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  • This Is How It Always Is

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,821

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story mirrors our life -- to a point -- spoilers

  • By 1mom3kids on 11-14-17

Best book of the year!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Insightful. Profound. Heart-wrenching.Just right for the current social and political distopia.
The narrator's voice and delivery were just right for this story.
Thank you and Bravo!

  • Disconnected

  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Jess Weixler
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Shannon Will is nearing thirty and has already made six trips to rehab (not that anyone's counting). But this time, she swears, will be different. She'll clean up her act, go to meetings, find a sponsor, and make a clean break with her past - starting with a new phone number. But old ties aren't so easy to sever. When Shannon's new phone starts getting messages she was never meant to see, Shannon has to decide whether to risk getting involved, or stay safely disconnected.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing Drone

  • By Rachel on 01-13-15

Exception all short story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Exception all short story. Well presented. Will recommend for reading and as an audible book.

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,305

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

heart wrenching and heart warming

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

heart wrenching and heart warming tales from WWII to present day; how much has changed yet how little is different?

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,641

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

So glad to discover this treasure

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

So glad I broke down and bought this book on audible. It is certain to be a life-long favorite.