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  • The Orphan Master's Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Went From Well Written To Pulitzer Prize Worthy

  • By Brigham on 12-15-15

Interesting read

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

A very long story. Very informative. I was confused a lot during it. Read it as one of our bookclub reads

  • The Silver Star

  • A Novel
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 537

It is 1970. "Bean" Holladay is 12 and her sister, Liz, is 15 when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who flees every place she’s ever lived at the first sign of trouble," takes off to find herself." She leaves her girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that’s been in the family for generations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed :(

  • By Trish on 07-03-13

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

Read this book since it was our book club choice. Enjoyed it. Not deep.
But the motherhood vs the kids.."..strange and not believable.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Love Warrior (Oprah's Book Club: A Memoir)

  • By: Glennon Doyle
  • Narrated by: Glennon Doyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,270

The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage. Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Leah B on 09-08-16

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

I enjoyed the first half of the book . The second half was sing songy. Felt it really went too far not the God is my guide thing. Would not tell my friends to read this

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Dismantling

  • A Novel
  • By: Brian DeLeeuw
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

Twenty-five-year-old med school dropout Simon Worth is an organ broker, buying kidneys and livers from cash-strapped donors and selling them to recipients whose time on the waitlist is running out. When a seemingly straightforward liver transplant has an unexpectedly dangerous outcome, Simon finds himself on the run. In order to survive, he must put aside his better moral judgment and place his trust in a stranger who has a shocking secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eloquent, gritty thriller. Terrific narration.

  • By M. Foster on 05-12-15

This kept my interest throughout the entire book.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

I liked the narrator a lot. I thought the story was possible, even though far fetched. With such a need for organs, I feel sure there is a black market for several such events involved in the procurement of organs

1 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 131,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,701

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

A great read

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Loved the narrator!
Loved the story. And intrigue
Great character development
The protagonist was delightful....so real!

  • The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

  • By: Rebecca Wells
  • Narrated by: Judith Ivey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

A tale of family and friendship, tragedy and triumph, loss and love, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder features the warmth, humor, soul, and wonder that have made Wells one of today's most cherished writers, and gives us an unforgettable new heroine to treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Southern Women

  • By Joanne on 07-24-09

Aa book club read!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-15

A god book which had a bit too much description in it for me. A few of the characters were definitely ones you will fall in love with. The author is fantastic...the narrator also!

  • Threat Vector

  • By: Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,349

Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Clancy that gave us Clear & Present...

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-15-12

Dibet

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

Narrator great. Story great. In depth A long listen and worth it. I can not submit this for unknown reason

  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Ford
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a book! What a narrator!!

  • By Bev S. Weiler on 09-06-09

great book our book club read this

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

Reviewed: 05-14-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes well written and narrator was super

What does Feodor Chin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

increased knowledge about how America

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me realize how unfair we Americans acted towards other Americans

  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

  • By: Alexandra Fuller
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 470

Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great by both ear and eye

  • By Janet Tarasovic on 04-11-12

A GOOD BOOKCLUB READ

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

Reviewed: 05-28-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness to be better than the print version?

DO NOT KNOW I JUST ENJOY THE AUDIO

What did you like best about this story?

THE DEPTH OFIT

What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

GREAT

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

NO

Any additional comments?

I NEVER WOULD HAVE CHOSEN THIS BOOK TO READ. I DID ENJOY IT. LOVED THE NARRATOR

2 of 2 people found this review helpful