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  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,803
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,320

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Holy Hell

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

One of the best books I have ever read. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing in 1974 when I first heard Springsteen. Have been a fan ever since; a fan with a big fat crush. After this book, the crush is gone, but the admiration remains. Patti is the right woman for that job.

The father son relationship is laid bare. The mother son relationship is what made Bruce possible. She is the hero of the book.

This book is one hell of a ride, and The Boss does not disappoint.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,640

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Must read

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

I have lived this, but lack the skills to write anything close. If you have been there, you will cry your way through, even when you are laughing. If you haven't been there, count your blessing and consider what you can do to save a child.

  • The Weird Sisters

  • By: Eleanor Brown
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 355

There is no problem that a library card can't solve. The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • "I am not bound to please thee with my answers."

  • By Sabrina on 03-09-11

Awful and boring

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

This book felt so forced. All of the Shakespeare references only added to the mess. I simply can't finish it and have wasted a credit. From the very beginning the book was totally predictable. I felt sorry for the narrator. It must have been teeth grindingly awful to read the thing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Burgess Boys

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 997

Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved, loved, loved it!

  • By Molly-o on 06-09-13

Maine to New York and Back

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Elizabeth Strout gives up, ever so slowly, the secrets of the Burgess boys. While doing so, she also tells the tale of a small New England town that is experiencing an influx of imigrants from Africa. A hapless boy makes a terrible mistake, his uncles make more mistakes as they attempt to recuse him. The narration is gentle and perfect. An all together perfect read.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Shoemaker's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Adriana Trigiani
  • Narrated by: Annabella Sciorra, Adriana Trigiani
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the 20th century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to each other, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why the change in narrator?

  • By MEMcL on 04-09-12

Great Story, Big Audio Problems

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

Reviewed: 08-08-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Shoemaker's Wife to be better than the print version?

The audio version is wonderful right up to the point where the author takes over, then it becomes unbearable.

What did you like best about this story?

The book has a lovely pace.

What didn’t you like about Annabella Sciorra and Adriana Trigiani ’s performance?

Sciorra is a professional actor and her performance is glorious. Trigiani is a very gifted writer, she is not a gifted actor.

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

This is a book to savor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Infinite Jest

  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 56 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,860

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listening to this is quite an experience

  • By kurdis teed on 04-25-17

Have actual book handy

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

Reviewed: 05-13-12

What made the experience of listening to Infinite Jest the most enjoyable?

I had already read the book, but knew that there was more to enjoy. Audible did the trick.

What did you like best about this story?

Please, ask me which of my children I prefer. It would be easier.

Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

Pratt did an amazing job with this very complicated book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Let's not ruin the book by letting Hollywood have its way with it.

Any additional comments?

In a very imperfect world, this book comes very close to perfect

35 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

  • A Memoir of Going Home
  • By: Rhoda Janzen
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 176

The same week her husband of 15 years ditches her for a guy he met on Gay.com, a partially inebriated teenage driver smacks her VW Beetle head-on. Marriage over, body bruised, life upside-down, Rhoda does what any sensible 43-year-old would do: She goes home. But hers is not just any home. It's a Mennonite home, the scene of her painfully uncool childhood and the bosom of her family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's OK

  • By Dotty on 01-05-10

Tender and Touching

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-10

This is a sweet tender book. Janzen Reflects back on her Mennonite upbringing with great humor and intelligence. She is kind to her parents and siblings. If you are looking for dirt, go elsewhere. This is a book of love and hope.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Shanghai Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, sad, and enjoyable

  • By Beach Biker on 07-15-09

Sisters

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-09

I loved this book about sisters. The bond that exists between the two women is what drives this amazing book. The assumtions that the two women make about each other gently reveal themselves. A perfect book.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,267
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,288

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Perfection

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-09

Every character is developed to perfection. Stockett captures a painful time in our history.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • By: Muriel Barbery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,706
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,548

An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It surprised me

  • By Pyles on 04-21-10

Charming

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-09

Lovely book, wonderful characters and just the perfect amount of offbeat....

3 of 5 people found this review helpful