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  • My Oxford Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Whelan
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was 13: study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Karen on 05-03-18

felt meh about it, the whole way through

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

hard to believe plot lines, story didn't gel for me, but the worst were the male voices, obviously read by a woman (and I have known them to do a great job ie: Davina Porter)- the voice of the romantic male lead was raspy and read with an aristocratic tone that I almost couldn't bear-

  • One Day in December

  • A Novel
  • By: Josie Silver
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,738

Laurie is sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away. Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend: the man from the bus.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t do it!

  • By Terra on 12-16-18

good story, believable male characters

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

I really enjoyed this book as I prepared for Christmas...the male characters were believable as real men (rare in romances, I have found)- Because of my middle age, I got a little frustrated with the young protagonist and her friend with their over-emotional "drama" at times, and did wish for an epilogue or longer ending to the long wait for two people to be together- but would definitely recommend...a very enjoyable, longish read.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39,489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,173
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35,963

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
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

exceeded my expectations!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

While I admire Michelle Obama, I am not typically a lover of biographies- this book, however, was very enjoyable- she has had an interesting life and she approaches her memoir like a regular person. It is easy to believe she is your friend, reminiscing about her life and remembering stories- don't miss this one

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Stranger in the Woods

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
  • By: Michael Finkel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194

For readers and listeners of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude - the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for 27 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A one-sitting listen

  • By NMwritergal on 04-20-18

just couldn't care about the protagonist

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I am a frustrated sociologist so normally I enjoy reading about people and their behavior. I know being unenjoyable is a personality feature of the autistic, but I just didn't enjoy reading about him. Well-read but far from interesting, he was not really a backwoods survivalist, in my estimation since he resorted to stealing so much from others regularly in order to maintain his lifestyle. The narrator was very good, the ending about the author and Chris's relationship was the most interesting.

  • Spirited

  • Connect to the Guides All Around You
  • By: Rebecca Rosen, Samantha Rose
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Rosen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Popular psychic medium Rebecca Rosen’s fresh and hip prescriptive program empowers readers to heighten their intuition, connect with deceased loved ones, and surpass the psychological roadblocks holding them back.In Spirited, readers learn how to dig into their past to identify the root of the “damage” that’s keeping them from living their best lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally worth the investment of time/money

  • By PatNewMex on 11-28-12

pretty good, just a lot of "instructions"

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I read many stories by mediums- this one was just fine but more instructive than I wanted- best for people wanting to help with getting started on raising their own energy- I am already doing much of what is discussed here, so I more wanted to read about her journey and stories of experiences....the last half, especially, read more like a "how to" book

  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,099
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,826

In this intimate, haunting, literary memoir read by the author, an American icon tells her story for the first time, in her own gorgeous words - about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Life Story of Sally Field's

  • By Doris Anna Wright on 09-20-18

this book was like a gift, to me....thanks, Sally

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Absolutely wonderful memoir, so beautifully written...about Sally Field's life, career, childhood, and relationships as only she can tell it....it really readers who have followed her career really understand her Oscar winning statement "I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" She is 10 years older than I, and like many women, I grew up with Sally Fields on TV and in the movies- her poignant memories and insights into herself and her life were so heart-wrenching at times but ended in such an enviable place- it really was just a gift to listen to. Highly Recommend.

  • Tragedy Plus Time

  • By: Adam Cayton-Holland
  • Narrated by: Adam Cayton-Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Adam Cayton-Holland went from a painfully sensitive kid growing up in Denver, Colorado, to a writer and performer with a burgeoning career in comedy. His father, a civil rights lawyer, and his mother, an investigative journalist, taught Adam and his two sisters to feel the pain of the world deeply and to combat it through any means necessary. Adam chose to meet life’s tough breaks and cruel realities with stand-up comedy; his older sister chose law; their youngest sister, Lydia, struggled with mental illness and ultimately took her own life. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful.... Just WOW!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-22-18

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

the author is so heartfelt, insightful, and funny- a rare combination of a coming-of-age story with a dark event that is just a small piece of a happy family that suffered loss but learned to endure and thrive in the aftermath- very compelling and enjoyable

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Making of Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

Lydia, Dean, and Robyn live very different lives, but each of them, independently, has always felt that something was missing. What they don't know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down. It's a letter containing a secret - one that will bind them together and show them what love and family and friendship really mean. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I've read in a long time!

  • By JNS on 07-19-18

character switches so confusing, gave up-

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

each beginning chapter named someone new- I read/listen to lots of books and even have enjoyed Lisa Jewell book before, but I gave this one many tries and couldn't keep track of the changing characters

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  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,162

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

practically fabulous

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I'm a tough reviewer, but I would give this book a 4.5...just a bit slow starting, but once the story unfolded, I couldn't put it down (take it out of my ears)- lots of great unpredicted twists and turns- just a great summer read. Narrator was awesome (and I'm picky)-

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,833
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,164
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,034

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

just, wow

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

What did you love best about Educated?

this is an amazing, true story of a girl who became a woman under the most extreme of family conditions and still managed, beyond all odds, to lift herself out of what her survivalist parents trained her to be to become- ending as the antithesis of it- but without hate and bitterness

What did you like best about this story?

how compelling it was

Any additional comments?

Everyone interested in psychology, sociology and psychopathy would enjoy this inspiring story

0 of 1 people found this review helpful