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  • Hunger

  • A Memoir of (My) Body
  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,140

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined", Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal and raw and honest

  • By S. Yates on 07-17-17

mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Would you listen to Hunger again? Why?

I rarely listen (or read) any book more than once.

What about Roxane Gay’s performance did you like?

She was true and authentic. It is rare that an author is also a good narrator! She definitely is both. I am glad that she read her own book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many many moments moved me. While it is her story and her truth, I do not agree with some of her interpretation of the world's reaction to her. I wish she had found (or allowed) a friend to support her earlier in life.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,033

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 j phillips on 05-28-17

great story

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

but just unnecessarily long! too many unneeded details, an editor should have stepped in and shortened the story. GREAT NARRATOR, who really kept me interested in the story, so many different voices!

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,555
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,307

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

if you're a bit of a geek ...

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

and enjoy playing videogames, you will love this book. Wil Wheaton did a great job narrating the story.

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,560

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

great story, but ...

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

the story could have been told more effectively in fewer words. Loved the ending, though.

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,645

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

Be patient - it is worth it.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

What did you love best about Truly Madly Guilty?

How Caroline Lee brought the characters to life. How can you not love all of them?!?

What did you like best about this story?

We are all flawed, and there is always more to the story you think. Don't judge a person too quickly.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

Vid
and Tiffany
and everyone else

Any additional comments?

Rarely do I prefer an audiobook over the paper version. I love reading! Audiobooks are a way for me to be able to read more, since my commute is relatively long. But Caroline Lee does such a wonderful job with bringing the different characters to life, I found myself more than once putting my book away, and plugging in my headphones (folding laundry, or cleaning or going for a walk instead of sitting down to read). Fun story, and if you can, listen to it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,549

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

Not my kind of humor

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

Juvenile, not for me. My teenage son might enjoy it, though. No harm done since it was free

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,803
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,755

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mohannad Ahmed on 03-10-18

Talented Author

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I enjoyed the book, but was a bit disappointed by the end. I really enjoy Peter Clines' humor and character development. He made me care about all the characters (just like in 14). I feel, however, that Mr. Clines is capable of more than how he ended the book (too similar to 14). I am glad that I borrowed the paper copy of the book as well, so I could read the author's notes (and thoughts) at the end.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

just like 14, I was a bit disappointed.

0 of 2 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 6,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,616

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 really tried to like the narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I am about 1/2 way through the story, but I just can't listen to the narrator for another minute. Her inflections are just annoying. And she makes an already hard to like character sound even meaner. I will borrow the book from our local library to finish the story.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jessica Knoll? Why or why not?

I don't think so, depends on the ending of the story, I guess

How did the narrator detract from the book?

YES!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,890

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite what I expected

  • By K. Allen on 10-17-14

Can't... put ... it ... down

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Almost 50 of 81 chapters read in 3 days. OMG, full of suspense, so exciting and hilarious all at the same time. The narrator is fantastic, too.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Belong to Me

  • By: Marisa de los Santos
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

A devoted city dweller, Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden desire to head for an idyllic suburb. Though she knows she's made the right move, she approaches her new life with trepidation and struggles to forge friendships. Cornelia's mettle is quickly tested by judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt, the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she would find in suburbia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but shallow

  • By Pamela Harvey on 04-08-08

Overall good

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the story, but did not always agree with the narrators interpretation of the characters' feelings within the dialogue. Unfortunately, the music at certain chapters of the book was beyond annoying. Especially when the music played while the narrator read the story. I probably would not have finished the book if I did not have the paper version of the book as well.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

no music in books, please, especially in such a loud volume compared to the reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful