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  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,608
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,375

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spring for a professional narrator, please!

  • By Gail Dragon on 11-05-18

Entertaining but slow in places

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I was really looking forward to listening to this book - but it fell a little short. The different voices were irritating to listen to, and while the book explored some really interesting themes I somehow expected more dramatic moments . Loved the lead protagonist Wilma - great to have a mid 50’s female as the central figure

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,797
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30,702

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

Captivating - in a gone girl kind of way

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

Really enjoyed this - loved the Heineken Erin and the pace of the story was really nice - interesting and just the right amount of tension
My only issue was the pronunciation of the place names - Bora Bora and Papeete - it’s pa’pe’ete - not Papeete :)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tip of the Iceberg

  • My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier
  • By: Mark Adams
  • Narrated by: Mark Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

In 1899, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman organized a most unusual summer voyage to the wilds of Alaska: He converted a steamship into a luxury "floating university", populated by some of America's best and brightest scientists and writers, including the anti-capitalist eco-prophet, John Muir. Armed with Dramamine and an industrial-strength mosquito net, Mark Adams sets out to retrace the 1899 expedition. Using the state's intricate public ferry system, the Alaska Marine Highway System, Adams travels 3,000 miles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very engaging

  • By rachel cartwright on 05-30-18

Very engaging

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Having spent a lot of time in Alaska I found this a very refreshing and engaging account of the region - great portrait of John Muir - really brought the events of the Harriman expedition to life

6 of 6 people found this review helpful