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  • Somewhere out There

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Hatvany
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Rebekkah Ross, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

A young mother surrenders her daughters. A loving family quickly adopts one while the other spends her turbulent youth in foster care. What happens when the sisters reunite 35 years later to find the woman who abandoned them? Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book😄😄

  • By Sandie on 03-28-16

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I was disappointed overall.

I didn't like the writing style, annoying passages such as 'she wanted to talk to the operator, so she pressed zero' just got on my nerves.

The ending was ludicrous; I did not buy nor understand Jennifer's cop-out. And oh how lucky we were have all those letters written over the years to save the day.

Bleh.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,792
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,718
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,636

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I like memoirs, and this once was interesting, but the narration grated on me after a while and so I just wanted it to end.

The tone turned so wistful and melancholic, not just when the emotion called for it, but all the time! It got very dreary.

Aside from that complaint, I enjoyed the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gut

  • The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
  • By: Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605

Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain, yet we know very little about how it works. Gut: The Inside Story is an entertaining, informative tour of the digestive system from the moment we raise a tasty morsel to our lips until the moment our body surrenders the remnants to the toilet bowl. No topic is too lowly for the author's wonder and admiration, from the careful choreography of breaking wind to the precise internal communication required for a cleansing vomit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Gut Microbe Book Around

  • By serine on 03-31-16

Interesting, but not practical

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

This book was an overview of how it all works, but I did not find it all that practical.

It was interesting, worth the time to read it, but I do not feel like I learned anything new that I can apply to my life.

  • Seinfeldia

  • How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything
  • By: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn't think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This bad narration is making me thirsty...

  • By Audio Gra Gra on 10-06-16

Behind the Scenes

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

Always fun to read about what went on behind the scenes. The more you liked the show, the more you'll enjoy the book.

  • I'll Be There for You: The One About Friends

  • By: Kelsey Miller
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson, Kelsey Miller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

I’ll Be There for You is a deep dive into Friends history and lore, exploring all aspects of the show, from its unlikely origins to the societal conditions that amplified its success. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show’s most powerful moments, sheds light on its sometimes dated and problematic elements, and examines the worldwide trends that Friends catalyzed, from contemporary coffee culture to the wildly popular ’90s haircut The Rachel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent book, poorly read

  • By Jeremy on 10-30-18

Great fun for fans!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I don't have much more to say other than that it's a great book if you are Friend's fan.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • A Novel
  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,182

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (German for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism - but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A hopeful perspective on a harrowing time

  • By melyssa57 (A Page Before Bedtime dot com) on 10-10-18

A Ray of Hope

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I never tire reading stories about human endurance and perseverance. A little ray of sunshine in a hellish world.

  • Prey

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,505

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but picks up lots of momentum

  • By Michael Kellogg on 05-06-05

Felt like a Zombie Thriller

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I enjoyed the science-thriller aspects, but the action-thriller parts didn’t impress me. Not because it wasn’t good, but just because it’s not my style; it felt like a Zombie Thriller.

Excellent narration - it improved my overall opinion.

  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,118

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

A mix of good and bad

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

The CSI forensics parts were interesting.

The Criminal Minds depravity of the Capture Club was just disturbing.

I figured out who the bad-guy-kidnapper was pretty early on so there was not much suspense, and the end was unsatisfying, but overall it was entertaining enough to keep going.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,967

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

Twisty!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

This story fits in nicely with the unreliable-narrator-twisty-psychological-thriller cliché mold that I like, but as it went along I felt it was all one twist too many.

The last one almost ruined it

  • The Wife

  • A Novel of Psychological Suspense
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,958
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,639
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,629

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Toni R. on 02-03-18

Forgettable

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I read this book about 6 weeks ago and had no time to review it.

Now, I can't remember anything about it! That should say it all.

I gave it 2 stars, so I guess I wasn't impressed.