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  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,342

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Best Book in Ages!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I loved every single minute of this book. I laughed, I cried, I laughed again. And again... and again...

Half way through this book, I already loved it so much, I wanted to come online to give it a 5 star rating, but I waited and my rating did not change. It's that good. I cannot recommend this book enough.

  • In the Woods

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,739

As dusk approaches a Dublin suburb in 1984, mothers call their children home. But on this evening, three children do not return. When the police arrive, they find only one of them. He is gripping a tree trunk, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective. When a girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox must investigate a case chillingly similar to the unsolved mystery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)

  • By Dottie B. on 02-14-13

Not Tidy

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

If you are a person who likes nice tidy endings, this book is not for you. However, it is well written and engaging and I enjoyed it.

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,052
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,604

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Epic!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-15

Any additional comments?

This was, hands down, the best audiobook performance I have ever listened to. It is incredible that Humphrey Bower was able to become so many different characters. The book is absolutely beautiful and will take you on a roller coaster of emotions, but the performance really pushes it over the top. Highly recommended!

  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

  • A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
  • By: Jeff Hobbs
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947

When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert's life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone Should Read this Book

  • By oldmanwagner on 12-02-14

I'm obviously in the minority here...

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

Reviewed: 11-16-15

Any additional comments?

I had to force myself to finish this book. Once it's revealed that it is Rob's college roommate writing the book, it seemed to me it became very much NOT about Robert Peace, but about Jeff Hobbs and the fact that he knew Robert Peace. I found the writing incredibly self-indulgent and, in parts, the details he chooses to include are just ridiculous. Not only would people he interviewed NOT have been able to provide what Robert Peace was thinking at that particular moment, CERTAINLY Jeff Hobbs cannot presume to know. I would love to know what Robert Peace would think of this book.

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