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  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,899

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

If you can keep up with the characters and the back and forth between the past occurrences and the present day investigation, you will enjoy this book. The twists and turns were well worked out to make a very interesting story.

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,446
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,617

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This is a story that held my attention all the way through. The questionable decisions people make can lead to unexpected and difficult results. Gripping story!

  • Message in a Bottle

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Schraf
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Divorced and disillusioned about relationships, Theresa Osborne is jogging when she finds a bottle on the beach. Inside is a letter of love and longing to "Catherine", signed simply "Garrett". Challenged by the mystery and pulled by emotions she doesn't fully understand, Theresa begins a search for this man that will change her life. What happens to her is unexpected, perhaps miraculous - an encounter that embraces all our hopes for finding someone special, for having a love that is timeless and everlasting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book! Totally surprised by the ending.

  • By Doug Wilkie on 09-21-15

Such a good story

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

This is such a beautiful love story. I was hoping the ending would turn out differently than in the movie, that Hollywood had tampered with it as they often do, but no. Alas, sad but lovely.

  • The German Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Armando Lucas Correa
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 391

Before everything changed, young Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now, in 1939, the streets of Berlin are draped with red, white, and black flags; her family's fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places that once felt like home. Hannah and her best friend, Leo Martin, make a pact: Whatever the future has in store for them, they'll meet it together.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Troubling Book

  • By A Face From the Past on 05-26-18

a little confusing

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

The story is a good one, but I found it a little confusing at times as it went back and forth between generations. Narration was okay but emphasis was sometimes a little off.

  • Babylon's Ark

  • The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

When the Iraq war began, conservationist Lawrence Anthony could think of only one thing: the fate of the Baghdad Zoo, caught in the crossfire at the heart of the city. Once Anthony entered Iraq, he discovered that hostilities and uncontrolled looting had devastated the zoo and its animals. Working with members of the zoo staff and a few compassionate U.S. soldiers, Anthony defended the zoo, bartered for food on war-torn streets, and scoured bombed palaces for desperately needed supplies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing, inspiring, and a little meandering

  • By Skipper on 06-22-15

excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

This is a true story, painful reading in places, admirable through most of it. Such a good read, especially if you care about animals. Well performed.

  • I Am Malala

  • How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
  • By: Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by: Archie Panjabi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,332

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than expected...

  • By Jan on 10-10-13

true story of bravery

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

This young lady is very well-spoken and sure to be a leader in her nation and in the world if she continues this way. Her book is informative and very interesting.

  • Lost Among the Living

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,133

England, 1921. Three years after her husband, Alex, disappeared, shot down over Germany, Jo Manders still mourns his loss. Working as a paid companion to Alex's wealthy, condescending aunt, Dottie Forsyth, Jo travels to Wych Elm House, the family's estate in the Sussex countryside. But there is much she never knew about her husband's origins...and the revelation of a mysterious death in the Forsyths' past is just the beginning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story

  • By Isobel on 05-07-16

Strange but well performed

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

If you like supernatural stories this one has some of that, plus mystery, drama, romance, and more.

  • The Other Einstein

  • By: Marie Benedict
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most 20-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtfully written

  • By ARVCo on 03-13-17

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Although a work of fiction, the author has used known facts and worked them into a wonderful and believable story about the young woman who became the first wife of Albert Einstein. She was brilliant but took second place to him when she married him, and then discovered he was not giving public credit when it was her work.

  • Circling the Sun

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,115

Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe, who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pro: It made me want to read "West With the Night"

  • By Ilana on 08-01-15

A full life

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

This is a very interesting story that takes the reader on a visual journey through the life of a young girl who grows to be a woman not afraid to stand out to accomplish what woman didn't attempt almost a century ago. Well presented.

  • Emma [Naxos]

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,536

One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why can't all literature be like this?

  • By Theodore on 10-15-11

Superb narration

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This is a Jane Austen book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Emma is a character who is annoyingly interfering, manipulative, and judgemental, but as time goes on she pleasingly grows and changes in her opinions and attitudes.
There is one lady in particular, whom the narrator, Juliet Stevenson, portrayed so hilariously and with such excellence that if I could rate "performance" higher, I certainly would. The whole thing was very well done.
Enjoyable.