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L. Pelto

United States
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  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,405

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

  • By Cynda on 03-21-18

I love Lily

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I miss Lily too. The antics of Lily and her owner were adorable. The book went a little wacky at one point, for about a chapter... but it came back to where it all made sense. I could not write the review for two months. I have a little doxie and I was so sad I couldn't bring myself to critique. I loved the narration too. For pet lovers, yes. And no. And yes. Oh, who am I kidding. If you are a person who has ever had a pet you loved more than anything, you should listen to this book.

  • One True Loves

  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,072

In her 20s Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest. On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite author!

  • By Kim on 06-12-16

Poignant, heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

The heart plays evil games with our heads sometimes... this story left me sitting in a parking lot weeping for about an hour. Lovely writing, woven around hearts, lives, and better judgment. Love this author's work. Fan. I also really loved the narrator here. Recommended.

  • Wild Ride

  • Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination
  • By: Adam Lashinsky
  • Narrated by: Adam Lashinsky
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Uber is one of the most fascinating and controversial businesses in the world, both beloved for its elegant ride-hailing concept and heady growth and condemned for CEO Travis Kalanick's ruthless pursuit of success at all cost. Despite the company's significance to the on-demand economy and the mobile revolution and the battle for global dominance that Kalanick is waging against politicians and taxi companies all over the world, the full story behind Uber has never been told.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • okay nothing to call an Uber about

  • By Michael Clark on 07-03-17

Overly detailed in unimportant facts & statistics

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

This might read better as print than audio. I got super bored and lost in the narrative -- and not in a good way. Boring, slow, overly detailed in areas that don't matter. Did not care for the construction of the book either. I tried to go back to it 3 times, but just could not get past the 5 hour mark, and that was punishing.

  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,809

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than just a self-help book

  • By Jason Crawford on 08-06-18

Go-to Gift for 20 and 30-somethings (and others)

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

I'm not sure I would love this book as much in print. The tone of his voice adds so much to the words and attitude of this books. I have listened to it 3 times, just because I love his smack down.

  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,116

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham wrote this?

  • By Dan on 06-13-17

Predictable, implausible, but entertaining...

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

This was entertaining, but it did not take long to figure out what was happening. I did appreciate the narrator's ability to transform dialog between male and female. Lee was a completely non-interesting wall flower, and she was boring. Otherwise, it was just ok for a long drive. I wouldn't listen twice though.

  • Brooklyn

  • A Novel
  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 602

Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the hard years following World War Two. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America, she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street and, when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ended too soon

  • By Tina Pasadena on 05-02-17

Lovely, I didn't want it to end

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

The performance of this narrator definitely added to the charm of this novel - The story is simple and sweet, yet captivating. I adored this book and grew to love all of the characters so much. That is not a regular occurrence for me. Extraordinary.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,678
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,710
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,617

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Exceptional peek into the life of an extraordinary person

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Performance by Comey was oddly calming, comforting and reassuring. I wish he was there in the trenches still.

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  • Thanks, Obama

  • My Hopey, Changey White House Years
  • By: David Litt
  • Narrated by: David Litt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

More than any other presidency, Barack Obama's eight years in the White House were defined by young people - 20-somethings who didn't have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter) yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those 20-somethings. After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign. In 2011 he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, personal, and insightful

  • By Lili on 10-21-17

Entertaining and a great inside peek

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Thanks, Obama to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version, but I enjoyed the audiobook very much!

What did you like best about this story?

The inside peeks into life working in the White House. Enjoyed the anecdotes about President Obama.

Which character – as performed by David Litt – was your favorite?

Uhhh David Litt?

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

Buzz from the fly on the White House wall.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed it. Thanks for doing it.

  • Senile Squad

  • Adventures of the Old Blues
  • By: Chris LeGrow
  • Narrated by: Michael L. Canaan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Grab your walker, secure your catheter, and make sure there's double adhesive on your dentures! Then hang on for dear life, because you are about to ride along with the covert Senile Squad -- a bunch of elderly cops who refuse to stop catching crooks. Fighting street crime the old-fashioned way is their modus operandi. The Ol' Blues, led by their cigar-chewing Sarge, bring justice back to the streets of Omaha by taking down a brutal Sudanese kingpin who thinks he's a powerful gang lord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining from the word GO!

  • By L. Pelto on 05-31-17

Entertaining from the word GO!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

What made the experience of listening to Senile Squad the most enjoyable?

Something different, entertaining, thrilling. Love the narrator, too. I love YA, but I have listened to so many stories about kids learning they have super powers that this was a warm and welcome relief.

What other book might you compare Senile Squad to and why?

Hmm. Not sure there is a comparison yet!

What does Michael L. Canaan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His accents, his deep and clear narration is as if he is reading it right to the reader. I love it!

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

The geezers have gone rogue.

Any additional comments?

Funny, thrilling and original. Well done!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,300

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Insightful look at a culture different from my own

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Hillbilly Elegy to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version. I had a lot of driving to do this month, so I listened mostly in the car.

What did you like best about this story?

I like how he weaves in his failures and successes without being arrogant. I wanted to learn a little more about a corner of the world that sees themselves as forgotten - It explained a lot of how this population grew up, works, and lives. Enjoyed it very much.

Have you listened to any of J. D. Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

If you could give Hillbilly Elegy a new subtitle, what would it be?

A Peek into the forgotten culture and people of America

Any additional comments?

I didn't get the sense from this book that the culture is "in crisis". Thank you for allowing us to peek inside your homes, your family and your own head. Very insightful in my marketing and business in that area.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful