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  • Oliver Loving

  • A Novel
  • By: Stefan Merrill Block
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

One warm, West Texas November night, a shy boy named Oliver Loving joins his classmates at Bliss County Day School's annual dance, hoping for a glimpse of the object of his unrequited affections, an enigmatic junior named Rebekkah Sterling. But as the music plays, a troubled young man sneaks in through the school's back door. The dire choices this man makes that evening - and the unspoken story he carries - will tear the town of Bliss, Texas, apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible story

  • By ZippyBippy on 03-29-18

I would say spoiler alert but that would imply there was something to spoil

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I read the reviews for this book and thought it would be about Oliver waking up and going through recovery. Nope. Bubble burst. Chapter after chapter the exact same events happened- Mom believes he will come out of it and steals or sleeps with her ex, Dad gets drunk and stays moody, brother is worthless, etc etc. The last two minutes we find out what we’ve been waiting for and then it’s over. And to think, I spent hours of my life and that’s it?

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,916
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,886

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some fire, a little ice

  • By Elese Newman on 06-03-18

Prose Perfection

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

The narrator made the eloquent prose of the author come alive for me. I enjoyed listening to this book more than I would have if I’d read it and that has NEVER before been the case. The ending left me wanting more resolutions but it was well worth a listen.