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  • The Silent Wife

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin-Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648

Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious....ending not worth the time to get there!

  • By WillowayGirl on 12-15-17

The Real Housewives of Britian

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Two women married to Italian brothers with an interfering mother-in-law. Both are the second wife; one wife is emotionally abused and the other feels inferior to the deceased wife before her and allows herself to be bullied by the step-daughter. Over time the two wives become friends, though not completely trusting of each other. One child is emotionally abused; another gets her way by being the sulky teen. It is an interesting story and well written but receives 3 stars instead of 4 because of the depressing subject matter. Yes that's reality but not what I like to deal with in my entertainment!

  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,843

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By CD9 on 06-05-18

One event effects multiple lives for multiple year

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Teenage shooters attack a mall, hitting the theater, restaurant, kiosk area. Numerous people who survive are affected for the rest of their lives, but the carnage isn't over. You encounter a rather predictable, but engaging love story along with coming to realize the hate

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,937

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

What Are People Raving About?

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I've heard so many good things about this book, so I dug it out of my library hoping for a good listen. This book will not deliver that. The beginning is totally confusing because you don't know what happened. Why is the Handmaid where she is and exactly where is she? What are all these flashbacks about? The it drones on and on, in and out of flashbacks. It's a real sleeper for sure.

Where are the days of good literature? Interesting, compelling stories? The answer again is, not found in this book. If you have insomnia, you might try a listen. Otherwise, save your credit. There is no story. There is no reason to listen. I made it to chapter 17 and decided that was a few hours of my life I could never get back. Feeling discouraged as this is either the third or fourth book in a row that offers nothing.

  • Blind Justice

  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

In Blind Justice, mystery abounds in London as Hester Monk, wife of Thames River Police Commander William Monk, questions Abel Taft - a charismatic preacher accused of extortion. Taft appears guilty as sin, but his trial explodes when a star witness drops a bombshell that has the Monks scrambling to save their dear friend Oliver Rathbone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Victorian Mystery /Legal Thriller

  • By Nancy J on 09-07-13

I Tried Valiently, Decided it was a waste of my ti

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I tried over and over to like this book. I replayed chapters to try to find out what my problem was and finally decided it's totally NOT for me. The first 4 or 5 chapters will put you to sleep. Then things pick up and I decided it was worth the wait. That lasted less than 3 chapters and I was back to ho hum, whose who, why do I care, get on with it, etc. Chapter 8 and I can't take anymore. I fall asleep every time I try to listen. It's so complicated, it's just hard to bother to listen.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,420

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Difficult

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

The book is well written and well read. The problem is the story and it's contradictions. How can one encourage another that life is precious and should be lived to the full while they themselves plan to end their life because it's not the life they wanted?

Lou takes a job as a companion for a quadriplegic man, Will. She soon learns that she's really been hired to be on suicide watch since Will had already tried to commit suicide and continues to express his wish to die. Lou learns a lot about the trials and tribulations of handicapped people in her attempts to make life more interesting and full for Will.

Eventually Lou plans a vacation for Will, his medical assistant and herself. Parts of the trip are planned to show Will other handicapped people, doing the impossible, going outside their preconceived limitations. to increase their abilities and enjoy the world around them. The final leg of the trip is a tropical island where Will and Lou admit their feelings for each other. Then Lou learns that Will still believes that even having the love he and Lou share in his life is not enough. Yet Will continues to push Lou to move outside her comfort zone, venturing into new experiences. No spoilers so I'll leave the story there.

While I believe the author is attempting to show both sides of the coin of being handicapped - those that struggle day in and day out to do everything they can for the best quality of life available, versus the depth and despair of those who dwell on their losses after losing a life full of activity and Independence; however I think she contradicts herself and her explanations. You see, we should be happy with the life given us. And to have experienced a full life of independence should allow us to see how blessed we are. To have life itself is precious when you think of all those that desperately wanted to, but have not had the full opportunity to live. Will does face sicknesses, hospitalizations and pain but he still has the power to reason, love, laugh and communicate. He's not in a vegetable state, just a state he had not planned and one he finds not acceptable.

  • The Ship of Brides

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758

1946: World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England - aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy’s ironclad sanctions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3.75 stars

  • By Lou on 05-30-14

Just So So. Not Great, Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

TO me one of the most frustrating things about this book is the lack of motivation. Here is a ship where brides are being transported from Australia to London to meet up with their husbands/fiances. They are given a chaperone who rarely seems to be around and their billets is guarded every night by one or more of the sailors. (Fox guarding the chicken house?)

The women are on the ship for a mere six weeks and yet several act like ally cats almost from the beginning. Why? Yes, some are very young, but again, If you are sailing to see your husband or fiance, you really can't go 6 weeks without drinking and flirting with sailors? It's understandable that the sailors on the ship have been at war, away from their loved ones (and women) for some period of time - so we see their possible motivation.

It's not an impossible listen at all. It just doesn't have a lot of depth, fascinating plot, or motivation for some of the characters. Don't expect a full resolution for all the characters at the end, because it doesn't happen.

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,043

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Ms. Harper

  • By green ice cream garden on 11-30-17

TOO Sweet and Predictible

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I suppose the author thought the scenario was "funny". I didn't. It was too outlandish and fails to provide motivation. In other words, Dad doesn't know how to talk with daughter so he avoids her, but suddenly he's calling her "sweet tea"! Daughter suddenly becomes all about family even though she's resisted it all the way through. Family, who has never contacted daugher hears of her unfortunate plight and suddenly contacts her. Save your credit unless you like trite and stories lacking motivation.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,535
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,553

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Intriguing, Suspenseful

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I almost didn't get this book because I figured that with Bill Clinton listed as the head author, there was going to be some very strong political bias and justification for wrong doing. Having heard the book now, I believe that Clinton's role was to advise how government works from the inside. The only political bias is the speech at the very end but it's done with integrity and a loyalty to America regardless of the liberal issues it espouses.

The President of the USA is being investigated for a secret meeting with a terrorist. He refuses to tell congress what was discussed because he believes that disclosing this information will lead to the ruin of our country. He goes "missing" in that he sheds his secret service detail to meet with two people he believes may be able to help him stop a virus that could shut down the whole country - our banks, our water, our economy, our military etc - while causing chaos and rioting and turning the USA into a third world country. (There seemed to be some conflict in the telling though because we are told the president insists the secret service not be present or even watch him from afar but later we are told that there were secret service watching from afar.)

This book is well written, plausible in most cases and speaks to the ideals of America and what every American would want of their government - people acting in loyal pursuit from the benefit of America and her people. Of course there are a few bad apples, but they are caught and dealt with appropriately. We could only wish that Bill Clinton and other presidents and government officials always acted out of this supreme loyalty to America.

  • Silent Lies

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish, Rosie Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,165

Mia Hamilton lived the perfect life with her husband, university teacher Zach, and their two-year-old daughter. But everything changed when Zach committed suicide on the same night one of his students vanished. Five years later, just when Mia is beginning to heal, stranger Alison walks into her life, saying her husband didn't kill himself. Fragile, slight Alison leads Mia on a path into Zach's past, and Mia begins to think she never really knew her own husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!!!!!!

  • By dijjer on 12-27-17

Be Prepared

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I thought the first part of the story to be a bit slow, but I loved the accents and continued to listen. Then I finally woke up and realized that I was hearing two different people who would converge into one story. It's a very intriguing story since the two females are talking about a male in their lives who supposedly committed suicide with a hint that he did something very bad prior to his suicide. As the story moves along we also learn that one of the females is missing and presumed dead, but there's enough of her background by then to make the reader surmise what might have really happened and by whom. That's when the reader needs to be prepared because through the course of the story you will change your mind several times as to whom might be the perpetrator. In the end, be prepared to be surprised one last time.

  • Shadow on the Crown

  • A Novel
  • By: Patricia Bracewell
  • Narrated by: Katie Firth
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

In 1002, 15-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and intriguing.

  • By Michael on 02-22-13

Not one of the best

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Pretty slow. Not one I'd recommend. Save the credit. Pretty slow moving and no excitement.

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