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  • Love Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Debra Messing
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    From the award-winning New York Times best-selling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life. Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

    Sandra says: "Loved It"
    "Too unbelievable."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I like my novels to feel real. This one did not.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was predictable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator's voice was not consistently at the same level of volume, especially in the beginning.


    Do you think Love Anthony needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow-up book would improve this story line.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading Lisa Genova's previous 2 books and liking them very much, this book seemed very juvenile for her writing abilities. I was very disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Picasso

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Girard
    • Narrated By Leslie Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world. A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web.

    Donna says: "Picasso - The Early Years"
    "Picasso - The Early Years"
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    Factually-based, historical novel about the relationship between Pablo Picasso and a young French woman, Eva Gouel. They met and fell in love during the period 1911 and 1914. The story was a little repetitive, but for those who like historical fiction it provided an excellent description of Paris life in the early 20th century. The narrator did a terrific job with the various accents and characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Highest Tide: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jim Lynch
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (44)

    One moonlit night, 13-year-old Miles O'Malley slips out of his house, packs up his kayak, and goes exploring on the flats of Puget Sound. But what begins as an ordinary hunt for starfish, snails, and clams is soon transformed by an astonishing sight: a beached giant squid. As the first person to ever see a giant squid alive, the speed-reading, Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac instantly becomes a local curiosity.

    J. Huebert says: "13 going on 30"
    "Marine Life"
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    A sweet and funny coming-of-age story about 13 year old Mike O'Malley's summer on Puget Sound. Mike sneaks out of his home one night to explore the marine life when the tide is out and discovers a giant squid.That's just the beginning of a special summer for a kid that knows all about the tides and what they bring to his town.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky
    • Narrated By Robin Eller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (203)

    Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude - but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

    Marie says: "Modern Slavery - who knew?"
    "Current Day Slavery"
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    Slavery, bondage, human trafficking are names used to describe what happened to this eight year old Egyptian girl, sold by her parents. That she can write and lecture about her young life, when she wasn't allowed to go to school and worked 18 to 20 hour days, is significant. Originally written for the Young Adult audience but has expanded to adult readers. YA language is used and it is somewhat repetitive. Don't expect beautiful prose, but it is a story that needs to be told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3286)
    Performance
    (2968)
    Story
    (2953)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    L. Calder says: "Nerdy, action filled romp through cyber space"
    "Delightful"
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    The narrator, Ari Fliakos, was fantastic. I loved his voice and his enthusiasm as he narrated this fun fantasy about the goings on in a mysterious little bookshop in San Francisco. It a combination of nerdiness and gothic mystery with a sweetness that I found delightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1223)

    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

    colprubin says: "Character Novel"
    "1970s Issues"
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    Although this book was well written and very descriptive, it made me feel sad as I read it. Helicopter parents in the 1970's dealing with racial issues and sexism, for themselves and their teen children.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Euphoria: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lily King
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (525)

    English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

    David says: "Anthropologists in Love"
    "Love Triangle"
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    My decision to read this novel was based on a review that said it was derived, in part, from information about Margaret Mead's anthropology. While there was a background of some details about the indigenous people of New Guinea, the story was mostly about the lives and interactions of three anthropologists. The love triangle was somewhat predictable, until the last chapter. A quick read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orfeo

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Powers
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    In Orfeo, Powers tells the story of a man journeying into his past as he desperately flees the present. Composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology lab - the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns - has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive. As an Internet-fueled hysteria erupts, Els - the "Bioterrorist Bach" - pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey.

    Mel says: "The Lost Chord"
    "Too intellectual"
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    Chaper 3, an hour and half into this audio book was as far as I could stand it. Too many musical references and other intellectual points of reference that I barely understood. Guess I'm just too unsophisticated for this one. Not worth my time. So many other books out there that I want to check out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tara Conklin
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (238)

    The year is 2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. The year is 1852: Josephine is a 17-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm - an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. It is through her father, renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers a controversy rocking the art world: Art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her Virginia tobacco farm, were actually the work of her house slave, Josephine.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Disappointing"
    "The Horrors of Slavery"
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    The horrible days of slavery in the US is juxtaposed with a modern-day lawyer searching for decendents of a slave named Josephine. Lots of twists and turns in the life of both the slave girl and the lawyer as each tries to find her own kind of freedom. Interesting but not enthralling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5709)
    Performance
    (5020)
    Story
    (5034)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
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    I had trouble tearing myself away from this book to do anything else. It held my interest so completely and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. I loved each the characters and the way the author made them so “everyday normal,” with their good and bad sides. The little bit of sarcasm throughout lightened somewhat the heavy nature of some events. I really enjoyed the Australian accent of the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (125)

    From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.

    Doggy Bird says: "Extremely moving memoir, well-narrated"
    "Haunting"
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    Only those people that have experienced the death of their child can truly understand the pain that Joan Didion tried to express in this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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