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Ruth Lambert

New Haven, Connecticut
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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101,311
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92,133
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,635

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

The pleasure of sharing Michelle’s life story

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

Outstanding and compelling memoir of a remarkable life during a challenging and fraught time in our country. Warmly recommended. Michelle reads her book with passion and conviction. A rare treat!!

  • Good Sam

  • By: Dete Meserve
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

When Los Angeles TV news reporter Kate Bradley is assigned to cover a story about 10 people who have each found $100,000 in cash on their front porch, she sets out to find the identity of the anonymous Good Samaritan, dubbed Good Sam, who is behind it all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, GREAT NARRATION!

  • By Cyndi Marie on 09-15-16

Well told tale with lots of interesting insight into TV journalism

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

This story is quite good except for the cliché of opposing suitors, one heroic and good, the other manipulative and venal. Also, 2 unpleasant characters “flick a bit of lint” off designer menswear. Where was the editor on that trope?? The mild bellyaching by the heroine was also unnecessary and reduced many moments in the story to soap opera status. Still, I read it all the way through, and admit I mostly enjoyed it.

  • The Crossing Places

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,083

When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An atmospheric creepy mystery set in Saltmarsh

  • By Sara on 05-19-14

A 5 star read but for the last 1/2 hour.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

This well written, evocative, interesting thriller cum novel has an extraordinary sense of place. I’m personally a sucker for literary fiction set in unusual places, “liminal” places like the tundra, seashore or caverns. The marshes of the setting (East Angelica?) were brought to life in all their complexity, beauty, and danger. The last chapter brought a new twist to the story, but also added an hysterical edge. (And the mystery at the center of the story was obvious by midway through.) Nonetheless, the relationships felt authentic and the resolution was sensible, sweet and necessary.

  • Ghosted

  • A Novel
  • By: Rosie Walsh
  • Narrated by: Katherine Press
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 720

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it's mutual: It's as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call. Sarah's friends tell her to forget about him, but she can't. She knows something's happened - there must be an explanation. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I stuck with it . . .

  • By Frances on 08-10-18

A compelling read with several twists!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

This book was very well written until it got to a suspect section when it devolved into badly written histrionics. Two startling twists saved it and the ending once again rang true and was well written. Many lovely lyric passages about the natural settings in England and California were part of the pleasure of this read. Many fine and intriguing metaphors raised this romantic thriller to the level of literary fiction.
I read this book based on Lianne Moriarty’s recommendation.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,737

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone Has Already Said It...

  • By Nikki Trulen on 01-16-19

LOVE LIANE MORIARTY, HATED THIS BOOK...

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Combining every cliche about spas and wellness and the folks who frequent them, this so-called thriller turned out to be a ridiculously LONG and ultimately turgid read. It started with zip, as the characters were introduced, but ended with 48 hours of imposed fasting (duh) and incredible stupidity. The denouement was just dumb. SAD that I wasted 16+ hours on an unlovely, unlovable book about people I could not care very much about.

INSTEAD, read Liane Moriarty's incredible book "The Husband's Secret" for expert plotting, very well drawn and relatable characters, and excitement to the last compelling page.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Raven Black

  • Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,036

It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to series, no audio problems anymore

  • By Mark on 03-28-17

A Strong Sense of Place Does Not a Story Make...

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

This run of the mill unsurprising thriller about 2 dead girls was well read and well paced, but ultimately too predictable to be worth reading for 11 hours and 20 minutes. The place names were captivating, and the setting was very well conveyed, and yet the mystery rang hollow. Perhaps Book Two of the Shetland Island Quartet is better?

  • The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

  • By: Penelope Lively
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

In such acclaimed novels as The Photograph, Family Album, and How It All Began, Penelope Lively has captivated readers and listeners with her singular blend of wisdom, elegance, and humor. Now, in her first story collection in decades, Lively takes up themes of history, family, and relationships across varied and vividly rendered settings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More wonderful stories by Penelope Lively

  • By Ruth Lambert on 12-21-18

More wonderful stories by Penelope Lively

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I enjoy everything this British author has written and this outstanding collection of short stories is no exception. Insightful, dignified, poignant & wise. Her use of language is economical and fine but it’s the intense scrutiny of the “interiority” of her characters that makes these pieces ring true, and move me.

  • The Last Detective

  • An Inspector Peter Diamond Investigation
  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 545

Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond is the last detective: a genuine gumshoe, committed to door-stopping and deduction rather than fancy computer gadgetry. So when the naked body of a woman is found floating in the weeds in a lake near Bath with no one willing to identify her, no marks, and no murder weapon, his sleuthing abilities are tested to the limit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly surprised -- loved Inspector Diamond!

  • By Tracey on 01-06-13

Old fashioned police procedural...but obvious.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

With well drawn likable characters and excellent narration, this was a pleasant book to listen to, despite standard police cock-ups, and a “surprise ending” that was not a surprise. The descriptions of the English city of Bath were well done and gave atmosphere and context to the story. Not an A but a solid B-.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death in the Off-Season

  • A Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Francine Mathews
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When Rusty Mason, scion of one of Nantucket's oldest and wealthiest families, is found dead in a flooded cranberry bog one foggy fall night, 32-year-old detective Meredith Folger is faced with her first murder case. Merry is the daughter of the local police chief and granddaughter of his predecessor; her father is a strict boss and Merry feels pressure to go the extra mile to prove her promotion to detective isn't just nepotism. But the Mason murder is a demanding first test.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Nantucket References!

  • By Terri on 09-11-16

Nasty Doings on Nantucket

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

This book offers a good sense of place, and how that place helps create and define character. Nantucket in the off season is really a village, where one’s lineage is readily known to all, and the sins of the fathers are often paid for by the children. The narration was adequate but annoying due to subtle errors. NO ONE on the island say “Sia’sconset”. It’s always “‘Sconset”. (Even the famous “bluff walk” is named ‘Sconset Bluff Walk.) The narrator’s intrusion of an hysteria overtone whenever something bad occurs or is about to happen in the story was off putting and unnecessary. The tension between Merry and her father seemed contrived, and all the romances were forced.
The female characters were far better realized than the men, many of whom blurred together.
There’s only so much a faded plaid shirt can do to delineate character! Overall, the Audio version was only adequate. I’d suggest reading this title visually in book or Kindle format instead.

  • The Punishment She Deserves

  • A Lynley Novel
  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350

Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from past books who join Lynley and Havers, but listeners new to the series will quickly see why Elizabeth George is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time heals old wounds

  • By wisconsinclark on 03-25-18

Disappointing...

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

As a true fan of Barbara Havers & Lynley I was sorry to find this story elongated by at least 8 unnecessary chapters. The story was annoying and exasperating by turns, and the conclusion was less a denouement than a relief. Book over!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful