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  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,479

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration

  • By Mary Lynn Richardson on 03-20-09

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

A book club read for me. Am thankful it was chosen. Beautifully written and expertly read. Engaging story - intricately woven - many points to ponder.

  • The Last Original Wife

  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish - till death did them part - for tanned-and-toned young Barbie brides. If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn't painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les's world and push her to the edge. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time forherself - in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of Sass and Southern Humor - Loved it!

  • By Judith D. Collins on 06-24-13

A chick flick of a book

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

A cute story, easy read or listen with lots of laughable moments and the feel good experience of vicariously living through a “traditional” wife and mother growing into a self-respecting woman. Leslie is a true “lady” in every sense of the word and it’s impossible not to cheer her on as she finds love and happiness.

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,191

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

I enjoyed the audio book very much - an unfortunate and tragic event, beautifully written and read. Both the author and narrator brought the people and events to life. It all seemed so real and close. Great history lesson and human interest story.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160,874
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,469
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,305

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

Great story! Great narration! Engaged me immediately and held me until the very end. A must listen experience.

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  • Happier at Home

  • Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick - why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wish that Gretchen Rubin had read it herself

  • By Jennifer Sader on 09-22-12
  • Happier at Home
  • Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life
  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur

Great content, but Gretchen is more engaging

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

I'm a big fan of Gretchen and her work, but I really struggled to get past Kathe's narration. Gretchen's passion and sincerity make all the difference from a listening perspective. I do not intend to suggest that Kathe is a terrible narrator. I delight in listening to Gretchen narrate her own works.

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  • The Happiness Project

  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,863
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,067

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Story

  • By kensipe on 07-30-12

Life changing

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

I have lost count of how many times I've read and listened to Gretchen's happiness books. I've learned that each new pass brings something new to me and that my commitment to being happy is strengthened and maintained through Gretchen's work. Don't miss this or her other two books or her podcast or blog! Her candor, clarity and exhaustive knowledge of the subject will change you for the better. Thank you Gretchen.

  • True Refuge

  • Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart
  • By: Tara Brach
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

How do you cope when facing life-threatening illness, family conflict, faltering relationships, old trauma, obsessive thinking, overwhelming emotion, or inevitable loss? If you're like most people, chances are you react with fear and confusion, falling back on timeworn strategies: anger, self-judgment, and addictive behaviors. Though these old, conditioned attempts to control our life may offer fleeting relief, ultimately they leave us feeling isolated and mired in pain. There is another way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality Buddhist-Inspired Guidance, with Examples

  • By Rich on 04-17-16

Great content - Tara is amazing in her ability to share her experiences

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

I am a fan of Tara Brach. I'm less than lukewarm on Cassandra Campbell's narration.

I liked the story line and progression coupled with the helpful and open-minded teachings and recommended modifications.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful