details of the travel hiccups and mishaps and of course totally related to the gaps in communication and the glaring differences between Americans and Europeans that after all make travel interesting and fun.

The point of travel is to venture into the unfamiliar to view the unviewed and to meet the unknown. Bill Bryson took me on a trip through Europe and reminded me of how much I miss being there when I'm away.

If you have previously visited Europe, you will enjoy the rekindling of memories, if you have never been to Europe, you will get a taste in this book.

One note, this book is based on Bill Bryson's trip through Europe in the 1990s and much has changed and much has stayed the same.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bulls Island

  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

A satisfying tale of honor, chance, and star-crossed love infused with Southern wit, grace, and charm - the story of two old Southern families. The Langleys have more money than the Morgan Stanley Bank. And they think they have more class. The Barrett family made their 19th-century fortune in a less distinguished manner: corner grocery stores and liquor stores.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Betts McGhee!

  • By Patricia on 05-21-12

Very Dorothea Benton Frank

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

Reviewed: 06-18-14

I like Dorothea Benton Frank novels and this was true to her form. It has lots of low country references, love lost, family dynamics and love found. It was entertaining and enjoyable. It is not a book that inspires great thought, but it is a nice retreat at the end of a busy day.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Single Thread

  • The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1
  • By: Marie Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,216

Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Signing Up for the Series!

  • By Becky Price on 10-16-14

Not For Me

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

Reviewed: 06-18-14

This book simply was not a book for me. It was just too soft. I could not develop much feelings for the characters and the storyline. It was like a Hallmark movie. No depth and no substance.

49 of 60 people found this review helpful

  • The Vacationers

  • By: Emma Straub
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 582

For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging beginning, but interest declines

  • By Toby on 06-01-14

It's Okay

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

Reviewed: 06-18-14

This is a quick listen so there is not a lot of commitment to the book or to the characters. The characters are not well explored and I didn't find myself attached to any of them. I thought the premiss was a good one and it could have been a fantastic book had it dug a little deeper into the thoughts and feelings of the characters.
It is okay, just okay.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful