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Karyn Howard Smith

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  • The Tea Planter's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Dinah Jefferies
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

International best-selling novel set in 1920s Ceylon, about a young Englishwoman who marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he's keeping terrible secrets about his past, including what happened to his first wife, that lead to devastating consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Continual lack of communication/honesty = heartbreak

  • By Elizabeth C. on 02-04-18

One pantaloon away from a bodice-ripping novel

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

I thought this book would have a more historical context to it. While the author has some historical reference, the characters had too much modern behavior & thought. An extremely predictable plot & all is uncovered in the final 30 min of the novel. Just as when I read Anna Karenina, I was rooting for her to jump in front of the train; this this novel, I could hardly bear to get through the last half bc of her continued anguish. I was rooting for Gwen to drown in the lake at some point. However, I must admit that it was a delightful distraction from my daily commute. I need something meatier for literature. This novel has satisfied my quota of romance novels for the next half decade.

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  • Take Me With You

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,796

August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, brilliantly heartwarming,thoughtful!

  • By Jeffrey on 07-25-14

Poignant Story

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

This is an easy listen that doesn't require too much brainpower. What it does require is a box of tissues. If you're a child of an alcoholic, there will be threads of all the feelings you had as a child dealing with their addiction. If you are an educator, you'll want to wrap these boys in your arms, and say "August, how could you think 'no'?" A thoroughly enjoyable book.

  • The Elephant Whisperer

  • My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,947
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,550

>When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, beautifully written

  • By Tango on 01-12-13

An Absolute Must Listen

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

The amazing journey and relationship of the elephants and Anthony is breathtaking. A keen sense of humor, tremendous understanding, and unfailing patience on the part of them both made this book possible. I've actually already bought 2 paper editions for family & myself. I've had to bump a book out of my top 10 to make room for this one.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,783

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Good Driving Book

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

This is a good book with a solid plot line. No extraneous details. It's a simple who-done-it with a tidy twist. Admittedly, at one point, the main character started to irk me, but his actions are necessary for the climax. It's an easy book to listen to while driving.