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  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,022

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever

  • By Molly-o on 12-25-11

George Eliot Can Change Your Life

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

This book is wonderful and wonderful. Juliet Stevenson's reading of it is perfection. Read it.

  • Half-Resurrection Blues

  • Bone Street Rumba, Book 1
  • By: Daniel José Older
  • Narrated by: Daniel José Older
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead's most unusual agents - an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind - until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death. One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He's summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Sharp Urban Fantasy

  • By Alex on 10-18-15

A Fun, Fantastical Tour of the Borderlands

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

This book is a great noir style fantasy that takes readers along and beyond the borders between life and death, with Gloria Anzaldua quotes ushering us along the way.

Half-Resurrection Blues was a fun listen! I enjoyed Older's exploration of the world of the dead and appreciated his twist on *un*deadness in the person of the half-resurrected main character, Carlos Delacruz, who takes down errant ghosts on behalf of the New York Council of The Dead. All of the characters are endearing, from the ample motherly house ghost, Esther, to Kiki, the precocious teenager with an attitude and her boss, Baba Eddie, the Santaria who knows how to enjoy his cigarettes with relish. For folks who like the Dresden Files, this will be perfect.

As for Older as a narrator, he is mostly great, with one exception, a terrible Haitian accent. Thankfully, the character who requires it it only present for a couple of scenes, so listeners don't have to suffer much.

I will definitely be recommending this book to friends... As soon as I get myself the sequel!

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  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,035

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

Action, Fun, and Implausibility

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

Divergent is a romping action-adventure loving teenage fantasyland, complete with ziplines and capture the flag. I kept thinking of the lost boys' lair in Hook, except of course that Divergent takes on much more complicated issues, including assault, trauma, and child abuse, to name a few. Roth may fail at outlining a plausible society but she doesn't shy away from difficult moral dilemmas, which I found to be the most interesting aspects this book. If I decide to go on with the series (probably not), it would be to see how Roth follows through with how those who survived trauma and those who perpetrated it deal with the aftermath.

This book was a overall fast fun read that I would recommend for a plane ride or anyone really jonesing for YA action and romance.