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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,159

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

Holy (pun intended!) Crap

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

IF you can stick with this book (yes, it is frightening and MORE infuriating then anything I have ever listened) you will not be disappointed!

Even though this story is framed in so many extreme situations that most of us can not relate, it somehow managed to shine a light on my own life and my own family and my own estrangements. I can hardly believe the beautiful things this book made me think and the deeply sad and freeing feelings it made me feel.

Incredible story! Don't put it down and you will find yourself learning all kinds of new things. Go ahead and get your education (sorry I had to.)

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 180,078
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 168,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167,931

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

NOT a gamer STILL LOVED it.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

So as mentioned above I am not a gamer and I am too young to understand all the 80's references (born in 88) BUT I still really LOVED this book. It is hard to say if this is well written to be honest because I just had so much fun playing the game I hardly noticed (wait I guess that is the answer.)

The super deep and sometimes obscure 80's geek culture drones on in the beginning but it is worth getting through for the imagination and adventure that follows.

The narration is good!

This book gives you that feeling that entertainment and games always should, a rush of excitement and suspense, and a massive blurring of reality and fantasy. SUPER FUN

  • Everything Is Awful

  • And Other Observations
  • By: Matt Bellassai
  • Narrated by: Matt Bellassai
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

From the break-out star of BuzzFeed and the People's Choice Award-winning comedian comes a collection of hilariously anguished essays chronicling awful moments from his life so far, the humiliations of being an adult, and other little indignities. Matt Bellassai has no idea what he's doing. Well, to be fair, he did become semi-Internet famous by getting drunk at work, making him a socially-acceptable - nay - professional alcoholic. He's got some things figured out. But the rest is all just a terrible, disgusting mess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audio Book I’ve heard ever.

  • By erin sayer on 11-23-17

Funny! BUT whiny vocal fry gets o l d.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I love Matt and he is downright hilarious but it became hard to listen to the whiny vocal fry for hours on end. The bit and delivery that made him famous are best received in small doses. I never say this about comedians books but this one might be better read yourself.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,898

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revealing and a bit surprising.

  • By Linda Costello on 10-16-17

Hillary is a actual human being! Who'd a thunk it?

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

I went in a skeptic, believing her to be our "lesser of two evils" option. I felt desperate for someone, ANYONE, to rise up and make sense and lead us out of scandal and stupidity. I didn't think she could do it, and maybe, in the end, she wouldn't have been able to, but it would have been a fault of society not an inability on her part. I know now, more than ever, that she does have the experience, the know-how, AND the genius to be the President of the United States. I don't even agree with all her politics. Careful your brain might explode.

She is an actual human that cries and has a mother. Hillary isn't an evil robot who wants to eat your children (something she was accused of. da f***?) Listen to the book with an open mind and you are guaranteed to learn a little something.

The book was a bit too long in my opinion and some chapters could have harped a little less (I am looking at you EMAILS.) Overall fantastic book well thought out and put together with a positive resounding message, "We have to keep going."

0 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,322

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so, she must play a deadly game of deceit - and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not that bad!!

  • By Amanda on 05-03-17

Just shy of 5 stars Sarah charms me AGAIN!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

FIRST OF ALL, the new narrator is FINE I don't know what all the fuss is about here. Because of the reviews I bought this book on Kindle instead and read most of it on vacation then when I got back to work I started listening (because I couldn't go 8 hours without reading this book!) and I expected to hate it BUT she is good. Yes, she is new, okay that is annoying, but she does a fine job and she is certainly no reason not to listen.

NOW the book itself is also great but if you have made it this far in the series you already agree. I got a little tired of the battles they just seemed to really drag but that is par for the course in war I assume. Lots of great rabbit trails and surprises a feast for imagination for sure.

  • A Court of Mist and Fury

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,979
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,981

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court - but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms - and she might be key to stopping it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shippers will either Love it or Hate it

  • By Natalie C on 05-05-16

Holy Mother, caldron boil me.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

Good God in Heaven thank you for stories like these... WHAT A RIDE!

SJM has again outdone herself. This is her best book yet no doubt and I cannot wait to continue this series.

Surprises! Twist! Turns! I was left panting more than once for oh so many reasons.

**NOT for teens 11-13** Adult 18+ Content

  • Mariana

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Bonnyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109

Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there. The locals are warm and welcoming; especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall, yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was hooked when I heard the Narrator's voice!

  • By Ray on 02-23-12

Over too soon....

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

This book took forever, and I mean f o r e v e r, to get to the point, and then it was over.

Not my favorite Susanna Kearsley but I still very much enjoyed it.

Unique concept full of very slow surprises. Lovely narrator.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,878

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Love catches you by surprise.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

I just.... I don't know... wow.

I almost stopped listening to this book twice! It is the strangest thing how sometimes you don't have the ability to love something properly until it's over.

I am very glad I stuck through the hard stuff. I am sure that if I read it again I would love it so much more. Something about Ove's heart that is so human and "too big" for this world. Once you get to know his heart of hearts there is no turning back. You love him and it totally catches you by surprise.

It's a book that reminds us to be people who love, who show up, we give other people the chances they might not have earned. It reminds me to be like the strong women in this book, to see the world as it is, and do everything I can to make it better.

Cheers to Ove and this heartwrenching story. Give it your time, in the end you will be glad you did.

  • Fangirl

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,701

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow Series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Cynthia Shepp on 09-04-16

Couldn't stop listening then it was O V E R.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

I am going to start with this I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED BY THE END.

Alas, you really have to love the rest of the book to be disappointed by an end AND YES I loved this book. I mean, most of the time I loved it. Kinda like you love your family most of the time and sometimes you just really don't. You don't love them and you can't listen to one more minute of their whiny useless drivel. There were plenty of times I wanted to pull Caths ponytail right out of her head.

This book is so well written. It's smart, funny, sad, moving, and snarky! I literally could not stop listening.

I have lots of criticisms.... and really that just means it has substance and curves and nooks and little places to get lost and found. I mean the book enthralled me, made me feel something, made me invest and wish for other things. Really everything a novel should do.

So I highly recommend you listen or read or whatever, just do it, add Fangirl to your list, and then come and complain about it with me.

OH and the narrators are great.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,993

When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin - one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad ending and Immaturity

  • By The Anime Adict on 09-13-17

First Delicious then Alright....

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

I will keep this short and sweet.

If you are a fan of SJM then you will not be disappointed. In fact, this book moves much faster than anything I have read from her before and I very much appreciated it.

The romance is freaking delish and the poetry of the Fae lands is just perfect.

I didn't loooovvve the last part of the book... it just seemed to go on longer than I felt was necessary, BUT the ending is good and I can't wait for the sequel!

I have a feeling, that like with every one of her books, they will just keep getting better and this was more than decent beginning.