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Kate F.

Richmond, VA
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  • Uncommon Type

  • Some Stories
  • By: Tom Hanks
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,072

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. The short stories are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely the best..

  • By Joan B on 11-04-17

Uncommon Type

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Overall a fun listen. Hanks, of course, does an amazing job narrating. Some of the stories are more engaging and entertaining than others, but I believe this holds true with most short story collections.

  • Something Wonderful

  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
  • By: Todd S. Purdum
  • Narrated by: Todd S. Purdum
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rediscovery of an innovative team of artists

  • By Brian T. Cahill on 04-14-18

Something Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I was probably predisposed to liking this book as I was raised on Rodgers & Hammerstein. My father gleefully belted out “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” nearly every Sunday to get me and my sisters up and moving. But this book is really a history of musical theater, and it’s very well written. The historical context Purdum provides gave me ideas for my history classroom, and this year I used themes from R&H when I taught students about Japanese internment, prejudice, and the Red Scare.

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  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,154

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Lincoln in the Bardo

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

This is a strangely told story, but I was mesmerized. I cried several times, and the audio cast is amazing. Saunders’s meticulous research is overwhelming at times, but it’s a beautiful narrative about life, death, and grief.

  • The Light We Lost

  • By: Jill Santopolo
  • Narrated by: Jill Santopolo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,296

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated--perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh.

  • By L. Shoemaker on 08-28-17

Light Lost

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Not my favorite. The main characters are immature and unrealistic. There’s a lot of whining and lamenting over love lost, while these characters graduate college and land dream jobs paying big bucks during the Great Recession. Whatever. Santopolo’s attempt at doing Israeli accents was truly horrific.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Girl, Wash Your Face

  • Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
  • By: Rachel Hollis
  • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,472

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More for women who are mothers

  • By MeredithNCSU girl on 04-07-18

Wash Your Face

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Let me be clear—I hate personal development books. But THIS book blew me away. As a working mom (stressed, tired, overworked, often unsure of my parenting abilities), I felt like so many of Hollis’s words were written just for me. She spends a fair amount of time talking about being a new mom, raising kids, foster and adoption, and I’m not sure younger women will appreciate all the chapters. Hollis doesn’t coddle or sugarcoat things...instead, she demands that you take responsibility for your own happiness and be the hero of your own life.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,349
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37,177

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Educated

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Halfway through this book, I could not stop recommending it to friends. It is captivating, and Whelan does an excellent job narrating. The portrayal of physical and emotional abuse, isolation, and undiagnosed mental illness is raw...but Westover’s ability to break the cycle is even more powerful. I enjoyed this book as a college-educated woman, mother, and teacher.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,045

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

Curious Incident

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

As a parent of three boys with autism, I avoided this book despite its positive reviews and award-winning play. Glad I finally downloaded it. The story twists unexpectedly and demonstrates people aren’t always what they seem (good and bad). Christopher, despite his quirks and struggles, is very endearing. Jeff Woodman does an excellent job narrating.