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  • Becoming Nicole

  • The Transformation of an American Family
  • By: Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Narrated by: Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn't long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things little boys were "supposed" to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress-up and playing Little Mermaid. By the time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt's insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More narratives like this, please.

  • By book worm on 10-22-15

Extraordinary telling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-17

of acceptance support of transgender life experiences -- harrowing and loving. Everyone needs to read it.

  • Finding Me

  • Salty Key Inn Series, Book 1
  • By: Judith Keim
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Sheena Sullivan Morelli and her sisters, Darcy and Regan, receive the unexpected news that their Uncle Gavin Sullivan has left them a hotel on the Gulf coast of Florida. The gift comes with a twist. They must live together for one year at the hotel and prepare the hotel to receive guests within a year. Dreams of sitting on the beach sipping margaritas are shattered when they see the property in need of renovation. Facing the unexpected and working together, the three sisters learn a lot about each other and the gift of family love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel good and sappy summer read.

  • By Amazon Customer (Traci) on 08-12-17

Feel good and sappy summer read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Although the ending is a lead in to the next book of the series, this volume can be read as a stand alone.

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  • Someone Knows My Name

  • By: Lawrence Hill
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

Aminata Diallo is the beguiling heroine of Lawrence Hill's Someone Knows My Name. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an 18th-century woman's life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kidnapping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich in history and moral messages

  • By Ariela on 10-14-09

A must read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Historical fiction of an elderly African woman telling her life story from childhood, slavery, lies, deception, loss of everyone she loved, viewing slavery as a free person, working with abolitionists, and meeting the King and Queen of England.

Incredible book.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,233

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

A must read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Everyone needs to read this book. The stories and subsequent reflection by the author are entertaining, informative, and bold. I teach high school in a high risk, low income area. Many of my students live the cultural norms of poverty and violence described and explained by the author. What I have learned from this book in the reflections from the author, I will apply to my teaching in the new school year.

  • 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 112,901
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,555
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104,057

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

Couldn't put it down...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Well-written, honest portrayal of Trevor Noah's life thus far. His reading of the book made a strong impact on this reader. I am proud of the boy and man who is Trevor Noah, and the strength and love of his mother.

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  • Dust and Shadow

  • An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,631

Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Wadie on 01-07-11

Lots of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Haven't read many mysteries, so am glad to have started with this book. Lots of twists and turns. Couldn't put it down. Descriptions and narrative beautifully written.

Recommend to readers new to mysteries and to readers who are fans, already, of mysteries.

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Harriet Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

As Jane Austen's first completed novel that was submitted to be published, Northanger Abbey is a miraculously weaved tale of love, society, and deception, themes that would come to be synonymous in literature with Austen's name. The young Catherine Morland receives a fantastic opportunity to explore the city of Bath with some family friends, and while there, she experiences a level of mental and emotional growth that was as yet unparalleled in her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listening Experience

  • By Robert Jennings on 05-18-16

Story gets better each time I read it.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Story gets better each time I read it. The narrator read Thorpe quite well. She made her voice to be as grating as I had always believed Thorpe's voice would be.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Drop

  • Harry Bosch, Book 15
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,677

Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Of The Best Bosch Books!

  • By Laurie on 12-03-11

A great mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-16

First Connelly audiobook. Enjoyed listening to the storyline. Reader had variety with the voices -- made book fun to 'read.'

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  • The Wedding Dress

  • By: Rachel Hauck
  • Narrated by: Eleni Pappageorge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,481

Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly Surprised

  • By Candace on 01-05-14

Sweet story

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

What made the experience of listening to The Wedding Dress the most enjoyable?

The reader was excellent. The story was sweet.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The seamstress was my favorite character. She was a black businesswoman living and working during a time of dangerous prejudice.

Have you listened to any of Eleni Pappageorge’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time.

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

I don't want to make this a spoiler, but I appreciated the understanding of the mother of the first bride and decisions made about the marriage.

  • Everything I Never Told You

  • A Novel
  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,850
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,953
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,977

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Character Novel

  • By colprubin on 07-16-14

Family

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-16

Ng gently writes about a family's reaction to the death of Lydia, the older daughter. As Lydia's death is being investigated, each family member's perception of each other is explored, and the resulting emotions are exposed. I will be reading this book again.