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  • The Story of the Lost Child

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 4
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926

Here is the dazzling saga of two women: the brilliant, bookish Elena and the fiery, uncontainable Lila. Both are now adults; many of life's great discoveries have been made, its vagaries and losses have been suffered. Through it all, the women's friendship has remained the gravitational center of their lives. Both women once fought to escape the neighborhood in which they grew up - a prison of conformity, violence, and inviolable taboos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Series

  • By Pamela on 10-15-15

Remarkable story

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

i loved this series - it is the most beautifully written, honest story of a lifelong friendship. The writing is extraordinary, the tale so relatable i couldn't help but think of parallels in my own life. Weaving Italy and Naples, the insidious neighborhood "gangs", the family dynamic, the push-pull of the girls through the years. It touched me deeply. Don't be discouraged by the length - I listen at double speed and gets me through my morning run. Am depressed it's over.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,906

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 🌬🌥☁️🌦Fun, Fluffy, and Forgettable🍭🍬🍭

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-03-19

Do. Not. Waste. Your. Time.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Do NOT waste your time with this book . I have listened to literally hundreds of books across all genres, some mediocre, some excellent, but I've never been so offended and disgusted by a storyline like this one. I love Liane Moriarty books, a predictable plotline, loved Big little Lies - both the book and the miniseries - so couldn't wait for this one, But seriously - drugs at a health resort? Illegal drugs given unknowingly to guests? Microdosing is illegal and will give many readers copycat ideas - I found this book tantamount to a how-to about microdosing. And while some may think the warning of side effects of asthma medication given to kids is helpful i found it condescending and an affront to parents and caregivers. Of course everyone needs to research what they give their kids... Suicide is a multi-faceted issue and to assign the blame to one single thing is shallow.

i listen at double speed so the book was fast and the narration problems many experienced didn't happen. That said, the characters were not interesting, the 9 guests predictable, the entire book torture. I would've returned it but was so far along i had to listen to the end. it never got better.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Bridge

  • By: Julie Orringer
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story - improvable on narration

  • By Dieter on 11-13-11

Hope over atrocity

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

So beautifully written, a truly horrible, indescribable period in history - how anyone survived and thrived is beyond me. Never forget, never repeat. This is one of the best books of WWII atrocities, how a family dealt with tragedy, everything taken away but never diminishing their spirit, their hopes, their love. Wow. Narrator great in spite of his mispronunciations. Editors need to coach narrators, can't blame the speakers. Don't miss this one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rich People Problems

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,402

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous and Fun

  • By maxine on 05-30-17

Fantastical life

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Rich People Problems to be better than the print version?

I always love audio versions but wished the narrator knew correct pronunciation of many foreign terms

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The only extreme reaction to the whole series was sheer disbelief of that degree of wealth - that by the end billions were so meaningless, designer brands so cheapened and family dynasties more important than love or achievement. That said the whole series was so fun - to hear how the elite few live, spend their money, to dream of weeks in Paris while haute couture dresses are made and to salivate over their meals.

Any additional comments?

It really irks me when narrators mispronounce names. She should learn that the George V is not George 5 but George Cinq. And Nessun Dorma tune is not as she screamed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gilded Years

  • A Novel
  • By: Karin Tanabe
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Passing meets The House of Mirth in this "utterly captivating" (Kathleen Grissom, New York Times best-selling author of The Kitchen House) historical novel based on the true story of Anita Hemmings, the first black student to attend Vassar, who successfully passed as white - until she let herself grow too attached to the wrong person.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful historical fiction

  • By Barbara on 07-10-16

wonderful historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Would you listen to The Gilded Years again? Why?

