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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54,881
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54,572

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Revealing and Interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

I loved that Michelle read her book for us. There are so many things I didn't know about her which, when revealed, made me admire and respect her even more. What a charming, graceful, kind, thoughtful and intelligent woman.

  • Built to Last

  • By: Aurora Rey
  • Narrated by: Gwenn Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

Olivia Bennett is on the tenure track at Cornell University, the resident expert on Southern women writers. After moving to upstate New York from Atlanta, she falls in love with and purchases an old, run-down farmhouse. The only catch: she knows nothing about renovating a house, taking care of land, or snow. Joss Bauer is a New York native who grew up in her family's construction business. She has a soft spot for old houses, but no patience for overpaid debutantes who want to play at country living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You will love this love story.

  • By Linkme21 on 07-04-17

Not For Me

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Would you try another book from Aurora Rey and/or Gwenn Dawson?

I stopped listening to this book when it turned into pretty sexually explicit stuff. So, if the subject of their books turns to that, I'm not interested.

Would you recommend Built to Last to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I have nothing against lesbians but I am not and neither are most of my friends. Any lesbians I know I don't know well enough to recommend this book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I think she laid on too strong of a southern drawl for Olivia.

Was Built to Last worth the listening time?

No, not for me. Probably for someone with a different sexual orientation than mine. As I said I stopped listening with 5 hrs and 26 minutes to go.

Any additional comments?

The description was very misleading. No mention of an affair/relationship between two women or that two of the main characters were lesbian. Maybe one isn't supposed to do that?

  • Barbarian Days

  • A Surfing Life
  • By: William Finnegan
  • Narrated by: William Finnegan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544

Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2016. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Promising but Way too Long

  • By Jennifer on 02-21-17

Interesting, exciting life; dull naration

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Enjoyed the story but didn't enjoy the halting speech (don't know how to describe exactly) and monotone. I know this is the author narrating. There was not much excitement or enthusiasm in the voice as he read.

  • The Possibility Dogs

  • What a Handful of 'Unadoptables' Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing
  • By: Susannah Charleson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Charleson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

From the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, Scent of the Missing, comes a heartwarming and inspiring story that shows how dogs can be rescued and can rescue in return. For her first book, Susannah Charleson was praised for her unique insight into the kinship between humans and dogs, as revealed through canine search and rescue. In The Possibility Dogs Charleson chronicles her journey into the world of psychiatric-service and therapy dogs trained to serve the human mind, a journey that began as a personal one. After a particularly grisly search led to a struggle with PTSD, Charleson credits healing to her partnership with search dog Puzzle. Inspired by that experience and having met dogs formally trained to assist in such crises, Charleson learns to identify abandoned dogs with service potential, often plucking them from shelters at the last minute, and to train them for work beside hurting partners, to whom these second-chance dogs bring intelligence, comfort, and hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Given, Love Returned--Tenfold

  • By Gillian on 02-06-15

Real life and touching stories

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

This book hit on a subject of great interest to me. Susannah gives great detail of her finding, discovering abilities and training dogs for service to people with a variety of needs. One wonderful part of this book is that many times she rescued a dog to save it and in turn the dog rescued a human. A big emphasis is on psychiatric-service dogs and therapy dogs. For me this book was hard to put down. It's a subject I'm deeply interested in.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,493

Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!

  • By Barbara on 01-14-12

Entertaining story. Great reader.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

The story is cute, entertaining and sometimes keeps listener guessing. The reader is good at changing voices to match characters making for good listening.