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  • New Family Values

  • By: Andrew Solomon
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,680

Drawing on dozens of intimate audio interviews with families from all across the country, award-winning psychologist and writer Andrew Solomon redefines what it means to be an “ideal family” in America today. Solomon observes that America, led in large part by the women’s, civil rights, and gay rights movements, has undergone a radical social shift in the last few decades. Although the structure of family has changed, economic and legal structures lag behind and need to adapt to accommodate this explosive new reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult subject handled well.

  • By Michael on 12-21-18

What a terrific gift from audible!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Everyone should listen to this fascinating, realistic and unbiased view of contemporary family life. Clearly, there are many iterations of immutable connection and love.
The people interviewed were candid and uninhibited. Hats off to Andrew Solomon for eliciting such genuine participation.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,292

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate; she works an easy job at a hip art gallery and lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it...

  • By Claudia Gallegos on 07-12-18

Absolutely loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Julia Whelan is the most phenomenal narrator, and she was perfect for this book.
It’s beautifully written - an exquisite dark comedy. Incredibly creative.

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,601

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By Debbie De on 06-03-18

Way too long

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

This book is beautifully narrated. A terrific listen. Just


For a mystery, the plot is so predictable I wondered if the author intentionally wrote it that way. A bit of a new wrinkle at the end, but not worth 14 hours.
Prefer other books by Ruth Ware.

  • My Oxford Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Whelan
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was 13: study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Karen on 05-03-18

I just loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Julia Whelan is such a marvelous narrator and it was especially enjoyable to know she’d actually written this book.
The characters were well developed, likable and unique. The description of Oxford was very interesting and the story is captivating, uplifting and just plain sweet. I hope it was at least semi autobiographical because that year at Oxford, though not uncomplicated, was life altering in a lovely way.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,807

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Too long, unimaginative plot

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Found this book to be rather boring, contrived and way too detailed. The narrator was mediocre at best.

  • Small Admissions

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Poeppel
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

Despite her innate ambition and summa cum laude smarts, Kate Pearson has turned into a major slacker. After being dumped by her handsome French "almost fiancé", she abandons her grad school plans and spends her days lolling on the couch, leaving her apartment only when a dog-walking gig demands it. Her friends don't know what to do other than pass tissues and hope for a comeback while her practical sister, Angela, pushes every remedy she can think of, from trapeze class to therapy to job interviews.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette ?"

  • By RueRue on 01-16-17

Narrator’s speech impediment distracting

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

This is a light hearted and uplifting story. Premise is clever.
I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a happy ending.
Can’t understand how someone who is unable to pronounce any “g” in words ending in “ing” is a narrator.
“Staying” becomes “stain”, “marrying”, “marryene”, etc.
Better to read this book.

  • Kristin Lavransdatter

  • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 45 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,394

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

A book better to be read.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Wonderful story and depiction of 14th century Norway. Nicely written (translated). Way too long and repetitive.
Narrator completely annoying - very distracting.
Lots of strange and difficult to remember names in this book, and some parts you might want to skim or skip, so I recommend getting the kindle edition.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Miracle on Monhegan Island

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Kelly
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Maine's rugged, picturesque Monhegan Island is home to weathered lobster fishermen and curious tourists, a genial if sleepy group. But when Spark Monahan - rakish prodigal son - returns unannounced to the dilapidated family home, his arrival launches a summer the likes of which this quiet town has never seen. During Spark's absence, his young son, Hally, has been cared for by what remains of the Monahan family: Spark's gentle brother, Hugh, and their shrewd, fork-tongued father, Pastor Ragnar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Bookworm on 11-15-16

Clever, unique, captivating and delightful!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

Using an erudite dog as a credible narrator greatly enhances this unusual story. The interesting flawed characters really appealing. The plot centers on an isolated dysfunctional family, yet provides an insightful view of American culture.
It's not to be missed.
The narrator, however, uses a distracting cadence, putting the wrong emphasis on so many words, that sentences are distorted. It's very distracting. Being able to do accents does not a good narrator make! I suggest reading this one on Kindle.

  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,629

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

Trying to understand the appeal of this book.

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

Reviewed: 12-20-15

Well narrated, but a completely mundane story. Most people I know had childhood experiences vastly more colorful. The Naples setting is a plus, but a plot it doesn't make. Have no intention of tackling any more of what I think will be a boring, self absorbed tetralogy.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Hired Girl

  • By: Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Ever since the untimely death of her mother, 14-year-old Joan Skraggs has been desperately unhappy. Under the thumb of her cruel father and three sullen brothers, Joan lives like a servant on their farm just outside of Lancaster, forever cooking, cleaning, and attending to the many demands of the home. But she has little freedom and less support from her family for her love of reading and blossoming interest in education.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Instant Classic

  • By Tanya on 11-08-15

Wonderful theme, perfectly narrated!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-15

A delightful and informative story about Jewish tradition vis a vis Catholic doctrine in 1911 Baltimore. Anyone who's straddled both worlds will greatly enjoy the adventures of a lovable 14 year old narrator.
This book is a real jewel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful