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  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,064
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,435

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

I don't get the rave reviews.

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I am on chapter 19. I keep waiting for a reason to continue this book and I just can't continue. I had high expectations of this novel after reading the reviews. I am currently listening to a 5-minute description of fireworks. There are six hours left and so far it is a first-person account of two girls in 1950;s Italy. It is a coming of age novel of the rivalry between these 2 girls. My little Italian grandmother told me much more interesting stories. It is boring, and the narrator has a droning, annoying voice. Well, I think it is time to return this one.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,960
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,563

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

I can't hold on until "the good part"

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I keep reading reviews about hanging in there as the book will get better. I just can't. I assume I will find out that this neurotic, excruciating protagonist will have been the product of some horrid, damaging event of abuse, but I am just not in the mood for it.

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,600

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feast for the mind and imagination

  • By Barbara on 02-21-11

My second time reading this enjoyable novel.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This was even better the second time around. It is a story that has been copied by others but not with intelligence and research of Deborah Harkness. She is such a great storyteller with such a gift for character development. The characters stay with you. The dialogue is good and the story moves at a pace that holds your interest. Can't wait to reread the next book in this series. The narrator is perfect.

  • Vox

  • By: Christina Dalcher
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 646

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial - this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke 16,000 words a day, but now women only have 100 to make themselves heard. But this is not the end. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your time

  • By Morgan Bell on 08-29-18

A silly attempt at a Handmaid's Tale wanna bee.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I can put up with a little Christianity bashing and the left-leaning agenda of the author, but the story was so weak. It seemed like the author had an idea to do a Handmaid's Tale knockoff, but she forgot to develop the story and the characters She tried to pull all these underdeveloped pieces of the plot together in one fell swoop at the end and just failed miserably. I felt like I was watching an action cartoon. The reader finishes this novel thinking, "What the heck was that?".

  • While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

  • By: Wendy Wax
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and - even more unexpectedly - with one another.... For Samantha, Claire, Brooke - and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings - it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life's hardest moments - all of it reflected in the unfolding drama of Downton Abbey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful! A total blast!!

  • By L. Barrell on 04-14-13

OK for Chic Lit.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Thin storyline. Predictable and silly at times. It is one of those books that makes you think, "Heck, maybe I can be a writer if this is all it takes".It is a book you might listen too while cleaning the house because it does not require close attention. It is certainly not riveting material, just a light, kind of fun read. The narration was kind of nasal, with an over the top Southern drawl at times. A bit annoying. I personally did not like or dislike the characters. They were not at all engaging.

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,918

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Divorced, beheaded, died...

  • By Tim on 09-30-11

INCREDIBLE WRITING......BRILLIANT NARRATION

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

The author is descriptive, without being boring. You can visualize each character, each scene. The dialogue is captivating and impeccable. The gem of this recording is the brilliant narration. Simon Slater is simply amazing. He is able to switch characters, male and female, in different accents and languages, in an instant, smoothly and seemingly effortlessly.. I can honestly say, he is the best narrator I have ever heard and I will easily return a book if the narration is not good. I will say that the book would probably be easier to follow if the reader has some knowledge of the history of this period in England and of the figures involved as it can be difficult to differentiate between one character and another at some times. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,532
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,599

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

Good story. Social justice agenda.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Good story with well-developed characters. The narration for Violet and Kennedy was horrible and grating, while that of Ruth was excellent. I credit Ms. Piccoult with forcing the reader to live for a moment in the daily strife of persons of color. But she should ease up a bit on the race shaming of white people. I am not sure what she wants from the reader. Afterall, while true altruism usually comes at a cost to the altruistic person, the author is selling a book, not paying for the college education of a black youth..

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  • The Witches of New York

  • A Novel
  • By: Ami McKay
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825

New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women - some possessed of true intuitive powers and some gifted with the art of performance - find work as mediums.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of weird

  • By Ameleh on 11-05-17

Nothing new or exciting here.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

There was maybe one chapter that actually held my interest. I kept waiting for it to get better. The author could have done so much more with the characters. I was hopeful that she would make me care about them, like them, hate them....but I didn't. I just hoped that the book would end soon. And when it finally did, I remember silently thanking the author that it was over.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,284

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

Very un "King" like, but thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

What did you love best about 11-22-63?

King develops each character so thoroughly, that you can picture the actors that would play them in a movie. These are characters that you actually come to care about.

Who was your favorite character and why?

None. I enjoyed everyone of them.

Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

Craig Wasson gave one of the best performances of any audible novel I have ever listened too. Each character, male, female, old, young, was performed with equal talent.

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

Cannot say without spoiling the story. But, there were many standout moments.

Any additional comments?

Don't expect this to be a typical King story. It isn't. I wish he would write more like this. The combination of history and fiction was a perfect blend. The characters were memorable. The storyline was sweet, unexpected, and very enjoyable. Please, Mr. King...more like this!!!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,747

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

The author does not "SPARK JOY" in me.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Any additional comments?

The author obviously lives alone, has never had children, and lives a dull, excruciatingly preplanned existence. While I appreiciate the benefits of organization, I cannot countenance the concern for the "feelings: of my socks and other items in my house. If I spent my life being so obsessed with constant organizing, I would have no life.