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  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,322

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spring for a professional narrator, please!

  • By Gail Dragon on 11-05-18

Boring.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Not for me. I'm a few hours in and I'm done. By now, I should care where it's going. I can't really tell, so I don't. The past and present are linked at this point by one factor that just isn't all that interesting.
Narration is lovely. I think I listened farther than I would have because it's so pleasant.

  • The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Ambreen Razia
  • Narrated by: Ambreen Razia
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,827
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,661

You’ve heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl, but what about a Hounslow Girl? Definition of a Hounslow Girl: a young Muslim woman who wears hooped earrings with her headscarf and grapples with traditional values while hustling her way through urban London. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a bold and provocative one-person play, written and performed by Ambreen Razia. From the joys of traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, this is a comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age, told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim girl. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard coming of age with Islamic slant

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Can't finish it bc of the style of narration

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I think I would like this as a book or read a completely different way. The performance being by the author, I can understand that her delivery is how she wishes the story to be perceived, but it's too much. Gives me anxiety just listening. I listen more to be entertained, not to be stressed out. It's too uncomfortable.

  • Joe - the Horse Nobody Loved

  • By: Vicky S. Kaseorg
  • Narrated by: Dorothy Deavers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Joe, an ugly and unloved horse, trusts no one, and no one trusts him. Until Vicky. This is the story of a troubled horse and the little girl who loves him. Based on the true adventures of the author's childhood 50 years ago, Joe teaches the lesson that sometimes beauty is not skin deep, but heart deep. That the unloved have much to show us about the true nature of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED THIS!!!!!

  • By Vicky Kaseorg on 06-07-15

Good book. Not a good listen.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

The story is wonderful and well written. The narration was way too slow! It was very annoying. I should have tried speeding it up.

  • Horse Care 101: How to Take Care of a Horse for Beginners

  • By: HowExpert Press, Karin Bauer
  • Narrated by: Sri Gordon
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2

This book teaches you how to build a relationship with your new horse, how to care for him, feed him, ride him, and what to do in the event you need to sell your horse. If you are new to owning a horse and need to learn the basics (buying, riding, feeding, selling), then this book is for you. The book explains each point in short, easy-to-listen-to paragraphs, so you will not miss anything important. Additionally, this book explains that horses have feelings, providing a helpful human equivalent to better understand the horse's position.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t buy this book!

  • By Anonymous User on 04-16-18

Not much information

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

This book contains information more like an article to me.

The narration is awful. At first, I really thought it was a computer voice.

  • Future Home of the Living God

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backward, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum”

  • By Mel on 11-27-17

Way to slow! The plot AND the narration. Boring!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

The author has a pleasant voice, for a therapist. Too slow, drags out words. The plot subject is intriguing to me. However, over half of it, so far, is random religious and general philosophizing of the author if the plot were to really happen. I can't finish it. It's like walking through knee deep mud. Lots of thoughts with tiny little morsels of actual story.
I don't actually care what happens enough to continue.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56,859

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Love this author

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

I'm not sure how accurate the science is in these books, but it is very convincing to me! I love the detail and intricacies of the science that adds as much to the plot as the characters. This is fast paced and fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 1000 Spanish Words in Context

  • A Self-Study Guide for Spanish Language Learners (Essential Vocabulary Series)
  • By: Alex Forero
  • Narrated by: Michelle Leon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

You can use this list to build up your knowledge of Spanish words. It is a comprehensive list fully illustrated with examples of the words in English and Spanish to give you a good idea of how to use the word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Se Habla Español, Okay, not really...

  • By Sheepdog627 on 02-03-16

Useless

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

This is written for a Spanish speaker learning English! Not an English speaker learning Spanish. Completely useless to rattle off a word, phrase or entire sentence in Spanish, THEN give the English. And its going WAY too fast. If it had a free ebook companion, I would have given it a shot. It does not. I am returning this. Paul Noble's books are really meant for audio. I just picked this one to add to my vocabulary.

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,711

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Please write a sequel!!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

Loved it! It's a long book. Deeply developed characters. Great story. The only problem I had was I didn't want the end to be the end! It ends gracefully. I just would love to see where the author sees it going at least into the next generation or two. It couldn't keep going in this book. I get it. Sadly, they have to end somewhere! I still want more!

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88,690

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Not at ALL what I expected. MUST read!!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

I bought this expecting a sarcastic, funny advisor on how to toughen up and stop letting the few things that make me furious about my job tolerable. I was likely having a bad day when I popped this little gem into my library. Which is where it sat, until I stuck my toe in the water on another bad day.

Mark Manson is sarcastic. He is funny. His book, however, is anything but the put-on-your-big-girl-panties-and-mentally-give-those-jerks-the-finger that I had anticipated.

That little subtitle about living a good life is serious. Is his advice novel? Not really. Lots of it has been said before in a thousand other books. Listening to his spin, his perspective on how to apply it, and the unique parts he brings to the table were like taking a deep breath after holding it to me. The book gets deeper and his advice recommends some things that are not instant and will require real work. Still, the first read made a major shift in my thinking. My inner dialogue has been knocked out of a repetitive loop.

I am recommending this book to all my friends and family. I subscribed to his blog too. I do not read blogs. Good bloggers are great, cheap entertainment. Time vacuums. No thanks. While that opinion of mine may not change, I am making an exception. This is better than fun. Its real.

Thank you, Mark Manson, for stepping off the cliff and jumping into your current life. I believe you have just changed mine.

The narration is wonderful too. Loved the whole deal!



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Vanishing Girls

  • By: Lauren Oliver
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Elizabeth Evans, Dan Bittner, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before - before Dara kissed Parker, before Nick lost him as her best friend, before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred. Now the two sisters, who used to be so close, aren't speaking. In an instant Nick lost everything and is determined to use the summer to get it all back.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The twist was more like a fizzle

  • By Katheryne on 08-30-15

How did this come from this author?

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

I fell in love with Lauren Oliver from her trilogy. Can't even figure out how this book happened. It was painful! I am one of those people that keeps hanging on until the end. I keep thinking a horrible movie or book HAS to get better. Not so here.

One of the main characters is so unlikable, you just don't care what happens to her, partly because it is sooooooo drug out. It jumps all over, in a bad way. A missing girl turns up to be hiding on a beach under a tarp because she was scared? Of what? No one was keeping her. She saw something scary. Yes, then she could have just walked to a road, but chose not to. No explanation for that. That's just stupid.
A teenage love triangle is mangled into something uninteresting.
And the main plot makes WILD leaps of logic to get where its going, which is then treated like an epilogue its so brief. Girl goes to police for help, then runs when they show up? In one scene, the character is frightened by a sound knowing someone is there. Yet the bad guy catches her off guard when he finds her? What? She was hiding from him!
Then comes the REAL punchline, which is not even logical. Is this an excuse for the entire book? There are way too many things earlier in the book that make it not possible. Ugh!

Skip this one. I'm afraid to try another book by Lauren. Maybe if this one was her first. The release date on Audible doesn't seem like it, but maybe they just waited to produce it until she proved popular. No matter, they should have skipped it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful