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  • 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 10,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,346

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cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.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

Hire an EDITOR

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

There are great novels that are quite long, such as Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch". Others, like A Little Life, could really benefit from a better editor. While I did enjoy this book, and found the writing to be top notch, there were quite a few moments when I was really exasperated with the tedious, repetitive and sensational. The number of horrible things that happen to the protagonist is seriously over the top. Also, when listening to a book rather than reading it, the amount of times phrases and words are used is far more noticeable and grating. You will never hear the phrases "I'm sorry...I'm so sorry" so many times in your entire life as you will in this novel.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fates and Furies

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Groff
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,810

Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of 24 years.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tall Characters Copulating

  • By Steve M on 06-29-16

dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 11-20-15

I purchased this book based on the great reviews which I'm now fairly certain people are being paid to write. It's rare to listen to a 16 hr book and not care about, like or dislike, any of the characters. There are moments where the story is interesting but overall it is as flat and lifeless as the characters are.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Fighting Chance

  • By: Elizabeth Warren
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Warren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,067
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064

As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book. Great Narration.

  • By Amy on 06-03-14

superb

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

Reviewed: 09-04-15

This is the first autobiography I've listened to and it was well worth the credit. I was slightly worried about it being too dry and boring but it was the exact opposite. Well written and emotional, a good balance between politics and Elizabeth's life-- highly recommend.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Honeydew

  • Stories
  • By: Edith Pearlman
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

Pearlman writes about the predicaments of being human. The title story involves an affair, an illegitimate pregnancy, anorexia, and adolescent drug use, but the real excitement comes from the intricate attention Pearlman devotes to the interior life of young Emily, who wishes she were a bug. In "Sonny", a mother prays for her daughters to be barren so they never have to experience the death of a child. "The Golden Swan" transports the listener to a cruise ship with lavish buffets-and a surprise stowaway.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nice stories, suboptimal narration

  • By Elise on 11-24-15

Better of read

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

Reviewed: 07-28-15

I love short stories. This was my first experience listening to them rather than reading them and I don't believe I'll try it again. Perhaps it was just the narration, but I couldn't tell where one story ended and the next began. I stopped listening about an hour in--couldn't get into it at all.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,188

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

YES

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

If you liked 'Gone Girl', you will probably enjoy this dark and funny novel. Told from the point of view of a bright and cynical stalker who's stalking is made easy thanks to the narcissism of social networking and modern technology. The performance is spot on...couldn't stop listening. I look forward to more by this author!

  • Hausfrau

  • A Novel
  • By: Jill Alexander Essbaum
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 452

Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno - a banker - and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful writing; pathetic, passive protagonist &

  • By NMwritergal on 03-22-15

Agonizingly Dull

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

The premise of this novel is intriguing but the characters and story fall flat. A mediocre woman bored with her entitled life in Zurich finds herself a cold psychoanalyst to lie to and has affairs in attempt to feel slightly alive. yawn.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,562

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Completely engaging

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

This author has mastered the formula necessary to keep one listening for many hours without getting bored. Fast paced, original and entertaining.

  • I'll Give You the Sun

  • By: Jandy Nelson
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,164

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As Bright as 1000 White Hot Suns

  • By FanB14 on 09-26-14

the art and magic under the skin of the world

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

I was going to skip this because it was categorized as a 'teen' novel but am glad I didn't. The story is sweet and uplifting despite tragedies. I found both the performance and writing to be completely engaging. A warm tale that reminds us that where there's art and love, magic and healing happens.

  • Ordinary Grace

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,624

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way

  • By tooonce72 on 03-29-13

Ordinary...yes.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

My initial reaction to the first hour of the book was to RETURN IT IMMEDIATELY. Rich Orlow reads in a manner that sounds as if you're listening to an infomercial or cheesy documentary. The simplicity of the narrative, lack of charm and clumsy dialogue did little to engage my interest. However, with so many glowing reviews (which I now assume someone paid for), I figured that it just started slow and would eventually improve. Nope. This novel is simple religious banality.
None of the characters are interesting or developed enough to care about and a plot that should be touching and sad, with its bigotry, bullying and death, evokes little emotion.
Waste of a credit.

  • The First Bad Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Miranda July
  • Narrated by: Miranda July
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 754

Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people's babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women's self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they've been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By SilverFin on 02-16-15

Original and touching

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

Reviewed: 02-16-15

Complex characters with many inspected neuroses fill this wonderfully bizarre story. If you are a fan of Miranda July, you will love this one. However, this book was incorrectly filed under 'horror'. If you're looking for a horror story, you'll be extremely disappointed... unless you also appreciate the regular life horrors involved in being a human.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful