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  • Rich People Problems

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,025

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first

  • By Dara W. on 06-07-17

Billion with a B

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I blew through this trilogy and it boggles the mind how nonchalant the characters talk about money. I am sure there are some people who live like this, but definitely no one I know. So of course it is exciting to view their world and indulge in the excess. This series will make you want to go out and buy a lottery ticket, but then realize that you would still never fit in.

Rachel and Nick provide a nice buffer for the reader and each of these characters go through so much growth through the series, no one is as superficial as they seem.

  • On Bowie

  • By: Rob Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Innovative. Pioneering. Brave. Until his death in January 2016, David Bowie created art that not only pushed boundaries but helped fans understand themselves and view the world from fantastic new perspectives. When the shocking news of his death on January 10, 2016, broke, the outpouring of grief and adulation was immediate and ongoing. Fans around the world and across generations paid homage to this brilliant, innovate, ever evolving artist who both shaped and embodied our times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Natalia on 08-26-16

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

Sheffield has the words to describe the feeling you get when you listen to music. On Bowie is indeed a love letter to an iconic artist.

I loved Bowie since I first heard him on the radio, on cassettes, and watched him in labyrinth. There was something about him that made you take notice and feel like something important was happening. Rob Sheffield took that feeling and wove it beautifully with a history of Bowie's life and even managed to highlight Bowie's most prominent collaborators as well as his own experiences.

It was as heartfelt as his other books, yet stands on its own as part of the epic story of David Bowie. This book helped me feel a little less alone in a world without Bowie.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Everything Box

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 800

A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. And he should know. He's going to play a big part in it. Our angel usually doesn't get to do fieldwork, and if he does well, he's certain he'll get a big promotion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Everything not for Everyone

  • By Mel on 05-12-16

Apocalyptic bake sale

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

I am a huge Richard Kadrey fan. He is in the world building business and I am all about it. He tends to stay within the seedy underbelly of it all, but that just makes for some flawed and interesting characters.

The everything box started a bit slow for me, but by the end I was invested in seeing how this would turn out. Would the cult's bake sale be a success? What about the Angel hell-bent on bringing about the end of earth? Would our reluctant hero decide to leave this task and drink his life away?

A fun read for sure in a world that already feels familiar from Sandman slim.

highly recommended for fans of supernatural stories and noir.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Neverending Story

  • By: Michael Ende
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206

In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there. Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece of Fantasy

  • By Rain on 07-25-16

whoa-oh-whoa-oh-whoa-oh

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

Neverending Story had such a great message for young readers. A story that really makes you understand the consequences of actions while being dressed up in a fantastical adventure story.

I must have watched the movie dozens of times as a child, but I wish someone had made me sit and read the book instead.

I loved it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Orange is the New Black

  • My Year in a Women's Prison
  • By: Piper Kerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,748

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year, so far

  • By Mark on 03-31-14

Orange Obsession

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

I am absolutely obsessed with Piper Kerman's story. The book is a much more subdued story compared to the Netflix series based on the memoir.

I have had someone close to me in the prison system and felt that I had a good understanding of the hardships facing prisoners, but this story helps to shed light on the issues as well as bond with the characters.

The lessons that Piper learns while doing time are words of wisdom that are applicable to all of us. I enjoy reads like this because it makes me step back and review my choices. I can compare my views to those I have read and ask myself, Am I happy? Could I be doing something better? Am I taking enough risks?

Sometimes perspective is more valuable than an edge of your seat story.

If you just want a fun ride through the prison system, perhaps a Netflix subscription is right up your alley. ;)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goddess Hunt

  • A Goddess Test Novella, Book 1.5
  • By: Aimée Carter
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

A vacation in Greece sounds like the perfect way for Kate Winters to spend her first sabbatical away from the Underworld... until she gets caught up in an immortal feud going back millennia. Castor and Pollux have been on the run from Zeus' and Hades' wrath for centuries, hiding from the gods who hunt them. The last person they trust is Kate, the new Queen of the Underworld. Nevertheless, she is determined to help their cause. But when it comes to dealing with immortals, Kate still has a lot to learn....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fun In-Between Story

  • By Angie Golish on 02-17-15

meh

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14


Um... Kate is getting a little tedious. This is a peek into Kate's 6 months off from Underworld duty, but nothing actually happens.

They run into people who are fugitives and Kate invokes power that she doesn't possess yet to force Henry into letting these fugitives go. Oh and everything is left without any repercussions.

She is off with a guy who is trying to be more than a friend, she knows it, and yet even though she is a newly wed, she is playing the whole "he is just a friend" thing. So either she is dumb, or selfish.

