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  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,806
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,252
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,144

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Young adult reading for Adults

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

I kept seeing this book as a recommendation for Audible. I didnt pay it much attention because it was listed as a young adult publication. I was so wrong and glad I was. The story, told from our protagonist's point of view, is so vivid and compelling that I couldnt wait for another time to listen aside from my daily commute. This book paints a picture of a community, showing its warmth and its warts. There is no hopelessness in the story despite the subject matter. Strong familiar ties can make a situation like what is described in the novel a little easier to bear. The father in the book is particularly compelling a character with this streetwise wisdom and warmth. The way the family and community rally around DeVante when he really needs a hand is so heartening, I really wish a spotlight could be place, a book written, about people who have decided to change their lives and how they have helped others. All in all this is a modern classic. I hope we can get a sequel to the book. I really want to see how Star matures into adulthood. And I hope in the sequel we find that Seven is doing well and that King gets his.

  • For Whom the Bread Rolls

  • Pancake House Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Fox
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida's been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house. The police can't do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone's beat her to it - in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida's dead body, Marley's suddenly the number one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley's not about to let Ida keep ruining her life - especially from beyond the grave.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Might be a good mystery but...

  • By Debbie on 09-29-17

This went downhill quickly

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

I bought the first book as a recommended title. The new series started out well and I found I liked the heroine.A decent person overall. But in this book the characters seem immature. The one friend can be blackmailed about kissing an engaged man to the point she would pay money to keep it quiet? Really! And now our heroine is a busybody who sticks her nose on people's business and lives with no regard for their time or feelings. And if I was the police chief I would regret giving her my telephone number with the amount of times she calls him. The reader performed well. I just wish the main characters were more realistic.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mercer Girls

  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,137

It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kirsten Balckwell on 02-04-17

This book is ridiculous!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

I had to put this book down! One thing I dislike about historical fiction is when the author imbues women with modern sensibilities. The Dovey character is a southern daughter of a rich man who because she doesn't want an arranged marriage just decides out of the blue to open a whorehouse!? A few pages before this she had never held a job not to mention she's 16 years old. And every whore she meets immediately become her friend. Yeah, she doesn't want her person exploited but will have no problem exploiting other women. The Sophie character is a little better. I guess in that time a woman could go west on a mission of religion. But her family wouldn't allow a woman to travel unescorted. Not ever. If she was a working class woman... maybe that would happen but not a woman with a pious family. The Joe character I liked best. Being a married woman running from an abusive husband probably happened quite a bit and if she was a real person, I would cheer her on. These kinds of books don't give woman of today an idea of how restrictive women's lives were in frontier times. Dovey not knowing how to ride a horse would've surprised me since that was the one sport rich women were allowed. And when she drew her gun while collecting taxes the man would have shot her. Tax collectors were regularly shot. She would be no differently. I've gone on long enough. I bought the audiobook for 3.99 and I didn't even finish it. It just so long and boring and unbelievably progressing that it annoyed me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Past Imperfect

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 827

Damian Baxter is hugely wealthy and dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, England, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern--his fortune in excess of 500 million and who should inherit it on his death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read Snobs instead

  • By cristina on 02-14-13

Kinda Boring

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

I bought this Book as a Daily Deal without knowing anything about the author or is genre. Its a light mystery that could have been more but gets caught up in detail that are not useful. The overall theme seems to be that an outsider dying of cancer calls a person who really had very little to do with his social entry into the kinda upper class to find the child he might have. Its intruging but soon grows tedious with the descriptions of long ago events. Dances and balls that seem be insulated from the tumult of the late 1960's and early 1970's much like the people involved. They changed off partners like most groups do and that's no revelation. At the end I didn't really care who the child that inherits was and was not impressed that the woman revealed was not someone the author described as having any particular relationship with our billionaire. This could have been better and considering how long the book was it should have been.

  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story!

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 12-06-13

Ms.Flagg, great author, get another narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

This is another book I bought because it was recommended by Audible. It was lovely to see Sookie come into herself and learn to define herself outside of her mother. That can be very difficult for today's women let alone for a 60 year old after a big shock. I am in my 50's and have been fed a select history of what women were like back in the war years. I believe that what Ms. Flagg has portrayed is more realistic than what we've been told. I really like the story through the years about how most towns were settled and how people were able to work together to overcome adversity. I'm sure there was pettiness and selfishness, but I think that for the most part people worked together. That being said, while the story was very strong, narration was not good sometimes. The inflections especially when reading the chapter headings were inconsistent. I realize that the author wanted to read her own book and I don't blame here, but maybe next time have a younger woman for the Midwest read the Fritzie parts. She was fine for Sookie. But some of the voices of the younger character may have been better served with another narrator. I listened to her previous books and loved it. I loved this book as well. I'm hoping to get another good recommendation.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Harlan

