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  • A Secret History of Witches

  • By: Louisa Morgan
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380

After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, though new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden. But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Such Beautiful Writing, Such Terrible Characters

  • By Katie M on 11-26-17

from mother to daughter

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

Entertaining and well done, this is a wonderful reminder of the historical power of women...

  • The Island of Sea Women

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger. This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous, physical work, and the men take care of the children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overly dramatic read

  • By mary krause on 03-28-19

a women's story

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

Korea, so much in the news, so little of the stories of real people living real lives...we must learn and appreciate the parts we all play in all the stories...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Victory Garden

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong 21-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage. When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not literary genius, but very sweet!

  • By ellegreenland on 02-26-19

The War to End All Wars

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Well depicted, carefully crafted, tied up nicely and neatly, with the main characters living happily ever after.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,636
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,452

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Now I Get It...

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

This book kept appearing in my "you will love this " window, which I tend to ignore on principle. Then it became one of the best books of the year. Still, I resisted. I listened to it when it became our book club selection...amazing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,134

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Just a terrific all around read...

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

The language, the subject, the narration, the tone and the mood...it's the best book of the year!

  • The Other Woman

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,527

From Daniel Silva, the number one New York Times best-selling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal. She was his best-kept secret....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Silva delivers another winner

  • By Maine Knitter on 07-20-18

The smell of forgiveness...a child of treason...

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

love the narrator... Gabriel Allon remains undaunted and unfazed by "the czar"...Botox and all...I knew there was something "off"

  • Clock Dance

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 641

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Story Telling

  • By Mr. Johnny White on 08-02-18

Tyler at her best...

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

An old lady "coming of age" story reminding us of time slipping away always makes me nervous, Tyler had all the choices pretty much laid out in this one, and the story, as usual turns around the depth one finds in those we encounter along the journey. This one I didn't put down, and though I did feel a little sorry about the "casualties" of Willa's choices, I founf myself cheering her on...

  • Vatican Waltz

  • A Novel
  • By: Roland Merullo
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Cynthia Piantedosi lives a quiet, unassuming life with her elderly father just outside of Boston. When she loses her beloved grandmother as a child, her faith takes a turn for the devout, and she begins experiencing what she describes as "spells" - moments of such intense prayer that she loses herself. Uninterested in boys and a social life, she develops a deep friendship with the parish priest, whose ideas are often seen as too provocative by his congregation but who encourages her to explore her spells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Priest Her Vocation?

  • By jonmontanavega on 08-03-16

Catholic Woman in America?

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

The performance kept the "sappiness" at a tolerable level and the narrator's voice was sincere. The subject is definitely a hard sell and I was surprised and pleased to find I enjoyed the book...if the ending was disappointing...

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,983

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

An honest and true man.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-16

Although I worried it would be saccharine and sappy, I found instead a simplicity and genuineness we wish for in everyman

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • They May Not Mean To, But They Do

  • A Novel
  • By: Cathleen Schine
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Honest

  • By Steve M on 07-14-16

Schine shines

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-16

If you haven't already been one of these characters, hang on. You will be. Loved it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful