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  • Maid

  • Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
  • By: Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich - foreword
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Land
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very engaging

  • By NMwritergal on 01-24-19

Maid

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

This book really touched me. I never was in the kind of desperation Stephanie was in, but in my younger years, I was low income and judged harshly for it. I know the feeling of going to bed hungry and those feelings of helplessness. I am glad for these kinds of books. I don’t think a lot of people realize how hard it is to worry about where your next meal is going to come from, or how lonely life can be.
I’m so glad she raised herself out of poverty, and hope this book will provide inspiration for people that don’t have the kinds of worries Stephanie had, to at least be empathetic and less judging.

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,174

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I'd feared

  • By Isobel on 04-29-16

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

What an unexpected surprise! Following Harry August through his first fifteen lives turned out to be quite the adventure. Even though parts of the book were long and drawn out, those parts were needed in order to lay the foundation for such a story. Living the same life over and over again wasn’t easy for Harry – especially those awkward teenage years. When he finally met people that could help him, he didn’t seem to feel quite so alone. Of course not everyone was there to help…

  • Attachments

  • A Novel
  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Laura Hamilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,291

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I'd hoped for

  • By J-L-UU on 05-30-11

Attachments

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

This book was great. Every moment so perfect. I couldn't get enough. I fell in love with Lincoln as he fell in love with Beth. Things didn't move along the way I would have liked - but oh - the ending... I loved everything so much!! I loved Beth and Jennifer's friendship through email. They both were so funny and witty. Lincoln's mom and sister were so different but so great too. I am saying I loved things too much in this review - but I can't help it - I loved that Lincoln played Dungeons & Dragons and sometimes didn't have a clue how attractive he was. I wish there was a sequel. I will be reading this again and it will go into my top favorites. ♥
Laura Hamilton was the perfect narrator for this book. She made the characters come alive - and I don't know how she did it - her voice is very feminine - but she still made Lincoln - a big, burly man - manly! Great job!

  • Woven

  • By: Bree Moore
  • Narrated by: Rebecca McKernan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

For 30 years, Elaina has sat in her tower, fingers caught in an eternal dance, cursed to weave the tapestry of life on her loom. Bound by an enchanted mirror whose magic shows her the distant lives of the people of Camelot, she must forever watch a land which remains ever beyond her reach. Elaina despairs that she will ever experience more than just the shadows of life, until one day, a face appears in the mirror that will change her life, and possibly her fate, forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5* review

  • By Shut Up & Read on 05-29-18

Woven

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Elaina is stuck in a tower, forever weaving the tapestry of life on a loom. She has been enchanted, she doesn’t know why or who holds her there. She wants to escape, but can’t figure out how to.
Guinevere is plagued with these awful headaches and doesn’t seem to know what she wants. She hears voices from past lives and doesn’t know what to do about them.
It took me a long time to figure out what was going on. There were some really good parts to the story and I did enjoy the descriptions of the landscapes. A few of the characters were really great too, King Arthur and Sir Gareth were my favorites. I wish Elaina and Guinevere would’ve been stronger and more decisive. They both did come around near the end, but I would’ve loved to see them have the same spirit throughout.
The narrator had a great voice and distinct character voices, my only complaint is, I noticed a lot of repeating of sentences throughout the book.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,906

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Little Fires Everywhere

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I was given this book as a Christmas present from a friend at work. It sure wasn't what I expected it to be when I started it. There was so much going on in here.
Two very different families, the Warren's (Mia and Pearl) and the Richardson's (Mom, Dad, and 4 teenage kids) end up becoming very involved in each others lives. I finished it last week and it still is on my mind.
Mia is a free spirit. She has spent her adult life doing her own thing and making her own way. Elena Richardson (mostly referred to as Mrs. Richardson throughout the book) has lead a very structured and planned life. I am not a huge fan of Elena and her attitude towards Mia, but, as with the rest of this book, she does end up surprising me near the end.
The custody battle of the Chinese baby was really heart-wrenching - as it should be. There was so much more to this story and seeing how it all played out made me very empathetic for both sides.
I think this book really shows that not everyone is completely good or completely bad. These characters were very complex. Mia was my favorite. I love free-spirited, loving women. She was all of those things and more. I would love to have her as a mother.

