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Barbara K.

Salt Lake City, UT
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  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,126
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,012

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

this is a must read for everyone .

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

a book to help us all walk just a little while in someone else's shoes

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,027

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ha! (Listen to the book and you will understand!)

  • By Jodie on 07-22-16

Wonderful and so full of the stuff of us all

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

do a bit of interior housekeeping. the spit shine will leave you with a new perspective

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56,730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51,504
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51,504

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

It's all true...this book is EPIC!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

What did you like best about this story?

the characters and their development, the writing, the underlying sub-plots that you discover as you read, the narrators......it is all consuming, you come to feel like you inhabit in the world he has built for you.

  • The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope

  • By: Rhonda Riley
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

In the waning months of World War II, young Evelyn Roe's life is transformed when she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier, all but completely buried in the heavy red-clay soil on her family's farm in North Carolina. When Evelyn rescues the stranger, it quickly becomes clear he is not a simple man. As innocent as a newborn, he recovers at an unnatural speed, and then begins to change - first into Evelyn's mirror image, and then into her complement, a man she comes to know as Adam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!! BEAUTIFUL Writing and Narration.

  • By Beth Anne on 07-16-13

what a lovely trip

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

A beautifully written love story that like love can sometimes feel larger than life itself. . But when love comes realism and the practical and the physical world can sometimes transcend all that you see feel and do. To fully enjoy this book you have to suspend many of your premises about the real world and just fall into it just like you're falling in love with hope and trust and more than a little faith . That's what this book is for me and why it will always be one of my favorites a chronicle about the incredible faith we have and those who love. Not to mention the added bonus of wonderful writing

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Speaks the Nightbird

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 30 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,267

The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!

  • By aaron on 06-05-12

Wonderfully entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-10-12

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

Absolutely, especially to historical fiction fans. Humanity at its best & worse no matter the year or clothes. A story that "spellbinds " you from the beginning & doesn't let go until the fox is found. great characters with so many wonderful voices. Excellent narration & the book never seemed too long .

What was one of the most memorable moments of Speaks the Nightbird?

The introduction of the Exodus Jerusalem character, the verbal parry between .Corbett & Bidwell.Matthew arrivung at the Lynch house. The dinner at Lucretia Vaughn's

Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

It would have to be the Jerusalem & Lynch character as a matter of the narrators skill. But Matthew was my favorite by far. His consistently dogged yet level headed quest for the truth. This guy just doesnt give up, he couldn't if he tried.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,639

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This book faded like a bad racehorse…

  • By Matt on 01-06-12

Time Travel is Real!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-11

What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

This is the first Stephen King book I have ever read. What a surprise it was! From the first page to the last I was simply transported back to 1958. I am old enough to remember so much of what was written about. A stroll back to a familiar place. Could barely put this down to go to work, errands etc. So for me it made time stand still for a while. Treat yourself this holiday. You wont regret the ride.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

The first time

What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator seemed to be the only one that could have read this book.

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

This book ran a whole ladder of emotions, going up & down the rungs at any given moment

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dead as a Doornail

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery # 5
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won an Anthony Award for her one-of-a-kind Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. Sookie, a Louisiana cocktail waitress, skilled telepath, and friend to vampires, has a dedicated fan base that grows larger every day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Telepathic barmaid, shapeshifters, vampires!

  • By Anne on 05-31-05

a great series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-09

what can you say about a series that continues to hold your attention hour after hour. what seems like pure make believe becomes real, and a character in Sookie that just keeps her head up and goes. The series is a delight, the narrator becomes an integral part of the series and the story never dies. Keep it up Charlaine!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631

Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing

  • By Justin on 11-05-10

"I am born."

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-09

Wow, was I ever. This was the first Dickens I read "voluntarily". It is well appreciated in my present reading. I know there is another reading of this story on Audible & I am here to say that I couldn't be happier w/ Simon Vance's version. From his "Maser Davey" of Mr Peggotty to his villanous "Copperfield" of Uriah Heap, Mr Vance is up for the duty of telling this increible story. I went to this book after listening to "The Last Dickens", purchashed here on Audible. That book introduced me to the American Superstar that was Charles Dickens. Could you just imagine waiting for these monthly installments in 1850? This book is a flawless study of all that humanity has to offer. Charles Dickens was able to put a masterpiece together in masterful pieces. Treat your spirit to this novel. It will give you the strength of the ages. Some things are simply timeless.

71 of 74 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Dickens

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Pearl
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history's greatest mysteries. The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the best sellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What A Gem!

  • By Barbara K. on 04-03-09

What A Gem!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-09

I am 3/4 of the way through this book & am completely enjoying it. I was surprised to see that there weren't any current ratings. If you are considering this book, don't hesitate. It's chock full of all kinds of things. Historical fiction adventure mystery, skullduggery, the Opium Wars commentary on colonialism and even some timid Victorian romance. But wait there's more! Most of all it's a story about the first American Popstar, the great Dickens. I am already planning to get "Great Expectations" as my next listen. I can't give this 5 stars as I've not yet read the ending but it definitely has 5 star potential.
If you're interested in taking a step back in time and get a little personal with one of the greatest writers that ever lived get this book!

25 of 27 people found this review helpful