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  • Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950's

  • By: Marijane Meaker
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Patricia Highsmith, author of classics such as The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train, was a lesbian and a writer who defied simple categorization. Marijane Meaker is the author of more than 40 books. Meaker and Highsmith met in New York City, became lovers, and embarked on a romance amidst the bohemian set of Greenwich Village and the literary crowd of Fire Island. Written with wit and brassy candor, this is a revealing look at a controversial icon of popular American fiction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book about a mysterious author.

  • By Kathleen on 08-27-12

Disturbing yet fascinating

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-19

A singular perspective on the life of a flawed but brilliant writer. I found the description of Lesbian life in the 50’s and 60’s to ring true. Those of us celebrating contemporary gay life might do well to reflect on the “old” proscriptions and secrecy of a guarded and dangerous life. These were the days of rampant butch, femme, and Kiki personae. We should be well advised in the days ahead.

  • Beam, Straight Up

  • The Bold Story of the First Family of Bourbon
  • By: Fred Noe, Jim Kokoris
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Written by the 7th generation Beam family member and Master Distiller, Frederick Booker Noe III, Beam, Straight Up is the first audiobook by a Beam, the family behind the 217-year whiskey dynasty and makers of one of the world's best-selling bourbons. This audiobook features family history and the evolution of bourbon, including Fred's storied youth "growing up Beam" in Bardstown, Kentucky; his transition from the bottling line to renowned global bourbon ambassador; and his valuable business insights on how to maintain and grow a revered brand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining

  • By Jean on 04-11-15

Engaging and entertaining

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-19

As a Kentuckian and Bourbon fan, I looked forward to what Fred Noe had to but assumed it would be more marketing than history. I was pleasantly surprised at the gracious, enthusiastic, and VERY interesting history of not only the first family of Bourbon but of other distilling families and the warp and weft of bourbon and Kentucky and Kentucky and bourbon. Highly recommend.

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • A Life
  • By: Jane Sherron de Hart
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 24 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, Jane de Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect. At the heart of her story and abiding beliefs - her Jewish background. Tikkun olam, the Hebrew injunction to “repair the world”, with its profound meaning for a young girl who grew up during the Holocaust and World War II. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Read

  • By Anonymous User on 11-23-18

Remarkable!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-19

While very long and extremely detailed this is worth every moment to listen to and understand the remarkable commitment of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to human rights, to feminism, and most importantly to equal rights for men and women! While I have read other biographies and her own compilation of writings, I found this a profound and moving account of the precision and deliberation Justice Ginsburg has made the hallmarks of her life. I can only hope we will see a return to the prestige and confidence of the supreme court by overturning the crash politics and patriarchal insistence of Congress and the current court. I am so grateful for her.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Library Book

  • By: Susan Orlean
  • Narrated by: Susan Orlean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 918

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was good-bye, Charlie.” The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Had To Turn It Off

  • By Meg on 01-17-19

Beautiful paean to life, libraries and librarians

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I am a librarian, and this book means the world to me in giving a real and deep perspective to who we are, why we love our careers and what libraries mean to the world, but particularly to a free and open democratic republic. Susan Orlean, Thank you! Your mother should be delighted.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • By Kristina on 12-01-18

Worth the wait

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I spent months waiting for Louise Penny’s newest novel and it was worth the wait. Once again stories within stories and convolute resolutions not to mention an ending of suspense and a little anxiety to await the next Inspector Gamache episode.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • She Wants It

  • Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy
  • By: Jill Soloway
  • Narrated by: Jill Soloway
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

In this poignant memoir of personal transformation, Jill Soloway takes us on a patriarchy-toppling emotional and professional journey. When Jill’s parent came out as transgender, Jill pushed through the male-dominated landscape of Hollywood to create the groundbreaking and award-winning Amazon TV series Transparent. Exploring identity, love, sexuality, and the blurring of boundaries through the dynamics of a complicated and profoundly resonant American family, Transparent gave birth to a new cultural consciousness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By jaclyn stevens on 10-16-18

Wow!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This was recommended to me by a librarian and I am stunned by Soloway’s direct, honest and sometimes hysterical recounting of her journey from a “good, little heteronormative girl to her (r)evolution personally as a binary person, prompted by the unnerving coming out by her father as trans, the creative process to develop the groundbreaking series, “Transparent”, and the ultimate loss of trust to the patriarchal transgressions of its main character. MeToo, Times Up and defining and living intersectionality all woven into this life story. Timely, moving and actionable. Thank you Jamie.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,167

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Wow!! Gripping and moving

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-18

What a beautiful, elegiac story about loneliness, love, resilience and retribution. Woven around the life of one woman but imbedded in the natural history of marshes, waterways and estuaries is both compelling and instructive. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • 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 4,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,238
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,223

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

Strange. Not her best

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-18

If you want to explore family dysfunction and individual self-unawareness, this is a book for you. Mildly unsettling and complicated plot with oh-so many characters. Perhaps in this age of venal politics and rising fascism, I’m simply looking to be more entertained.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Feast Day of Fools

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,394

Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story with remarkable delivery.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-13-11

Gruesome, exciting and well written

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-18

A complicated, gritty story read by a master of voice and dialects. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended to all but the very squeamish. Thanks

  • Good and Mad

  • How Women's Anger Is Reshaping America
  • By: Rebecca Traister
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Traister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 642

In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before this, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic - but politically problematic. With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel - from suffragettes chaining themselves to the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of resulting repercussions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empowering. Evocative. Affirming

  • By P. on 10-04-18

Empowering. Evocative. Affirming

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-18

This book must be read!! I’ve been mad since the ‘70’s as an out lesbian feminist but since 2016 I’ve been an angry woman-sick of the harassment and abuse I’ve both experienced and witnessed. I am a congenial, likeable person but I’ve often been accused of being “so angry”. Thank you, Rebecca Traister for not only affirming that anger but giving the historical and contemporary context in which to UNDERSTAND and USE it!! Highly recommended to every woman with a pulse.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful