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  • Manhattan Beach

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,176

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Narrative of a Girl Diver

  • By WillowGirl313 on 10-30-17

Not as Good as the Reviews

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't understand why this is on 'best of 2017' lists. I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but when I do, I want to be swept up in another time and place. Egan' s book and characters just weren't very compelling. Count me disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Anna on 09-05-17

Penny Returns to Form

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

The last few Gamache books weren't quite as good as earlier ones in the series, but Louise Penny Returns to her high standards with this one. Highly recommended. .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Plainsong

  • By: Kent Haruf
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone. Thoughtful and honest, he is guiding them through a world that is not always kind. Victoria, one of his students, is pregnant, homeless, and vulnerable to the scorn of the town. When Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, an unlikely extended family is born.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Grim Living In A Small Town

  • By Sara on 08-11-15

Hymn to Small Town Life

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Wonderful performance and writing. I will definitely listen to the 2nd in the trilogy. Excellent!

  • 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 8,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,245

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

Imaginative Satire -- Outstanding Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

I'm usually not a big fan of satire, but thiso one really appealed to me. It's characters and humor were expertly brought to life by the narrator. It's entirely possible that if I had read it in print, I wouldnt6have loved it as much as Idid.

  • Straight Man

  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Sam Freed
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good

  • By Jeffrey A. Sherman on 01-09-04

Funny to the End- Especially for Academics

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

I thoroughly enjoyed this older novel from Russo. It kept me laughing right to the very end as its college department chair hero resolves his mid-life career crisis.

  • The Edge of Nowhere

  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

Becca King is on the run. Her ability to hear “whispers” — the thoughts of others — has put her at risk from her stepfather, whose criminal activities she’s discovered. When she arrives on Whidbey Island, beautiful, wild, and a world apart, she embarks on a life very different from her old one, with new friends that include Seth, a kindhearted dropout turned gypsy jazz musician; Derric, a Ugandan boy adopted by a local family; Diana, with whom she shares psychic powers; and Debbie, who makes a habit of helping runaways. Blending strands of mystery and romance and a hint of the paranormal in a haunting setting, The Edge of Nowhere is the first in a cycle of books that will take Becca and her friends through their teenage years on the island.Elizabeth George, author of the bestselling crime novels about Inspector Lynley, brings her prodigious talents to her first book for young adults.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good mystery set in the Pacific Northwest

  • By Kyle Clark on 05-05-15

A little too much teen angst for me

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

I decided to listen to this because I love George's Inspector Lynley series and a friend whose opinion I respect recommended it. Perhaps my expectations were too high, or I am just not suited to teenage angst, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I had hoped. I may listen to the followup books, but they won't be high on my list.

  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

  • Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
  • By: Karen Abbott
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little-known aspects of the Civil War: The stories of four courageous women - a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow - who were spies. After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly Bad Narrator

  • By Sheesha on 11-12-14

Slow to start, but worth it

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

Even though this book was a slow start and I didn't like the way the author:s 'cliffhanger' chapter endings made for a very choppy narrative, I still enjoyed learning about the four women portrayed in this book. I was also reminded of a lot of Civil War history that I had either forgotten, or never knew. Definitely worth reading

  • The Bookman's Tale

  • A Novel of Obsession
  • By: Charlie Lovett
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman's Tale is a former bookseller's sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature's most tantalizing mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt's Possession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag.

  • By William on 08-13-13

Pleasant light diversion

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

Reviewed: 04-19-15

I didn't think that this book was terribly well written, but I did enjoy the small glimpse it gave of an antiquarian bookseller's world as well as the author's literary mystery. I listened to the book, and while the narrator's voice was quite beautiful, his pacing was terribly slow. I actually had to speed up the recording to one and a half times its normal speed--something I've rarely had to do.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

  • By: Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 674

Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another disappointing sequel.

  • By Alison on 04-20-14

Great fun!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-15

Well, I know many critics are panning this Bridget Jones update, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great summer fun.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,481

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

Dickensian...

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

Reviewed: 03-13-15

I'd set this Pulitzer prize-winning novel aside for uninterrupted vacation reading; and I'm glad I did. Dickensian comes to mind, very Great Expectations-like with orphans abounding--then the whole throwing open the sash on Christmas morning scene was really over the top. However, while Tartt's storytelling was engaging and her characters well-developed I just didn't like the characters too much (with one exception, Hobie). I also thought an editor could have eliminated much of the seeming repetitiveness of the 'woe's me' orphan stuff. Anyway, in the end, it was enjoyable, and I'm glad I read all 770+ pages if it.