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  • Long Way Gone

  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

At the age of 18, musician and songwriter Cooper O'Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish. Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Martin has really "let it out."

  • By GG on 10-16-16

Ughhh

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Well performed but this should have been called Hallelujah Praise Be! to give more indication that it is a holy rollers ‘ book. Terrible cliche filled story of sentimental religious revelation.

  • The Serpent and the Pearl

  • Borgias, Book 1
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Leila Birch, Maria Elena Infantino, Ronan Vibert
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Rome, 1492: The Holy City is drenched with blood and teeming with secrets. A pope lies dying and the throne of God is left vacant, a prize awarded only to the most virtuous - or the most ruthless. The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.... Vivacious Giulia Farnese has floor-length golden hair and the world at her feet: beauty, wealth, and a handsome young husband. But she is stunned to discover that her glittering marriage is a sham.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator for Giulia sounds like she needs a nap

  • By lintoinette on 09-06-13

History comes alive

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Good storytelling but again ruined by the narration of Julia’s chapters. Stilted, not flowing and awful all round except for Italian pronunciation. The other characters are well represented with flowing, considered narration.

  • The Lion and the Rose

  • A Novel of the Borgias
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Leila Birch, Maria Elena Infantino, Ronan Vibert
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

From the national best-selling author of The Serpent and the Pearl comes the continuing saga of the ruthless family that holds all of Rome in its grasp, and the three outsiders thrust into their twisted web of blood and deceit.…

As the cherished concubine of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Giulia Farnese has Rome at her feet. But after narrowly escaping a sinister captor, she realizes that the danger she faces is far from over - and now, it threatens from within. The Holy City of Rome is still under Alexander's thrall, but enemies of the Borgias are starting to circle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Lady Can Wright

  • By G. M. on 01-16-14

Ugh terrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

The story quite interesting but the narration of Guilia was so abysmal that it nearly made me turn the book off more than once. The other two narrators were pretty good but Guilia was portrayed in a stilted and artificial diction. Emphasis was all wrong, pauses in the wrong places and and diction far too slow for any enjoyment of her part. Sorry, whoever she was but this book deserves to be re- recorded.

  • Almost Missed You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Strawser
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

Violet and Finn were "meant to be", said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can't help thinking that she can't believe her luck. Life is good. So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach - just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!

  • By Jesutofunmi Mojeed on 06-08-17

Laboured

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Good performances but far too laboured for what should have been a much shorter story.

  • Grist

  • A Story of Life in Oregon Country, 1835-1854
  • By: RC Marlen
  • Narrated by: Andrew Dawson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Denied recognition and acceptance by the white people in Oregon Country, Margaret Jewett Bailey, the first novelist of the Northwest, faded into oblivion after an attempt was made to destroy all copies of her novel. Although she and her husband William J. Bailey arrived in the mid-1830s and worked beside well-known historic figures as Jason Lee and John McLoughlin, today few know of the Baileys. Why? Their story is explosive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grits and Grist

  • By Doctor B on 09-27-18

Parts of it were good

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Learning some of the history of the state was good, and I quite liked the non judgmental way this was done in some parts but the story seemed to lack cohesion in that it seemed to be a series of short stories with no climax and resolution even though the thread of characters was there. Perhaps it was too much like real life. The performance was frustrating for me as I felt he did not speak fluently and wanted to run phrases through my head again and again to work out where the real emphases should have been.

  • The Persimmon Tree

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449

The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent sequel

  • By CBDC on 02-13-11

Not my favourite Bryce Courtney book

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

It seems really dated now but I suppose is appropriate to the time it was written. I found a few times of annoyance when the character would say “ I had once told her about.....” or “I had learned....... “. It just seemed too unreal and coincidental. The performance is exceptional however. Humphrey Bower - I salute you.

  • The Mistake

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,662

You think you know the truth about the people you love. But one discovery can change everything.... Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later he is found dead. Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy's death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother? Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How much do we really know about the ones we love?

  • By T. West on 12-03-17

Annoying and unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

It would be good to have a smart main character. Rose is so stupid you think she might be simple.

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  • A River in Darkness

  • One Man's Escape from North Korea
  • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By C. F. Gagnon on 05-31-18

Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 01-28-18

It is hard to love a story of so much unresolved heartbreak. So much suffering by so many people.

  • Still Alice

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,547
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,634

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please pay for a professional Reader

  • By sunstan on 12-07-14

An excellent insight

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

The author narrator did a disservice to her own book. Monotone expression distracted from the excellent story.

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,256

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem

  • By Sara on 05-12-16

Narrator completely detracts from story

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

The weird and distracting accents that the narrator uses ruined this story for me. They seemed to vary between common British and comic foreign mocks. She also puts the emphasis on the wrong parts of the sentences so often it is really hard to understand what is going on. I found if I listened to the words and ignored the accents and imitated age differences of the characters then I could follow and enjoy the comedy of the story. Thoroughly enjoyed a Man Called Ove and can see that the difference in enjoyment was the narrator. Please don't use this narrator for this author again.