  • The Magnolia Inn

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

Inheriting the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the East Texas pines, is a fantasy come true for Jolene Broussard. After living with the guilt of failing to rescue her self-destructive mother, Jolene knows her aunt and uncle’s B&B is the perfect jump start for a new life and a comforting place to call home. There’s just one hitch: stubborn and moody carpenter Tucker Malone. He’s got a half interest in the Magnolia Inn, and he’s planting his dusty cowboy boots squarely in the middle of her dream. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Magnolia Inn

  • By Debbie on 01-16-19

The Magnolia Inn

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

I always enjoy a good Carolyn Brown story. She normally has such likable characters and this book is no exception. Jolene is an independent woman who has taken care of herself for a long time. When she inherits Magnolia Inn, she is excited to make a go of it. She only has $100 in her bank account, so when her horrible cousin decides to sell off his half of the inn, she can't afford to buy him out. Lucky for her, the handsome Tucker Malone becomes her partner.
Tucker is trying to move on from the death of his wife. He hasn't had much success though. He can't let her go. When the opportunity to buy a partnership with Jolene comes along, he was hesitant. Soon though they become pretty good friends and found ways they both could heal from their past tragedies.

  • Love, Lucy

  • By: Lucille Ball
  • Narrated by: Lucie Arnaz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

Love, Lucy is the valentine Lucille Ball left for her fans—a warm, wise, and witty memoir written by Lucy herself. The legendary star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy was at the pinnacle of her success when she sat down to record the story of her life. No comedienne had made America laugh so hard, no television actress had made the leap from radio and B movies to become one of the world’s best-loved performers. This is her story—in her own words. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Love, Lucy

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

What a wonderful book! I have always admired Lucille Ball. I remember my mom having her show on a lot when I was a kid. I always laughed at Lucy's antics. This story was a glimpse into her real life, the struggles and successes. She was a hard-working woman who gave it her all for anything she wanted in life. A lot can be learned from her!
I had to pick up the physical book from the library so I could reread some of the chapters and look at the pictures. She was such a beautiful woman, inside and out. I really loved that her daughter narrated this book. It made it even more personal.

  • The Gold-Son

  • By: Carrie Anne Noble
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

All sixteen-year-old Tommin wants is to make beautiful shoes and care for his beloved grandmother, but his insatiable need to steal threatens to destroy everything. Driven by a curse that demands more and more gold, he's sure to get caught eventually.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Aimed at a younger public, but still enjoyable

  • By Andressa W. on 10-21-17

The Gold-Son

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

This book came to me as a deal for the kindle from Amazon. Of course if they have the audio-book to go along with it, I will get that too! Gerard Doyle is a terrific narrator! He really made the story come alive!
Tommin was 16 years old and lived with his adoring granny. She tried to keep him on a good path in life, but he had such urges to steal gold, he just could not help himself. He had a great talent for making beautiful shoes and he loved to make them even though the man he worked/apprenticed for only wanted plain shoes made.
When Lorcan Reilly and his niece, Eve, came to town, Tommin got the opportunity to make the most beautiful shoes he had ever made. This impressed Lorcan and soon Tommin found himself taken from the only home he had known and was tricked into becoming the Leprechaun he was destined to be.
I enjoyed the characters of this book, especially Tommin and Eve. I loved seeing the potential in Eve and was shocked with some of the things that happened right before part 2. I am glad things worked out the way they did in the end.

  • The Lullaby Sky

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

After seven years of misery and abuse, it's all over - Hannah O'Malley is officially divorced. Hallelujah. It's like every Christmas in her life all rolled up into one glorious day. Not only does Hannah get to keep her grandmother's spacious old house, but she has full custody of her sparky five-year-old daughter. All Hannah has to do now is put the past behind her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it all!

  • By Life is an adventure!!! on 03-28-17

The Lullaby Sky

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

My first read of 2019. I love Carolyn Brown. She is such a wholesome, wonderful writer. This story was good. The characters were likeable. Hannah, the main character and abuse survivor, and her 6 year old daughter Sophie, must start a new life now that her ex is out of the picture. Luckily she is surrounded by wonderful friends and family. She decides to open her home to other abuse survivors, not only helping them heal, but to help heal herself. Although a bit unrealistic, this story was very heartwarming.

  • Wrecking Crew

  • Demolishing the Case Against Steven Avery
  • By: John Ferak
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 161

In 2016-17, while working for the USA Today Network’s Wisconsin Investigative Team, author John Ferak wrote dozens of articles examining the murder case again Steven Avery, who had already beat one wrongful conviction only to be charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. In Wrecking Crew, Ferak lays out in exacting detail the post-conviction strategy of Kathleen Zellner, the high-profile, high-octane lawyer, to free Avery. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Excellent...

  • By Magaae on 12-19-18

Wrecking Crew

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I highly recommend you see the Netflix documentary, “Making a Murderer” before reading this book. There are a lot of references and I think everything in this book would make more sense if you have seen it.
I live in Wisconsin, so I already had been following the case of Steven Avery. I do believe that he is innocent of this crime and after this book, my feelings of his innocence are even stronger. I hope Teresa Halbach’s real killer will be found soon. Her poor family. I just feel terrible for them. I can’t imagine what they are going through and have gone through.
I received this audiobook from the narrator via Audiobook boom at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The narrator, Kevin Pierce, was excellent. I love his voice and definitely will need to see what other books he has done.