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  • Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

  • By: Tom Robbins
  • Narrated by: Michael Nouri
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 398

Sissy Hankshaw, an almost flawlessly beautiful small-town girl with big-time dreams, hitchhikes her way into your heart, your hopes, and your sleeping bag in Tom Robbins's magical, funny, and most famous novel. Follow Sissy's amazing odyssey from Virginia to chic Manhattan to the Dakota Badlands, where FBI agents, cowgirls, and ecstatic whooping cranes explode in a deliciously drawn-out climax.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the sum of its parts

  • By Ian C Robertson on 01-28-13

Awful

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

This is the absolutely WORST book I have ever attempted to read! It’s not really even worth a 1.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,445

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Great story

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read! What a story- I never knew this had happened in our society- how sad that this continued for almost 30 years!

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • When We Were Sisters

  • By: Emilie Richards
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Elijah Alexander, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,426

As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters they had never had. Cecelia, now a superstar singer-songwriter, is living life on the edge. Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris' love and attention, but does Kris need them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible journey!

  • By Terri C. on 02-02-17

Emilie Richards outdid herself with this story!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Emilie Richards tells the story of 2 foster children who maintain a lasting friendship thru their adulthood! They form a bond thicker than most blood sisters sticking together thru thick or thin! Quite a tear jerker as the 2 film a documentary on foster families and the life the 2 endured and overcame!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Two from Isaac's House

  • A Story of Promises
  • By: Normandie Fischer
  • Narrated by: Brandon Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Rina Lynne has never traveled far from Morehead City, North Carolina. So when she inherits her father's secret stash, she's ready to kick up her heels and go adventuring before she settles down to marry her long-time fiancé. First stop, Italy. Enter Tony (aka Anton), an engineering geek conned into helping his Israeli cousins as a sort-of spy. From the moment he meets Rina, he's distracted, which is not a good idea when there's already been murder and theft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me on My Toes

  • By BookLover on 03-02-18

Great story!!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

I'm not usually a reader of suspense terrorist type books however once I started "Two from Isaacs House" I couldn't quit listening to see what would happen next.
Imagine living your whole life being brought up thinking your dirt poor and being embarrassed by how your father made you live and dress only to find out he lied to you your whole life!
Now you have inherited his small fortune & before you marry and settle down for life you decide to embark on a journey of your lifetime- never imagining what that journey brings.... New love exotic travel & adventures of a lifetime!
Although different from Normandie's past books it was excellent!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

  • By: Kelli Estes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,123

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core - and force her to make an impossible choice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very intriguing

  • By Claudine on 12-04-15

Excellent story!!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

What an incredible story even though it's fiction it's based on a factual event of the Chinese and how the people in certain parts of America forced them from their homes - jobs & actually took their lives!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reflection

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Twenty years ago, a terrible tragedy shattered the tranquility of the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Reflection. The residents of the village have never forgiven the one woman they blamed for what happened - Rachel Huber. After the incident, Rachel left the town and cut off all ties there. But when Rachel receives the news that her estranged grandmother, Helen, is ill and needs her care, she returns to Reflection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story...Superb narrator

  • By Gloria J. Bowden on 02-26-16

How did I ever miss this book!!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

I have read Diane Chamberlin since the beginning of her career! What an excellent story Reflections is!! Diane is such a crafty story teller telling the story of Rachel who hadn't seen her Grandmother since she was a young teenager & not wanting to impose on her life when she struck by lightening! What truths they both learned about the past years sets them both free!!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • From Here to Home

  • Too Much, Texas, Book 1
  • By: Marie Bostwick
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Mary Dell Templeton prefers the quiet charms of Too Much to the bright lights of Dallas any day. She's relieved to be moving back to her hometown - and bringing her cable TV show, Quintessential Quilting, with her. There are just a couple of wrinkles in her plan. Her son, Howard, who is her talented cohost and color consultant, and who happens to have Down syndrome, wants to stay in Dallas and become more independent. Meanwhile, Mary Dell's new boss hopes to attract a different demographic - by bringing in a younger cohost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real as Texas

  • By kjnlor on 02-02-17

Marie nailed it!!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

What a great story of life's triumphs! Marie is such an excellent story teller! The continuation of Mary Dell & her son Howard is a great read of a family that has multiple heartbreaks in life & just keeps plugging ahead to overcome & comes out on top over & over again!
Well done Marie!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Forgotten Room

  • By: Karen White, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett, Susan Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317

It's 1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion. Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel's portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate? And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The same story 3 times over...

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-30-16

Excellent!!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

What a great book!!
3 different eras 3 different people all intertwine!!
Just loved the story and the consent behind it!!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation)

  • The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Berlin, 1936. The Olympic finals of the eight-oared rowing race. Germany, Italy, USA. The American boat touches the finish line first, beating all odds and sending Hitler away in a silent rage. In the midst of the Great Depression, the nine rowers showed the world what true grit really meant. They were western, working-class boys who never expected to beat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book I read in Five Years

  • By Bonnie on 03-30-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

What a great story! It's unbelievable how some people can over come such obstacles in life and always make the best of a horrific situation!