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L. Wolfe

Seattle, WA
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  • Hidden Among the Stars

  • By: Melanie Dobson
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

As Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter. Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden Among the Stars

  • By Scrapbook Mom on 12-13-18

Beyond preachy a sermon

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

The story was fine but was repeatedly derailed for me by the religious agenda. The messages were obvious and detracted from the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Prairie Fires

  • The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • By: Caroline Fraser
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

Millions of fans of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls - the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder's biography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiler Alert: Do Not Read If You Don’t Want Your Childhood Memories Destroyed

  • By Leslie on 03-05-18

Interesting but tedious.

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Ironically, half the book drones on about how to edit a book- they should have taken their own advice and edited this book. It could have been half the length and it would have made a better story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

So slow

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

The philosophical and religious text is tedious to list to. This book would be much better if it was Hal’s as long. Needed a harsh editor.

  • Today Will Be Different

  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action - life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office - but not Eleanor - that he's on vacation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but narration was hit and miss

  • By Laurel Dean on 11-08-16

Like the other book. Liked the book. Hated the ending.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Like she got bored and just wanted to wrap it up. Quit before the last 30 and make your own ending.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Of Windmills and War

  • By: Diane Moody
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

The rumblings of war in distant countries mattered little to Danny McClain. Growing up in Chicago, his world revolved around afterschool jobs, a rescued beagle, his pen pal in Holland, and the Cubs' chance to go to the World Series. Then, in December of 1941, news of the attack on Pearl Harbor hit much too close to home. In a few years, Danny found himself in the copilot seat of a B-17, stationed with the 390th Bomb Group in Framlingham, England.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it a lot until the sap started to flow

  • By L. Wolfe on 08-19-16

I liked it a lot until the sap started to flow

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

The first half was interesting. The second half was like a made for tv movie on the Christian channel. So sappy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Year of Wonders

  • A Novel of the Plague
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story- Awful Narrator

  • By Diana Dunn on 07-12-12

Good story but the narrator -ugh.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

Authors should never read their own books. The story is just good enough to overcome the reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets She Kept

  • By: Cathy Gohlke
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett, Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte's death, Hannah determines to unlock the secrets of her mother's mysterious past and is shocked to discover a grandfather living in Germany. Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte's father is quickly ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, and a proper marriage for his daughter could help advance his career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What happened the last 28 minutes???

  • By M. Ryder on 07-06-17

Really good until it turned into a bible lesson

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

It was a thoughtful and compelling read. I could have done without the 20 minute sermon at the end. It just seemed like it was added on the end.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Whiteout

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 772

Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each new storyline. But nothing matches the intricate, knife-edge drama of Whiteout.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bio-thriller love story!

  • By GH on 05-10-12

Not one of folletts best

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

Characters were boring and story was flat. Not worth the time or the dime. Pass

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,627
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,131
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,074

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Just ask- it is Al-Kai like Pie.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

You really should have asked how to pronounce the names of the locations in Seattle. You are wrong about half the time. I am sure I am not the only one annoyed in Seattle. Btw. It is Al-Kai (like pie). Not Al-key.

  • The Secret Scripture

  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 801

Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her 100th year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and Lovely

  • By Amanda on 05-17-12

Good story but a bit hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

It jumps around a lot and I had trouble keeping track of who was who and when it was. This may have been due to the audio nature of the book and not being able to look back for clarity. The accent of the reader was tough at first but in the end I felt it went well with the story.