I already bought book two... I guess i will see what happens in the autumn. :/

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,871

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Gaiman is the master of the written word.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-13

I really enjoyed this story, I enjoyed it so much that as soon as I read the last line I started the book over again. Yep, 2 readings in 2 days….skill! Ahem, I mean, it helps that I have the audiobook and Neil Gaiman reads to me as I push papers around my desk.

When I read Coraline, I came into it thinking it was a story for children and I had that mode in my head. There was aspects of that story that were fun and exciting for a child, but when an adult reads it they are kind of freaked out.

Ocean is a book meant for adults, so the darker aspects hit home in a different way. We have all been children. We have all been afraid of the dark or believed that there really were things that were magic. As adults we believe what we can see (or we are supposed to). The fact that the events touched both the adults in the story and the child made it especially frightening. You are lifted out of the story and begin to wonder, is it the imagination of a seven year old trying to cope with what his family is going through, or is this flea real? That uncertainty is what is so exciting about this book. The Hemstock women help keep the story from being too dark. Gaiman does an amazing job of using these women to balance the terror he has invoked with their warmth. Their farm becomes a symbol of refuge and comfort. The young narrator comes to them for help and in Letty he finds a protector.

Letty protects our young narrator, but never explains why she does it. This point in the story begs the question: Was I worth it? I guess what I mean is that the narrator is an adult when we begin the story. He is not at the best place in his life and when these memories begin to rush to him it makes him evaluate if he was worth protecting. Let’s take it a step further. When we were children someone protected us. They did this because there was an expectation / hope of the persons we would become as adults. Have we met that expectation? Is that a bar that we should measure ourselves by? Or perhaps they had no motive and just wanted to make us feel safe.

This is why I read Neil Gaiman’s books. I get so much more from them than an amazing story. I hope you pick up this novel and that you enjoy it as much as I have.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,489

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

Wow...

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

Reviewed: 04-20-12

The only thing more annoying than having to listen to someone describe the smell and taste of wine is having to read about it.

30 minute wine tastings and listening to someone reading in the library day in and day out gets really boring.

I enjoyed the first 5 hours of this book. It is really interesting and well written, but once the main characters begin dating it really drags down the story. It doesn't even have a proper ending. It really leaves the book wide open for the next installment, but if i had loved the story that may have been alright.

Sorry to those who loved it, but i would rather imagine how delicious food is or how beautiful a sunset can be. Don't try and describe every nuance at length for hours on end.

Narration:

Wonderful job! Really saved the story at times.

13 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Sacre Bleu

  • A Comedy d'Art
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,922

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Nothing is Sacre'?

  • By Mel on 05-07-12

Sacred Blue

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

Reviewed: 04-20-12

I really enjoyed the story Christopher Moore dreamed up. Bohemian Paris is one of the places i would love to time travel to. Can you imagine it? Painters and writers and can-can dancers drinking to the green fairy. What i love about Christopher Moore, is that he is extremely thorough with his research, look at Lamb.

The actual storyline was just okay, its entertaining and keeps you interested, but it paled in comparison to the amazing world that Moore paints for the reader. You are transported to Paris at a time where some of the most renown painters are friends and you get to peek into their process. What makes them who they are as well as the women who act as muses for them.

I would recommend this story for anyone who has even a small interest in art. Also, the summary makes this sounds like a detective story about the death of Van Gough. Yes, it is, but Van Gough's part is really short. His death is not really a motivating factor, but it is entertaining and has an interesting take on why he cut off his own earlobe.

The narration:

Euan Morton does a great job with the different characters. He was able to distinguish all the men and made the women's voices believable. I like it when the narrator doesn't outshine or hinder the story. Morton did a great job.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,092

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Okay i cannot stress how GRAND this book is!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-12

I absolutely loved this story. I am not the kind of person who cries at movies or goes awww during romantic moments, but this book is different. I laughed out loud at parts and i did cry a bit... only a few tears, but for me that is huge!

John Green outdid himself with this unbelievably touching story. The characters are amazing individuals who you like immediately. You enter a world where the character's problems are on such a different level that it feels almost foreign and you can lose yourself in it.

I don't want to drone on over every detail because that will ruin its twists and turns for all who read this review so i will keep it brief.

This story reminds us to be present in life and appreciate the things we take for granted. Please read this book, you will absolutely fall in love with it. You will feel for these characters and perhaps see life from a new perspective. Thanks to this story my life, "is a roller coaster that only goes up...." my friends.

Narrator: Did a great job with both male and female voices. The accents sounded authentic. A perfect choice for this book.

31 of 45 people found this review helpful