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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,769

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Wonderful and heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

A totally enthralling story about the heartbreak of children stolen, abused and sold.
Based on real events but the characters are fictional.
Beautifully written with such rich and well developed characters.
Brilliant narration - it felt like a different reader for each character.
I was hooked from the first. Lost sleep as it was too hard to stop listening. To the author and narrator -Thank you.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44,479
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,281
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,220

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Brilliant!!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

This is my favourite read/listen of 2017 and possibly my favourite book of all time.
A truly inspiring story of interesting and flawed but amazing characters. In war torn Nazi occupied France, we can only imagine the horrors the French faced every day for years during WW11.
This story puts you right there. You feel the fear, the horror, the love, the hate, the desperation. You come to love these characters (Isabelle is based on a real 19 year old girl and real events) and agonise with them over decisions and situations out of their control. Toward the end of the book as the stories begin to conclude, I found myself crying.... ugly crying, in love and empathy for these wonderful characters who would undoubtedly represent so many who suffered such atrocities at the hands of the Nazis.
What a great book and so very well performed by Polly Stone.

  • The Olive Tree

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Lucinda Riley, Harry Whittaker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

It has been 24 years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, Pandora, is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family. At the difficult age of 13, her son, Alex, is torn between protecting his mother and learning the truth about his real father. Both Helena and Alex know that life will never be the same once Pandora's secrets have been revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Lucinda Riley Book - Perfect Summer Read

  • By Karissa on 07-23-16

Brilliant novel

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

A rich, beautifully written story of real life families and their love, loss, failures and triumphs. I really loved this book and was sad when it ended. My favorite Lucinda Riley book.

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,279

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

Another wonderful book from a master storyteller.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

I totally loved this story. Such humanly flawed characters who, at times, were frighteningly close to home. A great story which develops from a simple backyard barbecue. But there is so much more going on. A tap on the shoulder that life is a gift and should be celebrated. A reminder that it all can change in a matter of moments. I almost cried at the end as I had to leave behind these families. Well done Liane. Please keep writing. I hope this one makes it to screen as well.

Brilliant narration again Caroline Lee. Thank you both.

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,621

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Trilogy!

  • By Cheri on 12-13-15

Drawn in and spellbound (haha)

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

I was totally involved in this trilogy. Book 2 was a bit slow but all in all I enjoyed all 3 immensely and I was very sad when I finished. I NEVER thought I would like books about witches and vampires but I loved it. I look forward to the next book!!!!!

  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

  • By: Emily Croy Barker
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 26 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,782

Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In most ways, this is just the kind of book I seek

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-13

Meandering and inconsistant

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

This story was so slow in places. I persisted because I had paid for it. Glaring inconsistencies in many threads. The story meandered aimlessly at times and almost stood still taking so long to for the story to move on. Repetative at times. Annoying ending. Clearly meant to be a cliff hanger for the sequel which I doubt will ever make it to audible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Masters of Reality: The Ancient Future, Book 3

  • The Gathering
  • By: Traci Harding
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

The extraordinary and best-selling journeys of one woman throughout time... An enormous vortex spiralled above the Earth, out beyond the orbit of the moon. Its centre was expanding to form a huge glowing corridor through the fabric of space. This brilliant mass shot forth thousands of glowing balls of light that proceeded to descend toward our planet.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing and disappointing

  • By Catherine on 11-17-16

Confusing and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

Perhaps this series was meant for teenagers but this was a disappointing end to the trilogy. I enjoyed the first two books quite a lot but this one had far too many characters (there must have been literally hundreds of them). This left the listener reeling from sheer confusion because of the sheer volume of characters. Add to that so many similar and also very unusual names. Cadwallen, Cadwallader, Caradoc (there was one more in this name group)....the list goes on. There were many times when I had no idea which character was speaking simply because of the similar name. I understand these are the names of Welsh kings which perhaps the author felt gave the book some cred, but it was a fantasy story so there was no need to confuse the readers by using almost identical names. And then there was the perfect incarnations as well as the immortal people. Also confusing as it seems even if you die and you're not an immortal you will be back soon. By the end people were zapping in and out of rooms and across the world and the universe with regular monotony. I stuck with it as having already come this far and paid the money I felt I had to. There were so many inconsistencies in the story, the most annoying being Doc seemed to be totally forgiven by Maelgwn, Tory and Rhiannon, after his attempted murder and dreadful treatment of Rhiannon. This is my first bad review after listening to hundreds of books. Excellent reader. You have the most beautiful speaking voice.

  • Into the Wilderness

  • Wilderness Saga, Book 1
  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 30 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,687

Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful surprise

  • By I like to shop on 04-26-16

Best thing since Outlander

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

Finally a book that rivals my beloved Outlander series. A sweeping saga of love, hate, betrayal, endurance, strong women and the men who love them. Set in the late 1700s at a time that did not tolerate a woman with an opinion or people of colour. A rich and beautifully woven story that keeps you immersed in the very colourful characters lives from the very beginning. Well done Sara Donati. Magnificently read by the very talented Kate Reading.

  • The Girl on the Cliff

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750

Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. It is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora. Strangely drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that their families are deeply entwined. From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, the Ryans and the Lisles have been entangled for a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweeping Family Drama Beyond my Expectations

  • By DHackney on 12-30-12

Another wonderful story.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

Lots of twists and turns, heartache and love. Just a great story. I am hooked on this author. Loved also the readers ability to to do all accents. Very clever.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Storm Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 2
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Noreen Leighton, Rachel Lincoln
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

A talented sailor, Ally is about to compete in one of the world's most challenging yacht races when she hears the news of her adoptive father's sudden death. In the aftermath of the harrowing events that follow, Ally pursues the clues her father left her to the icy beauty of Norway. There, she begins to discover how her story is inextricably bound to that of a young unknown singer, Anna Landvik, who lived there over 100 years before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE NARRATION! IT RUINS THE STORY

  • By Agatha Istanbul on 05-13-16

Another intriguing story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

I do love these books. While they are a little far fetched the stories reflect the frailties and inner self doubts many us deal with. Great relationships to the past make the tale very rich. I look forward to Stars story.