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  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,264
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,275

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By CD9 on 06-05-18

Easy read, highly emotional, good times

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

This is a very easy to read, well-paced, emotional rollercoaster of a book. It’s not sappy or overly romantic. It’s not a book with deep, heavy intentions and character motivations. The mystery is spelled out early on and the rest of the book is the resolution, which is a nice change of pace. For people who loved USA’s show “Motive” you will like this.

Nice, low maintenance and fun read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 75,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69,039
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68,643

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

A non-political look at a great woman’s life

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Michelle Obama took what life handed her and did something great with it. This book isn’t about being political, it isn’t about smearing others. This is a story about how a little girl was raised in the mid-west, with mid-west values. It’s about how she persevered when she was told No. It’s about how she put herself aside for the needs of the many, and found her way in a system she never wanted any part of. This is the story of how life takes you on a series of twists and turns and what you do to preserve yourself and your sanity when it takes you down a road you know you shouldn’t be on. Well written and I’m happy to hear it narrated by the author herself. I really wish there was more after they left the White House. The story seems unfinished.

  • Rich People Problems

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,640

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy and Funny and the PERFECT Summer Book!

  • By D on 05-30-17

True to the others

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

If you’ve read the others in the series you are familiar with the writing style, characters and tone of these well written books. This is by far the more serious of the three, but definitely holds true to the heart of the trilogy. It gets a little muddy with the introduction of new characters and how they’ve come together and apart since the last book. Some of what seems important gets lost and becomes unimportant. But overall a great ending to a great series and worth the read.

  • Beartown

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,203

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

Guard your heart

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

This is a heartbreaking story. It’s a beautifully written, can’t put it down, fall in love with the characters, and get mad at everyone sort of story. And once you finish with this, the sequel, Us Against Them is even better.

So well written, very well narrated. This is a story I will listen to again and one I am putting on the list to share with my son when he’s old enough.

  • Ohio

  • By: Stephen Markley
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Jayme Mattler, Joy Osmanski, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

 

Since the turn of the century, a generation has come of age knowing only war, recession, political gridlock, racial hostility, and a simmering fear of environmental calamity. In the country’s forgotten pockets, where industry long ago fled, where foreclosures, Walmarts, and opiates riddle the land, death rates for rural whites have skyrocketed, fueled by suicide, addiction, and a rampant sense of marginalization and disillusionment. This is the world the characters in Stephen Markley’s brilliant debut novel, Ohio, inherit. This is New Canaan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Moving and Deeply Haunting

  • By Matthew Hall on 08-26-18

Gritty, heart-breaking, real

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

It’s a story so real it could be your own. Written in a Stephen King-esque style, the characters each get their moment to be recognized. There’s a natural flow to each part of the story. If you’ve ever seen the movie 11:14 it gives you that feel. There’s something lurking, something happening that ties these characters together. Some only have a small part to play in the story and some are driving it, but they are all connected. Phenomenally written and well narrated. My only drawback is that the story bounced around the plot for a while, and, while it kind of gave you hints as to what the conflicts were, it didn’t give you enough to connect the dots until you were told, ok, this is what’s really going on. Instead, it mentions rumors about this or legends about that. That’s the only draw back for me.

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  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,731

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

If you’re an Aliens fan you cannot miss this!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

It was brilliant! If you’re a fan of the original Alien movies, this story is for you! It kicks off and doesn’t stop. The characters are well written and narrated, the intensity it palpable. Will Ripley escape the aliens? You won’t know until the last heart-pounding, nail-biting moment.

  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories

  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

Discover Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie's classic fantasy novel. Set in an exotic eastern landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals, Salman Rushdie's classic children's novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories inhabits the same imaginative space as The Lord of the Rings, The Alchemist, and The Wizard of Oz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and great story teller

  • By marce on 05-22-18

Fun Arabian Alice in Wonderland

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

This is a very fun story. It’s a sweet adventure story that moves swiftly and holds your attention. Suitable for the entire family with names that will make everyone giggle, especially the kiddos. I’ve been wanting to read Salman Rushdie for a long time and hadn’t gotten around to it. What a great imagination and flare for storytelling. I will definitely be reading another and soon.

  • Take Me With You

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,090

August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, brilliantly heartwarming,thoughtful!

  • By Jeffrey on 07-25-14

Slow to start, slow to end

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I need to begin by saying this is not the typical book I would read. If you’re in the mood for an easy going, almost dramatic, sweet story that’s well written, this is for you. It was very slow to start and took me a bit to get into. That said, it did get interesting and pick up. It gets quite moving and emotional in the middle, but tapers back off. It’s difficult to tell where the climax is. It just kind of keeps going and then finishes.

The narrator is ok. His voice puts you in the mood of Grapes of Wrath or To Kill a Mockingbird. These people are from the West Coast but they sound like they’re from 1950s mid-west. Every time the guy mentioned his cell phone it took me out of the story for a second. He does well with the voices, though, it’s just the accent.

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,752

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Perfect for riding alone or with the family

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

It’s difficult to find books I can listen to when my 5 yr old is in the car with me. This is a really good and very cute story. One of the best audible Originals I’ve heard recently and definitely one of the better free ones.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,112

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

NOT a full cast reading

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I don’t know why this is labeled Full Cast. Claire Danes narrated the whole thing. She does a very good job giving voice to the main character, though. This is the second time I’ve read this book. I think I liked it better the first time I read it, but I learned more and got more out of it the second time. I believe I liked it more the first time because I read it before the series came out on Hulu. The series goes more in depth and this story ends fairly abruptly.

I definitely recommend watching the series after you read this. It’s an amazing story and I love having the author’s afterward.