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  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

  • A Novel
  • By: Ocean Vuong
  • Narrated by: Ocean Vuong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late 20s, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born - a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam - and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never write reviews

  • By David on 06-13-19

Hmmmm.....

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

Can a book be too poetic ? So many beautiful sentences that it all runs together and nothing stands out? I’m conflicted. Part of me loves it and part of me thinks it was all just too much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hunger

  • A Memoir of (My) Body
  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined", Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal and raw and honest

  • By S. Yates on 07-17-17

AMAZING

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

Thank you Roxane. Thank you. Thank you. I have felt so much of what you discuss. I’m blessed to have heard your story. It has sparked for me a change in the way I’ll view myself and others in the future.

  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,199
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,736
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,742

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written horror tale

  • By Crystal on 02-11-14

Nope

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

Not scary. I found it boring and don’t understand the hype. Won’t recommend. Maybe a zero star.

  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: C. A. Fletcher
  • Narrated by: C. A. Fletcher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

My name's Griz. My childhood wasn't like yours. I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came. There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing. Wonderfully told!

  • By Renee's Bookcase on 04-26-19

WOW

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

Reviewed: 05-14-19

I could not stop listening. Amazing characters & story. 5 stars from me ! Recommending to all my friends.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Murmur of Bees

  • By: Sofia Segovia, Simon Bruni - translation
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Angelo Di Loreto
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918

From the day that old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican town forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff of superstition, a child kissed by the devil. But he is welcomed by landowners Francisco and Beatriz Morales, who adopt him and care for him. As he grows up, Simonopio becomes a cause for wonder to the Morales family, because when the uncannily gifted child closes his eyes, he can see what no one else can - visions of all that’s yet to come, both beautiful and dangerous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-25-19

AMAZING.......

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

5 stars. I will recommend it over and over. Beautiful writing, characters, story. Loved it!

25 of 26 people found this review helpful