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  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,081
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,626
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,567

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Magical

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

This book brought me to tears, inspired me, moved me and made me feel proud to be an American!

  • Sounds Like Me

  • My Life (So Far) in Song
  • By: Sara Bareilles
  • Narrated by: Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, Jack Antonoff
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071

With refreshing candor, Sounds Like Me reveals Sara Bareilles - the artist and the woman - and her take on songwriting, soul searching, and what's discovered along the way. She shares the joys and the struggles that come with creating great work, all while staying true to herself. Imbued with humor and marked by Sara's confessional writing style, this collection tells the inside story behind some of her most popular songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds Like Me, too

  • By Catherine on 11-12-15

Perfectly imperfect!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

Sara is lovely and honest, funny and sincere. I felt like one of her close girlfriends, and she was pouring out her soul to me while we drink wine and eat Oreos. After listening to her read her book of essays, I feel closer to her and I totally think in my heart she became a friend. Just, amazing!

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not To Be Missed!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-28-15

Absolutely magical!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-15

I was completely taken away by the depth and heart of this book!

Not only was it quirky and charming, but also mysterious and shocking. There were so many surprises along the way, and everytime I thought I had a grasp on this story, something new and strange and exciting occurred that took my breath away.

I've been listening away, unable to stop, like an addict. The Nothing Girl was addicting and I loved it, and while I'm sad it's over, I'm very content with how everything ended.

Beautiful, magical, whimsical, crazy, amazing, quirky, charming, cute, fun, thoughtful, mysterious, and shocking!

You have to try it!

Happy listening ;)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All the Bright Places

  • By: Jennifer Niven
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Ariadne Meyers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best YA Quirky Love Story of 2015

  • By FanB14 on 06-09-15

Lovely & heart wrenching

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-15

Following the story of Violet and Finch tore at my heart strings in a way that made me really think about the darkness that can live inside of a person, and a good person at that. It was a story of depression and isolation, but also a story of love and survival. While their story was beautiful and exciting and lovely, it was also painful and bittersweet.

There were times when I just wanted to scream at a character for not acting sooner to help someone. Then there were times when I really wanted to punch both the real bully and that bully that lives in our minds. Mostly, I just wanted to hug either Viloet or Finch, and to tell them that it's ok and that life gets better and help is just around the corner.

While my heart was destroyed by this book, it was mended by this book as well. The writing was sensationally poetic and I loved every minute of it. I loved the narration, I loved Violet and Finch, and I loved the underlying message that the author left behind when writing this book. It will stay with me like all good books do...

  • Modern Romance

  • An Investigation
  • By: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Narrated by: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,323

At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and informative

  • By ty on 08-23-15

I just love Aziz!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

Not knowing much about the content of Modern Romance, other than knowing Aziz as a comedian I really like, I assumed this book would be a series of funny stories about his love life. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by the stories and information of intensive research done about modern dating and relationships. Very impressive! And in addition to being well-informed, I did thoroughly enjoy the fun, clever, sarcastic, and very exaggerated humor that Aziz can always be counted on to deliver. Love you Aziz!

  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened

  • A Mostly True Memoir
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,041

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!

  • By D. S. Smith on 05-19-12

Laughed out loud from beginning to end!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

Jenny Lawson is charming, quirky, extremely funny, adorable, and unbelievably bizarre yet strangely relatable. I loved the cadence of her voice, the sarcasm in her tone, and her never-ending wit. One day I'd love to just hang out with her in a bar because I would totally be friends with this woman. She's amazing. And so is her book!

  • Since You've Been Gone

  • By: Morgan Matson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Before Sloane, Emily didn't go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn't do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend - someone who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just...disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There's just a random to-do list with 13 bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane? "Go Skinny Dipping?" Um...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Took a while but I loved the ending!

  • By Brittany on 09-24-15

Perfect summer reading!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-15

I started and just couldn't stop!

I don't know why I was so immersed...maybe it was the characters, the story, the narration or all of it together but I just
had to keep listening.

It was cute and sweet and fun, and filled with that amazing nostalgic feeling of summers during high school. I miss that feeling, and would love to read more books that capture that.

So this one is a definite two thumbs up!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,394

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

What can I say? It's a classic.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-15

F. Scott Fitzgerald is an amazing writer, which is why The Great Gatsby is such a famous piece of work. His writing is dazzling and elequent and poetic.

The story was raw and sad and frustrating and beautiful and tragic. It was a perfect tale of wealth in the 1920s.

And as for the narration, well, I absolutely loved Jake Gyllenhal's voice as Nick Caraway.

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,015

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adjust Your Perspective...

  • By E. Baxter on 11-13-03

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

There's a reason this book is a widely talked about, well loved bestseller. It's fun, it's entertaining, it's thrilling, it's well-written, and it's storytelling at its best. I can't wait to listen to Dan Brown's next Robert Langdon adventure!

  • Never Fade

  • Darkest Minds, Book 2
  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,350

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader", but she knows what she really is: a monster. When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as Darkest Minds

  • By Jen on 11-08-13

Fun, Thrilling Sequel to Darkest Minds Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 04-23-15

I love YA books with a strong female lead, interesting characters, and lots of action! Very impressive sequel. It was fun & thrilling and I really enjoyed the narration. Can't wait to listen to the final installment in the series!!!!!!