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  • Then Again

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Diane Keaton
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (208)

    “Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall.

    carole says: "Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful."
    "Good listen"
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    I really liked this book, but there was a little bit too much family history and not enough just about Dianne. She is such an interesting person that I wish she would have talked a little bit more about herself, but "then again," that's not what the book was about. It was really moving and had me in tears a few times, especially at the end when I understood the full meaning of the title of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (2031)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1876)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "Just not interesting."
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    I can't believe I paid to hear someone sit around and tell cracker stories. I guess they seem hilarious to her and people who have never known or heard about people that live in rural environment, but they just weren't funny. After an hour, I quit listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3286)
    Performance
    (3034)
    Story
    (3035)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Wonderful"
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    Like 11/22/63, it is several genres in one novel. College coming of age, ghost story and murder mystery. He can do it all and better than anyone else. King just keeps getting better as he gets older. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1008)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Too descriptive"
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    Interesting story about end of the world in the not so distant future. I fast forwarded through several sections of the second download because the writer had to describe everything in detail. He is very good at it, but come on. After awhile, I found myself thinking, "Okay, it's as beautiful as Eden. Now get back to the story." I would fast forwarded until there was actually some dialogue or action in the story. The book could have been half the length because of the self-absorption of the writer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4479)
    Performance
    (3406)
    Story
    (3413)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "What a surprise!"
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    I can't believe I have never heard of this book. It is such a compeling story and wonderfully read. I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but this was great. I am going to recommend this book to all my "reader" friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Portia de Rossi
    • Narrated By Portia de Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (227)

    In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. When this wasn’t enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point.

    Dawn says: "Beautifully Sad"
    "Better Than I Thought It Would Be"
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    I was never a fan of Portia DeRossi on Ally McBeal, but thought she was hilarious on Arrested Development, so I was mildly interested in her story. I was quite surprised how I could not stop listening. She is so honest about everything - more than just her eating disorder but her family, her childhood, her insecurities - things many of us would have a hard time talking about even with our best friends. It was also interesting to hear how she ended up being successful in probably that last field for which she was suitable. It's amazing she pulled through and could write such a soul-bearing book, considering how she started out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (561)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "Good But Was Expecting a Little More"
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    I am a big Robert Crais fan and was really looking forward to this one. I thought it was going to be another Joe Pike novel, but it was split between Joe and Elvis Cole. I found that, because it was told from both points of view, it lacked a little depth. The story was still good, but I missed the more personal reflections of Elvis or of Joe. Also, it was a bit more violent than usual. The first Elvis novels were really funny. I think Crais needs to go back to that style and lighten up a bit.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18650)
    Performance
    (16602)
    Story
    (16562)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "The Best Stephen King Book Since The Stand"
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    I used to read King quite a bit several years ago, but lost interest. 11-22-63 is absolutely one of the best things he has written in years. It's sci-fi, murder mystery, historical fiction, but mostly a love story, which was a surprise. It's only February and I can tell you this will be my favorite book this year.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (439)

    As Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes embark on their 11th adventure together, they find themselves immersed in the world of silent filmmaking. Here, the pirates are real—and unlike the shooting done with a camera, this sort can be deadly.

    Chris says: "Not my favorite Mary Russell"
    "Too much Mary Russell and not enough Sherlock"
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    This series started off really strong, but as the story has progressed, it is now all about the heroine Mary Russell and barely includes Sherlock Holmes - the reason I started the series in the first place and what made it different from other mysteries where women are the lead. In the Pirate King, Holmes doesn't really come into the story until Part II and then he is only accidentally knocked overboard a ship (by Mary) and then later held captive in an building next to Mary. Does that really sound like the Sherlock we know? I think this will be my last Laurie King, at least until she brings back Sherlock, otherwise, it is pretty silly fare.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miracle Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (267)

    They’re one of the country’s most telegenic couples: beloved TV journalist Sara Lowell and New York’s hottest basketball star, Michael Silverman. Their family and social connections tie them to the highest echelons of the political, medical, and sports worlds - threads that will tangle them up in one of the most controversial and deadly issues of our time. In a clinic on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a doctor has dedicated his life to eradicating a divisive and devastating disease. One by one, his patients are getting well.

    Mary says: "This is an old book"
    "Should have stayed in the drawer"
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    I really like Harlan Coben, but he should have let this early work stay in the drawer. The story was slow-paced and frankly, just not interesting. The forward tells the listener that some of the references in the story are dated, but the whole story is dated. Someone advised him incorrectly that this early work was worth publishing. It is just not up to current Harlan Coben standards.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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