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  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,396

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

Beautiful in every way

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

This is a fabulous book. Great story. Wonderful narration. Super solid character development. I don’t write reviews often. This book deserved it. You will not regret listening.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,506

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long, Hard Slog Through Endless Despair and Heartache

  • By Morro Schreiber on 04-11-18

Glad I didn't quit

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

This was a hard book for me to listen to at times. Too close to home. AND, I'm so glad I made it through those tough places since this is a really great book, beautifully written and beautifully narrated.

WARNING: If you have any experience with domestic violence, this book is a trigger. Hannah captures what it's like to be a kid inside a family intimately familiar with domestic violence. it's not always an easy listen. At the same time, she deals with it so well that I learned a lot about my own experience and those of others.

At its heart, this a story about love. For the rugged land of Alaska, for community and family; solitude and struggle of living off the grid. The innocent love between young people and the complicated love that happens in real life. Nothing I say here will do it justice.

I am already missing the story and the characters. it's one of those books that lives in you even when you're not listening.

I put it down at least twice. And had to pick it up again. So glad I did.

Have kleenex nearby. You will need it.

Worth every minute.

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,017
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,711

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR GUYS AS WELL

  • By Jeff on 05-14-12

A match made in heaven

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

I read all these books when they came out. I love them. The story is fabulous. But that's not why I am taking the time to write a review which I rarely do. I am listening to all of them as my antidote to the world in 2017 and OMG what a treat! Davina Porter is THE BEST! She brings the characters alive just as I imagined them. Her transition from one to another is flawless, her inflection and pace, perfect and her voice is one I never get tired of hearing. There is just no one better suited to this series than Davina.

If you love books whose characters become part of your family, listen to every single one in this series. You will not regret a single minute. See you in a year or two...

  • One True Thing

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

A young woman sits in jail, accused of the mercy killing of her dying mother. She didn't do it, but she thinks she knows who did. In the last months of her life, Ellen Gulden's mother revealed startling secrets that challenged everything Ellen believed about her family. Now, in jail, Ellen believes those secrets will tell her who had the courage to end her mother's suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danger!

  • By Christina Z. on 05-09-08

Tedious and Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-23-14

I usually love Anna Quindlen but this book never got off the ground. Maybe it was the narrator, but I found the writing tedious, the character development shallow and ho-hum and had to force myself to keep going - hoping all the while that I'd come to that magic moment when sticking with it becomes worth the effort. That never happened. The topic could and should have provided a rich landscape for exploring the meaning of life and death, of families and how we create boxes for each other that do a disservice to all. But the whole thing fell flat. I wouldn't bother with this one.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,043

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 11-16-13

The Beatles. Bill Gates. Chinese rice farmers. Such a motley crew. Who would imagine that they have so much in common. This book had me from the get go just like a good novel would. Authors reading their own work is risky business but Malcolm Gladwell ROCKS it. He knows his material so eel - and it's so interesting - l that it feels like he's telling a good story rather than reading nonfiction. And he's as good a narrator as any - great inflection, perfect pace, fabulous content. Who could ask for more?! This book opened my eyes in wonderful ways to what it takes to be successful. And his insights into the real problems with our educational system, was worth the entire book. If you are reading this, GET THIS BOOK. You won't regret it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,165

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Well done

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

Reviewed: 09-05-13

I enjoyed this book a lot. Good story. Great narration. Kept me guessing on the "who done it" part the whole way through. Kinda contrived in a few places but generally an engaging read. Even if the press had not blown the whistle on the real author, I would be looking for more Robert Galbraith books....nice to know that the Harry Potter series was not just a fluke of timing. JK Rowlings really can write....a pretty good detective story too.

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  • Imagine

  • How Creativity Works
  • By: Jonah Lehrer
  • Narrated by: Jonah Lehrer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 587

From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types”, Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts out Promising, but Then....

  • By aaron on 03-23-12

Great content, performance-not so much

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

Reviewed: 08-11-12

I LOVED How We Decide by the same author and was so looking forward to this one. As is the case with How We Decide, the content is magnificent - an awe inspiring look into creativity - what it is, how to support it, how to nurture it, how NOT to kill it (which our current education system is doing.) Unfortunately, the author chose to read this one himself and that was a mistake. It's not so bad to scare you away from buying it, but it is irritating and at times, frustrating. He swallows words and I found myself going back to re-listen. The CONTENT IS FASCINATING tho, and in the end, worth the irritation. If you are at all interested in creativity, I highly recommend it.

  • Tuesdays with Morrie

  • 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Mitch Albom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient, and wise who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live

  • By AudioAddict on 04-17-16

A Heart-warming listen

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

Reviewed: 04-09-12

Where does Tuesdays with Morrie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Tuesdays with Morrie was one of my favorite listens. Morrie's willingness to share his final times and Mitch's ability to

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Domestic Affairs

  • By: Eileen Goudge
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Rosie and Abigail are like family, Ina Merriweather used to say. That is, until the day Ina abruptly cast out her housekeeper, Rosie, and her 15-year-old daughter, Abigail. Abigail felt deeply betrayed, especially by Ina's daughter, Lila, who was her closest friend. Only Lila's twin brother, Vaughn, with whom Abigail had been exploring the joys and heartaches of first love, showed any compassion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WAY too long

  • By K. Lawson on 07-26-09

Narrator needs a valium

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-11

Maybe it's the writing, but my real problem with this book is that the narrator sounds like every word is a life or death situation. I listened to a few chapters and then had to stop - I couldn't take the voice anymore. I just wanted her to relax and tell the story without so much power behind her voice. I enjoyed reading (rather than listening to) A Woman in Red - another book by Eileen Goudge, but this one suffers as much from the narration as it may from the writing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful