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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 73,893
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67,354
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66,975

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - from a 54 yo white republican man

  • By Richard Sullivan on 12-22-18

A Must Read for Everyone<br />

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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: 12-31-18

This book has life lessons for every one of us. Michelle Obama has a gift for words that stay with you. Her reading is pitch- perfect. I was sorry to see it and.

  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,823

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spring for a professional narrator, please!

  • By Gail Dragon on 11-05-18

Her Bedy Book Yet!

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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: 11-15-18

I have read everything Barbara Kinsolver has written and found these characters the most compelling and engaging. I did not want this one to end!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Belzhar

  • By: Meg Wolitzer
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116

If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She'd be watching old comedy sketches with him. She'd be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn't be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English. But life isn't fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not really about Sylvia Plath

  • By SydSavvy on 03-01-15

Wolirzer's Best

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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: 07-19-18

This is a tale well told that reminds use of the exquisite pain and joy of youth. I could not stop listening.

  • White Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Bloom
  • Narrated by: Tonya Cornelisse
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 285

Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, "Hick", as she's known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this story

  • By Joy Siegel on 03-03-18

Fascinating Look into a Part of History

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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: 06-14-18

I loved this book. It provides a fascinating peak into the secret life of Eleanor Roosevelt and her companion, Lorraine Hicks. Wonder ful reading too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Female Persuasion

  • A Novel
  • By: Meg Wolitzer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,125

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women's movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer--madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can't quite place--feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she'd always imagined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Preachy

  • By D. Miller on 05-03-18

Wolitzer's Best Yet

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

In a time when the world is giving attention to women's voices this book couldn't be more timely. I'm a long-time fan of Meg Wolitzer, but this book exceeded even my expectations!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Husbands and Other Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Marilyn Simon Rothstein
  • Narrated by: Pamela Almand
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

After a lifetime of marriage, Marcy Hammer is ready to get herself unhitched - just as everyone else in her life is looking for a commitment. Her new boyfriend, Jon, wants to get serious, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Harvey, is desperate to get back together. When her headstrong daughter announces a secret engagement to Harvey’s attorney, Marcy finds herself planning her daughter’s wedding as she plans her own divorce. Now with two huge events on the horizon, the indomitable Marcy soon realizes that there’s nothing like a wedding to bring out the worst in everybody.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and hilarious!

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 07-26-18

Sweet, fun and funny

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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: 03-14-18

This story picks up a wonderful and quirky group of characters from Rothstein's first book, Lift and Separate. I've missed them and loved this journey even more than the first.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,917

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Beautiful Prose About Motherhood

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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: 03-07-18

I adored this book. It was beautifully written and gave voice to the joys and heartbreak that is motherhood. Gorgeous!

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,974

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

An ode to strong women and their role in history

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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: 02-10-18

This was at thoroughly engaging. piece of literature. While the violence was a part of the story I never felt it was used to shock but to give the plot its heart.

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,284

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Engaging story with vivid characters

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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: 01-01-18

Ken Follett has done it again! His blend history, great characters and beautifully described settings makes you feel a part of the story.

  • 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 15,086
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,923
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,782

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

Fascinating look inside the Senate

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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: 06-24-17

This book gives you a real feel for Al Franken's worlds - before, during and after his election to the Senate. Franken reads it with humor, heart and soul. Be prepared to learn, laugh and enjoy.