  • By: Bernice McFadden
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

The Book of Harlan opens with the courtship of Harlan's parents and his 1917 birth in Macon, Georgia. After his prominent minister grandfather dies, Harlan and his parents move to Harlem, where he eventually becomes a professional musician. When Harlan and his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, are invited to perform at a popular cabaret in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre - affectionately referred to as "the Harlem of Paris" by black American musicians - Harlan jumps at the opportunity, convincing Lizard to join him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An insightful account of an eventful period

  • By Ezinwanyi on 07-26-16

Some parts needed more detail

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

I bought this title because it kept showing up in my recommendations. The book in its entirety is excellent. I really liked it. There are some parts that I though needed a little more detail. For most of the book it really didn't bother me. This flaw was most glaring when it came to the end where this very mild mannered older man suddenly decides he's going to kill a person after seeing something in their apartment. What did he see? How did he know that the object he saw belonged to the person he killed? It wasn't clear how he came to that conclusion. I wouldn't blame him for his actions, its just Harlan showed very little propensity for violence. It was a bit step for one character. I liked how the author was able to weave our hero into real-life and around real people. Really liked Lizard and how his character was developed as well as how Harlan interacted with his parents. The story of the mother of Harlan's children was incomplete. While I realize that at that time it was very easy for a person to disappear,I wish we could have had a resolution to that angle of the story. People back then lost touch easily and given all that had happened to Harlan, I think that maybe some of Harlan's bad decision may have been tempered had he known he was a father. But maybe that's just another book to be written. I love books like this and I hope the author gives us more compelling stories like this.

  • Buttercream Bump Off

  • By: Jenn McKinlay
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura's Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is gearing up for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, someone has iced Baxter Malloy on his first date with Mel's mother. Now Mom's a suspect, and Mel and Angie need to find time around frosting to dig into the man's shady past and discover who served him his just desserts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • cupcake sweet

  • By mouselicious on 10-11-17

They tried to tell me

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

I read some of the reviews for this book and I thought they were being harsh. I should have know when our heroine stole the catering contact of her rival. These people are so immature and petty I don't know how anyone could stand them. And if there is one thing I kinda hate about some of these books is a woman with a business who constantly closes said business to run all over town searching for clues. How does the business stay afloat if your never there? And then you lie at the drop of a hat but when confronted with actual law and protocol, you call you ADA boyfriend who crosses all over procedures to help you and your equally immature mother. I realize I haven't really reviewed the actual story. All I gotta say is don't bother. It's too convoluted and silly it will insult your intelligence. I love food related mysteries. I just hope later outings were better than this.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case

  • Jayne Frost, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,817

Jayne Frost is a winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus's niece, heir to the Winter Throne, and now private investigator. Needing someone he can trust, her father sends her to Nocturne Falls to find out why employees at a toy store are going missing. Doing that requires getting to know the town, which leads to interesting encounters with a sexy vampire, an old flame, and an elevator that's strictly off-limits. The more Jayne finds out, the more questions she has, but the answers lead her deeper into danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Princess Turned PI!

  • By Cheri on 05-07-16

A light mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-27-16

The story was a bit confusing. By the end of the book I couldn't tell whether the tinker was involved or not, how someone never considered magic could be stolen, and why there was an elevator no one could use. When the culprit is revealed (sorry, no spoiler here) it was out of the blue as the character had a very small role up to this point. Why would a member of the elfin royal family be sent to investigate anything let alone why people were disappearing? And of course our heroine has a job where all of her bills are paid, she gets a salary, and a great apartment that's cleaned for her once a week. But doesn't bother to wait around to see who cleans the apartments. All in all its a good light mystery that doesn't make the listener think too hard, And sometimes that's a good thing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On What Grounds

  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,673

Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stands out

  • By Pam on 06-07-13

A good start

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

A lot of reviewers mentioned how the descriptions of coffee making practices are a little tedious and I tend to agree with that. Its just empty air as far as plots go. The characters are well written and realistic as are the descriptions of NYC. The premise that a woman would gift the ownership of a century-old coffeehouse to a woman over her own son and allow them to live for free in NYC duplex is ludicrous but I understand that there had to be a vehicle to get the heroine into the city. The plot is good--not great but I understand that this book is 10 years old so I can only continue to read to see if anything changes.

  • Girl Waits with Gun

  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,679

In 1914 collisions between motor cars and horse-drawn carriages are an everyday occurrence on the streets of Paterson, New Jersey. But when an out-of-control driver smashes into a buggy driven by Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp, their lives change forever. Constance, the oldest, demands payment for the damages but quickly realizes that she is dealing with a madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slice Of Life From Another Time

  • By Sara on 11-09-15

Wanted to like it

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

I bought this book thinking this was nonfiction. It's not but I didn't mind. I enjoy how independent these women were. How their brother wasn't able to determine their future. What I didn't like was the way Flourette and Norma were portrayed. Norma barely functions in social settings and Flourette acts like a vapid, spoiled child. It didn't make sense explaining how precarious the sisters' financial situation is then describe the new dress Flourette made for herself. The story was very good and not hard to follow but not really compelling. The resolution made sense without being overwrought. I would buy the sequel.