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  • Notorious RBG

  • The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • By: Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,921

Nearly a half century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The octogenarian won the Internet. Across America, people who weren't even born when Ginsburg made her name are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in love with RBG! I did.

  • By serine on 01-23-16

What a great read that was!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

I’d recommend this to all young women ready to take on the world! Now I really understand what “notorious RBG” or the truth and Ruth saying!

  • 600 Hours of Edward

  • By: Craig Lancaster
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,430

A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero

  • By Lulu on 08-27-12

Well narrated creative story

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

As someone who helped care for a nephew with Aspergers, there are many truths to this story. I enjoyed how the author worked through Edward’s thought process. It’s not surprising that at the age of 39, he’s just reaching adulthood in more ways than a few. It’s a lovely read!

  • Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Imbolo Mbue
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,616

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself; his wife, Neni; and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty - and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay...

  • By LuckyLindsi83 on 09-09-16

This story magnifies our reality today

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

A very well written illustration of the struggles of supposedly a first world country where people’s dreams can come true. Could not be farther from the truth. America as a sham is exposed here.

  • 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 21,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,491

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
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

Read and listened! What a story!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

You fall in love with the characters and begin to care about why happens to them. You imagine you were there during the fall of the royal family and had to live through the revolution. You grow to admire their quiet defiance to preserve who they are in a world where the individual is never a consideration anymore, only the collective good. Amor Towles has written a masterpiece.

  • Islam and the Future of Tolerance

  • A Dialogue
  • By: Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984

In this short book, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz invite you to join an urgently needed conversation: Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it amenable to reform? Why do so many Muslims seem drawn to extremism? What do words like Islamism, jihadism, and fundamentalism mean in today's world? Remarkable for the breadth and depth of its analysis, this dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical is all the more startling for its decorum. Harris and Nawaz have produced something genuinely new: they engage one of the most polarizing issues of our time - fearlessly and fully - and actually make progress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for an honest debate on the topics

  • By Andre Wallace Simonsen on 12-17-15

Greatly informative

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

This was a compelling listen. I had to stop what a was doing to rewind and hear again valuable arguments and salient points. Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz dispassionately critiqued the various sides in this holy mess the world has been dragged into. Truly recommended reading to help understand all sides.

  • A Place for Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Fatima Farheen Mirza
  • Narrated by: Deepti Gupta, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia, their headstrong eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2 narrators for the win (after initial confusion)

  • By Josh A. on 07-02-18

This could have been a better novel

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I probably should have read this instead of listened to it. The story is compelling enough. A family and its community that has allowed itself to be defined and limited by an institution or an ideology or a tradition. I could easily apply it to a different backdrop, either conservative Christian, Jewish, Hindi, Fascist or even white supremacist. What they all have in common is the demand that the religion or ideology or tradition takes precedence over family or friendship ties, over blood, over human rights.

I did not enjoy the over attention to detail with descriptions of settings, what people wore or had on them or the minutiae of how they did things. They did not really contribute significantly to the development of the story or the characters. This book could be 1/3 shorter.

  • 4 3 2 1

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Auster
  • Narrated by: Paul Auster
  • Length: 37 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much detail.

  • By Jax on 03-03-17

Could not put this down!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I fell in love with the characters, and their different iterations. They all sprang to life inside my car while I was driving or when I was walking on the streets. I enjoyed the historical backdrop. I was still very young during the tumultuous late 50’s and 60’s. But I’m aware of how there was so much going on then. All in all a satisfying read and the fact that it was narrated by the author made me feel like he was reading it to me. This alone felt like a treat.

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  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,090

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Completed Stephen King Novel

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 02-20-12

The paranormal aspect just does not do it for me

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

This is a great story even without the supernatural or paranormal aspect. I wish it were written without it. A pandemic is not the stuff of fantasy anymore. It can be our reality anytime.

But then, I suppose, it would not be a Stephen King piece of work. I like the ending from the uncut version. It leaves more to the imagination.

  • 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 25,498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,551

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

I did not expect to like this book!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

When I first met the main character, I did not like her at all. I even thought the story was too simple. Bland. Something made me persist. And I'm glad I did. Eleanor Oliphant is quite the personality! I'd like to meet her. The author developed the character very well. She's funny, witty, and you can see that in spite of her givens, she's a survivor. I even started to like the other characters.