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  • One True Loves

  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225

In her 20s Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest. On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite author!

  • By Kim on 06-12-16

Painfully Boring

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

This book was so incredibly boring. I stuck it out but it was about as interesting and deep as books designed for 15 year olds. This author not too long ago put out Daisy Jones & The Six and that book was so amazing that I thought I would try more from the author. But ugh, so terrible. The characters were not very interesting, deep or well crafted. My mind kept drifting during the story. I'll try the author again if she puts out something new.

  • Daisy Jones & The Six

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,962
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,678

Daisy is a girl coming of age in LA in the late '60s, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s 20, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Alisia Ned on 03-06-19

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

What an amazing book. It will blow your mind that this is a fictional band. Feels so real. This book was brilliantly written and the narration was impeccable. I would listen to it again.

  • Maid

  • Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
  • By: Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich - foreword
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Land
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very engaging

  • By NMwritergal on 01-24-19

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

This books felt like the life I could have had if I had had a child young instead of when I was 34 and married. It was like seeing into a world that I was destined for but some how I took a right instead of a left. I grew up in rural Washington state as well, moving to Portland as a teenager. I can relate to her descriptions of the NW and clearly picture the landscapes she describes. Her relationships to her parents and their abandonment when she needed them the most is also I reality I understand well. This was a well written and factual account of what life is like when you have no one but yourself and government resources for survival. I really question the readers who gave this book poor reviews. I can only imagine that either they have not struggled and cannot relate, or they wear their struggle like a badge of honor and find her account off putting at it's willingness to be vulnerable. Either way, it shows to me they don't have the depth to see it's beauty. I look forward to her future work.
Sometimes the narration wasn't the best, but I get she's not a professional narrator.

  • The Dream Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam War, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly's part. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 10-05-18

Unique and fascinating

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Wow. What a great story. Not at all what I expected. I enjoyed this one from the very first chapter to the very last. Great narrator as well.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,579
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,394

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

I screamed at my car stereo

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Wow. One the most beautiful and frustrating stories I have ever listened to. I felt enraged at times at the injustice the child was forced to suffer. I felt inspired to face my own childhood injustices. It was simply an amazing true story of human life.
Narration was great as is always the case for this narrator.

  • Burntown

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer McMahon
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Ashford, Vermont, might look like your typical sleepy New England college town, but to the shadowy residents who live among the remains of its abandoned mills and factories, it's known as "Burntown". Eva Sandeski, known as "Necco" on the street, has been a part of this underworld for years, ever since the night her father, Miles, drowned in a flood that left her and her mother, Lily, homeless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By lomo7678 on 05-30-17

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

Any additional comments?

I would say that this book is as good as Winter People, which is my favorite book of hers. It's a toss up. I was grabbed from the first moment and enjoyed every bit of the story. Narration was really well done. It's not quite as scary as some of her other books, so depending on what you're into that might be a god thing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House We Grew Up In

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889

The Bird children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating it tears them apart. Many years later something will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing but rough

  • By Taylor on 01-26-16

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

It's been along time since an auidiobook moved me that way this one did. The story of this family had such depth that I felt like I actually knew them. Superb writing and story only to be our done by the narrator who did an amazing job. I'll be looking for other books by both the author and the narrator.

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,315

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

Any additional comments?

I've been in an audibook slump for quite some time. I've either returned or just stopped listening to almost every book I've bought for the last 6 months.....until this one! What a beautiful and well written story. And oh my goodness, the narrator....an amazing talent. At times the animal abuse was hard to take and I did have to skip through it. But I am very sensitive to this kind of thing so for some it probably won't be an issue. You will not regret spending a credit on this book.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Carry Her Heart

  • By: Holly Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

In her journal, writer Piper George notes the change of seasons. Each entry marks the passage of time since she became a teen mother and put her baby up for adoption. Her words flow together, painting a picture of loss, hope, and enduring love for the daughter she's never forgotten. But one autumn, a new presence appears in its pages and in her life: her neighbor, Edward "Ned" Chesterfield.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely the best story!

  • By tennismama on 08-01-15

Painfully Cheesy

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Any additional comments?

I was in between credits and this book was on sale so I went for it. It's horrible. Are there really people into this kind of thing? The story line was boring and I had to force myself to keep listening. It had potential to go down a really interesting road had the book been about her daughter she gave up for adoption as well. But instead it was a silly and predictable story with little depth of character. The writer played it safe and predictable and didn't dive into any of the true heart ache and suffering that takes place when a woman gives up a child. This is the kind of story that ends up on the Hallmark channel as a made for TV movie. If you enjoy quality stories where the writers explore the depth of human emotion....this one isn't for you. On the other hand, if you enjoy stories that have little depth and require nothing from you, this one is perfect for you!

  • The Girl at the End of the World

  • By: Richard Levesque
  • Narrated by: LC Kane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 823

Her family dead, alone in a corpse-strewn metropolis, she has no choice but to survive. She needs food, shelter, a safe place to sleep. She discovers that an ordinary girl is capable of extraordinary things, and that she's more resilient than she imagined. Even so, she wishes more than anything that she could just find another survivor. Unfortunately for Scarlett, not everyone who survived the plague is looking for companionship. And she's about to find out just how difficult survival really is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical PA novel

  • By Yesenia on 01-01-18

Cute

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

Any additional comments?

This isn't an adult book and probably won't be that engaging for anyone over the age of 20. With that said, I listened all the way through because I got for $3.95. It's a sweet post apocalyptic story that doesn't have a whole lot of depth to it. It would be a great gift for a 12-15 year old girl.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful