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  • Every Note Played

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris, Dagmara Dominczyk, Lisa Genova - afterword
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful and heartbreaking exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.

Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.

He knows his left arm will go next.

Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn’t moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.

When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late.

Poignant and powerful, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Nearly As Good As Her Others

  • By Wendi on 03-23-18

I was disappointed

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I loved "Still Alice" so I was expecting more from this book. I appreciated learning so much about ALS. But the novel just didn't work for me. I never really cared about the characters. They were never developed enough for me to connect with them. I understand the author's interest in making readers more aware of the disease but I felt the novel was rushed to get that information out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,864

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Very important book for these times

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

A friend recommended this book when I was struggling to understand the recent election. It is truly a very important book for these times. Written by a "hillbilly" from Ohio who "made it", it is both an excellent memoir by a young man and a sociological insight into how little I understand about many people in our country. It is also read by the author in a direct, fast-moving style. I loved it.

  • Hidden Girl

  • The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave
  • By: Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky
  • Narrated by: Robin Eller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude - but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Her situation was terrible

  • By Katherine Watson on 12-13-14

Important story but not a great book

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

Reviewed: 03-04-15

I think this is an important book because the issue of slavery is so much more extensive than we realize. The story is compelling but the book was written in a very simplistic manner which made it less powerful to me.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Glengarry Glen Ross

  • By: David Mamet
  • Narrated by: Gordon Clapp, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 451

A group of low-ranking real-estate salesmen are trying to survive in a cut-throat office culture. But when two of them devise a plot to redress the company's wrongs, the resulting turmoil increases the pressure to unbearable levels. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top notch, dramatic acting in a great story.

  • By Nothing really matters on 09-24-14

Difficult to follw

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

Reviewed: 12-20-14

I found it really difficult to follow this play. I couldn't tell who the actors were. They all sounded alike so I didn't get a sense of the different characters. Maybe it is just too difficult to listen to this type of play.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,161

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

Very interesting characters

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

Reviewed: 05-22-13

If you could sum up Heft in three words, what would they be?

Loneliness, family, fear

What does Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent readers really made the book

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire story was moving because of the depth of the characters

Any additional comments?

My only complaint with the book was that it got a little tedious about three-quarters in. I felt it could have been an hour or so shorter without losing anything.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Year of Wonders

  • A Novel of the Plague
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story- Awful Narrator

  • By Diana Dunn on 07-12-12

Difficult subject affected my opinion

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

Reviewed: 03-23-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes because I learned about the history of plague, but it was such a difficult subject that I didn't really enjoy it.

What did you like best about this story?

Geraldine Brooks is a wonderful writer so I always enjoy her language. I also liked the ending, once the time of the plague was over. Her stories are always so well crafted that I was really disappointed that I didn't love this one like I have her other books.

What aspect of Geraldine Brooks’s performance would you have changed?

I don't care for the sound of her voice so there is nothing she could have done to improve the reading. I think it was probably an appropriate voice for the character, but I just don't enjoy listening to it.

Did Year of Wonders inspire you to do anything?

No

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  • Boys Adrift

  • Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
  • By: Leonard Sax M.D.
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Startling, well-researched view...

  • By Kirt on 08-14-08

Everyone should read this book

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

Reviewed: 01-15-13

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

Yes, this book really sheds light on why so many boys and young men are struggling in our society.

What did you learn from Boys Adrift that you would use in your daily life?

I've always been a strong supporter of education of women, but women are now the ones excelling. While I won't stop supporting efforts for girls and women, I think we need to develop new ways to support boys and young men.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wild

  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,890

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Took the Trip

  • By FanB14 on 04-08-13

Grabbed me right away

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

Reviewed: 01-15-13

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

Yes, it's very well written and a great story of a woman finding herself

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cheryl is multi-dimensional as she recovers from a difficult time in her early adult life.

What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved her as narrator. I assumed she was the author until I checked. She conveyed the author's story with passion.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Hiking to a new life

0 of 1 people found this review helpful