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  • Everything I Never Told You

  • A Novel
  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,991
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,080
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,105

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Character Novel

  • By colprubin on 07-16-14

How not to ruin a child

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Weird story but well written. Beautifully constructed passages and character development. Well worth a read but emotionally draining, must be ready for this to enjoy this tale of parenting gone sadly so wrong. A cautionary tale for any parent.

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,428
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,846

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Powerful truths uncoveted

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

This is a masterfully told tale of a tragic childhood made right through love, perseverance, and opportunity. Mr. Cummings reading gives authenticity to the story which is brilliantly told. It's more than a biography. It's a story of overcoming obstacles when a parent fails you and sets up what could be savagely overwhelming odds against you.

  • The Vegetarian

  • A Novel
  • By: Han Kang
  • Narrated by: Janet Song, Stephen Park
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 799

The Man Booker International Prize, 2016. Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams - invasive images of blood and brutality - torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It's a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciation!

  • By J L Pasricha on 03-20-16

A life of quiet desparation

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

What made the experience of listening to The Vegetarian the most enjoyable?

The writing is flawless as is the narration.

Which character – as performed by Janet Song and Stephen Park – was your favorite?

The vegetarian

Any additional comments?

Not for everyone. There is no mystery here, no suspense. It's the ordinary life of a very unusual person who suffers the slings and arrows of a narrow existence. You have a chance to "get into her head" and see the pain. So much pain.

  • The Sellout

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,720

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality: the black Chinese restaurant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book, fantastic narrator!

  • By Bonnie B. on 07-27-15

Love and hate

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

What made the experience of listening to The Sellout the most enjoyable?

The performance of the reader is beyond great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The sellout of course,

What does Prentice Onayemi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Authenticity

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book pokes fun at Americans obsession with skin color in a historical way that gives full exposure to the narrow and cruel stereotypes aimed at darker skinned persons. The writing offers an unexpected perspective by exposing the brilliance and idiocy of how certain groups are controlled and undermined, based on skin color. It's dynamite that is not for the faint of heart or shy. And, language does matter.

Any additional comments?

I was struck dumb by the brilliance of this satirical view of America, land of the free, home of the brave.

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,568

From the best-selling author of Atonement, Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Long Version, and the Short.

  • By Ilana on 09-19-16

Inner life of baby, in a nutshell

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

What did you love best about Nutshell?

The unique perspective of the inner thoughts of a babe in the womb.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nutshell?

May moments are memorable, especially those where the baby is listening to the adults and commenting on their woes and the sadness in their pathetic lives.

What aspect of Rory Kinnear’s performance would you have changed?

Great performance with dignity and seriousness

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Baby's watching you

Any additional comments?

As with an Ian McEwan work, excellent writing and story telling.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,129

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

Good story, a bit preachy, but lessons here

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

Any additional comments?

This book is a life-lesson on how racism effects its victims and those who perpetuate it—knowingly and unknowingly. The author has done research to uncover these experiences and the daily grind of living in each world. Some characters are stereotypes right out of the daily news but the story still rings true and is tightly woven. If you see yourself as "White" there is probably information here that you might find shocking but informative. Jody Picoult's writing is at its finest here. The inner voices and one-on-one conversations are brilliantly wrought. It's a story that all Americans should read to gain new perspectives on why we are the way we are about skin color.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,051
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,431
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 106,914

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting in the same way a fiction book can be

  • By Paul on 12-17-18

Born to be great! What a story.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

This is an amazing coming-of-age story by a very talented story teller and writer. It has to be consumed in an ever increasing pace. You can't wait to find out what's next in this young man's adventurous and sometimes tragically wrought life. It's funny but not in the side splitting way but in a bitter sweet way. You will say: "Yes that's exactly what he must have felt and thought. Oh, I see how it was for him at age 9, 11, 14, 19 and so on; I understand." By the end of this memoir you are crying and cheering all in the same moment. You will fully understand thoughout, and at the end, why it is dedicated to a special person. Full of surprising feats of daring, wit, intelligence, and foolishness that only the boldest of kids make happen. You won't be able to stop reading this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Angle of Repose

  • By: Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034

Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not too many novels written about marriage

  • By Barry on 08-18-12

Beautiful literary work and epic story telling

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

One of our best writers of our time. A genius at painting a portrait with just words. You see the pictures in your head. The narrative intertwines the stories of two families linked by generations. A complex dynamic epic story that describes history of Idaho and a marriage. And yes, he does explain the meaning of the title after a climactic narrative event. The end of the story is well worth the wait.

  • Mexico

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener, whose novels hurtle from the far reaches of history to the dark corners of the world, paints an intoxicating portrait of a land whose past and present are as turbulent, fascinating, and colorful as any other on Earth. When an American journalist travels to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, he is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his own Mexican ancestry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to learn more about Mexican history and culture...

  • By Peace on 01-06-16

I wanted to learn more about Mexican history and culture...

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

This fit the bill very well. Reader is excellent. Great historical facts presented in a vivid narrative. Characters are a bit trite but fitting fit the time period.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Ghettoside

  • A True Story of Murder in America
  • By: Jill Leovy
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450

Audie Award, Non-Fiction, 2016. On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home--one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read in print, the audio version is horrible.

  • By Sarah on 02-07-15

What are the consequences of racial segregation and racism?

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

If you want cogent and meaningful answers to this question "read."this book. Leovy has done a masterful job of presenting Information needed to answer this question. Reads like a documentary "thriller." Compelling, sobering, and chilling, what slavery and segregation wrought, I was mesmerized by her dazzling array of facts and emotional renditions of crime in Los Angeles.