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  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,568
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,725

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to read for several reasons

  • By Anne on 10-16-16

Everything Splendid

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Captured and KEPT my attention. A compelling story for all races because those oppressed need to be understood as well as the privileged. This book captures both. I ain't mad you, Jodi! Great title choice!!

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,424

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Absolutely 100%

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Loved this audio book. Haven't listened to a book this good in a long time and I couldn't put it down. The way the chapters flowed was a reel of suspense that kept my attention. Everything is 5 stars!

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  • Petals on the Wind

  • By: V. C. Andrews
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651

After several terrifying years of captivity, the three surviving Dollanganger children have found a way to escape their prison, but they have been scarred forever. Petals on the Wind follows these children into adulthood. Although they find success and fame, they are led deeper into the curse that still haunts their family. As the three struggle to lead normal lives, revenge draws them back to the one who turned the key in the lock so long ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So Bad it's Good?

  • By Alicia on 02-02-14

Interesting follow-up

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

Loved the narration. I could always tell when Christopher was up. The story seemed sad, however.

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  • Garden of Shadows

  • By: V. C. Andrews
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

The curse of Foxworth Hall has fascinated millions of readers, and Garden of Shadows is where it all begins. Long before four innocent children were locked away in an attic by their cruel grandmother, the seeds of obsession were sown in their proud family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where it ALL began!!!!

  • By Ebony on 01-26-15

Compelling!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

I discovered this prequel after listening to Flowers in the Attic. Now onto the third one. I am enjoying the intrigue and love the great storytelling!

  • The Dreaming Void

  • Void Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,568

AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What can I say

  • By Randall on 05-08-18

Hard to keep up with characters

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

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

No. I think there are too many characters to keep up with.

What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

I admire anyone who can switch voices back and forth. Good job John!

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

Certainly

Any additional comments?

This experience for me proves that sci-fi is better watched on tv or movie format, not written. I don't think I will finish.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Flowers in the Attic

  • By: V.C. Andrews®
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,422
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,276

This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Memories, 1st Book to Freak Me Out! I was only 13.

  • By Fun Lovin Lady on 12-11-12

Great binge-listen

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this book because it constantly pulls at your heart strings.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked best the picture of perfection at the beginning and the maturity, logic and sheer survival that won over circumstance at the end.

Which scene was your favorite?

So many! There was a sweet moment when the mother found out she was pregnant. That was the height of how good it gets. Then to watch it all crumble....heart wrenching but most captivating.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was touched by the natural instinct in the older children to care for the younger ones. It was very pure and undefiled.

Any additional comments?

I greatly enjoyed the narration of Alyssa Bresnahan. She ranks as one of the best!

  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals

  • Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
  • By: J. Maarten Troost
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 707

At age 26, Maarten Troost decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to a remote South Pacific island. The idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. But he should have known better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HILARIOUS

  • By Elizabeth on 08-17-08

Where exotic & adventure meets

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

Where does The Sex Lives of Cannibals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my first read of such type of book matter and I found it intriguing.

What other book might you compare The Sex Lives of Cannibals to and why?

N/A

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

N/A

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

If ever you get tired of America, go to Tarawa and you will come running back - or you might do like the fella in the book and make a lifetime of like excursions. What stood out was the extent of poverty...maybe that's not the right word?? I can imagine that I would slim down if I squatted in these quarters. It's one thing to skip a day or two or week of your favorite foodstuffs but to go months would naturally shift your priorities in life.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing another part of the world through Maarten's eyes. Thanks for sharing the experience with us.

  • Murder in the Mystery Suite

  • Book Retreat Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 789

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia lies the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nancy Drew meets "The Librarian"

  • By Ray on 01-07-15

Extremely fun and witty

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

I enjoyed the fun story plot. The narrator was awesome--my favorite parts were when she spoke the male roles. Great for leisure listening!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,692

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Riveting and Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Loved it from start to finish! It's the fastest I've ever listened to an audio book. The tale was intriguing and the narrators could not have been any better.

  • Without Faith

  • By: Leslie J. Sherrod
  • Narrated by: Patricia R. Floyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

She' s moved forward, but has she really moved ahead?Social worker Sienna St. James is no stranger to setbacks. As far as she is concerned, her estranged husband set her back and off course over a decade ago. Now, she has reclaimed her sense of hope and purpose, set up a new therapy practice, bought a new home, and has finally moved on. Maybe. When a wealthy, secretive new couple she' s counseling pulls her into their very real life-and-death drama, and her long-lost husband' s whereabouts can no longer be ignored, Sienna realizes the truth about what has kept her emotionally frozen and fragile - it' s fear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love the book

  • By kristi clarks on 04-25-15

Mysterious and Suspenseful Tale

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

What did you love best about Without Faith?

The mystery about the summons to the pizzeria.

What did you like best about this story?

The suspense of finding Roman.

Have you listened to any of Patricia R. Floyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Bravo performance just like the first one. Switching back and forth between characters seems laborious. Don't know how you do it!

If you could rename Without Faith, what would you call it?

"Richard, No You Di'int!!"

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the 3rd and 4th!