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  • Sourdough

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her - feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious!

  • By Lylo on 11-13-17

Charming

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

One of the best books I’ve read (listened to) in years! It was compelling but the characters were charming-the best combo! I want you I join the Lois club!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bolshoi Confidential

  • Secrets of the Russian Ballet - From the Rule of the Tsars to Today
  • By: Simon Morrison
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Renowned music historian Simon Morrison reveals the ballet as a crucible of art and politics, beginning with the disreputable inception of the theater in 1776 and proceeding through the era of imperial rule, the chaos of revolution, the oppressive Soviet years, and the recent $680 million renovation project. Drawing on exclusive archival research, Morrison creates a richly detailed tableau of the centuries-long war between world-class art and life-threatening politics that has defined this storied institution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not very engaging

  • By Julia on 02-27-17

Not very engaging

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

This book didn't have a lot of potential to begin with but why on why can't they choose readers who can pronounce the Russian words? I'm not even sure he got Da right - it was painful to listen to!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rock Chick

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,731
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,750

Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so "former") and current used-bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns, and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high-speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Rockin story

  • By karen on 03-26-14

More soft porn than mystery !

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

Reviewed: 06-22-14

This is not a mystery. I guess it might be a romance but don't be fooled by the advertising - it is much dirtier than Janet Evanovich's books!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Twelfth Department

  • By: William Ryan
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Captain Alexei Korolev has nothing to complain about. He has his own room in an apartment, a job in the police force that puts food on the table, and his good health. In Moscow in 1937, that's a lot more than most people have to be grateful for. Korolev receives an urgent call from his boss - it seems an important man has been murdered, and Korolev is the only detective they're willing to assign to this sensitive case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Who Dunnit Set in Pre-WWII Moscow

  • By Dr. on 08-22-13

Always entertaining and thoughtful

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

Reviewed: 08-04-13

I love this series and I was a little concerned to see that there was a new reader but he did a great job. Worth the credit!

  • Dark Triumph

  • His Fair Assassin Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Robin LaFevers
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sybella Kicks MAJOR Butt

  • By M. Herbert on 07-15-13

Worth the credit!! (or even to buy!)

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

Reviewed: 05-24-13

This is even better than the first book! Sybella is a much more realistic character!

  • Judgment Call

  • Joanna Brady Mysteries
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide. Though she's tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems. Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more complications she uncovers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Having Joanna back.

  • By Mara on 08-14-12

Fast Paced and clean

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

Reviewed: 03-01-13

Great story! I hadn't read a JA Jance book in a while and I'd forgotten how much I like her characters. I solved one of the mysteries early but there were actually two incorporated into this book and the second outcome was a complete surprise.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Touch of Frost

  • Mythos Academy, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 681

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy - a school of myths, magic, and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Shocked!! It Was Really Good

  • By Hassan on 06-20-13

More Kids of Gods and Godesses

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

Reviewed: 02-24-13

Same idea as Rick Riordan's books - that the gods and goddesses have kids but with a different twist. In this case they are all training to defeat/hold back the god Loki. The book is part mystery part fantasy.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Heist Society

  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

Since she can remember, Katarina's relatives have been grooming her for the family business - thieving. But when Kat tries to go straight and leave the Life for a normal life, she's promptly kicked out of her new school for stealing the headmaster's car and mounting it on the school fountain. Although she could have done it without breaking a sweat, ironically, this time, she's innocent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasant Surprise

  • By Julia on 02-24-13

A Pleasant Surprise

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

Reviewed: 02-24-13

This was deeper than I expected it to be. It's definitely YA but it still has a good message about war crimes. I'm looking forward to reading another one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shelter

  • A Mickey Bolitar Novel
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,437

Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey’s train wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn’t who she claimed to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got it by mistake!

  • By Michael on 10-09-12

Great Story for teens or adults!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-13

This was a real surprise. I've enjoyed Coben's Myron Bolitar books but this is by far the best book I've read by him. It was a complex plot, used good vocabulary and didn't have the gratuitous sex that are in Coben's adult books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Purpose

  • An Immigrant's Story
  • By: Wyclef Jean, Anthony Bozza
  • Narrated by: Sam Jean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Wyclef Jean is one of the most influential voices in hip-hop. He rocketed to fame in the 1990s with the Fugees, whose multiplatinum album, The Score, would prove a landmark in music history, winning two Grammys and going on to become one of the best-selling hip-hop albums of all time. In Purpose, Wyclef recounts his path to fame from his impoverished childhood in "Baby Doc" Duvalier's Haiti and the mean streets of Brooklyn and Newark to the bright lights of the world stage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring, Fugees fan a must listen

  • By Tabitha on 06-05-18

A Compelling Autobiography!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

I really enjoyed this biography. The story was compelling and though it is obviously a little biased (there are two sides to every story) I finished the book liking Wyclef even more. If you grew up listening to the Fugees and Wyclef like I did you should definitely read this book. Sam's narration is an added benefit because it makes the reader feel like they are listening to Wyclef himself.