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  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,293

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Everyone should have an Ove in their life

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

I've had a few Ove's in my life, and my life is richer as a result. This book manages to explain why in a heartwarming, often sparkling manner. After nearly 50 years on Earth, I am finally beginning to value what lies beneath the surface, although I still struggle to overcome a lifetime pattern of taking other people at only face value. Perhaps we all struggle with the lenses strapped on by the non-stop marketing machine that bombards every waking moment following birth. Thankfully life has a way of shattering the lens - eventually. Often it takes an Ove to swing the hammer.

George Newbern provides near-perfect pacing and nuance to Ove, and is only slightly less gifted addressing the remaining characters. This is a book to be enjoyed in both written and audio formats.

  • Bruiser

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,147

Tennyson: Don’t get me started on the Bruiser. He was voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” by the entire school. He’s the kid no one knows, no one talks to, and everyone hears disturbing rumors about. So why is my sister, Brontë, dating him? One of these days she’s going to take in the wrong stray dog, and it’s not going to end well.BronteMy brother has no right to talk about Brewster that way — no right to threaten him. There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends — why he can’t care about too many people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars! A deeply touching emotional story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-02-15

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

This was an okay story but very predictable, with more than its fair share of logical missteps and gaps in believability. In the end my low rating has more to do with an inability to find emotional resonance then the quality of writing or narrative performance.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Agent to the Stars

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,353

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stay-up-all-night-reading kind of book

  • By Katya A on 03-06-13

a fast-paced, enjoyable romp to the Stars

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

Agent to the Stars moves quickly and enjoyably. Humorous and at times even a little thought-provoking , this is a great story to pass the time. I will definitely watch for more of this author's work.