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Ms. Laura Mercier

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  • This Is How It Always Is

  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

This is how a family keeps a secret...and how that secret ends up keeping them. This is how a family lives happily ever after...until happily ever after becomes complicated. This is how children change...and then change the world. This is Claude. He's five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A completely genius debut

  • By alexandra on 16-03-17

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 17-06-17

One of those stories you don't want to end. Heartbreaking, beautiful and absolutely gorgeous- a must read!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Mrs. Hockaday

  • By: Susan Rivers
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin, Julie McKay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband's 300-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By Ms. Laura Mercier on 04-05-17

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

Beautiful narration and a gripping story! Had me enthralled from the beginning and loved that we got to hear from the sons at the end

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All you need is Ove

  • By Kaggy on 22-09-14

Great story

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

Reviewed: 14-07-16

Just lovely - a real gem of a story. Great narration too. Highly recommended and would listen to it again

  • What I Know for Sure

  • By: Oprah Winfrey
  • Narrated by: Oprah Winfrey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

The inspirational wisdom of Oprah Winfrey, collected for the first time in a beautiful book. After film critic Gene Siskel asked her, 'What do you know for sure?' Oprah Winfrey began writing the 'What I Know For Sure' column in O, The Oprah Magazine. Saying that the question offered her a way to take 'stock of her life', Oprah has penned one column a month over the last 14 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I needed to hear right now

  • By Ms. Laura Mercier on 04-05-16

Just what I needed to hear right now

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

I'm a big believer that books come across your path at the right time. And this is a little gem of wisdom from an amazing person.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 706

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible accents - don't waste your money

  • By Ali on 10-10-11

Good story ruined by the story teller

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

Reviewed: 28-02-16

I was really enjoying this book until it got to Wales and the narrator's poor accent came into play. I tried to stick with it but it was awful. Would have been better if he'd stuck to his own accent rather than try a welsh accent.

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-05-11

Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-11

Just finished listening to The Woodcutter and was so sorry it had to end - was gripping from start to finish with great twists. Great story!

  • Daughter's Inheritance

  • By: Judith Miller, Tracie Peterson
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Award-winning authors Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller launch an enthralling 1890s trilogy set in the St. Lawrence River's opulent Thousand Islands - summer playground of the privileged. A Daughter's Inheritance explores the ever-changing fortunes of 17-year-old Fanny Broadmoor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story dreadful narrator

  • By Ms. Laura Mercier on 22-10-10

Good story dreadful narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-10

I'm listening to this story and it's lovely but the narrator is very annoying. Almost sounds robotic or computer generated - very clipped speech patterns which makes it quite disconcerting to listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nazi Officer's Wife

  • How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
  • By: Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A riveting Story

  • By J NEILL on 11-02-07

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-09

This is an amazing book - I've been hooked on it since the beginning. Wonderfully written and beautifully read. Edith is such an amazing women - full of strength and courage.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. There he meets the freaks, grifters, and misfits that populate this world. Jacob introduces us to Marlena, beautiful star of the equestrian act; to August, her charismatic but twisted husband (and the circus' animal trainer); and to Rosie, a seemingly untrainable elephant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Water for Elephants

  • By Suzannah on 16-08-11

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-08

This is a really wonderful story - beautifully written and read. I know I'll come back to this one again and again, it's a real gem.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful