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  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

  • By: Benjamin A. Sáenz
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal's not who he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy Birthday to me!

  • By Chwisty Bawwett on 04-11-17

Tried, but did not finish

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe so much, that I was really surprised at my reaction to this book. I kept going, even as it seemed to drag more as I went, and while things happened in the plot, it felt more like just a series of events rather than a story that was moving intentionally in one direction. I love a good character-driven story, so the issue was not that this wasn’t a plot-driven novel. The other problem for me was that it felt like reading a story about high school kids written by an adult who thought this is how high school kids act and think, as opposed to a story with high school kids that felt authentic to who those kids are at that age and stage in their life. There was too much self-analysis and summarizing of feelings and action, which threw me out of the story and made it difficult for me to connect with the characters. The narration was very good, but after 7 hours, with 4 more to go, I felt it was time to move on to something else (even though I hate not to finish a book).

  • The Cruel Prince

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him - and face the consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings . . .

  • By S. E. on 03-09-18

Exciting start to a new series

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Great writing, a richly drawn fantasy world, and pretty much everything you could want from a YA fantasy involving a human girl in a land of fairies and royals. I especially liked the strength of the protagonist in spite of her fears and shortcomings. Can’t wait for the next book! The narration was also great and really enhanced the story.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,306

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Lovely Victorian Christmas Story

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Lovely little Victorian Christmas story that will make you feel good the way A Christmas Carol does, though this is not as interesting a story as that one. I recommend it if you’re in the mood for a relatively short story to get you in the holiday spirit.

  • It Ends with Us

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Olivia Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,026

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once again, Colleen Hoover does not disappoint!

  • By Kim on 08-03-16

So much more than I expected

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Wow, this book was not at all what I was expecting, but I’m so glad I listened to it. I went in thinking it would be a nice change of pace to read a fun New Adult romance, but it turned out to be so much more. I really connected with the emotions and internal struggles of the main character. I’ve never experienced anything like she does, and yet it’s so well written that I could absolutely empathize with this character. I won’t say any more because it would be a spoiler. I’ll just say that I’m glad I listened to the book without reading the publisher’s summary or any reviews, other than knowing that trusted Goodreads reviewer Emily May gave it 4.5 stars, which is all the recommendation I need. The narration was also terrific. Highly recommend, including the author’s note at the end.

  • We Are Okay

  • By: Nina LaCour
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Marin hasn't spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she's tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that's been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Character driven heartache

  • By Kaylee on 07-12-17

Gorgeous

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This novel was so beautiful and moving. It broke my heart and then put it back together and made it swell. It may not move at a frantic, page-turning pace that some plot-driven novels do, but nonetheless I couldn’t stop listening. I was absolutely drawn in by the main character, her emotions filling the air like a heavy atmosphere. The writing was simple and gorgeous at the same time. Highly recommend.

  • The Spectacular Now

  • By: Tim Tharp
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 401

"So, my beautiful fat girlfriend, Cassidy, is threatening to kick me to the curb again, my best friend suddenly wants to put the brakes on our lives of fabulous fun, my mom and big sister are plotting a future in which I turn into an atomic vampire, and my dad, well, my dad is a big fat question mark that I'm not sure I want the answer to."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wouldn't recommend to everyone but great story!

  • By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on 09-25-13

Spectacular!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

This book was fantastic. The voice of the main character is so authentic, so strong, that I felt like I was right along with him for this whole crazy, and at times emotional ride. I didn’t know whether I wanted to be his best friend, hug him, or shake him. But I know I didn’t want to stop listening to his story. The narration was also outstanding—absolutely perfect for this character and the others in the book. Highly recommend.

  • The Very Principled Maggie Mayfield

  • By: Kathy Cooperman
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Maggie Mayfield, an elementary school principal in the upscale suburbs of San Diego, likes to do the right thing - for her students and, after her marriage takes a hit, for herself as well. To keep her cash-strapped school afloat, Maggie says yes to a sweet deal from Silicon Valley’s hottest for-profit education company. They’ll provide enough funding so that Maggie can keep her science, art, and PE teachers in exchange for some dopey beta-test program backed by handsome CEO Danny Z. But as the school year continues, Maggie senses that she might have been duped.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator has limited range

  • By Pdub on 02-16-19

Funny, Witty, and Insightful

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This book was so much fun! And at the same time, it was smart, funny, and insightful. While I was rooting for Maggie -- even when she was making the wrong decisions and I just wanted her to get back on track -- I also loved so many of the other characters. Some of my favorite moments were inside the mind of the 3rd grade overachiever, Lucy, and her mom, who was actually hilarious in the way she judged everyone and expected only perfection. What made the book so great was that it dealt with real-world problems like public schools strapped for funding and the compromises teachers have to make to try and do their best for the kids, but at the same time it was filled with hilarious moments we can all relate to (like helicopter parents), and those we can't but that were so much fun to read about (like luxury doomsday bunkers and porn-addicted ex-husbands). My only warning is to be aware that if you listen to the audiobook while exercising, you could have times when it's hard to breathe because you're laughing or snorting at the witty dialogue and funny moments. It happened to me a few times while running uphill! The narration was also terrific--Amy McFadden (whom I really enjoyed in the Darkest Minds series) did a great job with all the accents and personalities in this book.

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,668

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Funny, heartbreaking and also horrific in parts

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

4.75 stars. The play starts out very funny, with a sarcastic sense of humor about some everyday moments that really resonate. As it progresses, it becomes darker. Other reviews say it is heartbreaking, and that's true. But it is also horrific in one section -- very hard to listen to. Once you move past it to the end, you're left with a little light, but it is definitely a heavy play. Extremely well done with smart writing. There are some hints dropped early on to which you wouldn't attribute a great deal of significance or weight until you get to the end of the play and look back. Carey Mulligan's performance was flawless.

  • Before I Fall

  • By: Lauren Oliver
  • Narrated by: Sarah Drew
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,791
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,785

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story... but not for kids!

  • By Bluemoon on 05-03-12

Couldn’t stop listening

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

4.5 stars. Great story; I couldn’t stop listening. The voice of the high school characters was so real, I was transported back to all the awfulness and wonderfulness of that time. The character arc for the main character was also done in such a thoughtful and unhurried way that it was absolutely believable. The narration was also terrific; I loved all the high school kids’ voices — so realistic, especially when drunk. Highly recommend.

  • You Will Know Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Megan Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 942

How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter, Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits - until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community, and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOTHING "like gone girl" like it claims

  • By lmb5 on 07-29-16

Terrific

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

4.5 stars. Even though I figured out the reveal about halfway through, it did nothing to diminish my enjoyment of this book. The writing is terrific—so many wonderful, thoughtful turns of phrase, and the way the author pulls you inside the head of the protagonist as her thoughts spiral steadily downward. That, combined with the plot and pacing, all come together to make a great story. And the narration was perfect—she really captured the emotion and subtlety of the characters.

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