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  • 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 95,696
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88,637
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88,221

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

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.

  • 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 17,064
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,637

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
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

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 17,793
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,212
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,122

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, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Haley on 05-27-18

Dysfunction at its best.

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

  • By: Mitch Landrieu
  • Narrated by: Mitch Landrieu
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 272

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.

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,903

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Mystery that has too many turns and turns

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

A good mystery but a bit long and by the time I was half way onto the story line all I wanted to know was what happened to Theo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,394

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Wonderful story.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

Simply could not put this book down. Great story. Celeste Ng puts you right in the middle of these families and Shaker Heights.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,017

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unknown History

  • By Kristi on 06-15-17

Great Story.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

It took awhile to really get into this book but definitely worth thread. be sure and listen or read the authors remarks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Light of Paris

  • By: Eleanor Brown
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Madeleine is trapped - by her family's expectations, by her controlling husband, and by her own fears - in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside it looks like she has everything, but on the inside she fears she has nothing that matters. In Madeleine's memories, her grandmother, Margie, is the kind of woman she should have been - elegant, reserved, perfect. bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in cafés.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive Whinefest!

  • By Rebecca J. Leamon on 08-24-16

A sweet love story.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

A little slow to begin with but the story line came together and caught my interest. A
story that remins us just how much life for women has changrd and perhaps men as well.

  • Good Morning, Midnight

  • A Novel
  • By: Lily Brooks-Dalton
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Paul on 08-25-16

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

I loved it. I cried at the end, only two other books have had that effect. Beautiful character development and exploration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

  • By: Hannah Tinti
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter, Loo, to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife's hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother's mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past - a past that eventually spills over into his daughter's present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A literary work with a plot line

  • By Truth Speaker on 05-09-17

Love, love, love

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

I love this story, the father daughter adventure and the unconventional hero and love story. Love, love, love.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful