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  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,315

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Loved the stories & characters but (mild spoiler)

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Characters all fleshed out so well I knew every single one of them after their initial appearance and loved or hated them appropriately--they made me laugh and wince and appreciate their integrity. (Give an award to Ed, can we?)
As for how the story plays out, (mild spoiler-alert) it was a "happy" ending of sorts, a really very-convenient ending for everyone. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad it ended the way it did but in real life, I think victims of abuse would be left feeling "I should have been so Iucky."
Nonetheless--- I enjoyed every minute of this book. The reader was excellence-- Madeline esp was superb. Big Little Lies fit my personal criteria for a really good read- I can't wait to get to the end bec it's so good but I don't want it to be over!

  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,133

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

Maybe I'm missing something...

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Have to admit this was my 1st-ever Agatha Christy book, and maybe it would have been a better read than listen-while-driving-a-car event. It was difficult to keep all the characters straight during first part and the murders seemed fairly tame. (Perhaps this is so only in comparison to books, movies, and yes, video games, of this current age where deaths are portrayed with much blood and gore.)
I've read that this book is "masterful" and suspenseful and brilliant and I agree that Agatha Christy was one of the great authors of our time. However for me, this was lightly entertaining, not greatly mysterious, although it was a mystery as to the disappearance of the last few Indians-- I liked that technique. As stated earlier, I feel this would have been a book better read than listened to.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,473

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Lame. I don’t believe Steven King wrote this

  • By Darren Smith on 10-22-18

needs some sound engineering

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Good story. I'm not a S. King reader but wanted some fiction to take my mind away from the world and it did that-- one of those books that at some point, you can't wait to get to the end to see what happens, but then you don't want the book to be over.
I had a little trouble w/the narrator, or maybe it was the sound engineering, but it was very difficult to hear at certain times (no spoilers). I kept turning my volume up and up but still was barely audible. Also, I don't know Holly at all (did she appear in other King stories?) and even tho' I understand her shyness and timidity, I thought her voice was excessively feeble. Give the poor woman some breath!
All in all I enjoyed the story and all the characters, felt horrible for the Maitland family. Every now and then a gratuitous comment was uttered by someone, but I suppose that happens in life too.

0 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,966
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,817

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

Incredible, cult-like family dysfunction...

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

Escape from a cult can be difficult and dangerous but in this autobiography the cult is the author's own family. Her father is the Godly-but-irrational leader. Her mother and siblings are supportive at times and later deny what she says, which is "crazy-making."

Congratulations to Tara Westover for finding the courage to relate this intense story of her upbringing and family members. Just an incredible, true story of family dysfunction handed down to the current generations.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why?

  • Trusting God When You Don't Understand
  • By: Anne Graham Lotz
  • Narrated by: Anne Graham Lotz
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Drawing her characteristically keen insights from the familiar story of Lazarus in the 9th and 11th chapters of the Gospel of John, Anne offers Jesus' reassuring answers to our heartfelt cries for understanding, Why? helps us understand and deal with suffering while guiding us to the ultimate answer - the Savior who shares our grief and our tears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Helen Glass on 09-27-18

Instruction for faith

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

In the end, this earthly life requires we live in faith and that's the short story. We aren't going to get the proof we so desparately seek, because "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen."

  • The Widow of Wall Street

  • A Novel
  • By: Randy Susan Meyers
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Phoebe has loved Jake Pierce since childhood, and that love continues without hesitation while she watches him create a financial dynasty. But when Phoebe learns that her husband's triumphs are the result of an elaborate Ponzi scheme, her world unravels. Lies underpin her life and marriage. And as Jake's crime is uncovered, the world obsesses over her. Did she know her gilded life was fabricated by fraud?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Here's a Miracle: Sympathy for Ruth Madoff

  • By Godwillen on 05-24-17

Don't know much about...

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

This story lays out so many emotions of personal, familial, and inner and outer pain that it was difficult to listen to, from the very first chapter. Yet I was compelled to listen on--the mark of a really good book, eh?
I guess the moral of the story is every person is subject to the exquisite pain of living. But what we have, who we think we are, whether physical or emotional, can change in the blink of an eye. "The Widow of Wall Street" suffers all these losses and is able to make a new life for herself by reaching out for new relationships which is what untold numbers of others have also done after wenching loss (think of Holocaust survivors, war widows, etcl).
This was a great book conveying the life-wide spectrum of emotions. It left me in tears. It also leaves me wondering about Ruth Madoff and how she is doing now--I wish her every blessing GOD has for her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • North Korea Undercover

  • Inside the World's Most Secret State
  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

North Korea is like no other tyranny on Earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation in the world, and Big Brother is always watching. It is Orwell's 1984 made reality. Huge factories with no staff or electricity, hospitals with no patients, uniformed child soldiers, and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ - the Demilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea begins - are all framed by a relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line, and the gulag awaits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly listenable, humorous and enlightening

  • By Kevin Stokes on 09-09-15

Narrator sounds a little snarky at times but...

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

...anyone who's braved time in North Korea is allowed to sound snarky bec. they put their life on the line just by crossing the border into "the Hermit Kingdom." Any info we get about how this abominable dictatorship functions and brainwashes its unfortunate citizens is valuable to awaken the world's knowledge about this atrocity of a nation.

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop

  • By: Willa Cather
  • Narrated by: David Ackroyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Willa Cather's best known novel; a narrative that recounts a life lived simply in the silence of the southwestern desert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful story, perfectly read

  • By Eugene on 01-25-17

Slow but satisfying character studies

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

If you're looking for excitement or mystery this is not your book. if you're contented to read the inner thoughts of the characters who populate a book, this is a slow-moving study of a young man as he grows to be an old man, and all the people he touches along the way, in an often-unhospitable and wild wilderness. You will love and respect the Archbishop by the end of this novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Olive Kitteridge

  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,923

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interweaving Short Stories Make a Good Novel

  • By Sara on 07-21-14

Many different kinds of love...

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

Initially it seems Olive is a truly miserable person but then it turns out everyone in this book is miserable in their own way. The story is in how all these wretchedly-unhappy people get on with their lives. Despite all the emotional suffering the ending is life-affirming in a bittersweet kind of way. Very poignant relationships here and a great reader too.

  • Ep. 1: I've Had Better

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,728

[Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Response to the bitter comments...

  • By Ashley on 06-15-17

real-life couples therapy--1st mtg

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

informative and interesting examples of how to talk and how to listen. good training for therapists who want to build their couples-therapy skills .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful