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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,058
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,797
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,648

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Tara's recount of her childhood being raised in an unconventional home with an undiagnosed, bipolar parent was astounding and amazing to hear. Her writing style is easy to listen to, and the family members she does remember fondly/not so fondly are fleshed out for readers to understand her relationships with them.
Side note: I have ordered the Butterfly Express essential oils years ago, and I'm very surprised that I connected this company to the Westover family.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,670

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Figured out the killer halfway through

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I enjoyed the storyline, with all the red herrings put in place. The ending of the book when Strike described the events leading to the victim's death was an interesting fill-in-the-missing-scenes for the readers.

  • Miss Subways

  • A Novel
  • By: David Duchovny
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Tea Leoni
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Emer is just a woman living in New York City who takes the subway, buys ice cream from the bodega on the corner, has writerly aspirations, and lives with her boyfriend, Con. But is this life she lives the only path she’s on?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful storytelling at its finest!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Duchovny’s witty and self-deprecating humor shines through in both Emer and Con. Their flaws are both frustrating, endearing, and relatable. I’m not sure if Duchovny drew inspiration from Gaiman’s American Gods, however the lesser characters’ backgrounds are not at the forefront of this story.

It was nice to hear Leoni’s voice played as Emer speaking to other characters. She was able to capture the emotional nuances that Duchovny described. West Duchovny’s voice sprinkled into the book were like an Amazon package arriving at my door— I knew she voiced, but just didn’t know when to expect her reciting a quote.

Is this book as enjoyable as his previous book Bucky F’n Dent? Yes.

Would I listen to this book again? Maybe not. I’ve re-listened to Bucky F’n Dent.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,460

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Intriguing documentary

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

The story didn’t really pick up until around the third chapter once the Gardai zeroed in on a supposed suspect. A true whodunit that is still open-ended to this day.