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  • Loving Day

  • By: Mat Johnson
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 146

On his first night in his new home, Warren spies two figures in the grass outside; when he screws up the nerve to confront them, they disappear. The next day he encounters ghosts of a different kind: In the face of the teenage girl he meets at a comics convention, he sees the mingled features of his white father and his black mother, both now dead. The girl is his daughter, and she thinks she's white.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Teen lit with heavy erotic imagery

  • By T in sv on 08-26-15

Race, identity & Scooby Doo

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Any additional comments?

I wanted to like this book more than I did. Loving Day is a satire about personal and public views of multiracial identity. I wish the characters had more to their stories than their attitudes about being black and/or white, their failed or struggling relationships, and some Scooby Doo-style antics. The plot frustrated me, but I did enjoy Johnson's writing style and humor.

Although the emphasis on race felt claustrophobic at times, it was interesting to hear one perspective on being multiracial and being misperceived or forced to choose sides by others (even if those others are often caricatures). I know it's not fair to expect a book about multiracial identity to reflect everyone's experience in that broad domain, but I was still a bit disappointed that the story's focus only on the black/white multiracial experience and the total absence of happy interracial marriages left my family out.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,953
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,619

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

50 Shades of Snape

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Any additional comments?

No, this book isn't poorly written like 50 Shades, but that is what the dynamic between Agnieszka and the Dragon made me think of. I'm glad the story is filled with other compelling characters and relationships. I enjoyed this twist on a fairy tale, and I look forward to the rest of the series.

I found the narrator's accent to be a nice reminder that this is story is set in Eastern Europe. An American or British accent would be an odd choice. It may help that I hear accents like hers a lot -- she sounded like the Polish, Czech, Russian, and Ukranian Americans I know. I also listened at 2x speed.

20 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf in White Van

  • By: John Darnielle
  • Narrated by: John Darnielle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868

Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Backward masking, PBM games, and suicide

  • By David on 12-06-15

Lovely and disturbing

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

Any additional comments?

I love this little book so much that I'm nervous about recommending it to anyone. I get that it's not for everyone, but it totally worked for me.
Wolf in White Van is a series of disjointed small scenes filled with incredibly specific details. I was not a teenage boy in the 80s and I don't like role playing games, but I know some things about feeling isolated, and Darnielle captures that feeling beautifully. I enjoyed learning about the narrator's past and present through all the small, weird observations, but I didn't expect the ending to move me as strongly as it did. I loved the book even more the second time.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Monsters

  • By: Lauren Beukes
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Terra Deva, Sunil Mohatra, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 716

Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you're Detective Versado's geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By S. Yates on 08-10-17

Reminded me of Gillian Flynn books (in a good way)

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

Reviewed: 09-22-14

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the creepiness of the murder scenes. I also appreciated the wry humor in some of the characters' perspectives and the comical use of social media in the story.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrators did a great job of portraying the distinct character voices Beukes created. A single narrator would have been too confusing. Some of the minor characters' accents were odd, but at least they helped to keep all the characters straight.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rob Delaney

  • Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.
  • By: Rob Delaney
  • Narrated by: Rob Delaney
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 354

Who is that hairy guy in the green Speedo? Rob Delaney is a father, a husband, a comedian, a writer. He is the author of an endless stream of beautiful, insane jokes on Twitter. He is sober. He is sometimes brave. He speaks French. He loves women with abundant pubic hair and saggy naturals. He has bungee jumped off of the Manhattan Bridge. He enjoys antagonizing political figures. He listens to metal while he works out. He likes to fart. He broke into an abandoned mental hospital with his mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!!

  • By Heather Williams on 11-13-13

Lucky to be alive

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

Any additional comments?

I've listened to a lot of comedians' memoirs. They all serve up stories explaining childhood misdeeds, scars, relationships, regrets, and careers turns. In Rob Delaney's case, there quite a few stories that show he's lucky to be alive (and knows it). How enjoyable each memoir is depends on how much you like and relate to the stories and their teller. For me, this book is my favorite since Bossypants, both because I love Delaney's sense of humor and because I'm almost the same age, so I was delighted to hear a few random, quirky similarities in our experiences. I'm sure this book won't work for everyone, but I loved listening to his stories. I just wish it were longer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 10,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,865
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,854

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

Like "Gone Girl," but this one's "Gone Mom."

