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K. Naglieri

Richmond, VA
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  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,817

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I didn't realize that reworked Greek myths were a thing, but man am I glad I've found them. I loved the Greek myths in college but the originals don't exactly make for easy pleasure reading. Enter Madeline Miller, with her beautiful writing and obvious knowledge of the original subject matter, to make the story new and exciting and just enough updated. This is (obviously) a retelling of the story of Achilles, but in a way I've never seen before -- from the point of view of the somewhat average man who loves him. Love, love these books -- hope she's working on another! #Retelling #GreekMyths #LGBTQ #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,656
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,491

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Love this! Amazing narrator!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I loved everything about this book... Circe herself, the weaving in of Greek myths I already knew and some that were new to me, and how effortless it was to believe in this world of gods and goddesses and demigods and monsters and mortals all existing together. Miller takes difficult to read and even harder to imagine Greek myths and makes them effortless and so enjoyable. The audiobook narration was amazing -- Perdita Weeks has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard. I liked this book so much that although I got it from the library I already bought it on Audible because I know I want to own it and listen to it again. #Clever #AmazingNarrator #Retelling #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,860

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Good, credible book

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Good, interesting read. I know there was probably a hurry up publish but I wish he'd waited and written about more of the presidency -- there's plenty of material and given how things are, a lot of this seemed like old news. Pretty easy to pick out who the sources were since they were consistently shown in blindingly positive light. But this book really brought home for me just how stupid our president is and, worse than that, how totally unwilling and unable he is to learn. #RippedFromTheHeadlines #Scary #Politics #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,532
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,023

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Another great in the Strike series

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I love these books and I love grumpy, smart Cormoran. This one dragged out the star-crossed lovers theme a bit much but it was still really good, if a little confusing and prone to "let me explain it all to you" expostulation. I still couldn't put it down. Love Robert Glenister who narrates these.

#Suspenseful #TorturedHero #Detective #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,362

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: There's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A necessary read

  • By Grace on 11-22-17

Dark, but good.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Wow, this book is interesting. Definitely not what I was expecting when I first picked it up. And though I really liked it I've felt a little strange recommending it to anyone else, like I have to explain first, "it's a little weird, and dark, really dark, and not a happy book, but good and fascinating. You should read it!"

It got four stars instead of five because I think the characters got lost in the author's philosophizing after the first third or so. But a solid four for a unique premise and surprising twists. #dark #cynical #mindbending #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,627
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,821

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Very well written, a little slow

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

This book was three things: very well written, with beautiful prose (without being flowery); a lovely story; and slow. If only the story had moved a little faster I wouldn't hesitate to say I loved it... but it was slow, and I sometimes had trouble getting motivated to keep listening.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,906
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,001

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Series of essays

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

Tyson thanks in the acknowledgments the various editors "over the years these essays were written," which explains the feeling I had throughout the book that he bopped from one topic to the other without really explaining their connection to each other. I think maybe the delineation of the topics would be clearer in a hardcopy of the book, but it all sort of rolled together in the audiobook.

That said, I feel smarter for having listened to this, and dumber too to realize the depth of how much I just don't know or understand.

NDT is a great narrator, with a lovely voice and wit enough to make me chuckle several times.

  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,813

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

Good little crime mystery...

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

This was a solid little book. A good mystery, unique characters, an ending that wasn't obvious but ultimately worked (I hate when the wrap up comes out of left field). Some of the dialog was laugh out loud funny. That said it was missing something for me, a sense of closeness or camaraderie with the characters was lacking.

I also found the narration confusing... for a novel with so many changes in point of view, sometimes within the same chapter or even page, the narrator did very little to distinguish between characters or even pause long enough to demonstrate that POV had changed or that we were in a new section. I did lots of rewinding to figure out who was speaking/thinking. It didn't help that I found the French names hard to tell apart.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,182

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

A little slow and meandering, good but not great.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

Hmm, I'm conflicted on this one. I do really think Gaiman has an amazing imagination, and how he even came up with the concept for this book-- that gods walk among us, all gods that ever have been, gradually losing power and influence or even dying when belief in them eventually fades -- is mind blowing. And making it kind of a slow, almost-Western feeling story works, too. But something I can't quite put my finger on kept it from being great, for me. I think I wasn't quite connected with the character of Shadow, and I wanted more information on the different gods. Hours and hours of audiobook, but not a lot of explanation or action. And it kind of ended with a whimper. I wanted to like it more.

A note on the audiobook: I bought the George Guidall version because I really don't like full cast recordings. Guidall is a great narrator, I've loved him in all the Stephen King books I've listened to, but he does age Shadow quite a bit... Shadow's in his 30s but listening to Guidall makes him seem more like an old man. Also there is an interview IMMEDIATELY after the book ends; it was an awful switch to make.

  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,557

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

  • By Cynda on 03-21-18

Good, not great.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

3.5 stars. 4 stars for the fantasy portions, -2 for the over-the-top dramatics and emotional manipulation.

I liked, but didn't love, this book. I liked the quirkiness of the octopus and the sweetness of Ted and Lily's relationship, but the whole thing was drawn out way too long, imo.

It didn't help that on the audiobook, Lily's voice is ridiculous, which made the last chapter more hilarious than the author probably intended. 😂