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  • The Island of Sea Women

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger. This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous, physical work, and the men take care of the children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio turned me off -at first

  • By Janet Kingery on 03-17-19

A story shaped around history

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I kept looking for time and places to listen as I wanted to know what would happen next. Lisa See learns so much about a place, its people and its history and creates a story around this. In this book I learned about Korea and in particular the Korean island of Jeju, Haenyeo, where the breadwinners are the matriarchal society of women divers. The story spans 3 generations, sharing the heart wrenching stories of Young-sook & Mi-ja who share so much as deep friends for whom outside circumstances and blindness to what the other endures, cuts deep wedges into that friendship consequently impacting the relationships of their offspring and grandchildren. Lisa See never disappoints.

  • Undaunted

  • Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back
  • By: Jackie Speier
  • Narrated by: Jackie Speier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Jackie Speier was twenty-eight when she joined Congressman Leo Ryan’s delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac. Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range. While recovering from what would become one of the most harrowing tragedies in recent history, Jackie had to choose: Would she become a victim or a fighter? The choice to survive against unfathomable odds empowered her with a resolve to become a vocal proponent for human rights. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By RockyDog on 11-18-18

Living a Determined Life

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Excellent read; Speier shares her life's story with detail and insight -- a life with too many tragedies and so much determination.

  • 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 18,142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,464
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,438

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
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Eugene on 05-29-18

Amazing Story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-19

The author draws us in from page 1, sharing the background and evolving story of deceit and scam. A very compelling read.

  • Piecing Me Together

  • By: Renee Watson
  • Narrated by: Renee Watson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for "at-risk" girls. Except really, it's for black girls. From "bad" neighborhoods. But maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be Required Reading

  • By Rashelle on 06-07-18

Compelling, Beautiful Story

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Loved this book. I learned a great deal from the young protagonist as she, herself, learned and grew, teaching those around her with her insights, bravery, developing strength and grace. Beautifully written; a very talented author.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 73,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66,741
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 66,357

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

One Amazing Woman, Still Becoming

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

What an wonderfully forthright, open, insightfully honest sharing of her life's story Mrs. Obama has written !

I enjoyed every moment of listening to her reading, to learning about her life from childhood to the present. The personal, ethical, professional strengths she and President Obama brought to the White House, to governing our country, to their inherent quests to make life better for everyone -- by reading this book we are reminded and learn more about their ways of doing this. Interesting look at the life of this First Lady and life in the White House during her 8 years there. Beautifully written by a beautiful woman, inside and out.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,607

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual style

  • By Veronica on 09-22-18

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This narration and story quietly pulled me in, got me emotionally involved -- sad but caring and admiring the main character who can seem simple but has such insight and depth -- her fortitude, her intelligence, her connection with nature and wildlife. Beautifully written, kept me guessing, brought me to tears at the end.

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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 39,883
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,117
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35,957

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Gripping

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Thought provoking; Ms Westover shares her story with balance, with reasoned observations and thoughts about everyone’s behaviors, including her own. Such strength and perseverance. It’s one word closing captures her journey.

  • The Space Between Us

  • By: Thrity Umrigar
  • Narrated by: Purva Bedi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

Best-selling author Thrity Umrigar won the Nieman Fellowship and earned a finalist spot for the PEN/Beyond Margins award with The Space Between Us. Set in modern-day India, this evocative novel follows upper-middle-class Parsi housewife Sera Dubash and 65-year-old illiterate household worker Bhima as they make their way through life. Though separated by their stations in life, the two women share bonds of womanhood that prove far stronger than the divisions of class or culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story that stays with you

  • By gardener97 on 04-25-15

Thrity Umrigar is a born storyteller

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I read this book when it came out. Recently listened to The Secrets Between Us (sequel about the servant, Bhima. Also, excellent). And, immediately listened to The Space Between Us, enjoying it as much the second time as the first. Excellent narration. Umrigar never disappoints -- such a compelling story with characters I cared about. They share stories revealing the cores their lives as servant and employer, caring about each other while their education, economics and culture in India mean one lives with much and one lives with little. As women many of their experiences are similar.

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,087

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened?

  • By Celina Resendez on 10-21-17

Trying to Understand

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I am glad I listened to her book; for me, insightful & forthright. Time is already and will continue to reveal the multitude of ways the 2016 election is a travesty.

  • All Who Go Do Not Return

  • A Memoir
  • By: Shulem Deen
  • Narrated by: Shulem Deen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world - only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at 18 is arranged, and several children soon follow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An eloquent and fascinating look into a secretive world

  • By pacia on 04-29-17

A Difficult Journey

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-18

For me this was a detailed look at lives I know very little about, Mr. Deen's story of being raised an orthodox Hasidic Jew in New York, his questioning of his faith in young adulthood as he learns more about life outside of his community, the closed treatment of much of his family and the religious community. While he had much to lose as he chose changes in his life that effect his marriage, his children, his friends, he explores and moves forward in the only way that seems true to himself. The book left me wishing him well, wishing him close relationships, and maybe renewed relationships with those who no long accept him.