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Emily Yolkut

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  • The Immortalists

  • By: Chloe Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,585
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,366

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children - four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness - sneak out to hear their fortunes, A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This book is good but . . .

  • By E. Longe on 01-19-18

Terrible Hebrew Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

While the book was pretty good, I found the narrator incredibly distracting. Her pronunciation of Hebrew and Jewish terminology was awful. I can't imagine why they would hire someone to read this book without some Jewish background, or at the very least have a producer with Jewish knowledge standing by to help. It didn't help that most of the words she mispronounced were pretty basic Judaism 101. Even the most casual Jew knows that the prayer you say when someone dies is the KA-dish, not the ka-DEESH. It would have taken them 5 seconds to google this and get it right. Also she mentions "ha-LO-ha" (rhymes with Aloha?!) and it stopped me in my tracks because I have never heard this word. I had to get my hands on a hard copy of the book just to find out she was trying to say "Ha-la-KHA (Jewish Law). It was completely distracting and kept me from enjoying the book.

  • We Are Not Ourselves

  • By: Matthew Thomas
  • Narrated by: Mare Winningham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 979
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 978

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Depressing

  • By Emily Yolkut on 01-12-15

Beyond Depressing

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

This book was absurdly depressing. The first half was a little on the sad side, but manageable and then - WHAM - the second half makes you slog through the most depressing book ever. This title should come with a warning!!!!

Granted, it's fabulous writing, but for me it wasn't worth it!!!

24 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Leftovers

  • By: Tom Perrotta
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,099

What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The title is the best part

  • By Pamela Harvey on 09-03-11

Creative and Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 09-20-11

I loved every second of this audiobook. The idea behind it is so creative and new, I never knew what would come next. The rapture was a concept I had never thought much about, but now I can't stop thinking about it. Not that I'm expecting the real thing, but I think there are so many parallels to be made to real life tragedies. Perrotta did a great job exploring how we realistically cope with loss even in the most unrealistic of circumstances. Worth noting that I didn't find it depressing even though it deals with so many heavy topics.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Prep

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Julie Dretzin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 344

This New York Times best-seller is a funny and poignant coming-of-age story, a dead-on examination of adolescent angst, and a sharp criticism of America’s social structure. Fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora enrolls at the prestigious Ault School of Massachusetts and is surrounded by beautiful, wealthy students. She immediately feels like an outsider, but manages to carve out a niche for herself. Then everything falls apart when Lee’s private thoughts become public information.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy & Enjoyable Listen

  • By Lorraine on 06-07-12

Very Disappointing!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-11

I read Prep because I loved Sittenfeld's American Wife, but Prep was such a letdown! I figured since the author seems to have an intimate knowledge of the prep school world, she would show its seedy underbelly and maybe delve into some new territory. Instead, she stuck to a story easily told in any high school (private or public) e.g. some kids are rich and popular, some kids are not. As an extra hurdle to relate-ability , the main character has a really debilitating fear of social situations, which just hindered the story. Don't waste your time with this - stick to American Wife.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Swamplandia!

  • By: Karen Russell
  • Narrated by: Arielle Sitrick, David Ackroyd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 519

The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly number-one in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes Brilliant, Sometimes Disappointing

  • By Suzn F on 02-05-11

Slow and Sad

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-11

Since this story took place in a theme park, I mistakenly thought it would be upbeat. Instead it was dark and depressing. I had no idea there would be such a heavy focus on the supernatural, which was also not what I expected. It was exceedingly depressing and I even considered fast forwarding some sad and slow sections (which I NEVER do).

On the plus side, the quality of writing is very good, so if you are someone who can put up with books that make you feel horrible, go right ahead.