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  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,217
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,202

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

  • By Marina on 10-19-18

A complete waste of time!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I kept waiting for this book to get better, make some sense, stop meandering. Never happened. It just went on and on and on for 22 hours.

  • Marlena

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Buntin
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 493

Everything about 15-year-old Cat's new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena's orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts - first drink, first cigarette, first kiss - while Marlena's habits harden and calcify.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant, Agonizing Portrait of a Young Woman

  • By Sudi on 06-06-17

Depressing, so, so depressing

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

This book is beyond understanding. I finished it, but it was an effort. Unless you really like depressing, depressing, depressing material, skip this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hardwiring Happiness

  • The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
  • By: Rick Hanson
  • Narrated by: Rick Hanson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated? Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences and slowly from good ones, but you can change this.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creating & savoring positive experiences

  • By Karen on 06-04-14

DON'T BOTHER

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

Reviewed: 10-18-13

I thought this books sounded pretty good, but I was mistaken. I should have known when the author is the narrator of his own book, never a good sign, and starts by listing all of the people to whom he is thankful...it's downhill from there. There is nothing that captures the attention of the listener, not to which the listener can easily relate. The author lists three categories that he mentions over and over and over: the categories are purely subjective and none of it makes sense. All he winds up saying (albeit over and over) is remember the good things that happen to you, focus on those things for 20 seconds and your good brain parts will grow. Bad book, bad bad bad bad.

18 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,208

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

A Beautiful Story

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

Reviewed: 10-09-13

I hesitated to buy this book after I read the synopsis, I was reluctant to get into something grim or saccharine. But, I finally got it and I am so glad I did. I know this is characterized as a YA book but it is such a lovely story and offers such insight into the triteness with which sick people are treated. The book also makes one step back and realize what incredible gift it is to be living a disease free existence--but that is not the crux of the story. Interestingly, the story takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hazel lives at 83rd and Springmill Road, only a few blocks from my house. All of the local references are excellent--except the hospital names.

I can not recommend this book enough.

  • In the Face of Jinn

  • By: Cheryl Howard Crew
  • Narrated by: Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

Two American sisters, Christine and Elizabeth Shepherd, are on a silk-buying trip in India for their business in California. After Elizabeth mysteriously disappears, Christine is compelled to challenge the ineffectual U.S. and Indian bureaucracies and venture alone, with various strangers as guides, to find her sister. Disguised in the traditional female garb of some Islamic cultures, Christine continues her search in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She navigates the mysterious tribes of the Pashtuns, has a dangerous encounter with the Taliban, and learns to fear the "Jinn", the devils that dominate the superstitions of the people she must understand in order to survive.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Bother

  • By Gennie on 05-22-13

Do Not Bother

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

Reviewed: 05-22-13

This might be one of the weakest books I have ever heard. Christine Shepherd, the protagonist, is portrayed as everything from a weak, sick, helpless, pathetic female to a Ninja sporting an assault rifle and fighting the Taliban as she scours a harsh landscape to find her sister--who she believes is dead? Is she a prisoner or a freedom fighter? Christine manages, single handedly to take out a much sought-after terrorist after suffering multiple rapes, illnesses, starvation and beatings. One minute she is so weak she can not walk then suddenly she is sprinting after middle eastern thugs. AND she knows everything there is to know about AK-47s and Kalashnikovs.

Other characters are thinly drawn. Christine runs into many people during her dash across three countries--we're never sure where she is or how she got there--those characters are never fleshed out and all run together as gun clad mobs of dirty, bearded men with lust in their eyes and the veiled, beaten women who service them. At one point Christine manages to grab an imprisoned, battered woman and they escape the bad guys. For some reason she decides to return (with her fellow escapee) to her captors because...

Even Christine's sister, Elizabeth, is never a real character. As for the Aussie with melanoma, I have no idea why he was even a character in this book except to remind readers to wear sunscreen. Money in large quantities changes hands, disappears and appears with little explanation. Christine remains attractive enough in her blood and urine soaked robes to attract the attention of one of the bearded guys--the one with great eyes. What? She had been raped, beaten, and practically killed but she heals enough to have a romantic liaison with a Muslim guy she's know for...how long? It's never clear how much time has passed. Was it a month or a year?

How did this book ever get published?

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 43 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do Not Miss This

  • By Jamie on 06-19-06

I don't get it!

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

I absolutely do not understand all of the great reviews this book has received. I found the book tedious, the main character completely unrealistic, philosophically challenged, and pretty ridiculous. How can one man charm and gain the complete trust of practically every Indian person he meets while mastering two dialects, mentoring young Indian children, acting as the only “doctor” in a 12,000 person slum (with only rudimentary first aid training) and solving political and criminal dilemmas at the same time. The book is LONG and arduous, I gave up after more than 16 hours of listening--the first two segments, I rarely leave a book unfinished. But I could no longer stand hearing about the great Lin.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Tara Conklin
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 653

The year is 2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. The year is 1852: Josephine is a 17-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm - an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. It is through her father, renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers a controversy rocking the art world: Art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her Virginia tobacco farm, were actually the work of her house slave, Josephine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Jeanette Finan on 02-21-13

Lots of Characters, not much depth

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

What made the experience of listening to The House Girl the most enjoyable?

Bahni Turpin was an excellent narrarator, especially for Josephine. She might have changed her voice, intonation or something when doing Lena's part of the story. She always sounded like Josaphine to me.

Would you be willing to try another book from Tara Conklin? Why or why not?

Yes, the story was interesting I just felt there were too many plots and not enough depth into the characters.

Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

Josephine

Who was the most memorable character of The House Girl and why?

Josephine, probably because Ms Turpin sounded like Josephine.

Any additional comments?

This book seemed more like the first draft--before the characters were all beefed up and given personalities, backgrounds, a reason for being in the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

  • A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life
  • By: Laura Vanderkam
  • Narrated by: Laura Vanderkam
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A statement or two could summarize this book

  • By Teresa on 07-22-12

It Just Makes Sense!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-12

What made the experience of listening to What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast the most enjoyable?

This book was written with a great deal of thought and a touch of humor.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything the author said made sense and was totallly "do-able".

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have liked to listen to every last word of this book before removing my headphones.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Marilynne Robinson
  • Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Glory Boughton, aged 38, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack - the prodigal son of the family, gone for 20 years - comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish that I had read this one

  • By S. Elder on 10-02-08

The most irritating narrator!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-08

I had to stop listening to this book, I was so irritated by the person reading I found I could no longer concentrate on the plot. She drones on and on--like a really bad Joan Crawford immitation. This is only the second time I've given up on a book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful