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  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,565

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

Not my genre, yet I finished it in a day.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

A totally entrancing story, characterization and performance. I'm not even quite sure what this would be classified as -- psychological thriller?
Whatever it is, it's a great listen.

  • The Dead Mountaineer's Inn

  • One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre
  • By: Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 759

When Inspector Peter Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet on vacation, the last thing he intends to do is get involved in any police work. He's there to ski, drink brandy, and loaf around in blissful solitude. But he hadn't counted on the other vacationers, an eccentric bunch, including a famous hypnotist, a physicist with a penchant for gymnastic feats, a sulky teenager of indeterminate gender, and the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Moses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SKIP THE INTRODUCTION IF YOU’VE NEVER READ THIS BOOK

  • By Scott George on 05-10-18

possibly the worst audiobook I've ever had

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Theoretically, this novel is part of the Russian absurdist tradition. With a terrible narrator, and awful translation, and nonsensical plotting, it's not something I can even finish listening to.
I must have picked this up on a sale.
However little I paid, it was too much.

  • The Designer

  • By: Marius Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 756

In 1944, newly married Copper Reilly arrives in Paris soon after the liberation. While the city celebrates its freedom, she's stuck in the prison of an unhappy marriage. When her husband commits one betrayal too many, Copper demands a separation. Alone in Paris, she finds an unlikely new friend: an obscure, middle-aged designer from the back rooms of a decaying fashion house whose timid nature and reluctance for fame clash with the bold brilliance of his designs. His name is Christian Dior.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Copper Is A Feminist Before It Was Cool—1944!

  • By Linda on 10-18-17

Simple Minded Pleasure Reading

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

towards the end of this novel, the main character says " bad things have happened all around me, but I lead a Charmed Life." Precisely.
it's hard to say whether this is more aptly termed a romance or a young adult in genre.
Either way, it should come with a warning label for adult readers.

  • Paris in the Present Tense

  • By: Mark Helprin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

In the midst of what should be an effulgent time of life, with its days bright with music, family, and rowing on the Seine, Jules is confronted headlong and all at once by a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist who is a third his age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest living "novelist". Top 10 narrator.

  • By BellevueMike on 10-14-17

Possibly the most perfect literary novel ever

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Mark Helprin started his career as great writer.
His magical realism was buoyant with witty historical spoof, splendid side lights and cleverly woven story telling.
Gifted and craftsman like from the beginning, he has matured into something more.
Where once there was surrealism, there is now magic in the intense presence of every line.
The narration of this book is equally perfect, and the sum of voice and word as rich as French pastry.

  • The Escape Artist

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,653

Who is Nola Brown? Nola is a mystery. Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead. Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not His Best

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

very slow starting

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Good story, engaging. The director has an annoying tick where she makes all the readers voice a telephone ringing when it happens. And most of the readers, particularly the male voice in the beginning, are way too slow.
That said, once I got into it it was the kind of book that can make time go away while I'm driving.

  • Lies She Told

  • By: Cate Holahan
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Lisa Larsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235

Liza Cole has 30 days to write the thriller that could put her back on the best seller list. In the meantime, she's struggling to start a family with her husband, who is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. With stresses weighing her down in both her professional and her personal lives, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine, Beth. Beth is a new mother who suspects her husband is cheating on her while she's home alone caring for their newborn. Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction is stranger than fiction is stranger..,.

  • By shelley on 09-23-17

Engrossing and Intricate

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

A well-crafted, finely plotted novel of parallel voices. I wanted this to keep me occupied during a drive, and it stayed on my mind even after I arrived.
I typically prefer literary fiction, but will happily see similar books pop up in my suggestions in the future if they are this well written.

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,787

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By JK907 on 01-11-18

Unbelievably slow

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

There are several reviews that say this book is slow for the first half. They are right. What they fail to mention is it's all so slow in the second half.
This multiple point of view narration of - spoiler alert - an abusive relationship is about as surprising as the clock striking noon at 12.
I did hang in there while driving to wait and see what happens. Not in the sense that it was suspenseful, but I just kept waiting for something to happen.
Hard to believe it took two people to write this book. They must have gotten slowed down congratulating each other on their subtlety.
Well done, women. You've noticed the relationship between control and abuse. Maybe someone - possibly someone who's been living in an isolation ward - will be enlightened by your text.

2 of 2 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 17,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,131
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,042

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, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Haley on 05-27-18

As fascinating as a novel

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Dramatic memoir from someone who pulled herself up out of a cultish, Mormon sect where she was raised by anti-social fanatics.
If this was a work of fiction, I might have some problems with the main character's level of spectacular accomplishment and beyond belief ability to move on in the world. But as this is apparently all true, she is not only a very impressive human being but an excellent writer.

  • Wonder Woman Unbound

  • The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine
  • By: Tim Hanley
  • Narrated by: Colby Elliott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 271

This close look at Wonder Woman's history portrays a complicated heroine who is more than just a female Superman with a golden lasso and bullet-deflecting bracelets. The original Wonder Woman was ahead of her time, advocating female superiority and the benefits of matriarchy in the 1940s. At the same time, her creator filled the comics with titillating bondage imagery, and Wonder Woman was tied up as often as she saved the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • facts about how Wonder Woman has been portrayed

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 07-25-16

a master's thesis about Wonder Woman

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I must have bought this on sale. I was looking for a book about the famously unusual creator of the original Wonder Woman. This isn't it.
I'm not particularly a comic book reader, and I now know a great deal more about Wonder Woman and the history of feminism -- or lack thereof -- in female superheroes than I actually wanted to know.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Tears

  • A Novel
  • By: Hari Kunzru
  • Narrated by: Lincoln Hoppe, Danny Campbell, Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125

Two 20-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America's great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Seth is desperate to reach for the future. Carter is slipping back into the past. When Seth accidentally records an unknown singer in a park, Carter sends it out over the Internet, claiming it's a long lost 1920s blues recording by a musician called Charlie Shaw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the Blues Got There, Captain Jack

  • By W Perry Hall on 06-02-17

literary, intriguing, unique.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I am always searching for that unique hybrid of literature and a good yarn. This is a solid effort. Strong work.