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  • His Right Hand

  • A Linda Wallheim Mystery
  • By: Mette Ivie Harrison
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Mormon bishop's wife Linda Wallheim fears for the safety of the people in her community when Karl Ashby, the ward's second counselor (the bishop's right-hand man), is found dead in an elaborately staged murder. Linda tries to console Karl's grieving children and wife, but matters are complicated when the autopsy reveals that Karl was a biological woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wacky, addictive, and over the top

  • By Science Teacher on 04-12-17

Wacky, addictive, and over the top

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-17

This book was wacky, addictive, and over the top. I think this series would make a great daytime soap opera.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,340

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Emily on 05-07-17

Gripping, but some inadvertent prejudice

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

Reviewed: 04-10-16

This was a gripping story. The choice of a performer with a non-posh accent was consistent with the protagonist coming from the lowest caste. I cheered him on in his struggles. However, as a gay man, I found the pervasive, unconscious, but reflexive sexism and homophobia disturbing. Despite the author's solidarity for the underdog, he had not yet expanded his solidarity to include LGBT folks. He depicts strong women, but does not quite see them as equal to men. Nonetheless, this is a masterful work.

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  • The Bishop's Wife

  • By: Mette Ivie Harrison
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 129

Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As bishop, Kurt Wallheim is the ward's designated spiritual father, and that makes Linda the ward's unofficial mother whose days are filled with comfort visits, community service, and informal counseling. But Linda is increasingly troubled by the church's patriarchal structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in the ward.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One Non-Misogynist Man's Opinion - Worth Reading

  • By jonmontanavega on 01-13-15

Devout mormons and women's struggles

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

Good insights for nonmormons to understand misogyny and the struggles of faithful women. Heavy on god.

  • Fresh Off the Boat

  • A Memoir
  • By: Eddie Huang
  • Narrated by: Eddie Huang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148

Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own. Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Evan Matthew Lind on 08-20-15

Crude

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

This guy is crude and not funny. He has some interesting insights, but his gratuitous foul language spoils the effect.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just Kids

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By Stan on 04-28-13

Low key presentation pulls you in.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-14

Patti Smith pulled me into the world she shared and created with Robert Mapplethorpe.

Simply told, the story grew.

By the time she finished, I was trying to control my sobs, pedaling away on the bicycle at the gym, glad for 10 minutes of silence left in my workout to absorb the experience.

Amazing.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,778

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 02-22-14

Because it's on the best seller list, I had high hopes for this book. I think the performer does an appropriate job with what he's got. But it is a depressing book about a depressing boy who grows into a depressed young man. After the first quarter I started skipping whole sections, so maybe I missed something important. But the mood was the same wherever I started again. I've given it a 3 rather than a lower score because I think it's well written.

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,351

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Very good

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

Reviewed: 07-24-13

Complex and involving. Very good. I don't agree with the calls for a boycott of the movie, because I found nothing objectionable to gay people in the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Commitment

  • Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
  • By: Dan Savage
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Dan Savage’s mother wants him to get married. His boyfriend, Terry, says “no thanks” because he doesn’t want to act like a straight person. Their six-year-old son, D.J., says his two dads aren’t “allowed” to get married but that he’d like to come to the reception and eat cake. Throw into the mix Dan’s straight siblings, whose varied choices form a microcosm of how Americans are approaching marriage these days, and you get a rollicking family memoir that will have everyone—gay or straight, right or left, single or married—howling with laughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing, but missed Dan's voice

  • By Michelle on 09-21-11

Outdated

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

Reviewed: 01-14-13

This book is outdated. Dan Savage and his "boyfriend" got married in Seattle last month on the day same-sex marriage became legal.

By the way, this book has one of the worst first chapters I have ever read/listened to. It is so unpleasant to begin with an extended complaint about his "boyfriend's" faults.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,010
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49,951

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked, but narration...

  • By Peter on 04-02-13

Great

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

Even though my iPod Shuffle shuffled part of the story, I have enjoyed re-listening to parts I enjoyed the first time.

Performer does a very, very good job with a huge number of characters. Occasionally I get some of them confused, but I think he differentiates them well.

  • Winter of the World

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,727

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Sequel

  • By Tim on 03-15-13

Not as good as Fall of Giants

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

Reviewed: 10-31-12

Maybe my expectations were too high after Fall of Giants, but I found this book disappointing. The characters seem predictable, and I know the history too well to be surprised.