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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101,902
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92,657
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 92,156

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I loved every minute listening to Michelle. We should all be empowering one another as she does

  • Razor Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,135

When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield - the eponymous Razor Girl - and the crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book this year!

  • By green ice cream garden on 09-19-16

would not read another by this author

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Found the story well written and use of language fun but too sexist & racist for me.

  • Spaceman

  • An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • By: Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by: Mike Massimino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,824

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Likable guy, great storyteller

  • By Joy Woller on 10-09-16

This Book Will Make You an Astronaut Fan

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

This book was a pleasant surprise. I have never been interested the space program, the Hubbell or Astronauts. But as I listened I found myself sitting on the NYC subway smiling and at times crying. This is a great factual success story made better by being read by the author.

  • Death in Venice and Other Tales

  • By: Thomas Mann
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Joachim Neugroschel’s brilliant new translation lets you enjoy the work of Nobel-Laureate Thomas Mann as never before. By using creative, contemporary language, Neugroschel reinterprets Mann for modern English-speaking readers. The author’s superb literary craftsmanship, his psychological insight, and the deeply erotic content of his work shine forth in this definitive English-language version of some of his most celebrated short works. This collection features the world masterpiece Death in Venice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully done

  • By Zaubermond on 02-05-13

Maybe I am Just not Educated

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

The narrator's dreary voice made listening hard. I kept wondering if a print version would have been a better choice for me. I kept getting distracted and then I would hear "this concludes...' I would have little recall of the story. Some of the writing was quite good but all in all it was not an enjoyable read. But hey he did win a Nobel Prize so am guessing the fault lies in my education.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,537

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

warning turn back

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

Reviewed: 12-26-16

i haven't longed for a literary suicide this much since I read Anna Karenina. The Jude everyone seems to love so much is not written. There are great passages but they are all peopled by whiney clueless people. They all have success in the world but are overemotional in life. The medical issues could have used more research. Jude's success seems unlikely. His adoption seems unlikely. In the end I begged for it to end but I still had 2 hours to go. Ugh!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Sleep

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,945

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Class Noir

  • By Ian C Robertson on 08-09-15

Sexist Classic

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

Detective novels are not my genre. This one is a classic but it is dated and Sexist. Phillip Marlow slaps and kisses every woman he meets. Guess the Sexist approach was okay back in the day. I disliked the first person narrator. Made me realize why this is not my genre.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just Kids

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hauntingly, achingly beautiful- just fantastic

  • By Susan on 05-08-15

Beautiful romantic historic

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

Reviewed: 08-14-15

I have never thought much about Patti Smith or Robert Mapllethorp. Now I am grieving that I did not seek them out. Never went to CBGBS even though I was right here in NYC. Now I love them both. Thank you Patti for a great gift of this book. Turns out my daughter hung out with Jackson in Washington Sq when they were just kids

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Primates of Park Avenue

  • Adventures Inside the Secret Sisterhood of Manhattan Moms
  • By: Wednesday Martin Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 789

Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord, Someone Help These People

  • By Elizabeth on 06-04-15

As a middle class upper east sidereal I enjoyed .

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

Reviewed: 06-26-15

Initially had buyers remorse but the more listened the better Tears and love ending

  • My Mother Was Nuts

  • A Memoir
  • By: Penny Marshall
  • Narrated by: Penny Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921

her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen up - not to be read!

  • By GaylM on 10-17-12

loved it and now love penny Marshal

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

fast fun read. now have great awe and respect for penny. I think she would also be annoyed that you have to write at least 20 words in your review

  • The Long Way Home

  • By: Karen McQuestion
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 431

Marnie is just 35 when her boyfriend, Brian, drops dead of a sudden heart attack. Stunned by his death, Marnie finds her greatest grief is for Troy, Brian’s son whom she has raised as her own since he was a kindergartener. When he is reclaimed by his train wreck of a birth mother, Troy’s departure drives Marnie to a grief group at the local rec center. There she finds unexpected allies, three strangers who join her in an impulsive road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas to reconnect with Troy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I You Liked "Enchanted April"...

  • By Gillian on 10-28-14

moves along with a too many coincidences.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

too lightweight for my taste. plot can be guessed before the action takes place. thin

0 of 1 people found this review helpful