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  • Kristin Lavransdatter

  • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 44 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,272

As a young girl in 14th-century Norway, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, Lavrans, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming and impetuous Erlend Nikulaussøn, she defies her parents in pursuit of her own desires. Her saga continues through her marriage to Erlend, their tumultuous life together raising seven sons as Erlend seeks to strengthen his political influence, and finally their estrangement as the world around them tumbles into uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A grand listen

  • By Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker on 07-05-17

One of the best books I've read in a long time

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Beautifully captured moment in time. Sweeping story of lives in the archaic period of Norway and how they reconcile their lives and love with church and decorum expectations of the time. Kristin was a complicated yet relatable character and Erland never stopped suprising me. I'm so glad I bought this book.

  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Sherman Alexie
  • Narrated by: Sherman Alexie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289

When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: He wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems and 78 essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine - growing up dirt poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True connection

  • By Tom on 07-20-17

A Painfully Beautiful Earthdream Incarnate

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

I had no idea who Sherman Alexie was. From the first few paragraphs I was a bit unsure of the author/narrator's warbly and seemingly overexpressive narration voice. Admittedly because of this, I questioned if his authorship would be as shakey as his narration. What a mistaken assumption I made on both accounts. As I settled into his cadence it very quickly became apparent that he is not only a wildly talented, vivid, and sharp witted story teller, but that there could be no one better to narrate this story than he. His self attested truth-ambiguous inventions of memories stitched together through time are told with grounding honesty and liberating imagination. He sweeps through magical moments with ease, as scenery clearly and simply appears and he makes full stops on the details you never knew could make all the difference. There were unbeckoning moments of heartbreak that just simply were, begetting the listener to feel them all the more. The characters, like their relationships with one another, were endearingly and exquisitely flawed and honest. I laughed out loud on more than one occasion, grimaced at several, cried one more time than I'd like to admit to, and I fell in love with his storyweaving. It was an ordinary life told in extraordinary recount.

  • Anatomy of a Miracle

  • A Novel*
  • By: Jonathan Miles
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Rendered paraplegic after a traumatic event four years ago, Cameron Harris has been living his new existence alongside his sister, Tanya, in their battered Biloxi, Mississippi, neighborhood where only half the houses made it through Katrina. One stiflingly hot August afternoon, as Cameron sits waiting for Tanya during their daily run to the Biz-E-Bee convenience store, he suddenly and inexplicably rises up and out of his wheelchair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astoundingly good

  • By Anonymous User on 08-08-18

amazing

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

The best book I've read in a long time and I was not expecting it. The author did a superb job in recounting this story. The writing was graceful, perfectly paced, and masterful in its revealing. This was a story I couldn't "out down".

  • The House of the Spirits

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Thom Rivera, Marisol Ramirez
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

The House of the Spirits brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter, Blanca, embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrators spoil it

  • By Cookie on 09-27-16

I can't believe I didn't read this sooner!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Loved it! Why did it take me so long to read this? The story was captivating from start to finish, sweeping through generations with paced revelations, charm, intrigue, and foreshadowing of tales to come. The story spans the full range of multigenerational lives, both divided and united, in love and loneliness, political uproar and revenge, hate and forgiveness, all unbudgingly intertwined. Allende peels back each cross of the braid that is her history, and it is riveting.

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,640

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

  • By Gillian on 09-23-15

Beyond Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

She's done it again: whittled realness into charming, witty, endearing, and aproachable prose. Her direct dialogue speaks to every reader. Big Magic was full of delightful gems and antidotes. I think Elizabeth Gilbert is among my favorite story tellers ever.

  • The Sun Is Also a Star

  • By: Nicola Yoon
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is 12 hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written love story

  • By BookLuvr73 on 12-16-16

Cliche teenage love story

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

Reviewed: 03-14-17

A bit contrived and cliche, the story takes place over the course of one day, in which two teenagers meet and swear intense love at first sight, even amidst very important future shaping meetings looming over them. The characters are somewhat likeable, very opposite one another, and silly in their illusions. The writing, however, is nicely done, with the story weaving back and forth between the protagonists in an intricate and easy way. The narration is well done.