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  • My Name Is Lucy Barton

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,891

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Because we all love imperfectly.

  • By Bonny on 01-15-16

Don’t consume unless very happy

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

This book was beautiful, but oh so depressing. It’s a complicated mother-daughter story, and it will make you feel a lot of despair.

  • Area X

  • The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,027
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,042

Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Great

  • By clifford on 12-26-15

Three books!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

4 stars for Annihilation
2 stars for Authority
3.5 stars for Acceptance
Glad to have experienced this trilogy!

  • Hamilton

  • The Revolution
  • By: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, Mariska Hargitay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,873

Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical, Hamilton, is as revolutionary as its subject: the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the idea of the book, get it in print.

  • By Adam Shields on 04-13-16

Hamilton Mixtape

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? If you’re lucky like Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow writes a biography, and then Lin Manuel Miranda comes along and adapts that’s story into a musical. And he gets his ridiculously talented friends like Daveed Diggs, Jeffrey Seller, David Korins, and Andy Blankenbuehler to help tell said story. Your story captivates the world, inspires thousands of people, and proves that hip-hop can succeed on Broadway. Because it’s just that incredible of a story.

I’m one of the many who has been fortunate enough to be there in the room and see Hamilton. It’s brilliant, and there is nothing I can say that this book doesn’t cover. I love hearing the story of Hamilton’s creation, and it only made me love the musical even more. Lin Manual Miranda is brilliant. The end.

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  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,137

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I heard so many rave reviews for this book. I was excited to start it, and at the beginning I thought the book was going to be a great adventure. But it starts strong and then fizzles out, at least to me. The mystery and suspense gets lost on a lot of unnecessary character details and weird existential questions. Oh well!

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  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,424

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

Ridiculously great

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

This book is so amazing. The writing is other worldly. Arguably one of the best books I've ever listened to. I'm so obsessed!

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,287

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Adventure Filled!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

What an adventure! I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did, but it was seriously just so much fun. Next stop, Antarctica!

  • Beloved

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but 18 years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps best read on paper

  • By Cathy on 07-29-06

Complicated- but beautiful

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Beloved is this brilliant mixture of prose and poetry. It is difficult to follow at times- as the book switches who is telling certain stories and memories, and it isn't always clear what is happening in the present moment and what is a past memory. But that is the only complicated piece. Other than that, the story is so ridiculously brilliant. On the surface level, the notion of how we carry around the weight of our past mistakes and the things that haunt us is so powerful. And when it goes deeper to reflect the agony of slavery and the spirit of those crushed by such agonizing inequality plucks every heart string. It's obvious why this book is a classic. I'm happy to have read it again as an adult instead of an ignorant high schooler.

  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,016
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,974

Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super entertaining!

  • By M. Ryder on 06-25-17

Glad to know the story!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

I mean, there isn't anything remarkable about this book. It isn't brilliant writing or some life changing listening experience (it's narrated a little too fast, in my opinion). Despite that, I'd argue if you like the HGTV show, you will like hearing Chip and Joanna's story. It's cool knowing everything that had to happen to get them to where they are now.

  • The Book of Joy

  • Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
  • By: Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Carlton Abrams, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,832
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,781

The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perspective and Life Changing Book

  • By Dr. Pepper on 10-27-16

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Such a great book. So many lessons to learn and embrace. I'll definitely listen to it again and again!

  • Evicted

  • Poverty and Profit in the American City
  • By: Matthew Desmond
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,035

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding and eye-opening

  • By serine on 11-29-16

Vivid and Heavy Listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

This is by no means an easy book. It deals with really heavy, depressing, and frustrating realities. Despite how emotionally draining the book is, I think it is an excellent book for people to read to look at the reality of housing and poverty. Using the argument that housing is a basic human right, even a constitutional necessity, really helped me consider realities and details that I had not previously thought of. I definitely recommend it.

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