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  • Flat Broke with Two Goats

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jennifer McGaha
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104

Jennifer McGaha never expected to own a goat named Merle, or to be rescuing opossums from her barn and calling it "date night." When Jennifer discovered that she and her husband owed back taxes - a lot of back taxes - her world changed. Now desperate to save money, they foreclosed on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a 100-year-old cabin in a North Carolina holler. Soon enough, Jennifer's life began to more closely resemble the lives of her Appalachian ancestors than the life she experienced in her middle class upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flat Broke with Two Goats

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-01-18

Mehhhhh

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

Just never became all that compelling or sympathetic. Also, there were way more than two goats.

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

Breathtaking

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

A genius telling of three interwoven stories across time. It took me a bit to fully commit but it was worth it.

  • The Brothers K

  • By: David James Duncan
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 28 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

This touching, uplifting novel spans decades of loyalty, anger, regret, and love in the lives of the Chance family. Each person chooses their own way to deal with what the world has become.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Ken on 05-15-08

Wow. Beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

This is one of the best books I’ve listened to in the last few years. Such incredible writing. The kind that stops you in your tracks to admire the beauty. Such powerful storytelling. A saga for any lover of literature. I find baseball in real life incredibly boring but still adored this book. Well worth the credit and then some.

  • All the Birds in the Sky

  • By: Charlie Jane Anders
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,656

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families. But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too twee for me.

  • By Amy on 03-13-17

Lovely read

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Great writing and a unique mash up of sci fi and fantasy. Great character development. I live in San Francisco so it was neat to have it as the setting. She got the tone of the culture here right. My only problem was that the ending fell a bit flat with some loose ends untied. But then one of the book’s character’s extols the virtues of loose ends so perhaps it was intentional.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood of Flowers

  • By: Anita Amirrezvani
  • Narrated by: Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760

In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 on my lifelong list

  • By Cheryl on 09-14-07

I don’t get the hype

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

It was a nice story but not that remarkable. I also have a hard time with stories set in a culture of deeply patriarchal misogyny. While this character did forget unique path it still required tacit acceptance of the overarching framework that her body was not her own to control and at best she could choose only one aspect of life in which to be happy. Also the narration was rough for me. I like her as an actress but the voice didn’t match the character and there were times when she seemed to be phoning it in (e.g. emphasis on the wrong word making the whole sentence not make sense).

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,064
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,278

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Wow

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

What a beautifully written and heartbreaking story. Not too heartbreaking to pass over though. See no through point of view of someone so damaged yet witty and kind and extremely intelligent was enlightening.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,654

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Excellent sci fi story with themes of evolution and empathy

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

The use of cryo stasis as the enabler for time and space travel felt unique and lent a plausibility to the rest of the story that was refreshing. The ending was also satisfying.

  • 4 3 2 1

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Auster
  • Narrated by: Paul Auster
  • Length: 36 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 501

Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much detail.

  • By Jax on 03-03-17

Narration really is that bad

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

It's a shame because the story was good and the effort truly interesting. But it's hard to follow
4 story lines so this is a case where great narration would have been made the novel even greater. The monotone of the author reading his own work made it extra hard to distinguish between characters and story lines. Still, really interesting character(s) and the ending was very good.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Here I Am

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,133

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, DC, Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home - and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful novel marred by imperfect narration

  • By Sara23 on 09-30-16

"My feelings have never once cared about what they should be."

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

Jonathan Safran Foer's new novel "Here I am" is breathtakingly brilliant. Probably at least 50% of my love for this book comes from growing up as a 3rd gen holocaust survivor, but still. The writing, the wisdom. It's amazing. A must read. It's somewhat relevant to the state of affairs in the world today, especially with regards to familial relationships vis a vis politics, and is definitely helping me cope.

Also, the audio version is great. (Despite some reviewers asserting that some mispronunciations of Jewish words were inauthentic, I disagree. I actually found it to be pretty appropriate for a loosely observant but secular Jewish atheist growing up in America. And the accent work was great.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,039

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

  • By Josh P on 12-07-14

Never took off

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

The premise was interesting but it got pretty boring quickly. There was a lot of time spent on the technical science theory which would have been fine if it had led to more of a story. But it fell flat in the end. Narrator wasn't great with accents.