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Vera Stein

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  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,612

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

I hated this book

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

How this book gets the good reviews is beyond my understanding. I guess it's because the "Housewives of .... County" is also so popular. Just not my cup of tea!

  • A Dog's Purpose

  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,655
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,090

A Dog's Purpose - which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list – is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dogs Purpose

  • By sara on 02-16-17

should have been classified as a "teen book"

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

This is definitely a dog lover's book, sweet, (sometimes nauseatingly so), tender, sad, moving but very predictable. I am surprised it was a best seller because it was quite juvenile and would be appropriate for a teenager.

  • Underground Airlines

  • By: Ben Winters
  • Narrated by: William DeMeritt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,490

It is the present day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking, and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: The Civil War never occurred. A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshal Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four". On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right - with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original and disturbing novel

  • By Mark on 10-29-17

This was not for me

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Very confusing as to who's who! Premise is good but difficult to follow. Too many characters.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How Ideas Spread

  • By: Jonah Berger, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jonah Berger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 699

What makes one novel a bestseller, while a similar work languishes unnoticed? Why are the same few baby names suddenly everywhere? Why is everyone talking about that viral video? Welcome to the science of social epidemics: the cutting-edge study of why some ideas, products, and concepts spread wildly, while others quickly flame out. Anyone who has something to sell, a cause to promote, or a message to spread knows that there are obstacles in creating a message that resonates, spreads, and sticks to make their product or idea the word on the street. Enormous sums of time and money have been spent trying to answer the question of why some ideas catch on. And not only is it an ever-present challenge for businesses, governments, and organizations, but it has long been a source of inquiry for psychologists, economists, and sociologists as well.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great informative content at the cost of a few ads

  • By Fabrizio on 03-30-15

Narrator was soooo repetittive!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

I thought I would really like this book, but the narrator was annoying and spoke in a sing-songy manner. Very elementary in concept and delivery.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • After You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,533

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can't help but feel she's right back where she started.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't come close to, Me Before You.

  • By Taryn on 11-09-15

Doesn't live up to ME BEFORE YOU

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

Reviewed: 10-25-15

I was so looking forward to a continuation of Will and his family. AFTER YOU unfortunately can be categorized as chick lit. One crisis after another for poor Louisa and she keeps coming back for more. JoJo Moyes should have left her best seller alone because AFTER YOU doesn't hold a candle to ME BEFORE YOU.

  • Great Masters: Mozart - His Life and Music

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 492

Even from the perspective of time, it is nearly impossible to grasp the full contribution made to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his brief and glorious life. He composed his first symphony at the age of 8 and reached full artistic maturity by the time he was only 20. And when he died at the age of 35, he left a legacy of more than 600 works of brilliance - symphonies, chamber music, operas, and more - most composed during an incredibly productive 20-year period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic summary of this amazing composer.

  • By Paul on 09-23-13

Mozart wonderful, Narrator horrible!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

What a shame that such a marvelous composer would have his story told by such a supercilious and arrogant narrator. He is so patronizing that it totally spoiled the beautiful music that was interspersed throughout the book. I was going to order more books from different composers......but, alas, I did not!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132

Eliot Rosewater, a drunk volunteer fireman and president of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation, is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature, with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. The result is Kurt Vonnegut's funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth.

  • By Darwin8u on 03-27-14

First and Last Vonnegut for me!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

I just couldn't get "into" this book. I wanted to try to read (listen) to my first Vonnegut novel to see why he is so popular. I really hated this book!

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,890

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Sorry when it was over

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

I loved this book. Even though the subject could be a bit depressing, some how JoJo Moyes kept it upbeat and one couldn't be sure of the ending. Thus, I found the story rivetting and compelling. The characters definitely came to life.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • God's Hotel

  • A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
  • By: Victoria Sweet
  • Narrated by: Victoria Sweet
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-Dieu (God's hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves - "anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times" and needed extended medical care - ended up here. So did Victoria Sweet, who came for two months and stayed for 20 years. Laguna Honda, lower-tech but human-paced, gave Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By J. Keiderling on 03-11-16

Interesting for San Franciscans

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

Reviewed: 07-25-13

I would think that this book would have a very limited audience because it is essentially about the demise and rebuilding of a San Francisco Institution known as Laguna Honda Hospital. The author shows her commitment to its success but readers who are not familiar with the political roller coaster this project underwent for many years couldn't care less about it. Dr. Sweet cared but how many others would?

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,041

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

Really helps one understand Asperger's

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

Reviewed: 06-11-13

I enjoyed listening to this book. It made me understand the rationale for the behavioral characteristics of Asperger's Disease. The book is written very understandably and one can actually empathize with Christopher. I am looking forward to seeing the play which has been running to rave reviews in London.