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

Reviewed: 10-28-13

Would you listen to Where'd You Go, Bernadette again? Why?

I didn't particularly like any of the characters, and many were intended to be frustrating, but I really enjoyed this book. The audiobook narrator, who performs a variety of voices, accents, and even sings(!), is phenomenal.

What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" reminded me of "Gone Girl," as the story is told from multiple perspectives, and all the characters make mistakes. This one is lighter and a bit goofier in tone. The relationship between the mother and daughter is very sweet. As with "Gone Girl," I couldn't wait to get back to this book it every time I had to stop.

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,076
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,417
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,437

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

The Stepford Tech Company

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book. Sure, it alternated between fairly clever and kind of dumb, but the story moved fast enough that I never felt bored or tempted to stop listening. As others have pointed out, it's a social networking variation on works like 1984 and The Stepford Wives. Except for a few sex scenes, it seemed very YA (not that that's a bad thing...). The narration is fantastic.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Fangirl

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,136

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow Series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Freshman Comes into Her Own

  • By FanB14 on 05-12-14

Odd premise, excellent audiobook

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

Reviewed: 09-14-13

Would you listen to Fangirl again? Why?

I will listen to every book Rainbow Rowell writes, but it will be a while before I re-listen. When I want to time travel to revisit my own early college anxieties / small victories, I will re-listen to this book. For now, I'm jealous of people who haven't listened to Fangirl yet -- it was a delight.

What other book might you compare Fangirl to and why?

Rainbow Rowell won my heart with "Eleanor and Park." "Fangirl" is less fraught and stressful, but drawn just as well. In both, Rowell conjures the awkwardness and excitement of teen emotions with disturbing accuracy. The "Simon Snow" fan-fic plot was a lot more endearing than I expected it to be. I loved the overt and subtle allusions to Harry Potter and Twilight. This element reminded me of "Ready Player One" because it was both funny and nostalgic.

What about Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield ’s performance did you like?

Rebecca Lowman was an excellent narrator for the main story. I enjoyed the interludes of Maxwell Caulfield reading excerpts from the Simon Snow stories. The combination was such a smart idea.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Behind the Scenes at the Museum
    
    
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        Susan Jameson
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    372 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but he was all that was left. She really wanted to be Vivien Leigh, swept off to America by a romantic hero. But here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop beneath York Minster, with sensible Patricia, aged five, greedy Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby, who tells the memorable, witty, and eventful story of The Family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favs

  • By Gail on 06-23-05

Best Narration by a Zygote

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

Reviewed: 09-09-13

What made the experience of listening to Behind the Scenes at the Museum the most enjoyable?

I love Kate Atkinson's sense of humor. She describes the exquisite disappointments of childhood and (unhappy) motherhood so well. These scenes are poignant, but not depressing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ruby Lennox is an excellent narrator to her family's story.

What does Susan Jameson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed the variety of accents she used, as well as her enthusiasm.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,663

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

Harry Potter's Hunger Games

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

Reviewed: 09-05-13

What did you love best about The Night Circus?

The descriptions are intricate and really helped me see the clever/beautiful scenes.

What other book might you compare The Night Circus to and why?

It's not fair to call this Harry Potter's Hunger Games, but it's a book about young magicians competing in a battle to the death. Alas, The Night Circus has neither the whimsy of Harry Potter nor the intensity of The Hunger Games.

Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

I love Jim Dale's narration overall. Relative to the voices he did for the Harry Potter series, none of his accents he did here really stood out in this book.

Who was the most memorable character of The Night Circus and why?

No one. That's my problem with this book. It's a clever and richly detailed world, but I didn't spend enough time with or get enough insight into any of the characters to care much about them or their circumstances.

Any additional comments?

I bet it is less frustrating to have so many events described out of chronological order for folks reading this as a book-book. As an audiobook listener, I found this jumping back and forth confusing, and I couldn't remember the dates well enough to benefit from their presence.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful