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  • Becoming Nicole

  • The Transformation of an American Family
  • By: Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Narrated by: Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, they thought their lives were complete. But it wasn't long before they noticed a marked difference between Jonas and his brother, Wyatt. Jonas preferred sports and trucks and many of the things little boys were "supposed" to like; but Wyatt liked princess dolls and dress-up and playing Little Mermaid. By the time the twins were toddlers, confusion over Wyatt's insistence that he was female began to tear the family apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More narratives like this, please.

  • By book worm on 10-22-15

A very special and highly informative read

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

Where to begin? This book and the Mains family are both extraordinary! For anyone looking to gain insight into gender issues today. I've always believed that the source of bullying children are their parents (or grandparents!) and no where is this more apparent then on the gender divide. There is so much more progress to be made in the realm of educating the masses regarding gender, sexuality and choice or lack thereof. This book takes the reader into the reality and pain in transcending gender bias and reaching harmony for our suffering children who are on the front line of prejudice and intolerance. I am as proud and unabashedly admiring of the Mains family as much as I am ashamed of those Americans who actually believe they are created in the image of God to the exclusion of others. It shocks me to my core. The book goes a long way in bringing the issue of freedom for our beloved LGBTQ community of children. They are ALL our children!

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,760
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,900

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Really unique

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes it is a compelling and heartbreaking story right from the beginning

What other book might you compare The Light Between Oceans to and why?

Human, dark, riveting and compelling

What does Noah Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His tone is sweet and dark and loving.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

?

Any additional comments?

no

  • I Am Forbidden

  • A Novel
  • By: Anouk Markovits
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Opening in 1939 Transylvania, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard and is rescued by a Gentile maid to be raised as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a young girl, Mila, after her parents are killed while running to meet the Rebbe they hoped would save them. Josef helps Mila reach Zalman Stern, a leader in the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman’s daughter, Atara.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Damning of the Law and by the Law

  • By Debbie on 11-05-13

Not Modern Orthodoxy!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

To learn more about orthodoxy - pretty extreme. Certain facets not covered; like what they lived off of!

Would you be willing to try another book from Anouk Markovits? Why or why not?

Maybe. It didn't draw me in or endear the characters to me. I would have liked to know more about the sister who left and her challenges-

What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

Not sure why the British accent - and it's Bubbie and Zayde; not Bobby and Ziedie! Lots of language challenges in the book. Not bad considering that.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • By Blood

  • By: Ellen Ullman
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 85

San Francisco, 1970s. Free love has given way to radical feminism, psychedelic ecstasy to hard-edged gloom. The Zodiac Killer stalks the streets. A disgraced professor takes a downtown office to plot his return. But the walls are thin, and he’s distracted by voices from next door—his neighbor is a psychologist, and one of her patients dislikes the hum of the white-noise machine. And so he begins to hear about the patient’s troubles with her female lover, her conflicts with her adoptive WASP family, and her quest to track down her birth mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to listen in one sitting

  • By Pam on 02-17-13

creative and different

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

Reviewed: 09-20-12

Would you consider the audio edition of By Blood to be better than the print version?

not really though well read
i liked the accents

What other book might you compare By Blood to and why?

TV- In Therapy

What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good grasp of language

If you could rename By Blood, what would you call it?

Admittedly not a great name
I'd have to think about it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unorthodox

  • The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
  • By: Deborah Feldman
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 506

In this captivating memoir, Deborah Feldman takes listeners on an eye-opening journey into Orthodox Jewish culture. Raised in the suffocating world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Feldman was told what to read and who she was allowed to talk to. Married off at 17, she suffered from anxiety and was shamed by an inability to please her older husband. But after giving birth to a son at age 19, Feldman realized it was time to tear up her roots and make her own path in life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world

  • By Ella on 03-10-12

Out of the darkness...

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

Reviewed: 08-20-12

What made the experience of listening to Unorthodox the most enjoyable?

Hearing the courage and bravery it took for Deborah to redirect her life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unorthodox?

The car accident

Which scene was your favorite?

Meeting her betrothed

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have

Any additional comments?

I would have liked to know more abut her mother... Book 2?