If i ever re-listened to a book this would qualify. I loved it but since the story will stay with me a long time i'm not sure i need to listen again

What did you like best about this story?

loved the guts of a black woman to be the first to graduate from Vassar. the struggles to maintain the facade of a black woman in a white world were obviously intense. clearly the prejudices of the gentried class stood in her way but her will trumped all and she achieved her goal despite a vindictive roommate. sad it took so long for Vassar and other prestigious universities to admit women of color

Which scene was your favorite?

lots of great senes but i think the one where she meets her to be husband when they could both truly share how they felt living in a prejudiced world

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no extreme reactions - the historical aspect of it was wonderful. didn't laugh or cry though i was sad to find out at the end they chose to live as white - to the point where their own children didn't even know of their black heritage. and her parents never spoke to them again. after all Anita achieved i hoped she and her husband would break down barriers and prove to the world their worth, not just as black but as people equal to everyone else

Any additional comments?

it's a great book - well written and beautiful imagery. a little Downton Abbey with the NY mansions descriptions (which were embellished as the author admits after the book ends)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • They May Not Mean To, But They Do

  • A Novel
  • By: Cathleen Schine
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Honest

  • By Steve M on 07-14-16

touching realistic tale of aging

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Would you consider the audio edition of They May Not Mean To, But They Do to be better than the print version?

i didn't read the print version but the audio was fantastic - her NY accent made it so much more realistic and believable. for sure the audio version adds another dimension impossible to get in print

What other book might you compare They May Not Mean To, But They Do to and why?

doesn't compare to anything i've read

What does Cynthia Darlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

her voices for all the different characters are so realistic and perfect - i can easily visualize each age, person and their interactions

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book moved me - i saw my mother-in-law's aging in a new perspective and as i approach that age (in 20 years!!) i try to visualize what my own kids will do. it's a tough dichotomy but i would suggest all boomers read it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Baby

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,691

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your time.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-15

Incredible read!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-15

Incredibly mesmerizing. Listened in 2 days and loved every second. Well written, even better as an audiobook, couldn't put it down. Ending made me gasp while running, people looked at me with disbelief! Loved the twist and was so believable I felt as if I knew the characters. Truly loved this one. She's a great writer - this one even better than her first. I await her next book. Definitely read this one!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,227

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Amazing plot

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-15

Incredible. Listen to books at double speed which thoroughly enhanced the trial scenes here. Wow, the end was amazing. Listened while running a race and believe me it totally distracted me from the miserably cold rain! It is wonderfully written, narrated and brought to life. Not expounding on plot since don't want to give anything away but believe me it's worth every second of listening time. Loved loved

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,032
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,060

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

Simply wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-13

Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best ever. A delight beginning to end and totally captivating

What did you like best about this story?

The story line, the New York neighborhood descriptions, the familiar places, smells, the museum references, the doormen, the characters, the art history, Vegas - just about everything! The blurred lines between good and evil, redemption, obsessions, friendship.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not one particular scene but the imagery of Hobie's shop, the Park Avenue old world apartments, anything with Boris were all fabulous

If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

I wouldn't rename it

Any additional comments?

I don't usually write reviews and I listen to a lot of books (at double speed so I really can listen to many!) but this one is just so so wonderful I hope everyone downloads and indulges themselves with the richness of the story, the quality of the writing, the complex yet familiar story line, the power of friendship, the family dynamics. The narrator is fabulous, I have no idea why anyone criticized him - his range of accents, especially Boris, is perfect. Andy, his mother, Hobie, his father's girlfriend - all wonderful. And of course Theo. I will definitely read Donna Tartt's other novels as well as the narrator's. I'm currently in my post-book-I-loved depression.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,721

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Riveting, brilliant, addictive

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

Reviewed: 07-20-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely - the story is captivating from the first word with enough twists and turns to keep you listening intently. performance also excellent, i didn't want it to end

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes, especially the ending - Rowling's ability to keep you guessing makes the tale even more interesting. the character development is excellent

What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brings the characters to life with accents easily distinguished from each other. Since I listen while running or in the car it makes both zip by, and, obviously, I couldn't read in either circumstance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not extreme - snickered a few times, no crying. just a great story, well told

Any additional comments?

I really loved the book - thought it would take longer but was totally obsessed and listened even after my runs. Love well told mysteries and JK rowling didn't use a cookie-cutter formula so I was on the edge of my "seat" trying to figure it out. Hope she does a series which appears likely since the combination of Strike and Robin is terrific - loved her addition and want to follow their lives. I listen at double speed so it really really flew! I may actually go back and read Harry Potter series now! Get this audio book immediately!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful