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  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,303

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

So slow moving

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

So slow moving and then ultimately anticlimactic. I kept listening hoping for excitement that never came.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,255
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,184

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

So well done. One of the best I've read. Captivating, emotional, and heart-wrenching.

  • A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home

  • Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher
  • By: Sue Halpern
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

At loose ends with her daughter leaving home and her husband on the road, Sue Halpern decided to give herself and Pransky, her under-occupied Labradoodle, a new leash - er, lease - on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy dog team. Smart, spirited, and instinctively compassionate, Pransky turned out to be not only a terrific therapist but an unerring moral compass. In the unlikely sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents that revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn't expected.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • my mistake!

  • By joyce on 02-02-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

I was so excited for this book, as a staff member of a nursing home who has brought my dog with me as part of the "family" for over 10 years. There was no plot and joy to this book and perhaps that wasn't the intention, but it was certainly unclear what the purpose was. It was more of an unorganized editorial. And the reader didn't even sound interested in what she was saying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Luckiest Girl Alive

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Knoll
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,560

Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: a glamorous job at a glossy magazine, an enviable figure with the wardrobe to match, and a handsome fiancé from a distinguished blue-blood family. But Ani FaNelli is an invention, that veneer of perfection carefully assembled in an attempt to distance herself from a shocking, sordid past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, unnerving, confusing.

  • By Candice on 12-06-15

I wanted to like it...

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

The narrator's voice from the start seemed an odd choice for the heroine. Just not a good fit. Then, the heroine herself, who came off so immediately pretentious that it was impossible to root for her or care about her trauma all the way to the end. A disappointing read.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful