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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,421
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,788
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,660

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Wow, just wow

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Fascinating in every way. Great book. It really is an eye opener knowing there are people out there living like this. The story is very well told, narration is good.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,787

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

Extra Ordinary Story

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Really enjoyed this book. The life of Sam Hell isn't anything extraordinary but then again, is just might be.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,468

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

To Keep or Not to Keep?

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

For some reason the title of this book kept me from listening to it at first. But after reading reviews I gave it a try and really enjoyed it. It was well written, kept my interest, it wasn't complicated but it kept me guessing. There was nothing scary about it. A couple comes upon some items floating in the ocean while on their honeymoon. What they did with their find is what the story is about. I definitely recommend listening to this book.

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  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,849

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

Gripping, sad but realistic story

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

This book was well written and narration but great. It's an all too real story about tragedy striking, and lives turned upside down. The situation breaks my heart and it's easy to point fingers but it's written from different points of view. The book does contain profanity but it's not overused.

  • The Book of Polly

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathy Hepinstall
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312

Willow Havens is 10 years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to chase varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors - and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young, modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late 50s when Willow was born, so Willow knows she's here by accident, a late-life afterthought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The incredible Jenna Lamia!

  • By Mary Smiroldo on 05-09-17

Light Hearted Story

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Really liked this book. Well worth the listen. Narration was very good. Story was fun, well developed characters. Light hearted story.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,384

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Tale was just okay.

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

The story was told by a women living as a Handmaid. You learn early on what a handmaid is. She flashes back throughout the story to her life "before". The story was a little strange but kept my interest for the most part. Narration was easy to listen to. But by the end of the story, I was ready for it to be over. Reviews on this were very good, I thought it would be better.

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,012

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's normal?

  • By Kmrsy on 11-30-13

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger...

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

This book was one of the most intriguing books I've ever read. The story is told from the middle daughter of a highly dysfunctional family. Sometimes dysfunctional families share a bond that other families never have. Sometimes children are raised by parents who should never have had children. Sometimes people turn out stronger because of the trials they faced as children, sometimes they don't. This story is all of this. It is very well written, captivating from the beginning. It has opened my eyes to what I think is "normal". The story has stayed with me for days after I finished the book.

  • Still Missing

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,710

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A singular voice; a horrendous story.

  • By Richard Delman on 01-21-12

Gripping, Written almost as non-fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

This has been one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. I do not like books that are far-fetched or unbelievable. I wasn't sure at first, it starts with dialogue between Annie and her shrink. But it doesn't take long for the story to grab ahold of you. I felt like I was watching a movie based on an actual abduction. I won't go into detail about the story as others have. But it's believable fiction. It will make you cry and will make you want to scream. Once you get started, you won't want to stop listening. The narration was great, very easy to listen to. Story was deep and emotional. There weren't any hard to listen to parts. The author did a wonderful job pulling you into the story, without making you feel too uncomfortable. Definitely recommend.

  • On Second Thought

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Sands Xe, Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079

Ainsley O'Leary is so ready to get married - she's even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn't anticipate is for Eric to blindside her with a tactless breakup he chronicles in a blog - which (of course) goes viral. Devastated and humiliated, Ainsley turns to her half sister, Kate, who's already struggling after the sudden loss of her new husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Diane on 02-24-17

Beach Read

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Good book, nothing new here. Just when you think you will never marry, you find the man of your dreams. Then he dies. Kristan Higgins does a good job pulling on your heart strings. The book gets somewhat emotional. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to bring people together. The book is fairly predictable, but still a decent read.

  • The Opposite of Everyone

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391

A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally best-selling author of Someone Else's Love Story and Gods in Alabama - an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goddess of destruction and rebirth

  • By Janice on 06-27-16

Surprisingly Very Good

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

I passed up getting this book at first but am so glad I finally gave it a try. I really liked it. The story goes back and forth between and the adult Paula and the 13 year old Paula (Kali). Paula was raised by an eccentric and pretty unstable mother, which landed Paula in a children's home. This story is about overcoming the negative influences in your life and seeing the good in others and in yourself. The story goes deeper than I had thought it would. It touches on the effects of not having stability in your life, living with guilt and not ever feeling truly loved. It wasn't a tear jerker story, I didn't cry at all. But the story was deeper than most I have read. Definitely worth the read.

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