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  • A River in Darkness

  • One Man's Escape from North Korea
  • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,598

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By C. F. Gagnon on 05-31-18

How does anyone survive North Korea

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Masaji's story makes North Korea sound like Scientology turned up to 11, and cloaked in sadness. Unless you have a status of favor with the government officials, how you survive these conditions!? Masaji's story is utterly heartbreaking, dotted with a strong bond of family. During some of the darkest chapters, his commitment to his family was very beautiful and made everything he endured seem almost bearable. But even when you think he's turned things around, his story is still crushingly sad. Silver lining, this story makes me feel very grateful for my life.

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,183
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,841

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

Cranston is great, but the book is just so-so

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Not bad by any means, just not my most favorite memoir. He's had an interesting life, but I still found that I wasn't gripped by his words. There is some sage advice sprinkled through out. I did appreciate his insight to the different film and tv projects he was on.

  • Love, Lucy

  • By: Lucille Ball
  • Narrated by: Lucie Arnaz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063

Love, Lucy is the valentine Lucille Ball left for her fans—a warm, wise, and witty memoir written by Lucy herself. The legendary star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy was at the pinnacle of her success when she sat down to record the story of her life. No comedienne had made America laugh so hard, no television actress had made the leap from radio and B movies to become one of the world’s best-loved performers. This is her story—in her own words. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Nice story, a little boring...

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

If you love Lucy, and Hollywood, and all the behind scene stuff, you would find this interesting. Lucy surely worked hard her entire life. It is interesting to hear how things have changed since these times. Even back then, Lucy was ahead of her time! Overall, the book was a bit boring, but I don't regret reading it.

  • Holding

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,277

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendidly delightful

  • By John Scott on 12-03-17

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Lovely murder mystery that is a relief from the mumbled-jumbled, tired out format of all the "Gone Girl" style novels that have become so popular. Graham Norton's narration is great and the story is entertaining.

  • The Only Girl in the World

  • A Memoir
  • By: Maude Julien
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Maude Julien's parents were fanatics who believed it was their sacred duty to turn her into the ultimate survivor - raising her in isolation and subjecting her to endless drills designed to "eliminate weakness." She endured a life without heat, hot water, adequate food, friendship, or any kind of affectionate treatment. But Maude's parents could not rule her inner life. Befriending the animals on the lonely estate as well as the characters in the novels she read in secret, young Maude nurtured in herself the compassion and love that her parents forbid as weak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult to Express How Much I Recommend This Boo

  • By Deborah on 01-11-18

Serious WTF

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Ok, this story is hard to read because it's hard to fathom anyone enduring what Maude was subjected to by her parents. The details are rough, especially because sometimes there are animals involved (reader be warned). The story was interesting, but I was still left feeling a big blasé about it all at the end.

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie

  • A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
  • By: Tanya Lee Stone
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Listeners learn about Mattel Toys and the background behind Barbie's concept and development, how it was a solution for girls who wanted to imagine adult roles rather than just play mother, and details about inventor Ruth Handler. But more than that, Stone reveals the pathos behind so many relationships of girls with Barbie: those who cherished her and those who were negatively influenced.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a story well told and researched

  • By Kerona on 12-07-15

If you love Barbie, give it a go.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Fun history of Barbie, but nothing particularly new or exciting. Quick read, and enjoyable, especially if you have strong feelings either way towards the doll.

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,798

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

Wow. Just, wow.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I had no idea what to expect when I started this book, but wow. This simple, yet complicated story of circumstance had me captivated from the start. The entire way through, I didn't know what was going to happen or what to expect, and I didn't know what I wanted to happen either. The love story is complicated, damaged, and one we can all probably feel on a personal level.

  • Hope

  • A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland
  • By: Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Mary Jordan, and others
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Marisol Ramirez, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,470

On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland area home and called 911, saying: "Help me, I'm Amanda Berry.... I've been kidnapped, and I've been missing for 10 years." A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained in the basement. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A moving read.

  • By caroline on 04-28-15

Not for those easily triggered

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

Reader be warned, this memoir is a tough read. If you are triggered by sexual abuse, you might consider passing on this book. When I started reading, I almost had to stop because the story is so heavy. Starting this book, you already expect that, but when you hear in these women's own words about the abuse they endured, it's a challenge to keep reading, but keep pushing! As the story progresses, you get to know these women more an hear how they survived and how they are living their lives to the fullest now. Truly a captivating read!

  • Diana

  • Her True Story - in Her Own Words
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney, Caroline Langrishe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

The sensational biography of Princess Diana, now revised to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death. When Diana: Her True Story - in Her Own Words was first published in 1992, it forever changed the way the public viewed the British monarchy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You Love Diana - You Will Enjoy This Reading

  • By Chelsea Girl on 06-29-17

Interesting story, so-so narration

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

If you find yourself fascinated by stories of the royal family, and you want to know more, this is worth the read. I struggled with the male narrator, but Diana's story was interesting enough to get past that. While this is purely Diana's point of view, so you must take it with a grain of salt, it was still worthwhile to hear it from her perspective.

  • The Medici

  • Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance
  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

Against the background of an age that saw the rebirth of ancient and classical learning, Paul Strathern explores the intensely dramatic rise and fall of the Medici family in Florence as well as the Italian Renaissance, which they did so much to sponsor and encourage. Interwoven into the narrative are the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists with whom the Medici had dealings, including Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello as well as scientists like Galileo and Pico della Mirandola.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Intriguing Lens on the Renaissance

  • By Matt Turner on 04-17-16

Lots of information with hints of conjecture

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

Overall, I enjoyed this read, but I had to take it with a grain of salt. Lots of information with hints of conjecture. Now, setting that aside, there's a lot of WILD information in this book that sort of reminds one of "Game of Thrones", save the dragons and smoke monster thing. It was fascinating to hear about the inventions and societal developments that came about during the Medici family's reign. There is a LOT of information, which is good, but can also start to blur together. The author also seems to draw some conjecture about sexuality and it's connection to one's success, or lack there of...