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  • This Is Me

  • Loving the Person You are Today
  • By: Chrissy Metz
  • Narrated by: Chrissy Metz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,441

In This Is Me, Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave listeners both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy's This Is Me is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays. She embraces the spirit of Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes and shares how she has applied the lessons she learned from both setbacks and successes. A born entertainer, Chrissy finds light in even her darkest moments and leaves the listener feeling they are spending time with a friend who gets it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent - 1 million stars

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-28-18

Good...But Troubling

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I'm a big fan of "This is Us" and I find the character of "Kate" very intriguing. So, I was interested in hearing Chrissy Metz's story. I think the book would have been better if the "self help" piece were left out. I don't think Metz is really the right person to be giving out that kind of advice in a book. Best to stick to the memoir. And, her story is absorbing...but also very troubling. In the era of #MeToo, the excuses she makes for her abusers (mother, father and step-father) - over and over - is extremely sad. She is ripe to be taken advantage of in the rags to riches place she now finds herself. I hope her success continues and that she finds the strength to take care of Chrissy - first.

  • I'll Be Your Blue Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Marisa de los Santos
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

On the weekend of her wedding, Clare Hobbes meets an elderly woman named Edith Herron. During the course of a single conversation, Edith gives Clare the courage to do what she should have done months earlier: break off her engagement to her charming - yet overly possessive - fiancé. Three weeks later Clare learns that Edith has died - and has given her another gift. Nestled in crepe myrtle and hydrangea and perched at the marshy edge of a bay in a small seaside town in Delaware, Blue Sky House now belongs to Clare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Well-Built Novel with an Inspiring Heroine

  • By Karissa on 04-20-18

Redeemed itself in last quarter

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I really liked Marisa De Los Santo's first couple of books, but haven't really gotten into the most recent ones. This took a very long time to get into and I had a hard time relating to the main character and her relationship with an abusive guy. The storyline from 50 years previous was actually more interesting and the character was more inttiguing and really proved to be the better part of the book. The author should have spent more time on that character...OR made the younger one more likable. The last 25% of the book picked up in pace and the ending had a nice twist. As for the audio performance, the narrators were good, but their voices were much too similar. It would have been better to have the voices of the two female characters be more distinguishable.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,591
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,549

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 and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!

  • By W. K. Caldwell on 02-23-18

Unchecked Mental Illness + Abuse + Guns = TROUBLE

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

We wonder why terrible tragedies happen with guns in America and then you read a memoir like this and it confirms that we are a breeding ground for disaster. Ignored mental illness plus guns equals, at best, really damaged children, and, at worst, occurrences like Parkland. Tara Westover is an unlikely escapee. Her ability to go from a seriously abusive home and barely home schooled to Brigham Young at 16 to a PhD at Cambridge makes her extraordinary However, it leads one to wonder how many kids like her are out there that are not so lucky. Julia Whelan's performance of the audiobook was outstanding.

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  • How to Stop Time

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 419

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history - performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. So Tom moves back his to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher - the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city's history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immortality is a bummer

  • By Emily - Audible on 02-09-18

Didn't Stop Time For Me

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

I really wanted to love this book, but I didn't. Always like the premise of time travel, past lives, etc., and the idea of having a "condition" that slows down aging seemed interesting. While the book was an easy ready, it just was a bit base. Maybe it didn't go deep enough for me. The narration of the audiobook was, however, quite good.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,388
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,340

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Move Over Harper Lee...

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Great writing, compelling story, amazing narration on the audiobook. The author really made you feel as if you were right there with the main character, Star, living in Garden Heights. From the close knit family life to the extremely frightening and dire experiences of living as an African American in the inner city, this book is definitely a modern rendition of To Kill a Mockingbird. Should be required reading in high school.

  • The Conspiracy of Us

  • By: Maggie Hall
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 768

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead. To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked on Julia Whelan

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

Da Vinci Code for Teens

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

An Audible editor recommended this book as a fun, young adult find. The narration and accents by Julia Whelan were excellent. And, I really liked the characters and the different cities featured. The mystery is a bit convoluted and at times hard to follow, but the story picked up speed toward the end...just in time for the cliff hanger. Trying to decide if I'm invested enough to find out how it all gets resolved in Book 2 and Book 3.

  • Commonwealth

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,304

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly - thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen for Patchett fans

  • By J on 09-19-16

Round and Round it goes...

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

I felt like this book was just going in circles. Time period, after time period, short snippets, that, in the end, didn't go anywhere. Or, maybe just ended up back at the beginning. The writing was great, the narration quite good, some character development, but little in the way of plot. Some have compared this book to Patchett's first, Bel Canto, which I never finished. I liked State of Wonder much more.

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  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,041

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

Truly Madly Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

I was so looking forward to this book! When I discovered Liane Moriarty, I went back and read everything she had written and enjoyed every book. This one fell flat from the first chapter. I kept listening hoping that it would get better. It didn't. Truly unlikable characters, madly boring plot. I felt very guilty, but I abandoned it and deleted it from my phone.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • First Star I See Tonight

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985

Piper Dove is a woman with a dream - to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham's spotted her, and he's not happy. Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. "The fact is...I'm your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just...mildly unhinged."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - ok narration

  • By G Richards on 08-24-16

Stars losing their luster

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

I used to really love these books for a quick, light, fun get-away. But, I think the formula is tired and lack-luster. The characters in this book were missing a back story and the plot was all over the map. Nicole Poole, though not Anna Fields, was good for the main male and female roles, but she could not pull off accents, especially S. Side Chicago.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lab Girl

  • By: Hope Jahren
  • Narrated by: Hope Jahren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book might have been a revelatory treatise on plant life. Lab Girl is that, but it is also so much more. Because in it, Jahren also shares with us her inspiring life story, in prose that takes your breath away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A paradigm-shifting perspective on plant life

  • By Elizabeth on 05-20-16

One to Savor

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

A 5 star accomplishment for Hope Jahren with a heartfelt narration. Her writing is filled with science, emotion, bravery, and vulnerability. It is a book to read slowly, one chapter at a time, as if it were a series of short stories. The writing is excellent and Jahren's courage to share the innermost details of her life is admirable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful