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  • How to Get Run Over by a Truck

  • A Memoir
  • By: Katie McKenna
  • Narrated by: Katie McKenna
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

People often say, "I feel like I've been run over by a truck." Katie actually was. On a sunny morning bike ride in Brooklyn, 24-year-old Katie McKenna was forever changed when she was run over by an 18-wheeler. Being crushed under a massive semi wasn't something Katie should have survived. After 10 hours of emergency surgery, she woke to find herself in a body and a life that would never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to book on gratitude

  • By Leah on 04-23-17

A great tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Having had a similar but not the same experience.....Katie here is learning to walk again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hiroshima

  • By: John Hersey
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 553

A journalistic masterpiece. John Hersey transports us back to the streets of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 - the day the city was destroyed by the first atomic bomb. Told through the memories of six survivors, Hiroshima is a timeless, powerful classic that will awaken your heart and your compassion. In this new edition, Hersey returns to Hiroshima to find the survivors - and to tell their fates in an eloquent and moving final chapter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading for a Reason

  • By Joe on 03-04-14

Never Again

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

Learned so much from this book. It made me realize how destructive nuclear power is. I pray to God that we never drop another bomb anywhere in the world. There is a book about Nagasaki that is just as important to read. Never again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just Kids

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,523

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By Stan on 04-28-13

I loved this incredible story of friends that love

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

If you could sum up Just Kids in three words, what would they be?

Took me back.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Patti....loved her evolution as an individual.

What about Patti Smith’s performance did you like?

All of it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When they would draw together...so personal.

Any additional comments?

Over the weeks I keep coming back to moments in this book that were so personal and lovely and about their growing together and apart....also took me back to my early days as an artist.

  • The Seamstress

  • By: Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145

Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Hope many more read it!

  • By Katherine on 03-10-15

A good read

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

Reviewed: 10-11-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Seamstress to be better than the print version?

I did not read print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sara Tuval

Would you listen to another book narrated by Wanda McCaddon?

Probably not...her accent was a little heavy for my liking.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The struggle to become well again when she was in hospital.

  • Salvage the Bones

  • A Novel
  • By: Jesmyn Ward
  • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 876

Best-selling author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for this poignant and poetic novel. Unfolding over 12 days, the story follows a poor family living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With Hurricane Katrina bearing down on them, the Batistes struggle to maintain their community and familial bonds amid the storm and the stark poverty surrounding them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful With No Holds Barred

  • By Gillian on 03-31-14

A must read....

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

Reviewed: 10-11-14

Would you listen to Salvage the Bones again? Why?

I would listen to it again because it was so well written and a beautiful story.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters including the dog.

What about Cherise Boothe’s performance did you like?

The right voice for the right book.

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

I thought it was profound.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,151

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Get Killed By This Place

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-20-13

I really enjoyed this book.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

This book started a little slow and the story took awhile to evolve, but once it did it was fascinating....kindof an old style science fiction story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

When they went into the basement.

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

Lots of characters well represented by one voice.

  • Case Histories

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 933

Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • captivating story

  • By tinaswfl on 02-01-09

All over the place.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

What do you think your next listen will be?

Won't be this author.

How could the performance have been better?

Different reader.

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

no

Any additional comments?

This book was all over the place. Did not enjoy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful