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  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it WAY more than I thought I would

  • By ~Portia on 07-25-18

a good one

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

First time author for me.

Most of us know someone(s) that have been adopted or have been adopted themselves. For each one it's a different situation. Many of the adopted want to meet their birth parents, some of the parents want to meet them, some don't. This story is a work of fiction and is just one story in the many instances that exist. So, keep that in mind with this story, it's not the end all and be all of adoption stories but it is a good one with a lot of good points about families and family relationships.

  • A Lesson in Secrets

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090

In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty's government". She soon finds herself investigating a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy edition to the series

  • By Jeanette Finan on 03-25-11

Maisie in transition

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I'm a fan of the Maisie Dobbs series. I started with book #1 and have methodically worked my way through the series in sequence and will continue on until caught up with the most recent book.

I wouldn't call this book terribly exciting as a crime thriller. Rather it's starting the transition of Maisie to being a spy. How do I know this? Being a fan I've looked at the summaries of books in the series that I have yet to read.

In this book, 'Special Branch' approaches Maisie for the first time to go teach at a college in Cambridge to see if she can find any activities that would be against the good of the Crown. Maisie agrees as she knows her mentor, Maurice, would want her to and she's interested on her own. She, of course, has a murder occur while at the school and helps solve that while doing her main task. She learns that in this line of work telling lies and keeping secrets is part of this new world and she accepts that, hence the book title.

Now, on to the next book...........

  • Trickster's Point

  • A Cork O'Connor Mystery, Book 12
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: David Chandler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger has won numerous accolades for his books, including the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. In Trickster’s Point, the 12th suspenseful installment in Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series, Cork is framed for the murder of Minnesota’s first Native American governor-elect, Jubal Little. As Cork fights to clear his name and uncover the truth, he discovers that events from his own past may hold the key to the real killer’s identity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Just Saying...

  • By Carole T. on 09-04-12

Cork keeps on, keepin on.............

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

I've really grown to like the cork O'Connor series. The stories and accompanying mysteries area always different. And we listeners are always learning something new about the geography of northern Minnesota and other spots where the books take place.

Trickster's Point was especially interesting to me as I'm from a small Iowa town where the friend and family relationships are like those in and around Aurora, MN. Ties that are bound as children stay relevant even into adulthood and most people doesn't understand this but the author does. Hardly any of us have all the trials and tribulations you find in this series but the human relationships described are real.

I know I've got a lot of books to go in this series but I already know I'll be sad when I get caught up.

  • Deadly Secrets

  • Detective Erika Foster, Book 6
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep? Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim - they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating murder mystery; great detective work!

  • By Wayne on 04-15-18

another good one

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

The author puts some good twists and turns into this crime thriller. There are some especially cruel things happening. And, there are many current days issues to spice it up.

Usually when you find a crime series you really like you empathize with the detective even with all their flaws. Erika has had her share of tough breaks but she keeps trucking on.

I'll look forward to the next installment in the series.

  • The Things They Carried

  • By: Tim O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,487

Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy Load

  • By Mel on 10-28-13

one man's Vietnam experience

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

First time author for me. Each war seems like a Rubik's cube, you twist it around a bit and you get a different perspective. From this view, this book is like many others. Still it has its own unique stories to tell, some I've never heard before.

The author served right in the middle of the worst of the Vietnam war and its effects never left him.

I suppose I bought this book as it was narrated by actor Brian Cranston. And, he does a good job. l suppose actors make good narrators with their voice training and learning of different accents. Still, I don't know that having a celebrity makes a big difference as a narrator, if they are good they bring life to story, still it's the story that makes a book enjoyable. I did enjoy Cranston as a narrator but after awhile in the book you forget that it's him narrating, you just get caught up in the story.

Many vets get caught up in the meaning of life after being in combat with its loss of life. O'Brien in this book is no different. I'm a vet, spent two years in Germany and knew many who had served in Vietnam. Even though I never served in combat you do wonder how you would have reacted, would you have been strong, would you have had courage when required? OBbrien calls himself a coward but was he? He did what he was asked to do. Most soldiers have an overarching desire to stay alive no matter what the circumstances.

One truth life has taught me is that 'Life is for the Living" and this book attests to that.

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,752
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,496

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Corm and Robin keep on truckin

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

If you are a fan of the series, you'll want to listen to 'Lethal White", nuff said.

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional & Powerful

  • By Miss Toni on 06-30-13

Maya

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

First time author for me, debut novel for the author. Whatever your ethnicity this is a good listen narrated by the author. It is the first of seven autobiographies by the author detailing different periods in her life. This book details her youth where she lived in southern Arkansas and a short time in St Louis in her preteen year. She then spent most of her teen age years in San Francisco.

If you are intrigued at all by Maya Angelou's life, this is an interesting, easy listen.

  • Winter Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,284

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I made a mistake

  • By A. Musser on 11-29-17

I like Kristin Hannah

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This was my third book by Kristen Hannah and I enjoyed them all a lot.

This one is a bit of a slow burn in the beginning but eventually the story grabs you and you can't let go.

  • Evil Games

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark secrets

  • By bayley milton on 06-28-15

a good one

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

A different twist to this psychological crime thriller, a different kind of suspect.

Fast pace, you learn a lot about Kim Stone's life. An enjoyable listen.

  • A Place Called Freedom

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,087

This lush novel, set in 1766 England and America, evokes an era ripe with riot and revolution, from the teeming streets of London to the sprawling grounds of a Virginia plantation. Mack McAsh burns with the desire to escape his life of slavery in Scottish coal mines while Lizzie Hallim is desperate to shed a life of sheltered subjugation to her spineless husband. United in America, their only chance for freedom lies beyond the Western frontier - if they're brave enough to take it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WORTH THE CREDIT AND THEM SOME!

  • By Georgia on 08-28-15

where did this come from?

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I've read or listened to most of Ken Follett's books, from his early spy novels to his long trilogies of recent times. I didn't realize this book existed until Audible pointed it out. It was written in the 19990s but not put on Audible until 2015, maybe that's why. But still it seemed like an interesting topic. My last name is English and I've wondered from time to time why my ancestor came to America? My family has been in the US for lots of generations now. I assume the first two or three generations knew the reason why but it got lost over the years.

This book isn't a definitive story on why Brits came to America but rather just a specific example of why some did. It starts off in Scotland with a family owning a coal mine and determining the fates of most of the local people. The lives of the miners themselves were tough but they didn't see much of a way out. One guy, the lead character, wanted more out of life and desired to be free. He gets free and moves to London where he finds more of the same. The rich and powerful strive to control all aspects of life and keep the poor downtrodden. He finds his way to Virginia and gets more of the same living on a plantation, the elite control the money and the poor work really hard. Finally, he breaks free once again and heads west to the wilderness that becomes Kentucky and there finally finds the freedom he wants. The book isn't so much about what he did with his free life but rather the struggles he went through to get there. The setting of this book is in the decade leading up tho the Revolutionary War in the Colonies and that part is also interesting.

The author can write a good story and this one is right there with the rest. Not a page turner it still it is interesting enough to keep your attention and enjoy the story.