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  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86,853
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79,048
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 78,596

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

Michelle, A Magnificent Model

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Michelle Obama is the embodiment of grace, wisdom, dignity, and hope. She is a model for all. She is also an excellent writer and orator. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing her voice as much as each and every word she spoke. I love her. We can all learn from her. She has enriched our lives. Bring tissues. She speaks from the heart.

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,326

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

Amazingly Written and Performed, A Top Favorite

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I simply loved listening to this book. The performers were perfect. The book is so gorgeously well written. I can't imagine listening to a better book. How will I move on from here? The bar is set so high? Listen to this book, go now.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,991

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing author

  • By ReaderReader on 07-24-15

Tell Author I'm Sorry The Story Has Ended

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

Because I loved it like I loved my grandmother. A lot. Though the author’s quirky, bawdy, hell raising grandmother was nothing like my grandmother what’s similar and important is how much love is felt and how pricelessly wise the story’s grandmother was. If you loved your grandmother you will understand. You can practically smell the story’s grandmother’s essence. She was true to herself and she was a granddaughter’s hero in so many magical and practical ways. I missed my grandmother a lot while listening to the story and wished that Nanny was reading the story to me (though the narrator was excellent). A story full of timeless gems.

  • Wolf in White Van

  • By: John Darnielle
  • Narrated by: John Darnielle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869

Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Backward masking, PBM games, and suicide

  • By David on 12-06-15

Physical Emotional and Psychological Disfigurement

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

Wolf in White Van is a difficult, illuminating, stream of consciousness description of the inner life/thinking of a man-boy-teenager who has survived a suicidal attempt - perhaps. There are many questions that this man-boy-teenager asks himself as he narrates his thoughts and feelings in a non-linear series of pasts, futures, and presents.

The story takes place after the “accident”, this being a very unusual beginning or new beginning. The attempt in all its hideousness is so real and present for the man-boy-teenager throughout the story. It’s with him physically, mentally emotionally always. Has he really survived the attempt? There are many questions. Is he his own warrior or devil? Is he the wolf or is the wolf music or is the wolf the world he can’t quite navigate? Is the wolf spiritual or religious? How has his family, friends, community helped or hurt his chances of survival? With mental illness, a third survive, a third stay the same and a third get worse. Music, comic books, gaming and his imagination are all woven with bits and pieces of reality. So many lives are effected: gamers, parents, his friends, hospital staff.

I think the novel is brilliantly written though deeply sad and difficult to read like mental illness or genius. I’ve read that the author worked at one point in an adolescent facility. How many lost and lonely teenagers live with angst, anger, rage, hurt, helplessness, fear, powerlessness? The author has captured this rawness and pain. A painful and plausible story, I know, a thousand years ago (it seems) I survived a teenage suicide attempt.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Jack of Spades

  • A Tale of Suspense
  • By: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

Andrew J. Rush has achieved the kind of critical and commercial success most authors only dream about: his 28 mystery novels have sold millions of copies in nearly 30 countries, and he has a top agent and publisher in New York. He also has a loving wife, three grown children, and is a well-regarded philanthropist in his small New Jersey town. But Rush is hiding a dark secret. Under the pseudonym "Jack of Spades", he writes another string of novels - dark potboilers that are violent, lurid, even masochistic...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close to perfect

  • By Celtic Snake on 09-11-15

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

Sad, creepy but well written story. I can't say it was enjoyable though it kept my interest. The narrator's voice was effectively disturbing. If madness is your thing.

  • The Boston Girl: A Novel

  • By: Anita Diamant
  • Narrated by: Linda Lavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075

Addie Baum is "The Boston Girl", born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story!

  • By LL on 05-24-18

Sweet, Nostalgic

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

Reviewed: 12-27-14

I thought the narrator, Linda Lavin, did an excellent job. Her voice was very fitting.

It was a fascinating look through the life of an eighty-five year old Jewish grandmother describing her history, her world to her granddaughter. I could relate on many levels. This is a lovely, sentimental tale if not a little dull at times. It's not an exciting read/listen but it is interesting. I learned a lot and wished that my grandmother had sat down and told me everything about her life before she died. Perhaps I'll get this chance with my own granddaughter someday.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Looking for Alaska

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,719

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decidedly adult content...

  • By RaisinNut on 10-14-12

For the Young Adult at Heart

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

Reviewed: 11-15-14

I love the concept of the "Great Perhaps". I'm a young adult at heart. This book worked for me. I would have liked something more or something different as the ending of the book. That's my only complaint. The book kept me totally engaged and was well written. However the book faded in the end. I need a great beginning, middle and end.

I laughed out loud when the author described first sexual encounters. Hysterical. There were unbelievably sad moments in this book as well. I love a book that takes me through a wide emotional gamut.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dog Stars

  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,407

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully written and narrated!

  • By Mike Naka on 06-08-14

Not Typically an Apocalypse Genre Fan

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

Reviewed: 07-26-14

I loved this book. I haven't loved a book this much since listening to/reading Skippy Dies.

I was reading a New York Times book review last week about Peter Heller's latest novel, The Painter. I never read anything by this author. The reviewer said that they like his first novel The Dog Stars better. So I decided to give it a try.

Heller's writing style is very different. I think it's very artistic, beautifully written.

His characters are wonderful especially Hig the protagonist. I love his sensitive description of this man and his dog.

I don't like fishing but I love art. He made fishing feel like art.

This story is believable.

I am now reading/listening to The Painter, Peter Heller's second novel. I'm hoping to love it as much.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Tale for the Time Being

  • By: Ruth Ozeki
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ozeki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900

In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story beautifully read

  • By Karen on 01-30-14

Being Metaphysical

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

Are you writing this review or am I?

I found this book charming, intriguing, profound at times, sad, original and creative.

I thought the author who was also the narrator did an excellent job reading aloud her story. Her pronunciation of Japanese was so helpful and exacting.

The book was written with such an original format, concept.

  • And One Last Thing...

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,736

Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For me this was such a HOOT!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 02-12-11

Just Not That Funny

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

Reviewed: 03-05-14

I was disappointed. The narrator's voice was grating and I only chuckled a few times. Overall this book was pretty predictable from beginning to end. I've listened to a lot better.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful