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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,328

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Innovative format.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Innovative format which fit the overall story. I can always do without the swearing. For me it distracts from the story.

  • All the Birds in the Sky

  • By: Charlie Jane Anders
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,445

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families. But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too twee for me.

  • By Amy on 03-13-17

Weird story with too much swearing.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

This was a very weird book with way too much swearing. Swearing is indicative of a small vocabulary.

  • Every Crooked Nanny

  • A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 969

After 10 years of cleaning up the dirt on Atlanta's streets, Callahan Garrity is trading in her badge for a broom and a staff of house cleaners. But, though the uniform is a little different, Callahan soon finds herself right back in the middle of a mystery when a client's pretty, pious 19-year-old nanny is gone...along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents. Before she knows it, the meticulous Callahan is up to her elbows in a case involving illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams, and a dead body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For light entertainment - Also reviews explained

  • By Chicago Laura on 07-05-13

Portrayed Mormons in a ridiculous and inaccurate manner

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

As a Mormon from Atlanta I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The book is definitely fiction. In my 33 years living in Atlanta I’ve never hear the N word. The narrator sounds like she is from the Midwest pronouncing the L in “DeKalb” and “kudzu” like the Japanese. Seriously, get your facts straight.

  • Heirs and Graces

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,329

As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favourites in the Series

  • By Dylan on 03-14-16

I love how sweet and honest Lady Georgiana is.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

I have really enjoyed the Spyness series. I appreciate the lack of swearing (at least the lack of American swear words). I love how honest Georgianna is and how debonair Darcy is.

  • The Baker's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen P. Kiernan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,308

Only 22, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at 13, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What would you do to survive?

  • By Re B. on 10-04-17

Excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-17

This book was excellent! It shows how someone needs to be feed physically before spiritually. The heroin was a humble brave young woman. She did what had to be done.

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  • The Adventure of English

  • The Biography of a Language
  • By: Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,453

This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many Of Course monments

  • By Leigh A on 10-21-05

Excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

I really enjoyed this book. It would have been a great book to read in my Historical Linguistics class in college. The actor did a great job with the various accents and languages. With that said, he did have a British accent when saying the words English received from the American Indian languages. I was surprised the author didn't mention Canada as an English speaking nation for the most part. He also didn't mention that the South (United States) has retained some archaic words such as "fetch".

  • No Second Chance

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558

Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really

  • By Ed on 07-05-07

Excellent in all ways

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

Another very compelling story. This is proof that an excellent story can be told without a lot of foul language. Thanks. I appreciate that.

  • Deal Breaker

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,567

Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big-time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Suddenly Myron is plunged into a baffling mystery of sex and blackmail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deal Breaker

  • By Lisa on 07-02-08

Compelling story

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

Compelling story but I don't like all of the F-words. I would enjoy the story much more without them.

  • Tell No One

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Ed Sala
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312

Tell No One is an irresistibly suspenseful thriller infused with nail-biting tension and packed with shocking plot twists. It has been eight years since Dr. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth, was murdered by a serial killer. When Beck receives a message containing a phrase only Elizabeth should know, he is tormented to tears. Either someone is playing a sick joke, or the wife he’s never stopped loving is still alive. He’s been warned to tell no one, and as the desperation of his search for the truth intensifies, he heads straight toward a deadly secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tell Everyone!

  • By Sunshine on 04-01-15

Compelling story with no vulgar language

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

This has a very compelling story and it was hard to turn off the audio book. Besides the story I really appreciate that there was no vulgar language. Thank you!!!

  • Illiberal Education

  • The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: Joseph Campanella
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Throughout the US, the politics of race and gender in our universities are transforming admissions policies, as well as curriculums. This controversial expose attacks the wave of multicultural ideology, in one of the earliest, and most thorough, efforts to examine the rapidly eroding traditions of scholarship and reward for individual achievement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from first one

  • By Morgan on 05-30-05

The recording seemed vintage.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

The recording was not very good. It seemed vintage. It was like the speaker was standing away from the microphone.