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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,015

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

A sort of Twisted modern Austen

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

One of those novels that comes around every few years that will be loved by anyone who reads it. At least anyone who likes interesting characters. Who couldn't love Eleanor? Light romance, insight, a sort of dark Jane Austen feel. Plenty of humor. I laughed a lot and cried once or twice. Just... such a good, filling book (because it has such fulfilling people in it)

  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,717

Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not a runner ...

  • By B.J. on 09-01-09

new classic

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Read this. I don't run, don't jog, don't go anywhere, or do much of anything, but this books was still amazing to me. Read about crazy people and mythologize endurance athletes and mysterious canyons and dodge drug runners. It's just a great flipping book.

  • The Consolations of Philosophy

  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Alain de Botton has performed a stunning feat: He has transformed arcane philosophy into something accessible and entertaining, useful and kind. Drawing on the work of six of the world's most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cheering, empathic, helpful

  • By Austin on 11-11-09

Perfectly okay.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Listen to an empathic feeling therapist teach you an intro to western philosophy class. It's totally … okay.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Broad Daylight

  • By: Harry N. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Dave Clark
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

In Broad Daylight tells the story of the killing of Ken Rex McElroy on the main street of Skidmore, Missouri, in July 1981. McElroy, an illiterate hog farmer, had terrorized all of northwest Missouri for over 20 years, until the town, and even law enforcement, was terrified of him. McElroy was shot as he sat in his truck in front of the tavern. Over 45 men witnessed the shooting. Despite two eyewitness accounts and three grand jury investigations, no one has been prosecuted for the crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to hear it to believe it

  • By Brock on 12-09-14

good

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

fascinating story, worth a read, still remember bits of it a couple years later. Writing didn't blow me away but the events are worth learning.

  • Status Anxiety

  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

This is a book about an almost universal anxiety that is rarely mentioned: an anxiety about what others think of us, about whether we're judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. This is a book about status anxiety. Best-selling author Alain de Botton asks, with lucidity and charm, where our worries about status come from and what, if anything, we can do to surmount them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book about one of society's worst diseases

  • By Jesse on 02-02-10

Nice.

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Comforting and easy to read. Ordinary pop philosophy. Enjoyed it. Didn't learn anything, or get blown away, but was a pleasant experience.

  • Crash Override

  • How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate
  • By: Zoe Quinn
  • Narrated by: Zoe Quinn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

You've heard the stories about the dark side of the Internet - hackers, #gamergate, anonymous mobs attacking an unlucky victim, and revenge porn - but they remain just that: stories. Surely these things would never happen to you. Zoe Quinn used to feel the same way. She is a video game developer whose ex-boyfriend published a crazed blog post cobbled together from private information, half truths, and outright fictions along with a rallying cry to the online hordes to go after her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suffer a witch to live.

  • By Tim Branann on 04-06-18

As much journalism as memoir.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

This book is great, better than I expected, with lots of back ground information and context provided. Also, Quinn does a good job narrating her book, a move that's often a mistake. She's *almost* pro level there. Very impressed.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • War and Genocide

  • A Concise History of the Holocaust
  • By: Doris L. Bergen
  • Narrated by: Collene Curran
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In examining one of the defining events of the twentieth century, Doris L. Bergen situates the Holocaust in its historical, political, social, cultural, and military contexts. Unlike many other treatments of the Holocaust, this revised, third edition discusses not only the persecution of the Jews, but also other segments of society victimized by the Nazis: Roma, homosexuals, Poles, Soviet POWs, the disabled, and other groups deemed undesirable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agency - the capacity or state of exerting power

  • By Angela on 03-22-17

Modern, reflective, and fairly brief.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

This book does not go into great details as a dry academic text, as it says it is concise, and the description of the Holocaust is effective and much shorter than similar works. The thing that sticks out about this book to me, is the voice with which the subject is discussed. The book has a conversation with you, from our modern world, about the causes and implications. It has a contemplative, social-sciences angle, but chooses words carefully to ensure respect and accuracy is clear.

The Narrator is easy to understand, has good inflection, and no annoying ticks. Collene Curran makes it easy to lose her voice and feel as if one was reading directly, which is all one could ask for in such a work.

If you are looking for an exhaustive work, this is not for you. If you want the outline, important events, and some quality insights, I recommend it.

-I received a free review copy of this work-

  • Without Mercy

  • Obsession and Murder Under the Influence
  • By: Gary Provost
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

On any Sunday morning in the Florida Redlands, Dee Casteel might have served you pancakes at the IHOP. She was a hard-working, cheerful waitress, one of the nicest people you'd ever want to know. She was also a three-bottle-a-day alcoholic, hopelessly in love with the IHOP's manager, Allen Bryant. Bryant wanted his live-in lover, IHOP owner Art Venecia, dead. And Dee Casteel helped him to arrange it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book

  • By Stephanie on 02-08-17

A more human, compelling narrative.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

Kevin Pierce provides his avuncular and gravelly narrative to another True Crime novel. He's personally my favorite narrator for this genre, because his readings lack arrogance and seem to strive for understanding.

Gary Provost's Without Mercy is a slight twist on the TC formula, as he travels with those involved in the crimes more than the victims, and tries to piece together how their vile and/or tragic actions came into being, allowing the reader a wide angle from which to judge the scene. This books is just different enough that it's insightful, and while I can't call it a genre busting classic, it is definitely a good book and worth a read.

I was provided a free review copy of this work.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Salt of the Earth

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

Joe Gere said he died on the afternoon his 12-year-old daughter Brenda disappeared. It was left to Brenda's mother Elaine to sustain her stricken family, search for her missing child, and pressure the authorities for justice. From the first minutes of the investigation, suspicion fell on Michael Kay Green, a steroid-abusing "Mr. Universe" hopeful, but there was no proof of a crime, leaving police and prosecutors stymied. Tips and sightings poured in as lawmen and volunteers combed the Cascades forest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling True Crime -portrait of a family

  • By Suzanne on 05-08-16

Kevin Pierce and Jack Olsen, need I say more?

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

This is a weaker turn for Jack Olsen, but that isn't much of a knock, by true crime standards in general I'd probably give this five stars, but for Jack it's only four. This combination of author and narrator is, or at least should be, legendary. Kevin Pierce is the best narrator of the serious and haunting, and you won't be let down.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • By: D. H. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Katherine Littrell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Lady Chatterley's Lover is D. H. Lawrence's last novel. First published privately in 1928, Lady Chatterley's Lover was banned from wider publication in the UK until 1960 and was the subject of censorship and book banning in the United States and elsewhere. Its erotic subject material, colorful language, and discussion of interclass relations were deemed obscene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Reading of a Famous Classic

  • By . on 08-18-16

Brilliantly honest and difficult.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

This is an infamous book that has had endless professional revues and if you seek plot details or deep commentary you will find no lack of them online. It's rightfully famous for being a breakout example of honest character study, disclosing aspects of society that we still tend to keep to ourselves -- and even from ourselves. It's a deep character study, and the extreme honesty make it a work of art.

There's not much to say about the LCL itself that you can't find better said elsewhere. If you're here, you're likely here on purpose to find this book.

The narrator Katherine Littrell is a skilled voice talent, has several inflections and voices, and vanishes into the background of your mind as you continue to listen. In the early chapters, the aussie accent is apparent against the english background, but it disappears over time. Some of my fellow americans might not notice at all.. I give the narration 4 stars because the accent did temporarily throw me, but it is otherwise perfectly done.

*I received a review copy of this work in exchange for an unbiased review.