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  • Summer of the Big Bachi

  • By: Naomi Hirahara
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American gardener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi - the spirit of retribution - is knocking on his door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mystery with its roots in WWII

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-10-15

Grows on you

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I found it hard to stay focused initially. There are a lot of names and characters, and because I have no background in Japanese at all, it was hard to keep track while listening. It would be easier if reading, but I did eventually figure it out. I also didn't like the main character at first, but I think you are not supposed to. He definitely grows on you. Loved that it took place right near my hometown--Pasadena.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 107,695
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97,873
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97,342

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had different expectations.

  • By Amzn customer on 05-27-19

I wanted to like it...

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I LOVE Michelle Obama, but frankly, I found the book boring. I didn't finish it. But I still love Michelle Obama!

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Night Road

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822

For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Took awhile to get into but worth it

  • By selena on 05-10-11

Maybe as a YA book...

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I have read several novels by Kristin Hannah and loved them. but this one disappointed me. It felt like a young adult novel about first love and I found it irritating at best. In her other stories, the teenaged characters seemed more complex; I tired of the gushing over their newly found loves. The mother character was very hard to empathize with as well. By the time of the big event (don't want to be a spoiler), I found I just didn't care and I stopped reading.

  • Last Bus to Wisdom

  • A Novel
  • By: Ivan Doig
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102

The final novel from a great American storyteller. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an 11-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ivan Doig was getting older

  • By Starr Callies on 01-13-16

A great coming of age adventure story

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Loved the cast of characters. It’s Huck and Jim on the lam except a different time (1950s), different place (the West), and a different set of prejudices (immigrants and poor folk). You can’t help but root for the two main characters who face down bad luck and more on an unforgettable journey. Enjoyed the narration too.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,422

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi Marie on 09-12-18

One not to miss

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I love everything about this book. Hannah’s prose is masterful. The plot had me all the way through. I thought about the characters when I wasn’t reading. The story deeply moved me. This is a book I will not forget.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,255

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Don't miss

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

I listen to a lot of books. This one is special. Loved it so much.

  • The Gilded Hour

  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 31 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655

The year is 1883, and in New York City it's a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of antivice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie - both graduates of the Woman's Medical School - treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so may put everything they've strived for in jeopardy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and plodding. More textbook than novel.

  • By Karen Kelly on 09-14-15

Strong female characters

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Where does The Gilded Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't like ranking like this, but I will say it is up there.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Mezzanotte -- a sexy enlightened man/cop from the 1890s. What's not to like? But I liked Dr. Anna Savard just as well. Classy, determined, smart, uncompromising.

Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

Dr. Sophie Savard--great accent.

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

Don't have one but PLEASE make a movie of this book.

Any additional comments?

A great story combined with a lot of history of the Comstock period in which women, particularly physicians, were subject to a witch hunt. I like that the protagonist is powerful and part of a family of powerful women who are not afraid to speak their truth. At the same time, I was inspired by the depth of their compassion for each other and for those in need. It would be gorgeous as a movie.

  • The Midwife's Revolt

  • By: Jodi Daynard
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,545

On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo

  • By Angela on 11-20-15

A great read

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

Great characters and plot. Took me a while to like the narrator but she grew on me. Glad I read it.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,320

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

Okay

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wish it had been clearer that it was part of a trilogy. I expected an ending to the novel and was really disappointed.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The characters were the most interesting Dialogue was a little cliche at times.

What didn’t you like about Jeremy Bobb’s performance?

I thought it was flat. It would lull me to sleep.

Was Red Sparrow worth the listening time?

It's a good story. It's easy to get caught up in the plot. But you can't just read this book. The ending is totally unsatisfying so if you read it, you should plan on reading two more.

Any additional comments?

This isn't really my genre. You might like it, who knows?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,455
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,488

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Your patience will pay off

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

Would you listen to A Gentleman in Moscow again? Why?

No. I do not often listen again.

What did you like best about this story?

It gives a picture of Russia during and after the Bolshevik revolution and allows the reader to see it from multiple angles.

Who was the most memorable character of A Gentleman in Moscow and why?

Count Rostov. I liked how the author revealed his character through layers of details. Rostov was admirable, a man of integrity, and antiquated at the same time. And so damn likable!

Any additional comments?

The reading/performance makes this book; bravo, Nicholas Guy Smith. The story requires patience. Through detail and sometimes tortuous tangents, Towles builds the story and the characters. It is worth it.