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Christina Gayle

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  • The Gray House

  • By: Mariam Petrosyan, Yuri Machkasov - translator
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 36 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 58

Bound to wheelchairs and dependent on prosthetic limbs, the physically disabled students living in the House are overlooked by the Outsides. Not that it matters to anyone living in the House, a hulking old structure that its residents know is alive. From the corridors and crawl spaces to the classrooms and dorms, the House is full of tribes, tinctures, scared teachers, and laws - all seen and understood through a prismatic array of teenagers' eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Collective consciousness, budding sociopathy

  • By Jessica H. on 06-19-17

I'm still trying to figure out what I just read.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I think some of the magic got lost in translation, and the narrator didn't really help to distinguish one character from another. Add to that the lack of linear time and the unreliable narrators, and a premise that had really intrigued me just made me confused.

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  • Upstanders: Season 1 (FREE)

  • By: Howard Schultz, Rajiv Chandrasekaran
  • Narrated by: Michael B. Jordan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

What are Upstanders? Let's start with this: They are the opposite of bystanders. They are problem solvers and protestors, students and parents, professionals and civic leaders. Some fight injustice; others fearlessly challenge the status quo. They are ordinary people who are making extraordinary differences in their communities and beyond. From Salt Lake City to Memphis to Baltimore, Upstanders remind us that participation in civic life has no bounds - and that we can all be the change we wish to see in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Lasse on 11-09-17

The car wash story ruined this for me (autism)

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

I'm autistic, and the language used in the car wash story was demeaning and offensive. I cringed to hear people like me referred to collectively as "autistics" instead of autistic people. We are people with thoughts and feelings like everyone else. But the worst part was when the story said that working at the car wash gave the workers "purpose in life" instead of "just being burdens" on their families. Society is flawed by implying that anyone, regardless of disability status, is only worth what they contribute to capitalism. But it's even worse to suggest that these autistic people were nothing but burdens on anyone. I don't remember if that was a quote from the father who started the car wash or editorializing from the authors, but they should be ashamed of saying hurtful things like that.

  • 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 60,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,512

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

Hadn't known what to expect, pleasant surprise!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

The non-linear storytelling was a bit confusing at times. I'm not sure if the transitions are more obvious in print. But what I first thought might be a slog, following a crotchety old man through life, turned out to be a reminder that there's always more to a person than what's under the surface.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,608
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57,807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,699

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

That's where it ends???

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

My only complaint about this book is that it ends before it should, at least in my mind. I hope the author writes the sequel quickly.

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,924

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen and a great start to the series

  • By Donna on 07-13-09

Audio editing absent. Wish they would re-record.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

Buzzy Multimedia must have just had James Marsters use a microphone to record this at home, then didn't bother to do anything with the raw audio. You can hear him smack his lips, turn pages of the book, and squeak his chair. All of these things are normal sounds that can be edited out later on. Still, it's all we've got to listen to the early Dresden Files books.

  • Rebel

  • By: Nelson Lowhim
  • Narrated by: Andrew H. Montesi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Sometime in the future, in an occupied South, rebellion's a brewing. Tim's one of the lone soldiers on the front lines and he's just seen his best friend captured. He needs to break him out, but how? He visits all the people he knows and gathers a force. But no one has ever freed a captive. No one has ever faced down the occupation. Will Tim succeed? Find out in this bold and entertaining story!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting listen

  • By HolmesBoy on 01-15-17

Wish I knew more

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

I enjoyed the story itself , but I was really disappointed about the lack of backstory.