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  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,805

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning about the ending

  • By Roger M. Young on 05-27-18

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I’m not ugly crying! I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. So unexpected.

  • Us Against You

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they learn that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown's new hockey coach. Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the crazed lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect compliment to Beartown as well as another great read

  • By Trudy K. Miller on 06-17-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

One of the few books that made me cry. I love these kids so much. This is a beautiful follow-up to Beartown.

  • Setting Free the Kites

  • By: Alex George
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous - and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan's budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, great narration

  • By RueRue on 04-03-17

coming of age in Maine

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Loved it but struggled with some of the story. Execellently written. i will loom for more by this author

  • The Dutch Wife

  • By: Ellen Keith
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Eric Martin, Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

Amsterdam, May 1943. As the Nazis tighten their grip across the city, the last signs of Dutch resistance are being swept away. Marijke de Graaf and her husband are arrested and deported to different concentration camps in Germany. Marijke is given a terrible choice: to suffer a slow death in the labor camp or - for a chance at survival - join the camp brothel. On the other side of the barbed wire, SS Officer Karl Müller arrives at the camp hoping to meet his father’s expectations of wartime glory. When he encounters the newly arrived Marijke, their lives change forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Story of WWII

  • By Melissa on 01-24-19

Story of WWII

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

This was simply about cruelty and forced sex during WWII.
Surely there is a story but after 9 chapters of making a very strong attempt to listen to this i give up. We all know of the forced prostitution, in humane treatment of Jews, and in general the poor treatment of lots of people. there was no historical issues to bring sence to this book.

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,681

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cookie cutter cowboys need not apply

  • By david1j on 01-13-17

Great western story.<br />

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

This tells the story of a kidnapped Indian girl and her return to her homeland. it could have very well happened. Reminder me a bit of Chynthia Ann Parker except this girl was returned much earlier in her life. Good story and deliverabce.

  • Be Frank with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Claiborne Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,279

Reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies - with a few stipulations: no Ivy Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 stars -- more resolution would give it 5

  • By Kelly on 02-02-16

Frank

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

this is an interesting book about the struggles of a young boy. While autism is never mentioned it is a pretty obvious fact. Well written and preformed but the voice and actions of Frank were at times a bit too much.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,051
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,431
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 106,914

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting in the same way a fiction book can be

  • By Paul on 12-17-18

Informative and funny.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

this was a wonderful read. ready for his next book.
he tells of an interesting life.

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  • 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 21,586
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,791

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

Middle of the road

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Spoiler - If the car is flipped over on it’s roof, how can the snow build up on the windshield and cause it to crack inward?

This was a decent enough thriller. I agree with several reviewers that many of the descriptive sections were overly drawn out. I liked the narrator and think she did a fine job.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,002
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,589
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41,406

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

Dysfunction at its best.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

just when I thought this family could not become more violent and cruel they just kept going. Good for the author to continue her quest.
i do take some of the incidents with a grain of salt. A struggle to finish this book.

  • In the Shadow of Statues

  • A White Southerner Confronts History
  • By: Mitch Landrieu
  • Narrated by: Mitch Landrieu
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 381

When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this

  • By Carol Carlson on 03-23-18

History of New Orleans.<br />

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I wish I had listened to this before visiting New Orleans. Wonderfiul history lesson. Especially the last chapter that tells the facts behind the statues. Should be required reading especially for Southern schools.