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Elizabeth Hicks

Mount Prospect, IL United States
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  • Killing Patton

  • The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,102

General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bill O'Reilly "Phoned It In" - Poor Performance

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-28-14

History

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Documentary history at its finest, this book is sure to captivate anyone interested in history and the great men who protected and saved us. The narration by Bill O'Reilly is perfect and a pleasure to hear.

  • Everything I Never Told You

  • A Novel
  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,419

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family Secrets Abound

  • By Jami on 10-30-14

Unfortunate Outlook

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

The entire story is of people who lamented their choices and who they became because of those choices. As a person who prefers to look to the future with hope and anticipation the story was annoying. To go through life looking back with regret so strong that it hinders joy is foolish. Needless to say, this attitude caused tragic events. Overall the book was frustrating but the narration performance was excellent.

  • 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 40,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,723

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 Historical Fiction

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

The story unfolds surrounded in mystery. As the plots thicken and the reader becomes familiar and absorbed with the characters the horror of these despicable acts are paralyzingly to any sense of composure. Emotions run from confusion to disgust to wonder as the pages are read. The narration is impeccable. I highly recommend this book for anyone and most especially to those who enjoy a dose of education while reading for pleasure.

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  • Killing England

  • The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,131
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,104

The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's mega-best-selling Killing series transports listeners to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the listener from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone in the U. S. Should read this book.

  • By Barbara J. Daly on 12-31-17

United States History that makes me proud

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

This book is well written and researched. The narration is top-notch. It reads like an exciting story. I learned so much about our history that I never heard before. This would be the book to read if you need to believe that the citizens of this country can triumph over any problem no matter how grave. After reading this I am confident that we are equipped, in this country, to carry on with Pride and Patriotism.

  • Anne of the Island

  • Anne of Green Gables, Book 3
  • By: L. M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Laurie Klein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 161

Anne is growing up and leaving the Island to spend four years of her life at Redmond College. She meets a wonderful new friend in Philippa Gordon, offspring to an old and exclusive "bluenose" family. Phil's family ties, combined with her beauty and charm, open the gates of all the social cliques and clubs at Redmond. And where Phil went, Anne went. Thus, Anne found her social pathway at Redmond made very easy while other freshettes were doomed to remain on the fringe of things.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Voice, too much background noise!!

  • By Victoria A Durrant on 02-11-17

A Trip Down Days Long Past

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

This book is full of flowery description that might be over-done for some. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is sweetly romantic and very sappy and satisfying.
I read this because I had never read it in my youth and so started the series out of curiosity. It intrigues me that Anne Shirley, the heroine, grew up in Canada and the Canadian way of life as it was is well depicted in the stories. I will definitely continue with the rest of the series and hope to be as entertained as I have been thus far.

  • The Letter

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,869

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide.... Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If mouth sounds bug you, skip this one...

  • By Cassandra on 02-02-16

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

From the first paragraph I was drawn in to the story. The book has taken me on a journey through several lives. This is one book that I will not soon forget. Many times the story left me emotionally spent with anxiety, disappointment, sadness, despair, anger and satisfaction. Reflecting on the life paths of these characters put me in the directors chair of my own life's path. Many valuable lessons have been learned here while enjoying my immersion in the times and places of this book. I recommend this audiobook to all who enjoy an impeccable narration performance and a grand and captivating story.

  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,505

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13

An Unforgettable Saga

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

Elizabeth Gilbert's wild ride spans several lifetimes. Each character is richly drawn and captivating. This is a truly transporting story and a creative masterpiece. Juliet Stevenson's narration, a superb performance, is truly
among my favorite narrations. And so, in this case, a masterful writer and narrator have collaborated to give the reader a cultural experience!

  • Little Blog on the Prairie

  • By: Cathleen Davitt Bell
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Gen's family is more comfortable spending time apart than together. Then Gen's mom signs them up for Camp Frontiera vacation that promises the "thrill" of living like 1890s pioneers. Forced to give up all of her modern possessions, Gen nevertheless manages to email her friends back home about life at "Little Hell on the Prairie", as she's renamed the camp. But it turns out frontier life isn't without its good points, like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing and fun story for range of ages

  • By Champlain Mom on 07-04-10

Put that phone away and milk the cow!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

What made the experience of listening to Little Blog on the Prairie the most enjoyable?

The narrator, Therese Plummer, made the book very enjoyable.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was neatly tied together though a bit sappy.

Have you listened to any of Therese Plummer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first time I had heard a narration by Therese Plummer.

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

It was humorous enough to make me chuckle out loud once or twice.

Any additional comments?

Because of this listening experience I will be looking for additional performances by Therese Plummer.

  • The Lost Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Alyson Richman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,504

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST book I have read in a long time

  • By Kfcarter on 11-04-13

Beautifully written and narrated.

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

Reviewed: 12-25-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Wife to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

The sense of a miracle about to unfold.

What about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

George Guidall is among my favorite narrators. I have listened to books narrated by him that I would never have had the fortitude to read. And I have thoroughly enjoyed his performance while experiencing books that I would have not experienced otherwise. I have not had the pleasure of listening to a narration by Suzanne Toren previous to this book but I will be sure to look for her as I was pleased with this narration.

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

There were emotional moments, to be sure. But, I feel that, the measure of this book is the lasting impression it had on me about the endurance of the human spirit under the most trying circumstances.

Any additional comments?

Thank you, Audible, for making so many wonderful books available for listening!

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,768

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

A Nice Surprise!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

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

Yes, because it was well written and carried a very sweet message. The narrative performance was well done and enjoyable.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that it was surprisingly enjoyable. I love animals and especially dogs but I was afraid that this story might be too melodramatic.

What does Christopher Evan Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was, very effectively, the "voice" of the dog.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I rarely have that much time to commit to listening to a book. I generally listen as I am able to listen.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for making these audio books available and easily attainable!