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  • Ginny Moon

  • By: Benjamin Ludwig
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Meet Ginny Moon. She's mostly your average teenager - she plays flute in the high school band, has weekly basketball practice, and reads Robert Frost poems in English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what's important to her might seem a bit...different: starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, her baby doll, and crafting a secret plan of escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant

  • By Crista on 07-07-17

Stretches credulity

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The performance was fine but the book was kind of silly in a way and caused a great deal of anxiety as you wondered what nutty thing this most unlikeable heroine might do next. It was very tedious hearing "forever parents" and "baby doll" over and over and over and over and over. That isn't the reader's fault, who did a pretty good job. The therapist relationship seems to violate many norms as well. There are some insights into how the autistic brain works, and those are pretty accurate. The book seemed to go on forever.

Would you recommend Ginny Moon to your friends? Why or why not?

no--they would find it tedious and nerve wracking. "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night is a much better book on autism.

Did Ginny Moon inspire you to do anything?

no

  • Manhattan Beach

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,664

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I usually love Jennifer Egan, however...

  • By D. Thomas on 11-10-17

Too many characters and too many different plots

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book was to me a mishmash of many characters who never came to life.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Egan? Why or why not?

No. Some of her writing makes me laugh out loud. For example: "He drew out the words as if the syllables were the lat pieces of meat he was sucking from a bone". Really? And how about "His face loosened like a cold roast warming over an open flame". Too many silly similes.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't

Do you think Manhattan Beach needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No- enough is enough

Any additional comments?

It evokes the times nicely, but the characters remain very shallow. The place of women in war time is an interesting topic, but the book is all over the place.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 75,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69,777
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69,450

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

Delightfully read by the author

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

If you could sum up Born a Crime in three words, what would they be?

growing up in South Africa--yep, I know that's not 3 words!

Any additional comments?

It's rare that I enjoy an author's reading of his own book. But Noah is an actor and this one is superb

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,552

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

Absolutely delightful!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Would you listen to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine again? Why?

If you enjoy a good audible performance you'll like this one. It's a first person narrative which Honeyman brings off beautifully, aided by the wonderful narration. It is full of surprises and is very uplifting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are very few characters which is the beauty of the book

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

It would be pretty hard to do

  • Priestdaddy

  • A Memoir
  • By: Patricia Lockwood
  • Narrated by: Patricia Lockwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

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

It would be better to read the book, not to listen

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

What made the experience of listening to Priestdaddy the most enjoyable?

nothing--the listening experience was poor

What didn’t you like about Patricia Lockwood’s performance?

It's often not good to have authors read their own work. In this case a very good memoir was destroyed by not being able to be understood. The author's voice is dull, gravelly, monotonous, depressing, whispery, and drifts off at the end of the sentences. There were whole chapters I could not understand. I was thinking of returning it and getting the hard copy instead. It's impossible to focus on what she's saying.

Any additional comments?

Read the book, forget about the audible one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,575

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

Characters are real

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

If you could sum up My Brilliant Friend in three words, what would they be?

Sucked me in

What did you like best about this story?

Beautiful writing, very real life characters, sense of time and neighborhood in Naples

What does Hillary Huber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Well read

  • In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

  • By: Ruchama King Feuerman
  • Narrated by: Sam Guncler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Isaac Markowitz, an eczema-riddled Lower East Side haberdasher, moves to Israel to repair his broken heart and becomes, much to his own surprise, the assistant to a famous old rabbi who dispenses wisdom (and soup) to the troubled souls who wash up in his courtyard. It is there that he meets the flame-haired Tamar, a newly religious young American hipster on a mission to live a spiritual life with a spiritual man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read

  • By Carolyn on 04-22-16

Beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

It's beautifully read and beautifully written. The characters are fully drawn and the reader has a wonderful ability to make the many voices distinguishable

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,435

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

The reading was very unclear

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

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

No

Any additional comments?

This pertains ONLY to the reading. The narrator had a tendency to drop the ends of his sentences as his voice trailed off--often into a whisper. At least the last word of nearly every sentence was lost and often whole groups of words were swallowed. The accent was not the problem, but rather the trailing off of the voice. One had to crank up the volume and even then it was hard to get those last words. Often the combination of the accent and the whisper resulted in my missing a great many words.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,665

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

Excellent writing

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

Not only is the writing excellent but this is one of the best read audio books I have listened to.

  • The Book of Strange New Things

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Josh Cohen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 503

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter's teachings - his Bible is their "book of strange new things."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual.

  • By Bellows Water on 04-22-15

Long and tedious

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

Reviewed: 12-28-14

What would have made The Book of Strange New Things better?

I couldn't understand a word the Oasans were saying--it all sounded like static and was so drawn out that I found myself leaving the room sometimes until that part was over. The book didn't have a conclusive ending either.

What do you think your next listen will be?

don't know

How did the narrator detract from the book?

perhaps not his fault, but the words said by the Oasans sound like dragged-out static on a radio.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

not much--the first part was interesting

Any additional comments?

I just couldn't recommend it. Go read "Under the Skin" instead....a better book by the same author.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful