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  • Evvie Drake Starts Over

  • A Novel
  • By: Linda Holmes
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Linda Holmes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

In a sleepy seaside town in Maine, recently widowed Eveleth “Evvie” Drake rarely leaves her large, painfully empty house nearly a year after her husband’s death in a car crash. Everyone in town, even her best friend, Andy, thinks grief keeps her locked inside, and Evvie doesn’t correct them. Meanwhile, in New York City, Dean Tenney, former Major League pitcher and Andy’s childhood best friend, is wrestling with what miserable athletes living out their worst nightmares call the “yips”: he can’t throw straight anymore, and even worse, he can’t figure out why. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Home Run

  • By DallasD on 06-30-19

Perfect summer book

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

Reviewed: 07-06-19

Who doesn’t dream of living in a small town in Maine?! Great, lovable characters and sweet new beginnings! And Julia Whelan is always the best!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • That Kind of Mother

  • A Novel
  • By: Rumaan Alam
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 106

Like many first-time mothers, Rebecca Stone finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. Struggling to juggle the demands of motherhood with her own aspirations and feeling utterly alone in the process, she reaches out to the only person at the hospital who offers her any real help - Priscilla Johnson - and begs her to come home with them as her son's nanny. Priscilla's presence quickly does as much to shake up Rebecca's perception of the world as it does to stabilize her life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Description is far off

  • By vaigdd on 06-08-18

Thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 07-06-19

I cannot decide if this book is making fun of well-meaning white mothers or if it is just a portrait. I have decided that is what makes it so interesting, though. I will be thinking about this one for a long time.

  • Daisy Jones & The Six

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,153

Daisy is a girl coming of age in LA in the late '60s, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s 20, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Different Kind of Review

  • By D. Fields on 03-23-19

Too neat

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

Reviewed: 05-29-19

Completely a fairy tale & wrapped up too nicely for me, but the performance was enjoyable!

  • The Great Believers

  • By: Rebecca Makkai
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story for all time

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Kept forgetting this was fiction

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

The characters were so vibrant and alive! I wanted to give them all hugs and felt so angry and sad at how often we fail humanity. I loved every minute!

  • Pachinko

  • By: Min Jin Lee
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,946

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By erin on 12-11-17

Engrossing family saga

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I really enjoyed this story which spanned over 50 years in the life of a Korean family who immigrated to Japan. I especially liked the focus on women and the emotional complexities caused by trying to meet such a variety of expectations: societal, familial, and cultural. This book is complex as well as sad, hopeful and triumphant. The performance was nice, too - I liked hearing Korean and Japanese spoken.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heavy

  • By: Kiese Laymon
  • Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,676
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,486

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion, and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared

  • By Amy Bannor on 10-30-18

Beautifully written & read

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I loved listening to this book even when it was hard to listen to. I loved Kiese Laymon's celebration of language even when he was telling hard truths. I cannot imagine how hard this book was to write, but I know I will need to listen to it more than once to fully appreciate how good it is.

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan, Robin Miles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,553

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Five Out of Seven Ain't Bad

  • By Dubi on 12-31-17

Fun and engrossing

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I loved how fast-paced and heartfelt this book was. So many mysteries and complicated relationships and a main character that embodied personal strength.

  • Merry and Bright

  • A Novel
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

Merry Knight is pretty busy these days. She's taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry's well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her - minus her photo - and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lift Your Spirits!

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 10-19-17

Not good.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I didn't mind that the story was predictable, but I felt the characters didn't feel real. The narrator also spoke in a stilted way that kept pulling me out of the story. Even with my rather low expectations, I was disappointed.

  • The Wedding Date

  • By: Jasmine Guillory
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162

On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend... After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, but was hoping for more

  • By Audiobookhoe on 02-07-18

Warm and engrossing romance

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

A romance novel for women who don't just want the bodice ripping! A perfect meet-cute, a heroine with ambition, delicious food descriptions, and a swoon-worthy hero! What else could you want? The narrator talks a little too slowly for me, but that seems a silly complaint. #swoon #romance #warm #cozy #sanfrancisco #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Emergency Contact

  • By: Mary H. K. Choi
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski, Jacques Roy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn't actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it's 79 miles and a zillion light-years away from everything she can't wait to leave behind.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Messy Book With Really Bad Narration

  • By Doha on 04-23-18

Charming teenage romance

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I liked a lot of things about this book. I enjoyed getting to know Penny and Sam. I felt for their individual issues, although I sympathized less with Penny's treatment of her mother. I also worried a lot about the author as it seemed like every character had a version of an eating disorder. An enjoyable enough book that made me want to listen to Rainbow Rowell again. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes #YA #romance #rainbowrowell