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  • The War I Finally Won

  • By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 508

World War II continues, and Ada and her brother, Jamie, are living with their loving legal guardian, Susan, in a borrowed cottage on the estate of the formidable Lady Thorton - along with Lady Thorton herself and her daughter. Life in the crowded cottage is tense enough, and then, quite suddenly, Ruth, a Jewish girl from Germany, moves in. A German? The occupants of the house are horrified. But other impacts of the war become far more frightening. As death creeps closer to their door, life and morality during wartime grow more complex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite book!

  • By Suzanne Bruno on 12-14-17

Man!!! I LOVE This Series!!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17


Though these stories are written for a younger audience – this adult loves every minute. I hope Bradley keeps this series going long after the war is over.

The author does a superb job giving just enough back story to the previous series readers and first in the series. This book easily stand on its own - though you WILL be looking for the other one too. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a fast past uncomplicated read, with just the right amount of characters, that at times will keep you on the edge of your seat. Also, if you’re looking for a shared read that has no uncomfortable embarrassing sections.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Almost Sisters

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy - an unexpected but not unhappy development in the 38-year-old's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book in a long time!!

  • By avid reader on 07-27-17

Fans will be Pleased as Punch!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

E
xactly the book that fans of this author come back time and time to drink up. It’s quaint, quirky, funny and oh so southern - as usual. Joshilyn Jackson fine-tuned product. I count the days till release, then plan extra reading time in my schedule because I know once I start, it’s going to be hard to put down.

I must say though that Almost Sisters took a little longer to get into than normal. The scenario felt pushed and pulled to fit an agenda or story line that the author was trying satisfy. It took a long time till it began to flow naturally. Some of the one liners in this book are remember ably hysterical. This book really showcased Joshilyn Jackson’s sharp wit and killer humor.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hawke's Prey

  • By: Reavis Z. Wortham
  • Narrated by: Rene Ruiz, Jeff Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

It's a stunning attack, lightning quick and chilling in its execution. A merciless gang of terrorists seizes the Presidio County Courthouse in the midst of the worst blizzard West Texas has seen in a century. Loaded down with enough firepower to outfit an army, the attackers slaughter dozens, take all survivors hostage, and assume complete control. The nation - and the US government - are at their mercy. Or so they think. They don't know that a seasoned Texas Ranger is also inside the courthouse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Die Hard in Texas

  • By tooonce72 on 07-11-17

Die Hard in Texas

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

I found this wonderful author by taking a chance on a sale book long ago. I purchased and LOVED the entire Red River Mystery series (I have been hoping for more) and I can tell that I will enjoy this series as well.

The characters this author creates have a different type of depth than those found in the percentage of police/detective stories. The protagonists are not public servants with negative pasts, hard luck stories, beefs with the system, substance abuse problems or marital woes, but rather members of loving families with positive outlooks on life and normal issues. So refreshing. I personally enjoy the active part the kids take in both series. Seems somewhat quirky to have police stories where minors take an active role – but somehow it works in a believable way and adds interest to the story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Escape Clause

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 9
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,054

The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super Sandford

  • By Ted on 03-05-17

I Love Virgil

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

The Virgil Flowers series just gets better and better with each book. Sandford has reached the "perfect" point in this series. There is not a series that I enjoy more. I sure hope Sandfor stays around for 9 more.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rosemary

  • The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
  • By: Kate Clifford Larson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458

Joe and Rose Kennedy's strikingly beautiful daughter, Rosemary, attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet Rosemary was intellectually disabled - a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Illuminating and moving.

  • By Gotta Tellya on 05-30-16

Like Watching A Train Crash

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

The woman who stated this work was too chronological couldn't have read this book. The sad part about her telling such a fable - it kept this in my 'to be read' stack much longer than it should have been.

Fascinating book - hands down.

