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  • Utopia for Realists

  • How We Can Build the Ideal World
  • By: Rutger Bregman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 102

Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes you by surprise and challenges what you think can happen. From a Canadian city that once completely eradicated poverty to Richard Nixon's near implementation of a basic income for millions of Americans, Bregman takes us on a journey through history and beyond the traditional left-right divides as he champions ideas whose time has come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Kerrie M James on 10-12-17

Oh yeah, absolutely!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-19

Can we make this book required reading for every would-be Democratic candidate? I hope to live long enough to see these ideas implemented...

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,058

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery

  • By Jill, NM on 10-21-16

Wonderful fun!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I enjoyed every moment with the thoroughly engaging Siobahn, her brood, and the whole delightful town. Already bought the rest of the series, and can't wait to continue!

  • A Keeper

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

The mystery of Elizabeth Keane's father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh - not for lack of speculation. Her mother, Patricia, had been assumed a spinster until she began dating a mysterious man from out of town and within months had left Buncarragh and had married. Less than two years later, Patricia was back, with a new baby in her arms but no new husband by her side and unbendingly silent about her recent past. A secret she would take with her to her grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man of surprises

  • By Robin on 11-05-18

Oh, yeah!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-19

What fun this book was - Graham has a wonderfully witty talent for observing and describing all the little things that make us tick. Plus, he weaves a great story AND is a fabulous narrator. Be sure to read 'Holding' too, plus all the other books I hope he is writing!

  • 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 1,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 935

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

A pure delight!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This is a fascinating journey through the joys and sorrows of random lives via their lost things. Alternately touching and hilarious, full of wonderfully crafted descriptions and sharp observations, this book was a joy from start to its too-soon-arriving end.

  • There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

What do the lives of Lincoln, Helen Keller, Joan of Arc, and other historical figures have in common with Paula Poundstone? In the hands of this wryly observant and self-deprecating comedian, the answer is outrageously funny and unexpectedly touching. Poundstone compares her crazy life to theirs, as she holds forth on her children, her career, and the time in her life when it appeared she would lose them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More!

  • By Evelyn on 02-11-07

There's no greater gift than laughter!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-24-18

Paula, I love your mind! I don't know anyone else who can pack so many hilarious observations into a single paragraph. Saw you in Buffalo, read your books - all I can say is "Thank You"!

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

Wonderful, as always!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Having just finished another satisfying sojourn in Three Pines, I cannot wait to start the next one. The characters are so witty, wise, compassionate -add any other positive attribute here - that I just wish they were real! Add the enthralling storyline and lots of astute social observations, and you've got a really fantastic book.

  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • A Novel
  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

England, 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing, and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren't convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God - they believe that if they find him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: Fantastic book but missing key section of last chapter

  • By HL on 07-21-18

What a wonderful book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-18

This book is absolutely perfect - utterly delightful descriptions and colorful use of language that makes every sentence a treat to be savored. The 10-year old narrator is the ideal lens through which to see the adult world in all its imperfect dimensions.

  • Dying Fall

  • A Ruth Galloway Investigation
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

Ruth Galloway receives a phone call that bears shocking news. A friend of hers from college, Dan Golding, has been killed in a fire at his Lancashire home. Her shock turns to alarm when she gets a letter from Dan. He has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever but he needs Ruth's advice. Even more alarming, he sounds vulnerable and frightened. DCI Harry Nelson is also rediscovering his past. Up north for a holiday, he meets his former colleague Sandy MacLeod, now at Blackpool CID.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still a great series

  • By Aryn on 03-25-13

Another gem!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I only wish I had Elly Griffiths' writing skill in order to produce a review that really does her books justice. Great story and utterly wonderful characters, plus little witty gems of social commentary sprinkled everywhere. Now, on to the next one!

  • A Room Full of Bones

  • A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 558

It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Changing, evolving, genre....

  • By karen on 11-24-12

Another great vacation in Norfolk...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Each book in this wonderful series is like a get-together with good friends, assuming one has a group of smart, funny and very interesting friends. I hope this series continues til Ruth's grandkids are in college, and even beyond!

  • The Janus Stone

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 785

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Return to Salt Marsh & Mysterious Archeology

  • By Sara on 08-22-14

Another great read by a favorite new (to me) author!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I just love spending time with Ruth and the rest of the cast. Her observations of religion, pop culture, and society in general are spot on, and I just love all the little inner dialogues. Of course, the plot is intriguing and the narration just right. A fantastic book, and so glad there's a whole series!