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Harleysville, PA United States
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  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,614
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,206

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

I've Always Loved This Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

It's hard for me to believe that I'm just getting around to "reading" this book. The Orson Welles version of the movie has been my all time favorite movie for years. I knew that that version didn't tell the entire story, but I didn't realize how much of a difference there really was. There's much more to the story and to Jane's character than I was aware of. The book sheds so much light on her thought process and strength of character. These are things you don't always fully get from a movie. Thandie Newton's narration was also excellent, with distinct characterizations of each character in the book. Great book by one of the great Bronte sisters. Highly recommended.

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  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,867

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

A Sweet Love Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I'm usually not one for romance novels, but I really enjoyed this book. The story of a struggling family meeting their knight on a white horse really pulled at my heartstrings. I think because of my own family's struggles it had some meaning for me. I also thought the writing was excellent, there was depth to all of the characters,and the narrators were excellent. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that will leave them with a good feeling and a smile on their face in the end.

  • Electric Arches

  • By: Eve L. Ewing
  • Narrated by: Eve L. Ewing
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50

Blending stark realism with the surreal and fantastic, Eve L. Ewing's narrative takes us from the streets of 1990s Chicago to an unspecified future, deftly navigating the boundaries of space, time, and reality. Ewing imagines familiar figures in magical circumstances - blues legend Koko Taylor is a tall-tale hero; LeBron James travels through time and encounters his teenage self. She identifies everyday objects - hair moisturizer, a spiral notebook - as precious icons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% recommend

  • By Erin Cline on 11-01-17

Nice!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Very good! I enjoyed this even though I’m not a fan of poetry. The author is very gifted.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,997

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

Loved the story and narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I really enjoyed this book. The story kept my attention and I thought the characters were all believable. The ending was satisfying and made complete sense. I highly recommend this book.

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jesmyn Ward
  • Narrated by: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993

In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural 21st-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.9 Stars

  • By j phillips on 01-09-18

Wonderful story, annoying narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. Although I can’t say that I completely understood all of the symbolism it didn’t matter to me because the story was so good. The only downside to the overall performance was the style of the female narrator. I found the way she exaggerated her words to be incredibly annoying. This didn’t add to the story in any way for me. And in fact it took away from it. I will avoid this narrator like the plague since I prefer normal speech when listening to a book. Kudos to the author for another great book!!

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  • This Is Just My Face

  • Try Not to Stare
  • By: Gabourey Sidibe
  • Narrated by: Gabourey Sidibe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292

Gabourey Sidibe - "Gabby" to her legion of fans - skyrocketed to international fame in 2009 when she played the leading role in Lee Daniels' acclaimed movie Precious. In This Is Just My Face, she shares a one-of-a-kind life story in a voice as fresh and challenging as many of the unique characters she's played onscreen. With full-throttle honesty, Sidibe paints her Bed-Stuy/Harlem family life with a polygamous father and a gifted mother who supports her two children by singing in the subway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love that face!

  • By Pamela J on 05-08-17

Funny and Interesting Autobiography

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I knew very little about Gabourey Sidibe before reading this book. I was intrigued by her performance as Precious and her acting gig on Empire. This book was an open and honest account of some of her life story. I had no idea how funny she is. I also didn’t know that one of her parents is from Africa. Her honesty about her weight and depression were refreshing and at times hilarious. Overall I enjoyed her performance. The only thing I didn’t like was the way her voice would drop off at the end of sentences. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an honest, funny celebrity life-story.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49,279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,654
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44,584

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

A Perfect Story A Perfect Production

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

I've just finished this book and am still feeling the overwhelming feelings of sadness and happiness. (spoiler alert)
Sadness that Isabelle didn't survive but happiness that Gaeton, Ari and V did and were reunited. The story held me in suspense throughout the entire book. All of the characters were well drawn out. This is a book I will read again. I must also give praise to the voice actor who was excellent. This is a beautiful book that I recommend to anyone looking for a five-star read.