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Asheville, NC, United States
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  • The Round House

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Gary Farmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,620
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,307

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance takes a bit of getting used to

  • By Library on 04-22-13

Satisfying on Many Levels

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

A well told plot with depth of character, peeks into native reservation culture, and folkloric-sounding stories within stories.
Do not let reviewers fool you into dismissing this as a "coming of age" story. There is nothing trivial, cliched or neatly packaged as that here.
This is at once touching, and chilling, and lovably eccentric.
Quite possibly a classic, and easily, the Indian "Huck Finn,"
The narrator's voice is authentic, and his reproduction of native dialect is sometimes enchanting, and sometimes plodding, but on the whole a plus, I think, to the presentation.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,684

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 🌬🌥☁️🌦Fun, Fluffy, and Forgettable🍭🍬🍭

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-03-19

Predictable. Repetitive Chick Lit

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

There is nothing wrong with the narration.
previous reviewers must have had bad files.
This author has had better moments.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Oxford Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Whelan
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,784

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was 13: study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Karen on 05-03-18

Pleasant Romance

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

in the world of telenovelas, people with high-performing jobs take on a star political tasks, make academic strides and manage home renovations without ever seeming to need time to do any of this.
And of course, there is money. Always enough money to do whatever exotic romance adventure is required. Always money to travel. Always money for Fine Wines.
People are beautiful, families come around, everything works out.
It's the definition of a romance novel. And it's a pleasant diversion. But I'm not at all sure why it got high ratings or snuck into my stack.
Give me something a little more adult next time.

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,668

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and insightful

  • By Ms P Kelly on 06-26-17

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

a sweet narrative in a slightly unusual culture, with the very unpredicted twist of older women leading the way in feminist erotic sensibilities.
this is a good read and potentially something of a cultural classic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 87,316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79,456
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79,003

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Surprisingly Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This book is surprisingly fascinating, and unsurprisingly charming.
the legendary Charisma which touches both the author and her husband come shining through.
I started to listen to Michelle Obama's self-performed narrative before a long trip, and had a second book ready in backup.
Generally, and don't like nonfiction, and can't stand politician written books.
Somehow, this book held my attention all the way through. Although by the end I was a little tired of the relentless positivism, I think this upbeat Outlook was mainly honest coming from a woman of great powers of tolerance and moral rectitude.
I am only giving this book 3 stars because I don't want Audible's computational recommendations to think I want more books written by politicians.
But really, I think this is well worth the credit and time.

  • Skinny Dip

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485

When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skinny Dip

  • By Bill Burton on 12-24-04

Long and Predictable

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

there are no Mysteries, the plot twists are more like curves, the comedy not exactly laugh out loud.
Buy this only if you are a huge fan of the genre, and can't wait for the next Elmore Leonard's to come out.

  • Less

  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,800
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,790

You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: Your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes - it would be too awkward - and you can't say no - it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Endearing, funny, but sometimes overly clever

  • By Lili on 07-30-17

Literary Nebbish

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This gay substitute for John Cheever or perhaps Philip Roth is self-conscious of it's depressing and self-deprecating character flaws. A happier ending is only slightly redemptive, but the language is well-constructed, and it is true to the tradition of literary fiction.

  • Summary of Beth Macy’s Dopesick by Milkyway Media

  • By: Milkyway Media
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gray
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Dopesick (2018) details the explosion of OxyContin use in Appalachia in the 1990s and 2000s and the widespread heroin addiction that ensued when medical providers began restricting access to prescription opioids in the late 2000s and 2010s. Journalist and author Beth Macy, who once worked as a reporter in Roanoke, Virginia, traces the efforts of local activists, doctors, law enforcement officials, and parents to combat opioid dependence.... (Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book. If you’re looking for the original book, it is available from Amazon and Audible.)  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't pay for chapter headings

  • By Truth Speaker on 12-02-18

Don't pay for chapter headings

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-18

This is not an Abridged version of a book. It's more like the CliffsNotes in outline form.
If you're studying for class, skim the damn book you read. If you're interested in the topic, don't pay for this less than nothing short piece of dry trash.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Woman

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,514

From Daniel Silva, the number one New York Times best-selling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal. She was his best-kept secret....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Silva delivers another winner

  • By Maine Knitter on 07-20-18

For fans of the genre only.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Tedious, endless details presented as if for their relevance in spy craft.
The book goes on, and on, with very little plot.
Beyond that, the narrator speaks in short bursts of broken phrases. His I,tonation never changes, every character has exactly the same voice, and his inability to read a sentence as if it has meaning is almost mechanical.
There will be some people who take in every single character as a familiar friend because they follow the series, for everybody else, look somewhere else.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Broken Angels

  • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly 100, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader in a single weekend. Among the guests is Big Angel's half-brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not death, and Not borders

  • By Clodhopper on 05-01-18

A Mexican James Joyce.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Charming, melodic and literary.
This book rambles through bubbles of time in a large, chaotic and unique family.
There is nothing but love for everyone of them.
The voice of the author reading his own work is enchanting.
This goes all the way to the top of my list of favorite books, and modern classics.
I suggest you not miss this.