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  • The Reason You're Alive

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

After 68-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard - that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reasons Why You read

  • By Justin on 07-07-17

Enjoyed it!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Quick and Bray, how could you go wrong with a marriage of these two favs? Bray read it perfectly, giving a strong punch to the personality behind this character's stream of consciousness. You guys need to team up again!

  • This Is How It Always Is

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story mirrors our life -- to a point -- spoilers

  • By 1mom3kids on 11-14-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I enjoyed this story and felt like the narration was a perfect fit and voice for it. I've read a lot of books on this subject and this was well told and different.

  • She Got Up Off the Couch

  • By: Haven Kimmel
  • Narrated by: Haven Kimmel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

When we last saw Zippy, she was oblivious to the storm that was brewing in her home. Her mother, Delonda, had literally just gotten up off the couch and ridden her rickety bicycle down the road. Her dad was off somewhere, gambling or "working." And Zippy was lost in her own fabulous world of exploring the fringes of Moorland, Indiana.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun !!

  • By Kim on 04-20-11

I love Zippy!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I wish Haven could have gone on writing Zippy books beyond the two. With Haven's authentic Zippy voice, we grow to love her and don't want to let go. Listening to these two books were the only blessing during a down week with the flu.

  • A Girl Named Zippy

  • Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana
  • By: Haven Kimmel
  • Narrated by: Haven Kimmel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of 300 people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period - people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, beautifully read.

  • By shopgirl on 03-06-08

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I loved Zippy and didn't want this book to end. I immediately bought the sequel. Kimmel's narration is sweet and charming in keeping with the story.

  • Walden on Wheels

  • On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
  • By: Ken Ilgunas
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

The story of a student who went to extraordinary lengths - including living in a van on a campus parking lot - to complete his education without sacrificing his financial future. In a frank and self-deprecating voice, memoirist Ken Ilgunas writes about the existential terror of graduating from college with $32,000 in student debt. Inspired by Thoreau, Ilgunas set himself a mission: get out of debt as soon as humanly possible. To that end, he undertook an extraordinary three-year transcontinental journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and infuriating, both.

  • By karen on 05-03-15

Engaging!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This book was far more interesting than I'd anticipated! The narration was superb and definitely lent to the listener finding the author more appealing. I'm glad I purchased this after listening to a few lukewarm or bleak choices in the past two months (not all by any means). The author was admirable in valuing a debt-free, educated, and adventurous life and sharing how it was accomplished.

  • The Spire

  • By: William Golding
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

Dean Jocelin has a vision: that God has chosen him to erect a great spire on his cathedral. His mason anxiously advises against it, for the old cathedral was built without foundations. Nevertheless, the spire rises octagon upon octagon, pinnacle by pinnacle, until the stone pillars shriek and the ground beneath it swims. Its shadow falls ever darker on the world below, and on Dean Jocelin in particular.From the author of Lord of the Flies, The Spire is a dark and powerful portrait of one man's will, and the folly that he creates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power through for a deep exam. of a man's psyche

  • By Leena on 11-15-14

Bad Narration

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

I couldn't follow this due to the poor, highly-accented, overly-dramatic, erratically-paced narration. None of it made any sense.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Believers

  • By: Rebecca Makkai
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book for a long time!

  • By jenny b/hudson oh on 07-01-18

Art and AIDS

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This was relentlessly bleak. The book had a gossipy tone of being told rather than an active one of action unfurling before you. This style made me feel distanced from the characters and their travails. It started out okay but was too long and suffered in the middle from a lack of good editing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Graybar Hotel

  • Stories
  • By: Curtis Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

In Curtis Dawkins' first short story collection, he offers a window into prison life through the eyes of his narrators and their cellmates. Dawkins reveals the idiosyncrasies, tedium, and desperation of long-term incarceration - he describes men who struggle to keep their souls alive despite the challenges they face.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rang with truthful perspectives

  • By alec on 07-25-17

Meh, Don't Buy!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Vaguely interesting in places but hollow and random overall. I Googled the author and having learned he's a killer of an innocent person who did nothing to provoke him, I vehemently regret purchasing this book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,346

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to like it but I just couldn't

  • By C.O. on 11-22-13

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Tina as always--funny, relevant, and totally engaging. She stands above so many other popular comedians in intelligence and diversity. I'd trust her to do anything and know she'd do it well. Loved this refreshing, interesting book.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Testament of Mary

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,069

Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from a non believer...

  • By Taormina60 on 09-27-13

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I'm not sure about all the hype concerning Streep's performance. Quite frankly, I found her reading creepy and dull, just like the story. Just being honest, folks.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful