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  • Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire

  • A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character
  • By: Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In this magisterial study of the relationship between illness and art, the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison, brings an entirely fresh understanding to the work and life of Robert Lowell (1917-1977), whose intense, complex, and personal verse left a lasting mark on the English language and changed the public discourse about private matters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of Robert Lowell by Kay Jamison

  • By Margaret C. Neumann on 05-10-17

Amazing work incredibly well read.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Where does Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lowell, of course

Which character – as performed by Jefferson Mays – was your favorite?

Jefferson Mays was terrific, waspy, perfect for Jamison'sbook

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Total

Any additional comments?

Incredible insight into Manic depression affective disorder , its negatives and positives

  • Eleven Hours

  • By: Pamela Erens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31

Lore arrives at the hospital alone - no husband, no partner, no friends. Her birth plan is explicit: She wants no fetal monitor, no IV, no epidural. Franckline, a nurse in the maternity ward - herself on the verge of showing - is patient with the young woman. She knows what it's like to worry that something might go wrong, and she understands the distress when it does. She knows as well as anyone the severe challenge of childbirth, what it does to the mind and the body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulously read, beautifully written, moving . I

  • By malcolm harris on 02-16-17

Fabulously read, beautifully written, moving . I

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

read it and listened to it twice . I highly recommend it, a really deeply good book.

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  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,347

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to read for several reasons

  • By Anne on 10-16-16

good try

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

overwrought overwritten tied up in a bow. the author deserves credit for trying to write about a difficult subject.

  • To the Lighthouse

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Nicole Kidman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 392

To the Lighthouse is Virginia Woolf’s arresting analysis of domestic family life, centering on the Ramseys and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland in the early 1900s. Nicole Kidman ( Moulin Rouge, Eyes Wide Shut), who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Hours, brings the impressionistic prose of this classic to vibrant life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful combination of text and narrator

  • By R. H OAKLEY on 06-12-16

such deeply felt and ultimately described novel.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

an absolutely beautiful sad and life affirming book. Virginia Woolf is unbeatable. a miracle writer