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  • The Unremembered Girl

  • By: Eliza Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 906

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It's all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather - a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric - from ruin. But they have no idea they've become the obsession of the girl in the woods. Andoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family - something she's known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can't resist the temptation to get close.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Simpsons on 11-14-17

how did this get published?

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I generally do not leave scathing reviews, but this is 10 hrs. & 24+ min. of my life lost to a very unbelievable tale.
It seemed as if the author wanted to take on some of life's more challenging social ills and roll them all into one, throwing in the kitchen sink. Feral girl, dysfunctional family
, emotional abuse, human trafficking, post partum depression, corrupt cops, henpecked kid, drunken stepdad, infertility & IVF, etc. etc. etc.
Add the schmaltzy prose, and the outrageous trick ending....ack! enough to gag a maggot.

The author does a grave disservice to each challenge, by throwing them all in together.

  • Working Fire

  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 759

Ellie Brown thought she'd finally escaped her stifling hometown of Broadlands, Illinois; med school was supposed to be her ticket out. But when her father has a stroke, she must return home to share his care with her older sister, Amelia, who's busy with her own family. Working as a paramedic, Ellie's days are monotonous, driving an ambulance through streets she'd hoped never to see again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not recommended.

  • By Elise Daniel on 09-08-17

that's 10:43:23 I wish i had back

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

argh. It started out ok, but soon became clear why this was on the bargain rack.
Its seems the author saved all the cliches collected in therapy, and attributed these epiphanies to the characters.
(when one character, (w/life in peril), mused that fire isn't always a bad thing... sometimes fire is needed to stimulate growth--well, it was enough to gag a maggot)
When the faux wonderful narcissist wanted to flee to Cuba--it made me realize that watching politics on endless loop would be far less painful.
I'm so glad that this was a cheapie. Otherwise, it surely would have been a wasted credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Beautiful Poison

  • By: Lydia Kang
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 766

Just beyond the Gilded Age, in the mist-covered streets of New York, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through the city. But with so many victims in her close circle, young socialite Allene questions if the flu is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned - and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It had potential, but faltered in execution

  • By Constance Jenkins on 01-14-18

hardy boys meets the olden days

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

ugh! this was so far fetched, so stupidly silly. Harriet the spy plays old timey chemist w/ precocious mortician and clock painting, glow in the dark, but Hey, I'm not quite a hooker
painful. I feel dumber

  • The Secrets of My Life

  • A History
  • By: Caitlyn Jenner
  • Narrated by: Caitlyn Jenner - exclusive introduction, Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 610

The book will cover Caitlyn Jenner's childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world's most famous transgender woman.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Let down

  • By prettyinparadise on 06-10-17

hmmmm

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I was looking forward to learning more about the story splashed about the tabloids. I was welcoming of anything the author might share to help me and others understand her unique challenge. Perhaps it was the "co authoring" that screwed me up. The story held my attention. Of course, a person would have epiphanies along the way. However, many of those shared seem embellished with the verbiage of a movement the author was unfamiliar with at the time. it seemed far fetched, and sometimes pontificating. I imagine that much of her personal struggle will be with developing social skills and the capacity for empathy beyond her own tremendous journey to become who she believes she was intended to be. For me, (and this is not intended to be snarky), the public personality of Bruce seemed self centered, self righteous, and put upon. As Caitlyn, those traits are amplified and very ugly. it is my hope that as she develops into her new persona, that she can gain a more wholly developed personality. I imagine every day is both a relief and a challenge. I congratulate her for sharing the story, but do not recommend this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth About Trump

  • By: Michael D'Antonio
  • Narrated by: Eric Pollins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Drawing upon exclusive interviews and exhaustive research, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael D'Antonio presents Trump's full story, from his beginnings as a businessman to his juggernaut presidential campaign. Along the way, D'Antonio charts the successes and failures, scandals and triumphs, and relentless pursuit of money and fame that have made Trump who he is today. D'Antonio also details the origins of the Trump family fortune, Trump's history of using politics to get ahead, and how he has mastered the media to turn publicity into power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight into the man

  • By Gregory E Benoit on 04-17-16

an apologist perspective

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

ugh! I wish I would've listened to the last chapter first, as it would have spared me alot of wonder. the author describes the subject's behavior then seems to try to justify it with surface psycho babble, that seems apologetic. having read countless books and articles on the subject, it was just too much. actually, in light of the subjects most recent behavior, it was enough to gag a maggot. ack.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,009
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,361

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

a tale intended for audio!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

having the author narrate the story made it such an enjoyable experience! he broke the invisible wall-to-wall was like he was following me around the house-the endless teller of tales you want to hear.

  • Superficial

  • More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries
  • By: Andy Cohen
  • Narrated by: Andy Cohen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama's boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance. If The Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed "the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila" by Jimmy Fallon, Superficial is a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades, Andy tells us not only what goes down but exactly what he thinks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was so excited but disappointed

  • By Lauren on 11-26-16

superficial indeed

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

did I really buy this?
yes, you did. Meh.
nothing much new beyond what is already out there--except for his bathrooming habits, which I could've lived quite nicely without that knowledge. the title does not lie.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,628
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,518
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,378

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

refreshingly real

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

in the highly charged, contemporary political arena, what a great opportunity to understand the challenges & triumphs of someone brave enough to lead. it was truly refreshing to be able to laugh with the author/narrator, and to understand/appreciate recent history differently. highly recommend!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 82,883
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76,862
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76,509

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

simply, wow!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

this was an amazing, refreshing, interesting bio - made even more delightful, by the author's narration. a very humble, frank, inspiring & often whimsical collection of memories, woven together in a way that allows us a glimpse into a very different & oppressive culture & government-through the lens of one who experienced the challenge, & triumphed in spite of it all. amazing bonds of family-a mom believed in her son & raised him humor & discipline. loved it. highly recommend!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins

  • My A-Z Index
  • By: Kathy Griffin
  • Narrated by: Kathy Griffin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184

From New York Times best-selling author Kathy Griffin, an A-Z compendium of the celebrities she's met over the years and the jaw-dropping, charming, and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them. Starting with Woody Allen and making pit stops with Demi Lovato, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Donald Trump, Kathy Griffin finally lifts the veil on her never-before-told run-ins with the famous and the infamous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kathy hit it out of the park!

  • By Josh P on 01-15-17

love her, but....

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

alas, she did so many promo interviews for this book, it seemed like all the stories she shared were redundant. those that I hadn't heard were really not so special. it reminded me of Andy Cohen's books. when they dish so much on TV or press, what you're left with no longer seems special. I will always love her comedy, but really was bummed by book.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful