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  • The Marriage Plot

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,861
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,857

It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Esoteric, Vapid, Trite

  • By FanB14 on 03-13-13

Lives up to expectations.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I was so enthralled with Middlesex which in my mind is a perfect book/audiobook. I don’t love this one as much as Middlesex, but it comes very close. I look forward to another book from this author.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31,969
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,740

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really 2.5

  • By Kd on 05-16-12

One of the worst books I have ever...

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

How this book took flight is beyond me. Unsophisticated writing, weak characters... and this is erotica?

  • Reckless

  • My Life as a Pretender
  • By: Chrissie Hynde
  • Narrated by: Rosanna Arquette, Chrissie Hynde
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

Chrissie Hynde, the songwriter and front woman of The Pretenders in its various incarnations, has for 35 years been one of the most admired and adored and imitated figures in rock. This long-awaited memoir tells her life story in full and utterly fascinating detail, from her all-American Ohio '50s childhood to her classic baby-boomer seduction by the rock of the '60s to her sojourn in the crucible of punk that was '70s London to her instant emergence with her band, The Pretenders, in 1980 into stardom as a frontwoman and songwriter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too long to get to The Pretenders...

  • By Greg on 04-20-16

It started a little slow...

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

But then once you got into the teeth of it all, it became incredibly entertaining. This is a piece of rock and roll history. Unfortunately I didn't think Rosanna Arquette was quite right for the performance of this book...

  • Full Disclosure

  • By: Stormy Daniels
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

She was already well-known in some circles before March 6, 2018, but that's probably the first time you heard the name Stormy Daniels. That's the day she filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over a nondisclosure agreement negotiated before the election but never signed. How did Stormy Daniels become the woman willing to take on a president? What is it like to be reviled by some, held up as a beacon of hope by others, and to be an object of fascination to all? In this audiobook, Stormy Daniels tells her whole story for the first time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, Funny, Shocking Beautiful

  • By B Van Het Hof on 10-04-18

Wow...

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

This book is well written, funny, heartwarming and intelligent. This complex woman tells the engaging story of her life so far.
No matter what your politics, this book is thoroughly worth the read.

  • Buck

  • A Memoir
  • By: MK Asante
  • Narrated by: MK Asante, Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

A rebellious boy's journey through the wilds of urban America and the shrapnel of a self-destructing family - this is the riveting story of a generation told through one dazzlingly poetic new voice. MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: a mother who led the new nation's dance company and a father who would soon become a revered pioneer in black studies. But things fell apart, and a decade later MK was in America, a teenager lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence on the streets of North Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • riveting

  • By m stephens on 07-13-14

Real.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

A raw story... beautifully written and beautifully performed. I had the chance to see MK as a guest speaker last year at the Milford PA readers and writers festival. He was charismatic, present and gracious in his presence. I was inspired to get his book. It did not disappoint.
An important book that shows how one small decision can lead you down an entirely different path... a human struggle and the transcendence of a heart.

  • Man Walks Into a Room

  • By: Nicole Krauss
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Nicole Krauss’ Great House was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Man Walks Into a Room follows Samson Greene, who, during the removal of a brain tumor, loses his adult memories. Feeling lost as an outsider in his own life, Samson agrees to participate in a scientific experiment in which memories are grafted from one brain to another.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By isisimages on 03-13-14

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-13-14

After reading "The History of Love", I keep diving into other Nicole Krauss novels hoping for something that even comes close to that brilliant piece of writing but unfortunately finding that my disappointment gets greater each time.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Mating in Captivity

  • Reconciling the Erotic & the Domestic
  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,818

Esther Perel takes on tough questions, grappling with the obstacles and anxieties that arise when our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. She invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Thinker's Book...

  • By Todd White on 04-17-12

Illuminating.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Esther Perel has created an incredible book that is both illuminating and extremely well written.

Her heavy accent took a little bit to get used to, but by the end of the book I had grown used to it, and I found her reading to be engaged and passionate.

The book will not give your relationship a quick fix... but instead requires that you do work and that both partners examine closely their own dynamic.

  • The Year of the Flood

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,664

The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club, and Toby, a God's Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atwood at her very best!

  • By Linda Novak on 10-18-09

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

Margaret Atwood can do no wrong... she is a superb writer. This book I figured out at the end, is the prequel to Oryx and Crake. (Which is also superb!).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,521

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is this supposed to be funny?

  • By Pubahs reading on 03-10-17

Funny!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

This book is absolutely hysterical... and really... You just can't NOT love Tina Fey!

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,839

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Imaginative dreamlike and very Japanese.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-13

I liked this book... I thought that the translation was superb.
I was somehow disappointed by the ending... I found it to be drab. However the journey the book takes you on is marvelous throughout.
The book was very well read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful