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  • The Last Days of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,344

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history - and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the lightbulb and holds the right to power the country?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite book of 2016

  • By Taryn on 12-19-16

Interesting, Engaging, Great storytelling

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I have to admit that I was not looking forward to reading the almost non-fiction book for my book club, but truly enjoyed it. The reader was excellent, too. It was a well told tale that read lime a detective novel.

  • The Sociopath Next Door

  • By: Martha Stout
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,097

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Robert on 08-28-11

Didn't Learn Much

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

I did not learn as much about sociopaths as I had hoped. Most of the examples were extreme sociopaths who murder or steal and not the everyday sociopath that you run across at work or in your family. The author lays out 13 rules to deal with a sociopath, and you can get this list from the internet.

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  • The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

  • Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
  • By: Thad Carhart
  • Narrated by: Dan Cashman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Thad Carhart never realized there was a gap in his life until he happened upon Desforges Pianos, a demure little shopfront in his Paris neighborhood that seemed to want to hide rather than advertise its wares. Like Alice in Wonderland, he found his attempts to gain entry rebuffed at every turn. An accidental introduction finally opened the door to the quartier's oddest hangout.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great story marred by awful mispronounced French

  • By Andrea Lee on 01-06-19

A Joy

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

Warning: You'll want to practice your piano and then buy the best quality one you can. It was fun.

  • 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 63,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,740

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

slow start but funny and sweet

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

this book about a grumpy old man starts off slowly, and I almost gave up, but it just gets funnier and sweeter and funnier and sweeter

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,740

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Excellent Book

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

I enjoyed the book and it held my interest all the way through. Most of the story is about only 2 characters, but I was completely engrossed.

The narrator was a little hard to understand. He did a great job with the different voices and the Australian accents, but he would start his sentences strong and then taper off at the end of each sentence, so I had to keep the volume way too loud in order to hear the end of his sentences. I usually listen to books at 1.25 - 1.5 times the normal speed, but could not do that with this book, due to the accent and the change in volume.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,066
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,033

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Reese Witherspoon gives a spectacular performance.

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

Most of my friends did not love the book, as it did not live up to To Kill A Mockingbird. But I did love it and I think it's because Ms. Witherspoon did a masterful job of not just narrating, but acting the story.

  • Eileen

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 697

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys' prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, unsettling, but engrossing

  • By S. Yates on 01-09-18

Horrible, Boring Story

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

The narrator did a great job, but I can't find one nice thing to say about this boring, disturbing book.

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  • The Star Side of Bird Hill

  • By: Naomi Jackson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Two sisters, ages 10 and 16, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados, after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister, Dionne, live, for the summer of 1989, with their grandmother, Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah. Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother's limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My absolute favorite book of all time

  • By Eme on 07-16-15

Great performance, story not engaging

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

maybe it would have been better if I had read it? I just never got into it.

  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

  • By: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Narrated by: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,879
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,848

"I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exactly what you would expect from Ellen

  • By R. Strauss on 12-19-11

Not Spectacular, but still too short

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

Reviewed: 11-22-11

I enjoyed the book, but not as much as I expected. I rarely laughed out loud, if at all. I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I were reading it instead of listening to it. I love Ellen and her stories are funny and enjoyable. She read this book herself and did a wonderful job. There was just something missing, that I can't describe. It's not a great value because it is pretty short. I did listen to it in short spurts, as is my norm, during my quick trips around town. I think I prefer to listen to fiction and read biographies.