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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 208,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,109

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

My new favorite book

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

Sooo good, just read it. You won’t be disappointed. Something for everyone. Couldn’t stop listening

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dumplin'

  • By: Julie Murphy
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179

Dubbed "Dumplin'" by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked...until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable heartwarming story

  • By Jenjer on 08-26-16

Too childish for me

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

I think I would have absolutely loved this book in high school, because it would have seemed risqué then. But as an adult, hearing about their first kiss and their high school relationships wasn't the most exciting things. It also was somewhat predictable. It was a cute story though and I liked the main character so it was still a nice enjoyable light read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not That Kind of Girl

  • A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'
  • By: Lena Dunham
  • Narrated by: Lena Dunham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,769
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,109
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,117

For readers or listeners of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham - the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO's Girls - as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some interesting parts, but on the whole... meh

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-06-14

I had to stop it several times before finally finishing

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

Reviewed: 12-26-16

This memoir was not as funny/engaging as many other comedians memoirs for me. Amy schumer, Tina gets, Chelsea handler, those were interesting and funny, but this one while it was Interesting kind of dragged on and was kind of sad in the pathetic way often. Very similar to her character in girls.

I am a fan of Lena and since I've listened to many other comedians memoirs I am happy to have listened but can't say I would recommended to others.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,500

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Meh

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

All the reviews for this book were very positive, although I did read one that said you will either think this book is a 2 or a 5. For me this book started extremely slowly. For me a big flaw was that they made magic and everything associated with it just so REAL, like just a book about someone studying chemistry. Nothing exciting or magical about it.

The other thing (and not to compare this to other works of fiction), but in other books like Harry Potter for example, JK Rowling creates a whole magical WORLD that you just get drawn into... a magical sport, magical animals, magical plants, magical photos on and on. But in this book magic is secret, no one in the world knows about it, and nothing about their world is magical, it is strictly magic because they can cast spells. But even the "magic" for me was taken out of that, because it goes on and on about how he thought magic would be fun, and it just isn't, instead it is tedious and intensive.

So I am like waiting and waiting for this book to finally have a purpose for magic-- where the book opens up, and to an extent it did. I won't say what that is, because that is just giving a little bit too much away. But even then I still wasn't too impressed.

The best thing about this book was that it kind of showed a more realistic idea about how magic could exist in our world today, and a more accurate description of what it would be like to learn magic compared to Harry Potter where everything is always so exciting and magic comes so easily. So it was nice to think about that contrast between the two stories.

But in the end it is much more enjoyable and fun for me to read a book about magic where it is FUN. It isn't real anyways so why drag it down to be just as boring as anything else in the world. So although I had high hopes for this series I will not be continuing it.

  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by: Patricia Routledge
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 493

The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of 19th-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved how much I hated everyone

  • By Dan Harlow on 07-07-13

Grew on me towards the end

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

This is a book most of us read in high school, but I honestly couldn't remember what it was about at all. I saw it on sale and decided to give it a go. It took me a LONG time to get through it, and midway I almost just gave up on it. I am happy I pushed through, because it does pick up farther on.

That being said I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, and this version also has a lot of shrill screachy voices that I didn't care for.

  • Actors Anonymous

  • A Novel
  • By: James Franco
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 148

The actors in James Franco’s brilliant debut novel include a McDonald’s drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there’s Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the lines - before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes!!!

  • By Catherine on 02-08-15

Do not buy as an audiobook if you buy at all

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

Reviewed: 01-13-15

As a huge James Franco fan, I was excited to listen to a book written and narrated by him. It's one thing to follow him on Instagram and love his movies, but to read one of his books was for me to get to know him more personally.

First off, this book jumps from short story to short story, with no transition via audiobook to really know where one starts and another begins. Also many of the stories have so many "different" narrators and points of view and then with James also inserting himself into the "fictional" stories as well. Or that's what it sounded like via audiobook. Still not 100 percent certain.

Although I do think the short stories were compelling, and I do feel that I know James on a deeper level, this book alludes to so many things that were above my head, and it really got way too confusing via audio to keep up on the stories which had 3+ different perspectives happening simultaneously.

Honestly unless you are true true James Franco fan, I don't think you will enjoy this. And if you are a true fan, buy the hard copy!

  • 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 12,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,531

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!

  • By Tango on 04-26-13

Original idea

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

Reviewed: 12-15-14

I love fantasy books, and now as an adult I feel it is harder to find fantasy books that have a new and original idea. This book is definitely something new and intriguing, but I guess it is not exactly a fantasy more like real life with a twist.

Amazing imagery, I gave it four stars though because i feel like the story just dragged on a lot. I can't really put my finger on it, but it's not really a book I would recommend to others.

Still happy I read it!

  • The Scorch Trials

  • Maze Runner, Book 2
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,936

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn't done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers' destruction—and they're determined to survive. Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries

  • By Paul on 11-07-10

Second book is just as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 12-15-14

Second book was just as good for me as the first. Still so many unknowns and twists and turns. Very vivid imagery.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Maze Runner

  • Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,681

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers - boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, though a little long

  • By Darrin on 11-28-11

100x better than movie

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

Reviewed: 12-15-14

I absolutely love this series! Wow once you start reading you can't stop. I listed to this book for 2 days straight. Really original book idea!

The movie was crap, I wouldn't even waste your time.

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,093
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,186

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last - The Definitive Recording!

  • By L. N. on 10-10-12

Love love love

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

Reviewed: 12-15-14

I grew up watching lord of the rings! Absolutely love the movies and story.

Since I am such a big reader I'm not sure why it took me so long to read the first book, but so happy I did. These books add layers to the movies, and it is nice to finally know what is actually written. It makes me love the movies even more.

Loved the narrator!!