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  • Priestdaddy

  • A Memoir
  • By: Patricia Lockwood
  • Narrated by: Patricia Lockwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 333

Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met - a man who lounges in boxer shorts, who loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates "like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972". His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the church's country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents' rectory, their two worlds collide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Smutty Metaphors!

  • By Mel on 05-18-17

Jesus would dig.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

You will too. If you're : an artist / remain perplexed by the mysteries of the Catholic Church / have become indifferent to the mysteries of the Catholic Church / have ever found yourself drawn to contemplative life while simultaneously being repelled religious doctrine / or simply have dark humors coursing though your bod that need to be let- this book is for you. P.L. shares scenes from her life behind the doors of the rectory-- yet remains generous and funny.

And the narration? C'mon! Only SHE could convey her gentleness, anger, and distinctively weird comic timing so perfectly. I think her voice is pure chrism.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 793

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

A truly thoughtful woman

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

She's not just funny --- although her sharp wit and uncommon perspective drive every chapter. In this book, Paula allows you into her life at a crucial time as her children are finishing high school, heading to college and onto autonomous lives of their own. I'm not a mom, but I recognize her unending devotion to caring for the people she loves. "Sugarpush" is tender and funny as she experiments with ways of finding happiness ---but spares us of new age speak (that alone may cause you some happiness!). Listening feels like forming a new friendship. You'll even go behind the scenes of her work on NPR! Soooo creditworthy in my humble opinion. The only thing I'd say is to her is... Paula, don't be so gawdaamn hard on yourself!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 151,910
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140,173
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 140,030

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOOK BOOBIES

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-07-14

Great Case for Creativity/ Science/ Math

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

Without Imagination, he wouldn't have been able to repurpose the wreckage around him. Without Math, he wouldn't have been able to calculate his caloric needs, chart his path,or refit his machinery safely. Without Science, he wouldn't have known how to reconstitute the elements he needed for his survival.

On the spiritual level, the author ends with a simple statement about our desire to help each other. The entire book demonstrates it.

Just AWESOME.

Andrew Wier is a steely eyed Missel man!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sea of Tranquility

  • A Novel
  • By: Katja Millay
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Engaging

  • By Rita on 10-23-13

Teen Romance

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

Reviewed: 01-03-14

What was most disappointing about Katja Millay’s story?

I didn't understand how at it's core, it was just a teen romance.

What aspect of Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton ’s performance would you have changed?

Narrators gave wonderful performances.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. We spend far too much time waiting to hear what happened to Nastya, whose misery is tiresome after three or four hours. Yes, she's been a victim, but does the reader need to be as well? The world the leads inhabit seemed very two dimensional.

Any additional comments?

I know people loved this book but I like to read about survivors and people working valiantly at good mental hygiene i.e. Half Broke Horses, Canada, Glass Castle.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,681

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar narration but depressing story

  • By DQmaine on 02-02-17

Prepare for total immersion

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

Reviewed: 11-26-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but somehow it's too good to pass on to just anyone.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

Theo's first moments at Pippa's home. He eats his first real meal since the tragedy and cannot help but sink into the comfort and love that this strange new place and it's occupants exude.

What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

He made three distinctly different Russian accents, convincing but not distracting female voices, and found the perfect tone for Theo.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither, but I was totally engaged by the careful way she describes antiques and the restoration process. Also, the clothing interested me. Her characters are all properly dressed for their storyline.

Any additional comments?

Ms. Tartt is a genius- she must be to create something so epic and engaging. Oh I did NOT want it to end.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,057

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

More, please!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-13

24 hours of lecture blew by as Professor Garland, with his lovely English accent and consistent enthusiasm, takes us through the daily lives of the ancients. There is nothing stuffy or stilted about the content for the thousands of years of travel we do (actually millions). He describes every day objects, clothing, hairstyles, family life and then places them into a larger sociopolitical context. He does this equally well across Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. I didn't think I'd have the attention span to finish, but I might just listen to it all again because it was so rich with interesting information. It's a great partner on long runs, commuting, or doing household tasks.

My "a-hah" moment was his discussion of how the Dark Ages came about. If you are at that point in your life where you want to make sense of the long view of time, you will love this book. It dovetails nicely with Zealot by Rasa Aslan- lots of overlapping information about early Jewish and Roman culture. Thanks for a wonderful course, Dr. Garland.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Canada

  • By: Richard Ford
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 620

When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous writing

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 07-06-12

Living, breathing characters.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

I'd call this a longitudinal study of the lives of two children from a dysfunctional family onto which Richard Ford adds carefully observed psychological nuance. So, though there is much to learn about the characters, it's not too much; we are genuinely concerned for their well being throughout their lives. The setting is rendered loosely enough to allow in cold atmospheric light so we can see these flawed, living and breathing characters in action over time. Ford conveys a sense of place is so authentic you will find yourself brushing your hand over the bed to clean the sheets and protect Dell in his little bed . I don't like stories so crushingly sad, but I had to know that Dell made it. I love how this book shows us that choice is key to our survival. I love how Dell understands this truth early in his life. So, I'll wipe away my tears and recommend Canada to anyone who can bear a dark read. It's worth the trip.

  • A Place of Yes

  • 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life
  • By: Bethenny Frankel
  • Narrated by: Bethenny Frankel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197

Bethenny Frankel's no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is personality won over countless fans, and made her a nationally best-selling author and the star of her own hit Bravo show Bethenny Getting Married? Now Bethenny opens up and shares the obstacles she overcame and the great success she has enjoyed while discovering how to approach life from “A Place of Yes”.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What is your tolerance level?

  • By jen on 10-06-11

What is your tolerance level?

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

Reviewed: 10-06-11

The good: she's broken a negative cycle and clearly describes the healthy behavior lead to a happier life. She makes some funny commentary on "manifesting" one's destiny.

The bad: far too much complaining to listen to; I had to turn it off. I hung in as long as I could listening for pearls but I feel like I really made a poor choice spending credits on this book.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful