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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 46,802
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,301
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,116

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

Entertaining true story

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I love books that read like fiction, but are autobiographies-- like The Glass Castle. This is primarily because I love historical fiction. The posted reviews for Educated is what spurred me to listen to it. The main character's actions gave me inspiration to TRY that 'thing' I've been putting off. Wow. I'd love to meet Tara in person.

  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,625

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

Too much character... n/e plot

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

I wanted to like this book...for me, I guess I needed more action... This was fiction?! I felt like I was reading an autobiography..,
I am not exactly sure what appeals to other readers here...

  • The Japanese Lover

  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Joanna Gleason
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My first negative review

  • By Karen O'Byrne on 11-11-15

❤️ Allende's writing & characters

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

Even though I am a huge fan Allende's books, this story was quite disjointed. And a bit depressing toward the end. Still though, her characters are memorable & her descriptions lovely. I wouldn't recommend it...

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,675

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Supposed me

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

I was a reluctant to read this story b/c I thought I knew all about orphans & their plight at the turn of the century. However, the storyline has some interesting twists...

  • Mean Streak

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,180

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality.

  • By DogLover on 09-08-14

Good ending

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

Entertaining storyline... But characters are stereotyped & It seems like the sex scenes were inserted mechanically... Good ending. My next book will be deeper...

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,534

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

Long-- but good ending

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

I enjoyed the storyline and listening to the narrator's voice. The plot all came together at the end. I expect a sequel-- which I will def listen to...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Still Alice

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,875
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,938

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narrator, I returned it

  • By Laura on 01-26-14

Profound story

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

Reviewed: 02-28-15

The story itself was really good. Helped me to understand this horrid disease. However, the reader (the author) is terrible-- flat, unemotional, boring. She needs to stick to writing!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,960

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Entertaining storyline

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

Not that fond of science fiction, however-- I liked this story... Particularly how the author made zombies 'realistic'. Loved Melanie, the main character... And the reader' voice.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,859

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

interesting but too much gaelic

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

Reviewed: 10-14-13

What did you like best about this story?

Interesting storyline... but a bit OTT with the romance scenes...

I liked learning about Scotland. Not too crazy about the 1700's....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lotus Eaters

  • By: Tatjana Soli
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 458

It's 1975 and the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the city falls into chaos, two lovers make their way across the city to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a devastated country she has come to love. Nguyen Pran Linh, the man who loves her, must deal with his own conflicted loyalties. As they race through the streets, they play out a drama of love and betrayal that began twelve years before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I've read yet this year

  • By Emily on 06-30-10

Reminded me of the horrors of the Vietnam War

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

Reviewed: 10-14-13

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

I favor historical fiction so this was right up my alley. I loved the main character Helen. The plot brought me back to the Vietnam War, when I was in college... The writing by this author was wonderful~~like poetry in prose...The shocking parts were not overly drawn. And, contrary to many other reviewers, I enjoyed the narrator's voice.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful