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  • The Most Beautiful

  • My Life with Prince
  • By: Mayte Garcia
  • Narrated by: Mayte Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,099
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can see why Prince fell in love with her.

  • By S. Winchester on 04-07-17

Beautifully Written Memoir

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

This fascinating book is dark in places and heart-wrenching at times but Mayte tells their story with incredible love and respect.

  • All the Winters After

  • A Novel
  • By: Seré Prince Halverson
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,275

Kachemak Winkel never intended to come back to his hometown of Caboose, Alaska, where his family died in a plane crash 20 years earlier. When he finally musters the courage to return and face his painful memories, he's surprised to find a mysterious young woman living in his abandoned house.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ambivalent

  • By Bonnie on 04-21-16

Nice story, excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

Would you listen to All the Winters After again? Why?

I might, although I rarely listen to a book more than once.

Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?

George Newbern did an excellent job with all of the characters. I'll definitely keep an eye out for other books he's narrated.

Any additional comments?

It's just a nice story and George Newbern's narration really brought the characters to life. I could clearly picture every one of them, as well as the various settings.

  • The Life She Wants

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,460

In the aftermath of her financier husband's suicide, Emma Shay Compton's dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients' life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City, and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband's crimes. She is left with nothing. Only one friend stands by her, a friend she's known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn't easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Distraction

  • By PA Person on 03-07-17

An okay piece of fluff

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Decent story. As another reviewer wrote, it reminded me of a Hallmark (or maybe Lifetime) movie, only in book form.

If you’ve listened to books by Robyn Carr before, how does this one compare?

I'd never heard of her before.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I wouldn't pay money to see it in a theater but, if I came across it on cable, I'd probably watch it.

Any additional comments?

Excellent narration.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl You Left Behind

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Penny Rawlins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171

France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite Portrait of Sophie and Liz

  • By FanB14 on 09-03-13

Horrible Narration!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

The story may be as wonderful as most other reviewers say it is but the horrible fake French accents of the narrators was unbearable and I barely made it through the first two chapters. This was only the second time I've ever returned a book for a credit refund.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • From Sand and Ash

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,137

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such beauty in the darkest of times <3

  • By featherlashes on 12-04-16

Nice Story

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

What did you love best about From Sand and Ash?

It's just a good story - nothing fancy or overly complicated. I liked the characters and particularly liked that the book is set in Florence and Rome because I've spent a good amount of time in both cities.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Either Ava or Angelo; maybe both.

Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

Ava

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

It's not feasible for me to finish a book in one sitting because I listen during my daily commute but I really did want to know what was going to happen next in the story.

Any additional comments?

The narrator read Angelo with an Italian accent but he was born in NJ and lived there until he was 10 or 11 so he would have sounded like an American, I think.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Royal

  • A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris
  • By: Eric Jager
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

On a chilly November night in 1407, Louis of Orleans was murdered by a band of masked men. The crime stunned and paralyzed France since Louis had often ruled in place of his brother King Charles, who had gone mad. As panic seized Paris, an investigation began. In charge was the Provost of Paris, Guillaume de Tignonville, the city's chief law enforcement officer - and one of history's first detectives. As de Tignonville began to investigate, he realized that his hunt for the truth was much more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening

  • By Anonymous on 04-23-16

And Now for Something Completely Different

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

What made the experience of listening to Blood Royal the most enjoyable?

The narrator is good; not in a theatrical, lots-of-different voices way, but he has a deep, pleasant voice that suits the story.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

To me the most interesting aspect of the book is that it's different from anything I've read or listened to before. It's not really a mystery; we find out pretty early on who was behind the assassination of Louis but I enjoyed hearing about how the investigation unfolded. The book also provides wonderful insight into 15th century day-to-day life.

  • A Desperate Fortune

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617

For nearly 300 years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.... Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing - for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime

  • By Nancy Lindquist on 10-11-16

I Quit

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator is horrendous. I'm 5 hours in - around 1/3 of the way through - and I absolutely cannot stand her for another minute. I do like some of Susanna Kearsley's work and this book was recommended to me so I may pick it up at the library and read it.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I've moved on to Tess of the d'Urbervilles narrated by the fabulous Davina Porter.

Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

Absolutely, positively not.

Was A Desperate Fortune worth the listening time?

No.

Any additional comments?

With a different narrator this might have been an enjoyable experience.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,678

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

So Glad I Stuck With It!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-15

Any additional comments?

It took 7 or 8 chapters for me to really get in to The Secret Keeper and I almost gave up on it at one point but I'm very glad I didn't. Once the story hooked me in, I didn't want to stop listening. The narrator was perfect. This was my first Kate Morton book but I'm a fan now.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,623

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

So interesting!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wright Brothers to be better than the print version?

I don't know because I didn't read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wright Brothers?

There are too many to narrow down

Which character – as performed by David McCullough – was your favorite?

McCullough doesn't perform, he just reads

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

Yes! I knew very little about the brothers when I started the book and learning about them kept me interested and excited all the way through

Any additional comments?

This is my favorite book of 2015 so far

  • I Must Say

  • My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
  • By: Martin Short
  • Narrated by: Martin Short
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,499
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156

Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is what audio books were made for!

  • By Ty Brady on 11-06-14

Really Great!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

Would you listen to I Must Say again? Why?

Doubtful, although I definitely enjoyed it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ed Grimley, of course.

What does Martin Short bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His wonderful impersonations and characters (especially Franck!)

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

No but it was a wonderful diversion during my long workday commute.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful