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Nancy L.

Seattle, WA
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  • 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 64,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,915

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

Just beautiful

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

This is a beautiful, poignant, sad but happy story. The narration was absolutely excellent. Mr. Newbern brought Ove to life perfectly - I can't imagine Ove any other way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Every Note Played

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris, Dagmara Dominczyk, Lisa Genova - afterword
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful and heartbreaking exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.

Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.

He knows his left arm will go next.

Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn’t moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.

When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late.

Poignant and powerful, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Nearly As Good As Her Others

  • By Wendi on 03-23-18

Heartbreaking, captivating story

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

The story is heartbreaking, though beautiful in the way the characters evolve. It is also very educational about ALS and inspires so much compassion for what its victims (the patient and their loved ones) endure. The narration by Dennis Boutsikaris and Dagmara Dominczyk is wonderful and brings the characters to life in a way that reading the words myself could never do. I was captivated by Ms. Dominczyk's gentle voice.

  • The Wife

  • A Novel of Psychological Suspense
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,983
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,973

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Toni R. on 02-03-18

Surprise ending

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I'm afraid to write too much, because I don't want to share any spoilers. I enjoyed it and I would recommend it. I really wasn't sure if I liked the narration or not -- I went back and forth on that. I guess after a while I just got used to it. Midway through the story, I was startled to realize that the main character was in her early 30's, because the voice sounded so much older.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,985
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41,800

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Powerful read

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Tara has been a part of my life for these past several weeks, in my car, as I drove to work, went to lunch, drove home. A few times, I listened to the book as I was falling asleep, but it was too much. The scenes of her life would play over and over in my head, as I tried to fall asleep. This is a very powerful book. It makes me realize how "normal" my own upbringing was, even though our family had its own dysfunction. I am amazed at how she overcame all of the obstacles in her way. I looked up some You Tube videos of her mother promoting her herbs and it is just not a woman or a business I can support. I hope Tara is living "happily ever after", if such exists

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,477

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

What did you love best about Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine?

The story was heartbreaking at times but beautiful as well. I didn't want it to end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course, Eleanor is the obvious choice since the story is all about her. She was very endearing from beginning to end. But how can you not love Raymond?

Which character – as performed by Cathleen McCarron – was your favorite?

It is hard to answer questions like these about this book, since it is almost entirely Eleanor -- and Raymond. Impossible to choose between them.

Who was the most memorable character of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and why?

Not going to repeat myself!

Any additional comments?

I am sure I would have loved this book if I had read a hard copy, but hearing it with Cathleen McCarron's accents for the characters, really brought their personalities to light. Highly recommend. (Would love to see a sequel that picks up where this book leaves off)

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,628
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,885
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,829

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Could not stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Where does The Woman in the Window rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was only my third audiobook and by far the best, thanks not just to the story, but the excellent narration.

What about Ann Marie Lee’s performance did you like?

She brought the characters to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did want to! I'm glad I wasn't able to though -- glad to savor it for longer.

Any additional comments?

I'm not very good at reviews, I don't get analytical the way a lot of readers do. All I can tell you is that I eagerly anticipated every opportunity I had to listen to this one. I just can't say enough good things about the narration.