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  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,477

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning about the ending

  • By Roger M. Young on 05-27-18

The extraordinary life of Sam Hill

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

Reviewed: 05-08-19

The will be added to my list of favorite books. I have read several Robert Dugoni books, and this has been my favorite. I was reading, and my daughter walked by me, and asked why I was crying.I told her it was the book, and she said perhaps I should not read it. I said “ it’s a wonderful story”. I love it.

  • A Million Nightingales

  • By: Susan Straight
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Daughter of an African mother and a white father she never knew, Moinette is a house maid on a plantation south of New Orleans. At fourteen she is sold, separated from her mother without a chance to say goodbye. >Bright, imaginative and well aware of everything she risks, Moinette at once begins to prepare for an opportunity to escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo Robin Miles

  • By Diane Andrews on 04-15-19

A million nightingales

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Beautifullly written story, beautifully read by Robin Miles . I reveled in the
Characters. I can’t wait to read another of Susan Straights books.

  • An American Tragedy

  • By: Theodore Dreiser
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 34 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 539

An American Tragedy is the story of Clyde Griffiths, who spends his life in the desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, it is the masterful portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's ambitions and seal his fate; it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a period piece, still resonant

  • By beatrice on 05-31-12

An American Tragedy

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

I started reading this book, and very quickly
Remembered the film with Monty Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. I loved the book and the film. Of course the book is always better. It's a must read.

  • Too Close to Home

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

In a quiet suburban neighborhood, in the house next door, a family is brutally murdered for no apparent reason. You can't help thinking, "That could have been us". And you start to wonder, "What if we're next?" That's the question Jim and Ellen Cutter are asking, and the answers aren't reassuring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plots and subplots galore

  • By shelley on 04-10-14

Mission Flats

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Really well written book, with an ever evolving story. Most enjoyable! Also well done narration.

  • Mission Flats

  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 138

When a Boston DA is found brutally murdered in a lakeside cabin in rural Maine, local Police Chief Ben Truman finds himself defending his own innocence while trying to uncover the truth about the murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing first novel!

  • By Marc on 10-15-03

Mission flats

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

A really well written story, and well narrated.
I would recommend it to those who enjoyed
Defending Jacob.

  • Rebecca

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,816

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
  • How have I lived 52 years without reading this?

  • By jjjjordan on 09-26-17

Rebecca

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

For anyone who hasn't read Rebecca, it's a must. This is especially well read, so I suggest the audio version. I read it first as a young girl, then later in mid life. Now I'm
Reading it again in my old age. It never fails me. Enjoy!

  • The Girl from Krakow

  • A Novel
  • By: Alex Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 971

It's 1935. Rita Feuerstahl comes to the university in Krakow intent on enjoying her freedom. But life has other things in store - marriage, a love affair, a child, all in the shadows of the oncoming war. When the war arrives, Rita is armed with a secret so enormous that it could cost the Allies everything, even as it gives her the will to live. She must find a way both to keep her secret and to survive amid the chaos of Europe at war.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • History, Philosophy and Bodice-Ripping Sex

  • By Linda on 04-23-16

The Girl from Krakow

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This is a beautiful story that humbles one.
We all need to be reminded of the past, to be
Able to navigate the future without repeating
The terrible things that can happen, when one closes their eyes to what is going on around us. This is a " must read ".

  • Townie

  • A Memoir
  • By: Andre Dubus III
  • Narrated by: Andre Dubus III
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else—or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More like a 3.25 star rating

  • By Suzn F on 03-15-11

Townie

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This is a beautiful story of love and forgiveness. And of personal growth beyond
Youth circumstances. It shows that one can
Achieve, regardless of circumstances. This
Entire family grew to heights not imaginable.
And last of all the importance of a fathers love.

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,753

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional & Powerful

  • By Miss Toni on 06-30-13

I know why the caged bird sings

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Absolutely beautiful. I loved every minute
Of this book . And listening to Maya
Angelou narrate the story made it even better.

  • Shake Down

  • Jack Davis Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Joel Goldman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Crack. Rock. Crystal. Dead faces stand at city crossroads and sell their wares to the hopeless - the forgotten - in exchange for their souls. The war isn't overseas. It isn't south of the border. It's in Everytown, USA. FBI Agent Jack Davis is neck deep in a dark urban war and it's not some pansy-ass X-Box Modern Warfare fantasy. He's caught in the crossfire of a war that rages on in the bleak and brutal streets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shaky FBI agent

  • By Wayne on 12-04-15

Shake Down

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

It's nice to read a well contrived story, that doesn't rely on foul language, and grotesque
Details to sensationalize. This is a thoroughly
Well written, well thought out, and exceptionally well read book. I will read more
By this author.