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  • The Elephant in the Room

  • One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America
  • By: Tommy Tomlinson
  • Narrated by: Tommy Tomlinson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

In the tradition of Roxane Gay’s Hunger, a searing, honest, and candid exploration of what it’s like to live as a fat man, from acclaimed journalist Tommy Tomlinson, who decided he had to change his life as he neared the age of 50 weighing in at 460 pounds. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a Listen

  • By Steven W. Robinson on 01-29-19

Raw, honest, engaging, endearing

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

Tommy Tomlinson really puts himself out there in this book. All that he has forever been embarrassed and ashamed to share, all he has hidden (or tried to), all he has denied (or lied about) is now wide open, shared with the world -- in a way that is so relatable. No easy task when trying to share what its like to be overweight to those who are not -- and who simplify the reality to why you just can't/won't eat less and move more.
Tommy does this in a way that is so endearing. He does not portray himself as a victim -- but he digs deep for the evolution of how he got to this point, blaming no one but himself.
I was in awe of how much just about every memory he has, every move he makes -- good and bad -- are so intertwined with either his weight or with food.
And I do not understand the readers/listeners who struggle with his voice -- I loved his voice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Dresses

  • A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters
  • By: Mary Pflum Peterson
  • Narrated by: Mary Pflum Peterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

As a successful television journalist at Good Morning America, Mary Pflum is known as a polished and highly organized producer. It's a persona at odds with her tortured childhood, where she watched her emotionally vulnerable mother fill their house with teetering piles of assorted "treasures." But one thing has always united mother and daughter: their love of white dresses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By Chuck on 04-06-18

Interesting dark family truths

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Riveting story, engrossing, heartbreaking.
This book was fascinating, a gay father and the horrors that inflicted on the man and his wife and family.
A mother who is an increasing hoarder, to depths not imaginable.
I struggled though in how to rate this book -- firstly because the white dresses thread was thin at best, almost desperate to draw people to this book for invalid reasons.
But the real struggle I had is that I detested the selfishness of the daughter/author by the end of the book. She is deluding herself to act as if she was trying to help her mother by living a high career life far away, not pressing to see the house when in town, not offering to move her mother sooner, not spending time in town with her mother to really help.
I have taken care of 2 sick parents, one of whom had mental as well as physical challenges. It is not pretty, It is not accomplished without changing the rest of your world to really help better the situation. But I would do the same if I had to all over -- I was doing what I should have been doing, with my parents, there every day, a journey that was very rewarding in the end.
The author not only did not lift a finger to uncover the inconvenient real truths while her mother was alive -- she had the nerve to be angry when, as she was not helping her mother in need, she expected her mother (who was not well) to rush to her aid instead of having cultivated relationships of support in NYC where her high income and career kept her from being a good daughter, sister, niece so she would have a had a support network and not been angry with her poor sick mother.
The conceit and vanity of the author also just annoyed me. The amount of descriptive words for a single garment/outfit, the author's figure/shape -- just silly.
In the end a tragic story, fascinating in its read -- but I sure with this mother had a caring daughter who would have really stepped up and stepped in.
My the children of this author treat her much better should her later years require it.

  • Girl in the Red Coat

  • By: Kate Hamer
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 880

Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children's festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, eight-year-old Carmel realizes that this man believes she has a special gift.... While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is - and who she might become.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What?

  • By Heather on 04-28-16

Intriguing but disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Very engrossing story, a bit strange at times, left more questions than I would have liked at the end. Great narrator, loved her inflections for different characters and tone/mood.

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,755

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Gripping from minute one

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Once again this author does not disappoint. Very relatable characters. Excellent narration. Story that is unpredictable, pulls you in, makes you wonder. An absolute delight. Could not put it down!

  • By Invitation Only

  • A Novel
  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Courtney Patterson, Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427

 The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where By Invitation Only begins, at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feel-good story

  • By Jane on 06-16-18

Way too predictable and simple

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Could not get past the first few chapters. Takes an already simple storyline and overdoes it. Every character is like an exaggerated caricature. Every scene is overly predictable. No depth in story or character. Insults Chicagoans, insults southerners, insults the rich, insults farmers.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101,329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92,149
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,649

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

Tries too hard

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Could not get past the first few chapters. The book tries too hard to read like a novel versus an autobiography or memoir. Language way too flowery, scenes way over described, too ornate.

14 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • This Is How It Always Is

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,151

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story mirrors our life -- to a point -- spoilers

  • By 1mom3kids on 11-14-17

Intriguing subject told in a unique way

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Curiosity about the subject and s perspective from family when a child is young and forming is what attracted me to the book. The narrating was excellent. The story was good but the fairy tale overlap was too often annoying and distracting, especially toward the end.

  • New York

  • The Novel
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 37 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,133

New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Rachel on 12-17-09

Interesting, well done, impressively researched

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Loved this unique way to educate about the history of New York by telling the story through multiple generations of a New York family. I cannot imagine what it took to research this, so rich and vivid in fine details of each period’s clothing and natural environments and architecture and infrastructure. I enjoyed this book so much I actually was sad to have it end - really really well done.

  • Operation Paperclip

  • The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666

Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including papers made available to her by direct descendants of the Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers discovered at the National Archives and Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the 20th century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Osenberg list

  • By Jean on 08-07-14

Disturbing and well told

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I never heard of Operation Paperclip before this and was stunned throughout this book. The narrating at times was flat and found me having to repeat as it was easy to zone out, but overall fascinating story well told.
How this is not more well known is appalling but I am appreciative of this book to tell the story in such detail.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,971

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1st Chapter, can't stand narration AND I'm asian!

  • By Acct68member on 12-06-17

Enjoyable easy read

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This book served exactly as I hoped when I downloaded it. Light, funny easy read. Glimpse into Asian wealth in a comedic way. Delightful.