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  • The Secret Life of Lobsters

  • By: Trevor Corson
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

In this intimate portrait of an island lobstering community and an eccentric band of renegade biologists, journalist Trevor Corson escorts the listener onto the slippery decks of fishing boats, through danger-filled scuba dives, and deep into the churning currents of the Gulf of Maine to learn about the secret undersea lives of lobsters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating look at lobsters, Maine lobstr fishery

  • By L. Lockwood on 10-25-14

Excellent. But learn New England place names.

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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: 10-16-18

This was great. Very interesting, informative, and articulate. The narrator's mispronouncement of Mt. Desert Island (although spelled Desert, it is pronounced like the word dessert), got a bit annoying for this native Mainer. But otherwise the narration was wonderful.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,452

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Overall quite good. The narration was not the best

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Narration was inconsistent with regard to character voices. The plot is compelling. It gets a bit too preachy at the end, unless the true intent of the book is to further a political agenda. I am extremely progressive, but nonetheless found the last chapter uncomfortable.

  • Far from the Tree

  • By: Robin Benway
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including: Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO MOVED BY THIS STORY! GREAT FICTION!

  • By Ann on 02-28-18

Wow

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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: 06-05-18

no spoilers here, I promise. But I work in the child protective system as a psychologist, and this author has really captured a lot of the dynamic of kids who are adopted out of the child protective system. it certainly cannot capture all of their experience, and not all of their endings are like this one, but this book is masterful in its depiction of the psychological dynamics of these kids and the ways in which they turn out. the book is heartwarming without being sappy. I appreciated that.

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  • The Dangerous Art of Blending In

  • By: Angelo Surmelis
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Seventeen-year-old Evan Panos doesn't know where he fits in. His strict immigrant Greek mother refuses to see him as anything but a disappointment. His quiet, workaholic father is a staunch believer in avoiding any kind of conflict. And his best friend, Henry, has somehow become distractingly attractive over the summer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A touching story

  • By Anna on 04-08-18

A must read!

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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: 03-04-18

For anyone who has come of age as an lgbtq+ person, or has known someone, this book is well done. Also tackles the abusive nature of toxic parenting.