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  • Murder, She Barked

  • Paws & Claws Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Krista Davis
  • Narrated by: Jeanie Kanaley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but lovable Jack Russell terrier is scattering crumbs all over her borrowed car. Just when she thought things couldn't get worse, a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this new series

  • By Beatrice on 12-24-15

So-so

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Not much substance. Usually I enjoy light-hearted mysteries, but this one floundered. I won't be following this series.

  • Life After Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,665

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating, breathtaking book

  • By Kareol on 08-13-15

Over-rated

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

Way too hard to follow. What is real, what isn't? Too confusing for my addled brain.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,053
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,019

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

It ain't no To Kill a Mockingbird

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

Reviewed: 11-16-15

That's probably all one needs to know: it ain't no To Kill A Mockingbird

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Etta and Otto and Russell and James

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Hooper
  • Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

Eighty-two-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Canada eastward to the coast. Her husband Otto wakes to a note left on the kitchen table. "I will try to remember to come back," Etta writes to him. Otto has seen the ocean, having crossed the Atlantic years ago to fight in a far-away war. He understands. But with Etta gone, the memories come crowding in and Otto struggles to keep them at bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Richly Evocative Storytelling

  • By Sara on 07-16-18

Didn't quite work for me

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

The idea for the book was good, but it just didn't come quite fulfil it's promise. Parts of it were good, but parts were confusing. I wouldn't waste my time on it again.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

In this delightful 15th installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe. But even “Miss 97 Per Cent” can't quite meet all the demands of running a business - not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened to Lisette Lecat?

  • By Eva Gannon on 01-04-15

These characters are like old friends

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

Every now and then I must revisit Botswana and join my old friends for a cup of bush tea. Always a good time. So polite and gentle, always a relaxing listen.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Land More Kind Than Home

  • By: Wiley Cash
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan, Lorna Raver, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 465

For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to - an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good it made me cry!

  • By Cindy on 11-26-12

An excellent writer

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

Having a snake phobia, I didn't like all the ssssss parts of the story, but it was very well written, and the narrators did a splendid job.

  • Wonder

  • By: R. J. Palacio
  • Narrated by: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,390
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,380

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and spare emotional power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A WONDER-ful read for kids and adults

  • By Annie M. on 11-18-12

A lesson in empathy

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

Probably a children's book, but we can all learn something about being kinder and more sympathetic.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,223

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-10-15

The premise is cute, but the book failed to deliver. Too long and too preposterous.

  • Edward Adrift

  • By: Craig Lancaster
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906

That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At first I was flummoxed....

  • By Madora on 07-30-14

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-14

What a great well-written book. Such a gentle read. As someone with an OCD person in the family, I appreciated the kind look into the disorder, wrapped up in a cute fictional story.
I loved it! And the narrator was perfect. Highly recommended. Unless you are a reader who demands "Bang Bang Shoot 'em up" to hold your attention, you will like this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,172

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Why is this on the best seller list?

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

Reviewed: 11-06-14

Who wants to spend this much time with such unlikeable people? I couldn't wait for this book to end.