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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 217,132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,368

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Children of the 80s, enter here

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

The wealth of detail around 80s pop culture is amazing. The storyline is interesting, but the laugh out loud moments of reminiscing with the introduction of some TV show or video game were priceless. A fun story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,762
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25,784

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boy, am I in the minority on this one.

  • By Bonny on 11-04-13

Interesting but depressing

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

Reviewed: 05-22-14

Death, despair, addiction, art, relationships, desire, depression, love, regret, forgiveness, survival, ramblings of philosophy, and well meaning but poor attempt at the meaning of life. Excellent performance! Interesting story and and intelligent writing but the last couple of hours of inconsequential verbose was unappealing to me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,924

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What does it mean to be human?

  • By Janice on 08-05-13

Different and interesting but not exciting

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

Reviewed: 04-13-14

I was very excited to read this book based on the number of high reviews. It is not the genre of book that I didn't care for but rather the style of the writing. The mystical and historical parts of the story were fascinating. However, the flow of the story made it a painful read. I mostly listen while commuting. The story didn't seem to come together until the middle of the book. The beginning was rather dull and several times while listening I needed to switch to music just to stay awake. By the middle of the book the characters became more interesting and listening became more enjoyable. Overall, a different book and somewhat interesting but definitely not a riveting tale.

46 of 52 people found this review helpful

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,050

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

A wonderful read

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

Reviewed: 04-13-14

I love historical fiction! I loved this book. The brutality of slavery is always heart wrenching to hear but the overall themes of love, dedication, bravery, and the fight for what is right were incredibly inspirational. After reading the book I was amazed to learn that the sisters were real people and true champions of equal rights for men and women of all races. They dedicated their lives to their beliefs long before these ideas were accepted by society.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Valley of Amazement

  • By: Amy Tan
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,018
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,041

Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life in a Courtesan house.

  • By Kristi R. on 01-02-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

My favorite Amy Tan book is Saving Fish From Drowning. I was completely disappointed with this book. The main character, Violet is intolerable throughout the novel. I was hoping for some redeeming quality at the end but it never came. There are almost no likable characters throughout the entire novel. I had no emotional attachment to any of the characters and therefore did not enjoy any of the details of the period or the places.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 20,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,226

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

Interesting story but lacking

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

I love historical fiction. When I stumbled upon this book I was completed intrigued as I had never heard of the orphan trains. I enjoyed listening to this book. I loved Vivian and felt her character and story was well told. However, the other characters and story left a lot to be desired. I think the author missed the opportunity to provide more historical detail about the orphan trains. Additionally, there were many more characters whose stories she could have included to make a more compelling novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brother Fish

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 31 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477

From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just Another Fish Story - something special

  • By Rebecarol on 07-07-08

AWESOME

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

I loved this book. This is my 4th Bryce Courtenay book. As so many others have said, the Bryce Courtenay/Humphrey Bower combination is superb. I am not too interested in war stories and found the beginning a little tedious with the battle details. However, it quickly picked up and I could barely stop listening. I think Bryce is a magnificent writer and I enjoy the dialog he creates between his characters. I love the rich character development and all the fascinating cultural details. I love the way he provides all the details of his characters from start to finish, never leaving me with the feeling that something is missing. Like his other books that I listened to, this one drew me in emotionally and made me feel like I was a part of the characters lives.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,215

History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get Out Your Hankies

  • By MJ on 07-29-11

Couldn't make it past chapter 6

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

The positive reviews written on this book made it sound so interesting. I just couldn't listen past chapter 6. It is rare for me to not finish a book. I was not at all interested in the boring details of how the author in the story writes the novel. The dialog between her and the other characters is boring. The lack of emotion in the relationships left me no desire to continue reading to see what happens. The historical fiction part of the story might have had promise but again the boring dialog between the characters and lack of emotion in their relationships left me not interested. I did not care for the narrator either. I found her to be dull and monotone.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,742

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration

  • By Mary Lynn Richardson on 03-20-09

A fascinating novel on many levels

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

Reviewed: 12-30-13

I read this book based on the reviews and comments from other readers. I loved this book. I am not in the medical field and was a little nervous from the other comments that I might not find this story enjoyable. However, the author does a wonderful job of infusing an interesting story with medical history and terminology in a way that is informative. What I learned about Obstetric Fistula (a medical condition in which a fistula (hole) develops after severe or failed childbirth, when adequate medical care is not available) was especially heartbreaking and profound. The character development is superb. The story is original and engrossing. I enjoyed the Ethiopian culture and history that is described throughout the story. This book is so informative and intriguing in so many different ways they cannot all be captured in a single review. I hope Abraham Verghese will write more fiction!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful