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  • Hausfrau

  • A Novel
  • By: Jill Alexander Essbaum
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 448

Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno - a banker - and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful writing; pathetic, passive protagonist &

  • By NMwritergal on 03-22-15

50 Shades

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

50 SHADES OF HAUSFRAU
One dimensional characters... To much explicit adolescent sex very unsympathetic characters

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The First Bad Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Miranda July
  • Narrated by: Miranda July
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 728

Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people's babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women's self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they've been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel bad for the next book I listen to.

  • By Brandin on 03-05-15

The worst

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

I am an avid audiobook listener .... I have loved, liked and disliked many books.... this book is offensive I want my credit back. I cannot finish this perverse novel.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Window Opens

  • A Novel
  • By: Elisabeth Egan
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

Alice Pearse is a mostly happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor, and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker, or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in - and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip, young startup that promises to be the future of reading.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not riveting, sometimes tedious

  • By Ranch Girl on 05-29-16

Male voices sounded ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

I really liked the story and the narration with the exception of the make characters sounded totally unnatural .

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Small Blessings

  • By: Martha Woodroof
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

Tom Putnam, an English professor at a Virginia women’s college, has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. For more than ten years, his wife Marjory has been a shut-in, a fragile and frigid woman whose neuroses have left her fully dependent on Tom and his formidable mother-in-law, Agnes Tattle. Tom considers his unhappy condition self-inflicted, since Marjory’s condition was exacerbated by her discovery of Tom’s brief and misguided affair with a visiting poetess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A blessing to me..

  • By Ellen McAdam on 02-04-18

First book I could not finish

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

Reviewed: 09-03-14

What disappointed you about Small Blessings?

Unbelievable plot .....adolescent contrived...

What could Martha Woodroof have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Rewrite it

How could the performance have been better?

Her voice was to animated.....

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Small Blessings?

To many to count ...it was all so unrealistic .... Written as a fairy tale

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not the Killing Type

  • A Booktown Mystery, Book 7
  • By: Lorna Barrett
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

It's November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover-Tricia's own sister, Angelica. Also throwing his hat in the ring is small business owner Stan Berry. Unfortunately, Stan isn't in the race for long. When Stan is found murdered, his political rivals become suspects. Angelica is going to need more than a vote of confidence from her sister-she needs Tricia to clear her name so she can win the election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE BEST YET

  • By Beatrice on 04-19-14

How many dead bodies can one person find!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-14

What disappointed you about Not the Killing Type?

It's the same plot over and over

What was most disappointing about Lorna Barrett’s story?

Not very engaging

How could the performance have been better?

Miss Cassandra Campbell.... Karen White not nearly as good

0 of 1 people found this review helpful