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  • 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 65,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,917

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

Interesting characters

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Took me a bit to warm up to the reader (and I think, for the reader to warm up), but then had fun with the story. Very odd abrupt ending tho. Some great ideas and adventure. Interesting weaving of stories.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40,641
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,940

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean ending to a fantastic series

  • By Lily on 08-08-17

A fabulous series

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Mr. Taylor has gifted us with a great story, thoughtful science fiction , believable likeable characters, and adventures that kept me listening, enjoying the ride. I found this series because of the reader, Ray Porter, whose voice and performances I really enjoy. So glad I did.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,432

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Brilliantly alive characters, wonderful skilled reader with many subtle nuances that added to the story, engaging and creative unraveling of a tale of healing and transformation. Beautiful ~

  • I Was Told to Come Alone

  • My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad
  • By: Souad Mekhennet
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 237

For her whole life, Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for the Washington Post who was born and educated in Germany, has had to balance the two sides of her upbringing - Muslim and Western. She has also sought to provide a mediating voice between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator

  • By Sandy on 10-31-17

A Must Read for Every American

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Ms. Mekhennet goes deep into the Middle East to discover the truth about Isis and other terrorist cells. With courage, fortitude and a heartfelt desire to understand, she enters the most dangerous territories to go directly to the source. I find her to be a brilliant human of great depth and courage, a wonderful storyteller of a truly complex story. A must-read/must-listen for everyone, especially Americans. Challenge your beliefs. Read this story. Took me to the next level of understanding. Recommended.

  • Magpie Murders

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,628

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the best-selling crime writer for years, she's intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan's traditional formula has proved hugely successful.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A British Whodunit

  • By Sara on 07-24-17

Surprised how much I enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Not usually a whodunit fan, but the story within a story made it so much fun. If you don't obsess too much about keeping all of the many characters straight, it's a fun ride :) I enjoyed the male reader, and as she settled in later in the book, the female reader too. Well done.

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  • Just the Funny Parts

  • ...And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club
  • By: Nell Scovell
  • Narrated by: Amy Hohn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than 30 years, writer, producer, and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and executive produced. In 2009, Scovell gave up her behind-the-scenes status when the David Letterman sex scandal broke.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First return

  • By Sara Kershaw on 08-06-18

I'm a new fan

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I love how Nell tells it like it was, what she learned, and how it is. There's a kind of acceptance of the next-fix obsessiveness of being a creative writer in Hollywood, the crap shoot, and the unadulterated joy that makes her--and so many of us-- continue on against the odds. And, of course, lots of excellent comedic timing :) Enjoyed her book ~

  • All Systems Red

  • By: Martha Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,634

All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I just wish all four stories were one book...

  • By Garrett Stone on 11-05-18

Only 8 Chapters

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I enjoyed the story and the characters, but the book is only 8 chapters long, the length of a middle school novel. I don't think this is written for kids-? At the price of a full-length book too. I barely had a chance to settle into it. Why didn't the author combine Book 1 and 2--to generate more revenue? Beyond that, I like the writer's voice, enjoyed the characters and the story. Settled into the narrator and he grew on me. I can't recommend it because it's not really a fully realized book, in my opinion.

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  • White Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Bloom
  • Narrated by: Tonya Cornelisse
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 275

Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, "Hick", as she's known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this story

  • By Joy Siegel on 03-03-18

It was okay

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Since the real letters exist,I think the fictionalized aspect didn't want to for me in parts. Good actor voice by the reader, but moved too quickly over some nicely written lines. I finished the book because it was part of a book club reading assignment. Not my favorite, but some sweet moments. Wish I could have met both of them :)

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,086
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,083

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Fun but the first was better :)

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Creative and fun ride. Kept my attention and curiosity so will stay on board for the next one. Perfect for this narrator.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34,831
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,602
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,454

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Fascinating and insightful

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

A deeply thoughtful and honest memoir of being raised by mentally unstable parents in extreme circumstances. Yet filled with heart and hope, and ultimately, a sad but firm acceptance and blossoming. Standing up and applauding the strength and brilliance it took to find and become herself. Had to jot down some favorite lines: "The conviction to live in your own mind, and not someone else's," "It couldn't be taught to belong", "If you could just control your panic, this wind would be nothing." Wise words