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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,954
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,963
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19,922

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking story of a meteoric rise and fall

  • By Jeff Koeppen on 08-14-18

Unbelievable!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

Wow! I’m sure I heard this story in many news cycles over the past 4-5 years but I just have no recollection of this truly fascinating story. The story is utterly fascinating and unbelievable, all at the same time. The blind trust these otherwise intelligent people and respectable companies gave to Elizabeth Holmes is insane. It’s almost akin to me trying to sell an invisible magic unicorn and people lining up to buy one. Awesome book that will make you rethink and question everything you’ve ever given blind trust to. You will move ahead with a skeptical eye after this which we all should have anyway, but we get comfortable and a little lazy and just “go with it” instead of saying wait a minute, this sounds to good to be true and then following up with some tough questions and waiting for actual answers to those questions. Definite must read!!

  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,291

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate; she works an easy job at a hip art gallery and lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it...

  • By Claudia Gallegos on 07-12-18

The absolute worst

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

I hated this book from beginning to end, hoping against hope that it would get better- - it never did. With the dates provided, it was predictable that her year would end around 9/11 and with several characters working in the towers, you could just imagine, someone might just not survive. I wished the main character didn’t survive her year because then the book could have put me out of my misery sooner. There wasn’t a single likable character in the book, okay maybe the kind relatives of Reeva who brought food over and were concerned about her driving in the snow, but other than that they all sucked and they were all pathetic! I read this for my book club and I finished it 1) for book club and 2) because I’m an optimist and I had hope that it would get better eventually- - it just didn’t. Save your time, save your money, save your hope in this book and just don’t bother, you’ll be glad you skipped this one. The performance was excellent so at least there’s that.

  • Your Body's Many Cries for Water

  • By: F. Batmanghelidj
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

This book explains the new discovery that lack of water in the body - chronic dehydration - is the root cause of many painful degenerative diseases: asthma, allergies, hypertension, excess body weight, and some emotional problems, including depression. The book explores the damaging effects of dehydration in the fourth dimension of time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ignore negative reviews

  • By minimoon on 09-16-14

Excellent!!

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I absolutely hate water and while reading this book I started drinking it as if my life depended on it because it really does. It was a quick read so it’s only been about 5 days but I feel fantastic!! I’m sleeping better, my skin and nails look better and my body just feels better. It’s incredible!

  • The Marriage Lie

  • By: Kimberly Belle
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,368

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and their marriage is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Florida, Iris' happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else had he lied about?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • W.....T......F..... Seriously....?!

  • By Wendi on 09-07-17

Great book

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I loved this book, very suspenseful (no spoilers here) and very satisfying in the end. Great story but hated the narration. All the male characters sounded like a panicky whisper and Iris had a super fake southern accent that only popped up 10% of the time, so when I did hear it, it sounded out of place. If you’re from Atlanta, you’re either all in or all out with the accent, you can’t be raised there and have your accent come and go. But over all, fantastic book!

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,564

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-12-18

Just Wow!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

This wasn’t a book I was interested in. I read it for my bookclub and I was surprised how much I LOVED it. I thought the story fast paced and it was hard to stop listening- - until around chapter 25 when I started to only listen to small parts at a time because it was so good I didn’t want to get to the end. Magnificent!

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,141

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Suspenseful creepy heart wrenching thriller that I could not stop listening to. Thrilling and horrifying all in the same breath. Wonderfully written and delightful listen. Highly recommend this, even to those who can’t stomach thrillers, this one is worth it! I didn’t really care for the ending, that was kind of”tied up with a bow” but overall it was fantastic!!

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  • The Last Black Unicorn

  • By: Tiffany Haddish
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Haddish
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,326

Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays - it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad it ended

  • By HerHighness on 12-08-17

Hilarious!!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

This book had me laughing out loud the entire time. I loved it and would highly recommend it!

  • Class Mom

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Gelman
  • Narrated by: Laurie Gelman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom - or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it's her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max - this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA president sees her as the "wisest" candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I friggin' loved listening to the book!

  • By Alecia Koczenasz on 02-14-19

I’m shocked!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

I read this for my book club and I was dreading it. This isn’t usually the type of book I’d bother with. My kids are teen now so I can’t even relate to a. Inch of 5 year olds and their parents. About 1/4 way in, I thought of abandoning the book and just showing up to book club for the wine- - but I pressed on. Long story short the book was fabulous. I think my “judgy-ness” got in the way in he beginning but I soon fell I. Love with the characters. I’d highly suggest all moms who have ever had a kindergartener and a class mom to pick this up- - it’s hilarious!!

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,734

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You for a New Narrator

  • By Patricia on 02-01-12

Hates It!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

I had never read this as a kid and only picked it up because the movie was coming out and let’s face it the book is ALWAYS better than the movie. I like the stars in the movie so wanted to go see it (after the book). Well, fast forward six hours (of listening) and now I can’t muster up the energy to sit through this movie, or drag my kids (both girls) along. It was to sic-fi for my taste. It moved to slow and it just seemed kore like something a boy would enjoy. I recall the books I liked as a kid and I’m confident I would have hated this then just as I do now.

  • It Starts with Food

  • Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
  • By: Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • Narrated by: Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086

It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever-and transform your life in profound and unexpected ways. Your success story begins with the Whole30®, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig's powerful 30-day nutritional reset. Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, enhanced quality of life, and a healthier relationship with food-accompanied by stunning health improvements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super informative and easy to digest!

  • By Shaina on 03-26-15

Incredible book!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I’ve done W30 twice and will do my third on Jan 1. I really wanted to know the why behind the program and it’s all spelled out in their great book. I highly recommend this program for everyone but I’d suggest reading The Whole 30 book, if you’re only going to read one book- - this is a great companion to The Whole 30 book with tons of valuable information about the program. After doing the program and now reading this book I feel fully armed with all the info I need for a successful 30 days and beyond! I only gave the performance 3 stars because there’s this very annoying chime sound throughout the book that is so irritating. It’s like when kids are learning to reason and there is a noise when it’s time to turn the page. They need to remove that chime. Also I hate the pronunciation of legumes. (I prefer to hear la-gumes be leg-gumes) but aside from those two issues, it was awesome!