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  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,544
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,933
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,974

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Nothing new here

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

First, I have not read the Harry Potter series. I haven't even seen the movies, except maybe one, so that wasn't why I chose this book. I had heard really good things about it, so decided to give it a go. While the story is interesting enough, it never really engages the emotions. You just stand outside and watch this shit unravel in a rather formulaic way. It's also nothing new. We get it. Poor people, rich people, bias, blah blah blah. To have it all be so stereotypically dismal is rather boring. Then again, to have it all be too inspirational would have been as dull. So, I guess I was hoping for something fresher? more innovative? just something I haven't heard a 100 times before? I don't know. It's one of those books I bought awhile ago and wish I had read earlier so I could return it, as I know I will never revisit it.

  • Le Pendentif (French Stories for Beginners)

  • By: Sylvie Lainé
  • Narrated by: Sylvie Lainé
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

A man discovers a pendant on the beach. He starts looking for its owner... These short stories are perfect for beginners: you'll be able to enjoy a whole story in French, grow your vocabulary in a natural way, and improve your comprehension whilst learning the correct pronunciation. The story is narrated by the author with special emphasis on early text comprehension practice and pronunciation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Music to my ears

  • By J and M on 11-30-16

Terrible narrator!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

The narrator reads this with no expression at all. It's all monotone. The stories aren't bad. I'm interested to see what comes next, so it's a good study aid, but I want to hear it the way it might sound in reality.

  • Amp'd

  • A Novel
  • By: Ken Pisani
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Aaron is not a man on a hero's journey. In the question of fight or flight, he'll choose flight every time. So when a car accident leaves him suddenly asymmetrical, his left arm amputated, looking on the bright side just isn't something he's equipped to do. Forced to return to his boyhood home to recuperate, Aaron is confronted with an aging father (a former Olympic biathlete turned hoarder), a mother who's chosen to live in a yurt with a fireman 12 years her junior, and a well-meaning sister whose insufferable husband proves love isn't just blind but also painfully stupid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amp'd relieved my daily road rage.

  • By Linda J on 05-08-18

Publisher's summary doesn't do it justice

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

I laughed through the whole thing and it left me with a big smile on my face when it ended. This book is funny! I'm glad I didn't read the publisher's summary too carefully. I bought this in one of the sales and was on a buying binge as retail therapy. Had I read too closely, I wouldn't have bought it and never would have met all the only-quirky-enough-to-still-be-down-to-earth characters and got more therapy from this buy than I would have imagined. If you're in a bit of a slump, this book might be just the thing to get you smiling again. Even if you're not, it's good for a few belly laughs, and who couldn't use a few of those every day? I recommend it. And it's perfectly narrated by Ari Fliakos, who can even do women's voices.

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,513

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Is there such a genre as Comedy Suspense Thriller?

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Amazon lists this under Mystery, Thriller, Suspense. Goodreads calls it a Psychological Thriller. Audible categorizes it as Horror. I have to admit, I was riveted and spent my entire Saturday morning listening like it was a 1940s radio show. But! I would categorize it as comedy. I laughed throughout this ludicrous novel. Yes, there was a mystery. Yes, it was suspenseful. But Erin is such an idiot that it was just really funny after awhile. Her husband was baffled by her behavior, and that made it funnier. So, while this wasn't what the author intended, I found it an enjoyable listen. If you can suspend expectations for a bit and maintain a sense of humor, this might be worth your time. If you're wanting a believable suspense thriller, this probably isn't going to suffice. Narration was great!

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  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  • By: Marisha Pessl
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 458

This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Over 21 Hours of Bliss...

  • By Jeanie on 01-12-07

Really? 22 hours and no answers??

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I've been listening to this thing for nearly 6 weeks. I should know better. If I'm not listening, I'm just not that into it. It was so good to begin with, but after getting over halfway through, I started to suspect it was going nowhere. Unfortunately, I was right. There were too many places where people's actions were really out of character, and then at the end there were WAY too many unanswered questions. Sometimes that's a good thing. It allows you to fill in the blanks for yourself. But this one felt like it needed to be answered, if in no other way than a quick epilogue. But if I'm going to spend nearly 22 hours reading about people, I damn well better get the whole story! Well, now thinking about it, I'm getting mad! Hmph. On to the next one! Oh no. Not a Pessl book. I hear they are suspense/thrillers, and I'm too afraid I'll end up at the end wondering who? what? where? when? WHY????!

  • Setting Free the Kites

  • By: Alex George
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous - and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan's budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, great narration

  • By RueRue on 04-03-17

Underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

It might be too early for me to review this one. Maybe it will live with me longer than I anticipate. I loved the first 7 hours, then I didn't anymore, and I can't say why without spoiling it for others. It's just that it got a bit too tragic without ever feeling like Robert (the main character) was enough affected by it all. Also, the character development seemed a bit lacking to me. The characters came to us fully formed, but with no background as to how they were as awesome (or not so awesome) as they were. Robert, after awhile just seemed like a whiny little naysayer at every turn. Where was his sense of adventure?? He was always the one saying, "No! What are you doing?! Come down!" or "No, I don't want to. Let's do (this boring thing)." It just didn't seem real that he would be such a curmudgeon at such a young age, in spite of the things he went through. And we never know why Nathan was such a strong individual at such a young age either. So, in spite of being entertained, I'm underwhelmed. I do love Ari Fliakos! His narration is always a hit!

  • The Art Forger

  • By: B. A. Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,956
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,643

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing forage into art forgery and intrigue

  • By D on 11-28-12

Less than engaging

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

This sounded like it would be WAY more fun than it was. There were three things going on in this book. First was the present day story of Claire and her struggle against being ostracized by much of the art community. Second, we get flashbacks to three years ago and the relationship which was the cause of her ostracism, and third, we are read letters about Degas from the late 1800's by the founder of the Gardner Museum. While the story kept me listening, the romance was irritating and unconvincing, the friendships not really understandable, the characters unlikable (the only one I liked was the lawyer from Jake's), and so many other irritants I can't talk about without giving away too much of the story. I kept asking, "Why are they doing this now BEFORE checking out Claire's claim about this incredibly interesting thing that ANYONE would be dying to check out?!" Part of my irritation at this book was the narrator. While I loved Xe Sands reading of "Euphoria," I don't think she was the right person to narrate this book. Her men's voices were just awful, each one sounding mostly the same and like they had just gotten out of bed, were still extremely tired and thought far too highly of themselves. It didn't matter what they said, they were truly cringeworthy. I wish I had listened earlier so I could have returned it.

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  • Be Frank with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Claiborne Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,794

Reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies - with a few stipulations: no Ivy Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Whirlwind

  • By Sara on 09-02-16

A story as unique as its main character

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Quirky, sweet Frank, rational, low-drama Alice, sad and prickly Mimi, now-you see-me-now-you-don't Xander, and the solid Mr. Vargas all contribute to an unstoppable listen! While set in the modern day, it has that old-fashioned Hollywood feel to it. It also has a great story-line. There's a bit of mystery over Frank's father, there's suspense over the book Mimi is (or isn't) writing, there's that OMG! moment when you think all is lost, there's not too much romance to make me roll my eyes, and there's the perfect kind of ending that is just enough tied up to let you know what you need to know, but lets you fill in the rest for yourself. I think I got this on sale, but even if I'd have paid a full credit, I would consider it well spent! Great narration by Tavia Gilbert, as well. She had different voices for all the characters and they all worked!

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  • This Is How It Always Is

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story mirrors our life -- to a point -- spoilers

  • By 1mom3kids on 11-14-17

Model of perfectly imperfect parenting

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Yes, this was a bit too neat, and our world is in no way as ideal as the one Poppy lives in, but that's what I liked about it. I think these stories that showcase maturity and kindness, as well as the struggle people have with being mature and kind and open to seeing things from a different perspective are what we need to normalize difference. The book does a fantastic job of showing the beauty of an imperfect but loving family and how they all fell apart and then rallied to bring it back together. The book sort of has five coming-of-age stories in one because we get to see how all the children in the family grow up and change after Poppy arrives. Narration was okay. I didn't like some of the voices, but appreciated the effort.

  • Make It Stick

  • The Science of Successful Learning
  • By: Peter C. Brown
  • Narrated by: Qarie Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726

To most of us, learning something 'the hard way' implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head and will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW HOW TO LEARN

  • By ANDRÉ on 11-22-14

The jacket has all the info you really need

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I bought this book both in the hard copy and audible (because the hard copy was such tiny print), and listened while I read. This was a hard slog. If you read the jacket cover, you have all the information you need to apply what this book has to offer. If you like having things elaborated on, then yes, read the book, but know that it is going to be long and repetitive. While there are some inspirational stories, most of it has to do with sports or music professionals. There are some examples of college students using this for study, but for the most part, being someone now focused on elementary education, there wasn't a whole lot that I felt was applicable to that arena. Also, being someone who is a lifelong learner, I feel that the jacket cover information was enough, so long as you really read it and take it in. Not sure it was worth the purchase of either one, let alone both, but there were a couple of quotes that hit home.

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