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  • Everything Is Awful

  • And Other Observations
  • By: Matt Bellassai
  • Narrated by: Matt Bellassai
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 677

From the break-out star of BuzzFeed and the People's Choice Award-winning comedian comes a collection of hilariously anguished essays chronicling awful moments from his life so far, the humiliations of being an adult, and other little indignities. Matt Bellassai has no idea what he's doing. Well, to be fair, he did become semi-Internet famous by getting drunk at work, making him a socially-acceptable - nay - professional alcoholic. He's got some things figured out. But the rest is all just a terrible, disgusting mess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F-ing Hilarious!!

  • By Lydia Domsitz on 11-16-17

One of life's mysteries...

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

This made me laugh out loud more than a few times, and it goes without saying that that's just never bad.
Also, my brain isn't capable of comprehending what may be wrong with people who didn't laugh out loud at any part of this book. I'm truly perplexed... one of life's great mysteries, I guess...

  • The Outrun

  • By: Amy Liptrot
  • Narrated by: Tracy Wiles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

At the age of 30, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney's wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to start over at the beginning.

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-06-16

3.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

Oh, the Merry Dancers!
There was a level of honesty reached with the writing of this memoir that must have been difficult to put to paper. That, I admire. Among the brutal honesties are details of living beauties she seeks in place of the drink. What a beautiful journey through the recovery process!

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,347

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

A pleasure

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

Amazingly structured and beautifully fluid, THIS is a story well written. I loved the visuals and the gorgeous pushing and pulling throughout the story. I highly recommend this novel; this author is truly gifted.

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,384

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under - maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, brilliantly performed.

  • By Debra W. on 02-04-16

This intelligent, amazing, ambitious, awful feminist and her attempts to die...

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I anticipated enjoying this read. I'm no stranger to bouts of sadness... I'm empathetic to the topic. Perhaps if the main character was more relatable... instead of a whiney, self destructive girl who is anything but relatable, I could have enjoyed this book. The descriptive writing was admirable and, in parts, gorgeous in it's own right.

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,731
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,745

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be patient; it will pay off

  • By Kc on 05-23-05

That hype though!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

The story was "just alright"... not the sort of thing I'd expect from a Nobel Prize winner. I kept waiting for something amazing to unravel and leave me in awe. Nope. I sense the attempt at sweetness here, but the characters fell flat as cardboard for me. I wouldn't recommend this book.

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  • Perfect Match

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda, Susan Bennett, Michele O. Medlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543

In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes keeps these criminals behind bars. But when her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, is traumatized by a sexual assault, Nina and her husband, Caleb, a quiet and methodical stone mason, are shattered, ripped apart by an enraging sense of helplessness in the face of a futile justice system that Nina knows all too well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best

  • By DKW on 12-18-13

Yuck!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

Man, this book left me feeling angry. This is my second read of Jodi Picoult's novels, and the first one left me even angrier! I won't be reading anymore of her work. Her writing is not for me. She is much heavier-handed than necessary, and it is not a good look.

  • Unoffendable

  • How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better
  • By: Brant Hansen
  • Narrated by: Brant Hansen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 839

It's a radical, provocative idea: We're not entitled to get offended or stay angry. The idea of our own "righteous anger" is a myth. It is the number-one problem in our societies today and, as Dallas Willard says, Christians have not been taught out of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth. How refreshing.

  • By Terri C. on 07-15-17

We should be friends.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

I feel like I just had a finger wagged in my face followed my a great big bear hug!
Exceptional book! I really enjoyed this author and his narration. We should be friends. :)

  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Seanan McGuire
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Seanan McGuire returns to her popular Wayward Children series with Down Among the Sticks and Bones - a truly stand-alone story suitable for adult and young adult listeners of urban fantasy, and the follow-up to the Alex Award-winning, Hugo and Nebula finalist, Tiptree Honor List Every Heart a Doorway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular fairy tale from an amazing author/narrator!

  • By Laura on 10-18-17

3 stars

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

This story of Jack and Jill was an interesting one, no doubt. I wish there had been more exploration of the sub-characters, as I think that would have painted a more vivid picture for me. It's well told otherwise, I feel. It just seemed abbreviated. I would have liked to know more about the moors and its inhabitants... How it came to be, how the residents felt about the doctor, etc. Loved the plot!

  • Uninvited

  • Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
  • By: Lysa TerKeurst
  • Narrated by: Ginny Welsh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,069

The enemy wants us to feel rejected, left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ's powerful love. In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection - from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've longed for this type of book my entire life!

  • By Suzy Freeman on 08-16-16

3.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

First... There is not a thing in the world wrong with this narrator or her voice or the speed at which she reads. I'm glad I didn't skip this one based on the reviews that stated otherwise.


"We catch ourselves wondering if God secretly agrees with those who've hurt us." Boy, she just gets it so right in some spots in this book. I love it when an author can make me feel like I'm not alone in some of the most "bizarre" thoughts I've ever had.

This book is a good source of spiritual encouragement, and I would recommend it because... after all... rejection is just one of those things every single person faces at some time in some fashion. This book shines a light on all the things most of us already know, but those thoughts are hiding back in the dark corners of the musty basement of our minds. This is perfect source material for anyone needing a reminder of how to deal with pain, how to rise above, how to remember God is there and wants to heal us.

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
  • Narrated by: John C. Reilly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,810
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Anon on 06-04-18

2.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

While I enjoyed the imagery this book has to offer, it did little else for me. Your hero is a rapist escaping punishment. Also, based on the impression we are given of "the big nurse", it doesn't make sense to me that she wouldn't have disarmed our hero upon his first attempts to shake her hold on these patients. We are led to believe she doesn't relinquish control, so the main character should've never had the opportunities he had, and thus... no story. It's just a giant loop hole that provokes head shakes and prevents me from enjoying the story as I may have otherwise.