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  • The Lost Family

  • A Novel
  • By: Jenna Blum
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

In 1965 Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha’s to savor its brisket bourguignon and impeccable service and to admire its dashing owner and head chef Peter Rashkin, the most eligible bachelor in town. But Peter does not care for the parade of eligible women who come to the restaurant hoping to catch his eye. Running Masha’s consumes him, as does his terrible guilt over surviving the horrors of the Nazi death camp while his wife, Masha - the restaurant’s namesake - and two young daughters perished. Then exquisitely beautiful June Bouquet, an up-and-coming young model, appears at the restaurant, piercing Peter’s guard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • STIMULATES THE HEART, MIND AND IMAGINATION

  • By Miss Manners on 07-01-18

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Good story, perfect narration, a true gem of a book. Raw and honest representation of how a marriage can be. A portrait of a family life connectedness’ through generations. Loved every minute of it.

1 of 1 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 23,498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,342
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,232

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
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

amazingly wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Amazingly wonderful, masterfully written memoir. Deeply touching, maddening in many parts - I kept waiting for Tara to "get educated", to stand up to dysfunction and cruelty she put up with or so many years. Totally engrossed, I feared for her life and celebrated her victories. Highly recommend it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Days Without End

  • A Novel
  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,129

Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely 17 years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars - against the Sioux and the Yurok - and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in. Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, disturbing, amazing

  • By Donna Deal on 07-28-17

could not finish - lost interest

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Could not finish - lost interest. The first part was good, even it was difficult to listen to due to descriptions of violence and war atrocities. Then the book lost steam, and kind of going nowhere.

  • The Bullet

  • By: Mary Louise Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,995

Two words: the bullet. That's all it takes to shatter her life. Caroline Cashion is beautiful, intelligent, a professor of French literature. But in a split second, everything she's known is proved to be a lie. A single bullet, gracefully tapered at one end, is found lodged at the base of her skull. Caroline is stunned. It makes no sense: She has never been shot. She has no entry wound, no scar. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "took a chance and glad I did"

  • By Sara on 04-08-15

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

A wonderful, masterfully crafted thriller - kept me riveted till the very end. Perfect narration, too.

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,965
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,824
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,682

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Al Franken for President!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Entertaining, informative and inspiring book. Loved it. Lucky Minnesotans to have Al as their senator. Gave me hope during these crazy Trump times.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • If You Are There

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Sherman
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Set in the early 1900s, the novel follows young Lucia Rutkowska who, thanks to the influence of her beloved grandmother, escapes the Warsaw ghetto to work as a kitchen maid in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the bustling city of Paris. Too talented for her lowly position, Lucia is thrown out on the street. Her only recourse is to take a job working for a married couple - two disorganized, rather poor scientists so distracted by their work that their house and young child are often neglected.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Flat, boring, could not finish it

  • By nursebettyknitting on 02-12-17

Flat, boring, could not finish it

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

As a teen, I read a biography of Marie Curie, and was fascinated by her personality. This book, however, is flat and boring. Could not finish it.Narration is good - Kate Reading is one of my favorites, but book is failed to capture my interest.

  • Everything Matters!

  • A Novel
  • By: Ron Currie Jr.
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Hillary Huber, Mark Deakins, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophecy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in 36 years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question, "Does anything I do matter?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Give Up On This One

  • By fred on 08-14-09

could not finish it - stopped caring...

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

Too long, too improbable, too boring, I stopped caring about the characters and simply could not finish it. Waste of time.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,534
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,889

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

Boring...

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Listening to this book is like watching flowers grow - beautiful but boring. Nothing really happens in the novel - it is mostly memories and observations of an aristocratic intellectual. This novel is a failure, I don't understand why it got good reviews.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Fall on Your Knees

  • By: Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives, even to destroy them. Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia, Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters. Theirs is a world filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Penetrating and Powerful

  • By Evelyn on 10-08-16

Tedious and depressing

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

This book is too long and too depressing. It has all the sick staff in it - pedophilia, incest, betrayal, hate, child abandonment. This story filled me with despair and I am sorry I listened to it for this many hours. Yes, the language and the narration are beautiful and intoxicating, so I got sucked in. It left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. What is the point of all this misery? "Life is a shit sandwich and then you die" - sums it up.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Bitter Greens

  • By: Kate Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Charlotte-Rose has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sister Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, 100 years earlier, was sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens. After Margherita's father steals from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off unless he and his wife give away their little girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich, Dark and Fascinating

  • By Ilana on 01-08-15

A story within a story within a story....

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

The story of Rapunzel, the witch, and the female french writer all in one. I found it to be tedious - after all, we all know the story of Rapunzel. The long flowery retelling made me feel impatient and bored. I was curious about the life of Charlotte Rose de la Forse, the french writer. The writing and the narration were excellent, but the book is too long to my taste.