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  • Modern Lovers

  • By: Emma Straub
  • Narrated by: Jen Tullock
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 777

Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth, Andrew, and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable!

  • By G on 06-10-16

Breezy but lacks substance

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

This modern day story tracks two families that are intertwined and have been, in various ways, friends since college. It has cute moments, but lacks tension, imagination, or a believable plot line. The characters aren't inspiring of ones interest.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,463

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal book!

  • By A. Potter on 01-16-16

Wonderfully written account of what a purposeful life means from someone who strove to find that meaning for his patients and hi

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

Reviewed: 04-25-16

The first part of the book was fantastically written and gave me a whole new appreciation for the life of a resident, especially a surgical resident of such extraordinary ambition. It also allowed me to understand how doctors must come to view death from a humanistic and realistic vantage if they are to survive and help others. The final part of the book was, probably due to the circumstances under which it was written, not as cohesive or coherent or elegantly crafted as the first half. The epilogue by Paul's wife, Lucy, is a beautiful and touching tribute to him and to her, and to the courage and strength and unending grace she must possess.

I recommend this book to everyone. It is a great read or listen and is highly enlightening and informative. What a brilliant mind and gifted scientist, surgeon, writer, and philosopher. We are all richer for having these words.