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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,308

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

Why did I wait so long to read this book

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

I had been told about this amazing book over 20 years ago and always said I would get to it. I put it off and on a whim decided this would be my next book on audible. It is truly a classic. And with out spoiling anything I highly recommend that when the listener is finished listening to the book to listen to the final 25 minutes which is an interview with John Irving.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eileen

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 605

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys' prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, unsettling, but engrossing

  • By S. Yates on 01-09-18

Long and boring and drawn out

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

This book looked like he was going to be a lot more interesting from the description however it was really a very long and drawn out book that only guy exciting or interesting in the last two hours of the book.

  • The Outsiders

  • By: S.E. Hinton
  • Narrated by: Jim Fyfe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168

Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect, until the night someone takes things too far.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Classic

  • By Heather Kelly on 12-14-16

That was so deep and just WOW.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

This book was just so good. The first two chapters I felt were a bit boring but after that it takes off. There is brotherly love though out the book. It becomes shocking and sad at some points but it ties up in the end. It really makes you think about how you look at people and the way we judge a person base on who they hang out with and how they look and act. There is some violence in this book. I would recommend this to teens and up. No matter what kinda of person you are I think you might like this. I am the kinda person that likes fictional stories so I didn't think I would like it but I did.

  • If You Find Me

  • By: Emily Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,512

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to!

  • By Diane on 05-11-13

Powerful and heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

This book was amazing from start to finish it kept you captivated. The story makes you feel all sorts of emotions. It is well written and very descriptive. It was hard to put down.

  • Space Station Seventh Grade

  • By: Jerry Spinelli
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

For Jason, entering the seventh grade is like walking into a dangerous new world. Now that he’s in junior high school, he’s a small fish in a big pond stocked full of ninth-graders. It’s so scary that he won’t even go to the bathroom if there’s a ninth-grader in there - no matter how badly he has to go! But it isn’t all bad. He’s working on a model space station in shop class, and he’s beginning to notice things he never paid attention to before, like body hair - and girls. Especially one girl: The beautiful, hair-flicking cheerleader Debbie Breen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little racist

  • By Swishopper on 07-14-16

A little racist

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

We listened to this book on a family car trip. While the story is overall good for the middle school age group and adults certainly can relate to what the main character goes through, it should be noted that even for a book written in the early 1980's there was a lot of semi racist remarks or statements. Also a lot of not very feminist friendly terms and ideas are present. I think the book has merit but I think it needs to be explained to kids that the time book was written is different from now.

  • The Bedwetter

  • Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee
  • By: Sarah Silverman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Silverman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,287

From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne and star of the powerful 2015 film I Smile Back Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny. If you like Sarah's television show The Sarah Silverman Program, or memoirs such as Chelsea Handler's Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea and Artie Lange's Too Fat to Fish, you'll love The Bedwetter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adequate but not great...

  • By Theodore on 03-12-12

So funny

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Sarah is a great wit. This book was extremely entertaining and I couldn't stop listening to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lifelines

  • Angels of Mercy
  • By: CJ Lyons
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ross
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

A gripping behind-the-scenes drama of four women who face life and death every day. On her first day at Pittsburgh's Angels of Mercy Medical Center, L.A. - transplant Lydia Fiore, the new ER attending physician, loses a patient: the Chief of Surgery's son. Now, to save her career, Lydia must discover the truth behind her patient's death, even as it leads her into unfamiliar - and risky - territory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 04-24-16

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

The story was captivating from the very beginning. What I thought was going to be a medical drama turned out to be quite an adventure of a story. Can't wait to read more by this author.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Blessing of a B Minus

  • Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers
  • By: Wendy Mogel PhD
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Mogel’s sage advice on parenting young children has struck a chord with thousands of readers and made her one of today’s most trusted parenting authorities. Now, in a longawaited followup, Mogel addresses the question she hears most frequently: what to do when those children become teenagers, their sense of independence and entitlement grows, the pressure to compete and succeed skyrockets, and communication becomes fraught with obstacles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book saved my sanity!!!

  • By Tamira on 01-19-15

Another home run for Wendy Mogel

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

If you could sum up The Blessing of a B Minus in three words, what would they be?

Informative , inspiring, well done

What other book might you compare The Blessing of a B Minus to and why?

Blessing of the skinned knee, get out of my life but could you drive me to the mall first, love limits lessons.

Which scene was your favorite?

When she talks about her teenage daughters and dinner time.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The emotion and hardship she describes when a parent has to accept the changes in her kids as they grow and don't "need" their parents in the way they did as little children.

Any additional comments?

Even though she uses Jewish teaching this book can be usefull for parents of all faiths.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Look Me in the Eye

  • My Life with Asperger's
  • By: John Elder Robison
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits, an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes, had earned him the label "social deviant". No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting autobiography; not autism-informative

  • By Steener on 03-13-15

What a great and informative book

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Look Me in the Eye to be better than the print version?

I think they are both great.. The audio version does give it a little more voice.

What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The inflection in his voice really helped you identify with the author. I have heard interviews with the author and Mark did a great job capturing Mr. Robison words.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book really allows the reader into e complicated mind of aspergians. I really felt like I had a better understanding of the unique mind of a person with aspergers.

Any additional comments?

Buy this book. Read it and you will also want to share it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful