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  • Tales of the City

  • Tales of the City, Book 1
  • By: Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by: Frances McDormand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 946

For more than three decades Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture...from a groundbreaking newspaper serial, to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales of the City is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sparkling, Witty and Touching!

  • By Nancy J on 01-19-14

Frances McDormand is fantastic

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I've read the (print) book several times before, although it's been 25+ yrs ago. This first of 6 books in the original series is great...but they keep getting better...campier...dishier...as AM over time really masters storytelling. For me, the draw was the narrator, and she's a perfect choice. We get the feeling that she remembers the macrobiotics and macrame, too!

  • Springfield Confidential

  • Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons
  • By: Mike Reiss, Mathew Klickstein
  • Narrated by: Mike Reiss
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss - who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989 - shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors, and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • D'oh

  • By Lucas on 08-14-18

Entertaining and slightly self indulgent

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

MR is clearly a very funny person who has worked hard, used his talents, and gotten some good breaks in life. Getting in on the ground floor of The Simpsons, that requires at least a little luck, and I think he knows that. He's very, very fortunate to have gotten filthy stinking rich in the entertainment industry. He knows he's got more money than God...and he doesn't let us forget it. It's funny how, you would think that people who make millions of dollars from doing something the rest of us only wish we could do wouldn't complain about their lot in life. And yet, funny enough, Mike Reiss does it anyway. He loves to remind us how he's so successful that he has been to 100 counties...and complain about the food. I found the book entertaining, and as a die-hard Simpsons fan I enjoyed the inside look. But the book isn't really The Simpsons as much as it is about Mike, and that's not really the topic we most want to hear about. I think that Mike would be an INCREDIBLY cool guy to meet at a party and listen to him regale with his witty, well-told stories. He's a raconteur, clearly. He would be the life of the party. You would want desperately to have him as a friend. You would hang out with him once or twice and brag to all your friends that you were BFFs. You would love to hear everything he has to say and you'd show him off at your own parties. For about a year. After that, you'd be less keen to have him around all the time. Sure, he's a great guy, you would say, and you still like hanging out with him. But I dunno, you would say to your partner, is it just me, or...doesn't it seem like it's all about him, and nothing's ever really good enough, you'd say...and, would it kill him to pick up the tab sometimes? You KNOW he's got the money.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,751

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Excellent reading by Claire Danes

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Excellent story of course so this version is noteworthy for the new life breathed into it by Claire Danes, who does a remarkable job.

  • The Beautiful Struggle

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

Ta-Nehisi Coates' debut is an infectious, reflective memoir - a lyrical saga of surviving the crack-stricken streets of Baltimore in the '80s. Son of Vietnam vet and black awareness advocate Paul Coates - a poor man who set out to publish lost classics of black history - Ta-Nehisi drifts toward salvation at Howard University, while his ominous brother Big Bill finds his own rhythm hustling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting glimpse into a life so unlike my own

  • By Stacey on 01-26-15

He's a good writer, very descriptive.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

He sometimes lays it on a little thick but he gives the reader a great picture of the characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

FREE: Portlandia Travelogue: The Brussels to Antwerp Express audiobook cover art
  • FREE: Portlandia Travelogue: The Brussels to Antwerp Express

  • By: Fred Armisen
  • Narrated by: Candace Devereaux (Fred Armisen)
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 836

A literary train journey on the Brussels to Antwerp Express through the erotic world of European train stations and mysterious faces, by Candace Devereaux (Fred Armisen) from Portland's Women and Women First Bookstore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intimate look into the sexual explorations of one of the most provocative women on the planet.

  • By T.Valentine on 01-07-16

Very funny!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

The humor would probably be lost to those who don't watch Portlandia, but fans will enjoy it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,474
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,074
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,082

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written horror tale

  • By Crystal on 02-11-14

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

Feels like a classic creepy, spooky story, that keeps you guessing what to believe. Jackson was an unparalleled master of writing these kind of stories, reminiscent of Agatha Christie but with a more psychological angle. Excellent narration as well.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil in the White City

  • Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,238

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to stop listening

  • By Michael on 05-26-12

Exceeded my expectations

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

I was sceptical about how two stories, of architecture and mass murder, could be successfully told in one non-fiction novelization. But they are blended together wonderfully. Either story is fascinating. Together they leave the reader amazed in every little chapter. The reading is excellent too. Highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Avenue of Mysteries

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Armando Duran
  • Length: 20 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 642

John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory. As we grow older - most of all, in what we remember and what we dream - we live in the past. Sometimes we live more vividly in the past than in the present. As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Irving Out of the Park!

  • By Peter on 11-21-15

Not his best work, but...

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

even a sub-par John Irving novel is better than what most other novelists produce. So giving a star rating is tough for me; I guess four stars is about right. His usual techniques shine through the strange story leaving his fingerprints all over the novel. He is brilliant at constantly moving his readers through time yet never losing them. True to form his protagonist is the most mundane of the characters, allowing all the other quirky, bizarre, or at least interesting characters in the story to come into clear view. Again, he is a master of such elements. For variety's sake, the words "New Hampshire" don't even appear anywhere in the book. He brings us into colorful and vibrant Mexico and the Philippines, a nice change. Irving's wry and not subtle frequent mentions of just how autobiographical a novelist's works are were spot on funny and maintain the air of mystery (although I'm willing to bet he himself is on beta- blockers and Viagra, because he talks about them incessantly.) He has fun with his "fictional or real life?" politics, too. Of course there's weird unsettling sex in this one like most of his other books. The narrator was great, although both the voice and the character of Lupe became grating. Dorothy and Miriam also got on my nerves fast. I would have liked more explanation by the end but I was still satisfied. I would recommend "In One Person" or "Twisted River" before this one, but Irving fans will still find lots of enjoyment here.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160,880
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,474
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,310

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Miserable

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

I have no idea why this book is so highly rated. I can't remember the last time I was so bored by a book; it was probably the last time I was forced to read a text book or instruction manual, because that's how "The Martian" reads, except not nearly as fun and lighthearted as a trigonometry text book. I suppose this book is great for techies and science geeks (no offence to geeks, I have many friends who are self proclaimed "sci-fi geeks" or 'nerds".) If you are looking for character relationships in a book, or a plot that moves along, or even a story, this is not the book for you. It certainly wasn't the right book for me but because it had innumerable 5-star ratings here I thought I'd give it a try. Boy was that a mistake. I hated it. Full on, hard core hated it. After the first several chapters, reading it became drudgery, and stayed that way until the end. I read to the end waiting for it to stop feeling like a 26 chapter paper cut, but that never happened. But hey, If you love hearing hours and hours of monologue about hydrogen and space suits, dig in.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Infidel

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961

This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough, Candid Assessment

  • By Paul Mullen on 02-18-08

Shocking, but things that need to be said

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

The author is simply an amazing person. I have so much respect for her survival skills and bravery. I admit that I found parts of the first half of the book to be a little "draggy" and confusing, most likely because of the stark difference between her culture and mine. (It was little frustrating trying to keep up with proper nouns so some parts felt long.) But narration aside, her life story is amazing and inspirational. Her opinions were sometimes jaw-dropping, but I couldn't help but think that she raises very valid and important points. Personally I feel I'm one of those she speaks of, when she talks about how political correctness keeps westerners from questioning the oppression of women. So not only would I recommend reading this book, I would even more highly recommend talking about it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful