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  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,903
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,851

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

What a story

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I know nothing about rowing, but the reviews were good, and I could listen to Ed Herrmann read a phone book. This had everything I like in a book - good story mixed with a lot of history. Just listening to the race to the finish line got me a little choked up with pride; i wasn't expecting that! I also looked at the book in a book store (for the pictures) and was amazed at just how close the gold medal race was. Highly recommend.

  • Sh*tshow!

  • The Country's Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great
  • By: Charlie LeDuff
  • Narrated by: Charlie LeDuff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

A daring, firsthand, and utterly-unscripted account of crisis in America, from Ferguson to Flint to Cliven Bundy's ranch to Donald Trump's unstoppable campaign for President - at every turn, Pulitzer-prize winner and best-selling author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff was there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Examinations of the aftermath from the scene

  • By josh on 05-23-18

You said it!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I suppose the author did have something to say; it was just lost in the rambling, disconnected stories he strung together for this book. I was disappointed - thought it would have been much better.

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,449

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Something missing...

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

This is one of those mysteries that you shouldn't dwell on after finishing; you will realize that it doesn't quite add up in the end. The overall story, however, is good, so I would recommend giving it a try. And I always cringe when books are read by the author, but Ms. Steadman is fantastic - I would listen to her again.

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  • Broken Grace

  • By: E. C. Diskin
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,445

On an icy winter's day in southwest Michigan, Grace Abbot wakes up as the survivor of a car crash. But she's left with a traumatic brain injury and a terrifying reality: she can't remember anything. Left in the care of her sister, Grace returns to the family's secluded old farmhouse to recover - but within an hour of her return, the police arrive. Grace's boyfriend has been murdered. Without any memory, Grace has no alibi.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • But why? But wait. But What?

  • By green ice cream garden on 04-29-16

Ugh

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Whenever I listen to a novel this bad, I always toy with the idea of becoming a writer myself; I could produce better fiction than this drivel. Uninteresting characters with a ridiculous plot line makes for just a tedious listen. SKIP this one - it's awful!

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,774
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,515

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • review

  • By Ellen on 05-17-18

Go baby, go!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I live in Kentucky, and it is the season, so for me this was a great listen! If you like horses and find yourself watching the Triple Crown races every year, you would like this book. A nice easy listen.

  • Mischling

  • By: Affinity Konar
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, horrible, brilliant!

  • By Mcearl12 on 11-06-16

Sorry...

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

I heard so much about this book and how beautiful it was - but for me it was just weird. Conversations with Mengele?? I think not. Wish I had passed.

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,156

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By A4153 on 05-10-09

Just wonderful

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

This book came out several years ago and was always on my wish list; it was on sale and I finally made the time (it's 24 hours total). It's fantastic. If you liked The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns, it is similar in that it is set in another part of the world, written by someone who experience life there, and the narration is awesome. I really can't imagine reading this book as listening to it added so much more. Highly recommend!

  • News of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: Paulette Jiles
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,988

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heart as Big as Texas

  • By Mel on 10-17-16

A nice throwback

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

This was a nice listen, a little different from what I normally pick. It is almost a young adult novel, but I just love Grover Gardner and so it was a nice change of pace.

  • Still Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,687
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • better than 2, not quite as good as 1

  • By Dr. Mary Young on 02-02-18

Still good

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Me Before You was such a wonderful novel that I was glad Jo Jo Moyes continued the story line over two more novels, this being the last. (Don't read this unless you've read the two before it - you won't be sorry!) A perfect ending for a great character and story line. Thanks.

  • Skeletons on the Zahara

  • A True Story of Survival
  • By: Dean King
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of 12 American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara. The ordeal of these men - who found themselves tested by barbarism, murder, starvation, death, dehydration, and hostile tribes that roamed the desert on camelback - is made indelibly vivid in this gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting

  • By thawstone on 06-05-16

The survival is in the listening

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

This sounded a little different for me but I made a rookie mistake - I didn't double check the narrator before I purchased! Michael Prichard's nasal monotone can ruin anything for me, so I suffered through it but it's my last from this narrator. The overall story was not as good as it sounded either.