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  • Twist Me

  • By: Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
  • Narrated by: Shirl Rae
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely. Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful - a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I think this actually lives up to the dark part...

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 02-01-14

Awful

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Could not get past first paragraph. I guess you have to be in the mood for this

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,816
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,745

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Haley on 05-27-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Riveting, unbelievably believable, stay-with-you story. Must experience! Opens a window on a world in my backyard i could not imagine.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 92,811
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85,983
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85,579

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Born a crime

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

An eye opener , incredible window onto a life and culture few outsiders can imagine told with humor and conviction. Must read.

  • Summer Sisters

  • By: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard's world changes forever when Caitlin Somers chooses her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomes Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha's Vineyard, an enchanting place where the two friends become "summer sisters".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my all time favoirte books

  • By M. Boyer on 12-28-16

Perfect summer listening on a car trip that kept me going nterested yet did not require hard concentration.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

Was looking for a light listen good for the road
That would keep me interested yet not demand too much ch concentration. This was perfect. It's a great chick story, easy to follow, mostly chronological, characters well enough developed to care , albeit in a guilty pleasure sort of way, about what happened to them.
The peak into the realm of the rich and famous
Delivered a bit in over-the-top wannabe blasé
Tones by reader, but excusable.
I liked the relationship between the pre-pubertal girls the best, it rang the truest.

Good company on road trip or while doing chores.

  • Night Life

  • By: David C. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,038

New York City, 1954. The Cold War is heating up, Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for communists in America, the newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary United States intelligence agency, and the bodies of murdered young men are turning up all over the city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific noir mystery

  • By Jeremy D. Cohen on 05-07-16

Edge of the seat

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Was completely caught up in the story, the suspense and the vivid scenery of the McCarthy era NY.
Characters with depth to love and hate.
Not my usual genre, but will look for more with this author and this reader. Followed that smoky voice through every page Love the unlikely hero. Good guy with a real bad attitude

  • The Dinner

  • A Novel
  • By: Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,598
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,329
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,337

It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dinner To Remember!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 02-23-13

Weirdly compelling

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

Perfect voice for the story which appears deceptively sluggish at first, but somehow did not let me go to the end, to which I listened twice.

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  • The Power of One

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,893

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story lifted higher by the narration

  • By Bob on 05-14-09

What a journey!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

This story consumed and mesmerized me
From beginning to end.
Brilliantly performed.
What I cannot stand is that it's over.
Wish I was starting on this journey all over
Again.

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,626
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,305
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,249

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

The boys I wish I'd known

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

The narrator of this amazing story starts off sounding a bit monotonous, but this voice turns out to be perfect. No drama needed in the voice. the characters, the events, the history which is interwoven in such a bone chillingly real and almost too close for comfort manner needs no drama added. I was at the edge of my seat during the competition sequences and continued to listen even while not driving--I usually don't allow myself to do that. A must listen!

  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,941

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

An ( auditory) visual delight

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

Reviewed: 03-05-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

Did not read print, but loved the audio

What other book might you compare Life of Pi to and why?

It's a completely realistic fantastic story. I hung on every one of Pi's words. I could imagine that events would have unfolded just that way. Pi's spirituality and his parent's bafflement at this was touching. Mostly, to me, his connection to the animals who were as they were. This was not Disney.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Pi decided that he has animal management skills and started to train Richard Parker.
The realism and drama were continued as Pi continued to re-enforce the training as needed, always aware, always alert.
Never relying on a perceived "connection" to Richard Parker.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

I could not wait for the movie, which was done well, though, as usually, could not transmit all that the book did. Also, it was toned down for the children who probably expected a Disney animal story.
Loved the visuals. It struck me by how much I had the sense of deja vu, since the words had already painted the pictures for me, shade by subtle shade.

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  • Back to Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 619

As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Wolfe

  • By Lauren on 11-03-12

I get it, I get it, I GET IT!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

Would you try another book from Tom Wolfe and/or Lou Diamond Phillips?

Yes, I'm a fan of Tom Wolfe. I keep the hope.

Would you recommend Back to Blood to your friends? Why or why not?

Not this one, and it pains me to say that

What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

Lou Diamond Phillips has many convincing voices and gives a great show

Was Back to Blood worth the listening time?

yes, but irritating

Any additional comments?

Mr Wolfe's use of repeated, repeated, repeated words and phrases was probably supposed to paint a picture and impress the reader of the importance of that sentiment. It worked for the first three or four times, then it turned old, old, old. I felt nagged, nagged, NAGGED and whacked over the head --over and over and over again. Bam, bam, bam, bam...you get the picture. Was the story not long enough? Did he feel he had to quadruple the length of the content? Did he not trust his readers to GET IT? Did he think he was writing a film script? As much as I liked Mr Phillips' dramatic performance, I started to have an urge to stuff a pillow in his face. It is still a credit to Mr Wolfe's story telling genius that I stuck through the whole thing, but irritated, irritated, irritated!!!

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