This book will have you thinking for weeks and years to come about the depths that one will go to live up to the expectations of others. If you are not thinking of that you will be wondering that had these two parents taken a different approach to their family secret - they might have given the world something even greater than a President. I am currently contemplating if Joseph Kennedy Sr pushed karma into biting his entire family by his actions. You will be too.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Among the Wicked

  • A Kate Burkholder Novel
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural upstate New York to assist in a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and English communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community. Kate's longtime love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love This Series

  • By Lia on 10-11-18

Like Visiting A Good Friend

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

Still after eight Kate Burkholder’s adventures in this series, I pre-ordering then count the minutes for each of Linda Costello’s latest to go live. I will continue to get so. I enjoy this strong character that is also sweet to those that live in a manner that she has not chosen for herself. The secondary stories and characters are like old friends as well. I was thankful that the author took Kate on the road to another community and adventure, this time - I am not sure how much tragedy Painters Mill can take?

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Siracusa

  • By: Delia Ephron
  • Narrated by: Talia Balsam, Katie Finneran, Darren Goldstein, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 387

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine - Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. "From the beginning," says Taylor, "it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together." In Rashomon style, with alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENORME!!!!

  • By tooonce72 on 07-15-16

ENORME!!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

Siracusa by Delia Ephron is different from her other works, which might put some of her fans off kilter. I applaud the author in this endeavor to take a plunge and coming up with a work that is so clever and fresh. I encourage you to not allow yourself to read a book report type review for fear of glimpsing one revelation before it’s time.

Everything I normally dislike in a novel, this novel possessed. Yet showed me how to, not only to like it and embrace it, but love it. Such as - I generally dislike switching different narrators/characters each chapter. In this book, before long, I was begging for a switch for I needed to hear the other side of the story. It starts in the manner where the reader feels like they came into the middle of the story and it takes work to understand the relationships of the characters. Keep with it – it’s so worth the effort. There are just a handful of two of characters throughout so once you got everyone in their place – you know all their little ticks…well, you think you do.

For me the epilogue ending was the cherry on this cheeky sundae. It’s kept me thinking long after the last page was turned.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Weekenders

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,658

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends - and it's something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your weekend

  • By jbee on 07-04-16

Well Worth The Wait!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

If you are a veteran Mary Kay Andrews reader, you should enjoy this book as much as I did. Yes, this book’s cast has more money and unearned opportunity than in her past books. Yes, the preteen in this book doesn’t get reprimanded nearly as much as one would like. But, it gives volumes of what one goes to this author for: A book with just the right amount of characters who have sass and a sense of humor. An involved storyline that will keep your interest yet, if your mind wonders to consider what’s in the freezer for dinner, you won’t have to rewind because you’ve suddenly found yourself lost. The story ends when the book ends and you are left to feeling good.

I generally milk my May Mary Kay Andrews to last a bit, but I planned a home project around my purchase and was done with both in just two days. Looking forward to next year.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer Before the War

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,538

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sure About This Book

  • By Sara on 04-27-16

Epic

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

The author’s previous work was such a treat, I was standing in line to purchase this, though I’m not a fan of a listen over ten hours. I wasn’t immediately sure that the author had been equally as successful. Initially I struggled with the narrator’s accent and voice range (neither her fault). I worked to identify with the characters and keep up with the large cast. Boy, am I glad I did. It wasn’t long before I found it hard to put down. As the pages passed I fell more and more in love. Upon completion I immediately started again – because once wasn’t going to be enough and I NEVER do that.

The Summer Before the War has an emotional development plotline that once the drama starts you’re soon to be emotionally all in. I laughed and cried and cried some more. This book is so reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, for me.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Opposite of Everyone

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376

A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally best-selling author of Someone Else's Love Story and Gods in Alabama - an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goddess of destruction and rebirth

  • By Janice on 06-27-16

Joshilyn Jackson at Her Best!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

Joshilyn Jackson continues to hone her craft while keeping the quirks we have grown to love. I think this book was my favorite of her works. In the past I have not been a fan of her narrating her own work, and I have to say, - I even enjoyed that in this work.

I would certainly love to revisit these characters in a series.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful