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  • Infinite Jest

  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 56 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,165

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listening to this is quite an experience

  • By j phillips on 04-25-17

Didn't finish part 1

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I wasn't able to get into the story, care about the characters or be engaged with the plot. I prefer books that are character driven and this just wasn't for me. The narration was really great though.

  • V for Vendetta

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118

Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral Vindictive Vicarious Vicissitudes?

  • By John on 09-06-08

Didn't finish

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I didn't finish it. The characters weren't developed enough for me to get into the story. The narration was good and the plot interesting enough but with lack of characters I cared about it just couldn't keep my attention.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,883

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Didn't finish

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

The narration was terrible and the characters dumb. I just couldn't go on. Maybe would be better as a read but I doubt it.

  • Less

  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,505

You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: Your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes - it would be too awkward - and you can't say no - it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Endearing, funny, but sometimes overly clever

  • By Lili on 07-30-17

meh

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

struggled to finish. the story wasn't that compelling and the characters weren't sympathetic. maybe it would have been a better read than listen.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • (Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,242

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

Well written and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

The story was interesting and mostly fast moving. I will continue to listen to the rest of the series.

  • 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 2,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873

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

Too depressing to finish

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I'm really into this book but had to take a long break bc the tone, story, narrator, and characters have a depressive quality. I think the story is good and enriching so I hope to go back to it sometime.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,542

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great unless you are expecting Ready Player One

  • By Tyler J. on 02-11-18

Doesn't pass the<br />Bechdel Test

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

I wanted to love it and I really tried! I liked Ready Player One and hoped for something similar and different. The story is obvious, the characters underdeveloped, and it lacked female characters with any substance. I gave up at chapter 14 whch is halfway through. The one thing I would want the author to know is women should and can be included and not just as mom's, gfs, and type characters. Put some effort in!

  • Lean on Pete

  • A Novel
  • By: Willy Vlautin
  • Narrated by: Willy Vlautin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Willy Vlautin's award-winning novel Lean on Pete, a moving and compassionate story about a 15-year-old boy's unlikely connection to a failing racehorse as he struggles to find a place to call home - now a major motion picture from A24, the studio behind Moonlight and Lady Bird. Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home, food on the table, and a high school he can attend for more than part of a year. But as the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, Charley's been pretty much on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oaf, that was tough

  • By MBrew on 04-24-18

Oaf, that was tough

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

This was a sad story and depressing story for me. I typically like dark, but at times it was too much going wrong and nothing going right. The main character goes through a lot, but doesn't express to the reader the emotions that go with it. So, I felt distant from the story and characters most of the time. I liked the readers voice and it fit the story and main character.

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  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,978

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-18

Flew right through it!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

This story is interesting, fun and fast paced! I enjoyed the narrator and the accents she was able to represent. I also felt like I was learning something from another place and culture. Great story!

  • The Beach

  • By: Alex Garland
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

The Khao San Road, Bangkok - first stop for the hordes of rootless young Westerners traveling in Southeast Asia. On Richard's first night there, a fellow traveler slashes his wrists, bequeathing to Richard a meticulously drawn map to "the Beach".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bona Fide Fiction

  • By M. Woot on 12-12-16

One of the best ever!<br />

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Story and performance makes this an instant favorite! Characters and descriptions were wonderful! I only wish there was more.