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  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,783

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ha! (Listen to the book and you will understand!)

  • By Jodie on 07-22-16

poignant, kind. I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

If you liked Ove, you'll love this, as well. It was so enjoyable that I didn't want it to end, but I couldn't stop listening because I had to know what would happen next.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,858
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,634

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
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

character development you won't soon forget

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Amazing character development. I think we can all find a little of ourselves Iin Elenore, even if it is just the need to silence our own worst critic. it was truly enjoyable and heartwarming.

  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,417

Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a twisted love story...so interesting!

  • By S on 01-23-13

Thoroughly enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I admit, I have yet to find a Moriarty book that I haven't enjoyed. But this one added new insight to her usual character development both based on the hypnotherapy angle, as well as the man being stalked idea. She also personalized the stalker, taking the character from mysterious, shadowy villain, to flawed but understandable human being. But despite that personalization, Ms. Moriarty did not fail to convey the depth of the destruction that can be done to the lives touched by such a person. A fascinating book overall.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19,230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17,686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17,632

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

Interesting idea, but problematic execution

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The twists and turns in the story kept me going, but the writing had too many flowery descriptions that detracted from the story, and overdrawn or unhelpful turns of phrase. You can tell the author is an avid reader who seemed to borrow a lot, which took away from what was a compelling narrative.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,443

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

lyrical, beautiful, retelling of Greek myths

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

The author crafted a beautiful retelling, and in some cases reimagining, of the Greek myths surrounding Circe. Delving into the lesser known stories of her parentage, as well as the end of her life. I enjoyed it start to finish.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,382

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

intriguing idea poorly executed

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

The idea was interesting, but the characters were trite and unrealistic. The descriptions alone had me rolling my eyes in annoyance for most of the book. I like the crispy story, but turning the whole book into a love story to force a happy ending left the whole thing ferling flat.

  • 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 62,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,752

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

wonderful. funny. bittersweet story

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Don't read this right after you lost a loved one. Wait a year. and then read it. It is a beautiful story of love. loss, friendship, and family. I saw a lot of people I love in Ove. And I know I'm amazing lucky to have known all of them.

  • The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

  • A Novel
  • By: Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141

Martha Andersson may be 79 years old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn't mean she's ready to stop enjoying life. So when the new management of Diamond House starts cutting corners to save money, Martha and her four closest friends - The Genius, The Rake, Christina, and Anna-Gretta (aka the League of Pensioners) - won't stand for it. Fed up with early bedtimes and overcooked veggies, this group of feisty seniors sets about to regain their independence, improve their lot, and stand up for seniors everywhere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting possibilities. Terrible narration.

  • By Linda on 02-17-17

Funny, fun. wild

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Reminds me of my grandma. She's absolutely smart enough to pull it off. An enjoyable trip.

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,205
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,287

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina Anderson on 11-01-16

perspective changing.

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I feel that I learn to see things and understand things differently. this book presents an interesting way of facing a complex concern shared by all people in this country.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,044
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,073

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

Funny, endearing, and thoroughly enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

I loved this book! I plan to share it with family. it was a thoroughly pleasant, laugh-out-loud funny, and mesmerizing read. The reader perfectly captured the character's voice. Definitely worth the price of admission!