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Xavier

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  • 21 reviews
  • 171 ratings
  • 301 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015
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  • The First Bad Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Miranda July
    • Narrated By Miranda July
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people's babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women's self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they've been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

    alan says: "The book we've been fighting for"
    "Truly unique voice and imagination"
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    She's so unusal. Who knew Cyndi Lauper was singing about Miranda July? The fact that she reads her own fiction and makes it better shows that these thoughts she has are truly hers. This book has troubling parts for sure but it also has laugh out loud parts that will make people on the bus turn and look at you.

    Wish there were more books this weird, yet not sucky.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2180)
    Performance
    (1945)
    Story
    (1953)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Last half of book is haunting"
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    Was thoroughly disappointed and bored with the first part of this book. Boring writing, no build up or suspense, and am I the only person who is burned out on George Guidall? And then the war comes and the back is utterly haunting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Not Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Matthew Thomas
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (352)

    Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

    Paula says: "Profound Narrative of FantisizingTragedy, Regret"
    "Holy higher an editor will you"
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    On chapter 91 and I still have over 4 hours left, incredibly drawn out story written a narrative like that of a documentary. The book has its moments of being vivid and well told, but it has hours of painfully dull excruciatingly minute play by play of daily life.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1187)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Similar but not as good as Rosie Project. Did make me watch Dragnet on Netflix though which has been kind of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Called to Rise

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Laura McBride
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne, Madeleine Maby, and others
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    In the predawn hours, a woman's marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to fit in and get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in Walter Reed hospital with the vague feeling that he’s done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.

    ROBIN says: "Outstanding! !"
    "Was pretty good"
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    A nice story pretty good overall, nothing to write an expose on but I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3817)
    Performance
    (3382)
    Story
    (3390)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Like this book less now a year later"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Two unremarkable, unhappy, judgmental pains remain that way even after an excruciatingly long walk. There is no epiphany, there is no road of wisdom, there is just smallness and pettiness.

    Let the hate begin.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Every Last One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (311)

    In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

    Kimberly says: "Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful"
    "Utterly forgettable"
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    So forgettable I have no clue what this book is. Even though it is in my library. The bummer thing about audible books is you can't resell the crappy ones on amazon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1476)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Mel says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Best audio book in a long time for my ears"
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    I go through one book a month and frankly most of them I forget. Not this one; brilliant from start to finish. Augustus McCrae used to be favorite literary character now its Eli McCulloch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Juliann Garey
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    In her tour-de-force first novel, Juliann Garey takes us inside the restless mind, ravaged heart, and anguished soul of Greyson Todd, a successful Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and young daughter and for a decade travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to keep hidden for almost 20 years.

    Augusta says: "Gut Wrenching, Realistic and Riveting"
    "Loved it"
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    Gripped my attention early and held it to the end. Ok end was weak but rest was extraordinary. Yes it has filthy parts, yes it is for adults who like something beside shlock. Yes it is shocking at times. If you go to church regularly and blush at adult themes stay away. And curl up with a nice predictable book full of bad things happening to wonderful people,

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7466)
    Performance
    (5362)
    Story
    (5355)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Predictable Shlock"
    Overall
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    Two dimensional characters behaving in predictable ways. Been here before in poorly developed fiction, a thousand times before. You take today's thought processes and values and apply them to pre civil war era time period and you get crappy story telling made solely to pull at your heart strings only it is too transparent and contrived to do except on those with lifetime channel standards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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