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  • The World's Strongest Librarian

  • A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family
  • By: Josh Hanagarne
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Different, Something Wonderful

  • By Syd Young on 03-09-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I liked how the author explained and described his struggles with Tourette’s Syndrome. His descriptions throughout the book were detailed and insightful. I can understand and appreciate that he wanted to make a point that his struggles and challenges are ongoing. However, I was still left with a feeling of great disappointment at the end of the book. I am also disappointed that I cannot recommend this book to friends because of the foul language. In my opinion, the swear words did not need to be included in order to get the point across. We could have filled in the blanks on our own.

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  • The Hideaway

  • By: Lauren K. Denton
  • Narrated by: Karthi Masters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags' ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead she learns Mags has willed her The Hideaway and charged her with renovating it - no small task considering Mags' best friends, a motley crew of senior citizens, still live there.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cliché made worse by an unskilled audio perfomer

  • By NMwritergal on 05-12-17

Sweet and simple story

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

The Characters are likable and the story is predictable, yet enjoyable. Overall a good message to never take things for granted and to be grateful for the life you have instead of wishing for what you can’t have.

  • Amy Snow

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,258

It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family's magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a bastard foundling into the house, but Aurelia convinces them to keep the baby, whom she names Amy Snow. Amy is brought up as a second-class citizen, but she and Aurelia are as close as sisters. When Aurelia dies at the age of 23, she leaves Amy 10 pounds. But Aurelia also left her much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss out on this one.

  • By laurie eller on 01-24-17

Wholesome, uplifting, coming of age love story

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Very well written book. I really liked the time period I t was set in and how true the author was to the speaking style as well as customs of the day. This novel reminded me a little of a Jane Austen. But a lot easier to follow and more interesting. This book was a little slow sometimes, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

  • Star Girl

  • By: Jerry Spinelli
  • Narrated by: John Ritter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Then they turn on her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So wonderful...

  • By laurie on 03-30-11

Interesting high school story

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

Touching story about being unique and not worrying what people think about you, especially in high school. But also about how one person can make a difference in other people's lives.

  • Anything Is Possible

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,610

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times best seller) returns to visit her siblings after 17 years of absence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful & Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-08-17

A train wreck that you can't look away from

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

This book is interesting. Horrifying and fascinating. Have to keep listening to find out what happens.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Language of Flowers

  • A Novel
  • By: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,374

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You don't need a green thumb to enjoy this one

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-16-12

Beautiful story of forgiveness and love

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

This book got super intense in a couple different places! But it was a beautiful story and I loved how the main character grows and changes and learns to forgive and be forgiven and learns to love and be loved.

  • The Diary of Mattie Spenser

  • By: Sandra Dallas
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

No one is more surprised than Mattie Spenser herself when Luke Spenser, considered the great catch of their small Iowa town, asks her to marry him. Less than a month later, they are off in a covered wagon to build a home on the Colorado frontier. Mattie's only company is a slightly mysterious husband and her private journal, where she records the joys and frustrations not just of frontier life, but also of a new marriage to a handsome, but distant stranger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book. Liked the lessons learned.

  • By Shelly on 04-27-17

Good book. Liked the lessons learned.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

I liked this book. Even though at one point near the end you feel like you have been left hanging. It finally gives closure to the storyline. I really liked the way the author portrayed the main character through her journal and thoroughly enjoyed the writing and speaking style of Mattie. There are sad parts and hard times in the book but I like the feel overall and the message I take away is that you just have to keep going in life and look for the positive in your experiences and hopefully learn from your mistakes. I think it portrays true love and forgiveness rather well. I think there is nobility in being able to forgive and love again. (The part I didn't like about the book was how much Mattie talked about "the marital act," but I guess it was important to the storyline. Just seemed out of character for the time period.)

The narrator had a pleasant voice but there was not much feeling in her reading. No emotion portrayed at all. I felt that lack of emotion really took away from the story, but still enjoyed the story very much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects - the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind - and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming story with great narration

  • By June J on 09-29-17

Enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

An enjoyable story. You have to have an open mind about the supernatural. And there are a lot of unnecessary swear words. The beginning is confusing until you understand the pattern of the storyline. It helps to have 3 different narrators. The ending has a nice "all loose ends tied" feeling.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,226

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Heart warming!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

Loved the characters! Also loved the way the story is told. Very clever. A heartwarming story you don't want to miss!

  • Being George Washington

  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

If you think you know George Washington, think again. This is the amazing true story of a real-life superhero who wore no cape and possessed no special powers—yet changed the world forever. It's a story about a man whose life reads as if it were torn from the pages of an action novel: Bullet holes through his clothing. Horses shot out from under him. Unimaginable hardship. Disease. Heroism. Spies and double-agents. And, of course, the unmistakable hand of Divine Providence that guided it all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much more than I expected!

  • By Louis on 01-30-12

History come alive!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

Great historical retelling. Love the insight into George Washington's character and loved the ideas of how we can use George Washington's life as an example and model our behavior after him. Too much negative about today's politicians and a little too much commentary about politics in general. But loved the focus on the constitution.