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  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,125

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

Beautiful love story, but repetitive and too long

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

From the very beginning I was hooked on the love story between the two main characters, Ifemelu and Obinze. Furthermore, I found the commentary on race and immigration issues thought-provoking and powerful. Many of the nuances mentioned I had never considered and I am still thinking about. That said, it got repetitive, exhausting, and lost the impact as it felt like it was almost "drilled" throughout.

As for the narrator, I loved her performance of Ifemelu and the Nigerian characters in the book, but the other characters (especially the imitation of the American accent) was irritating.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,042

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

Great book, lovable characters

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was sad at times, but also sweet and heartwarming. It is one of my favorite reads of 2016 so far (of about 25).

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Marra
  • Narrated by: Colette Whitaker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya, where eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. Across the road their lifelong neighbor and family friend Akhmed has also been watching, fearing the worst when the soldiers set fire to Havaa’s house. But when he finds her hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bleak, beautiful debut

  • By Ryan on 11-06-13

Not one of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

I felt intimidated by this novel because I did not know anything at all about Chechnya or the wars and the title seemed science fiction-y to me (it’s not at all). The characters are well developed and I enjoyed the story, but I found the amount of connection he tried to make with totally random people / events overwhelming and unnecessary. The horrors of modern day war and a lawless, war torn country came alive in through his descriptive writing, but I had a hard time following the timeline because it used both flashbacks and flash forwards to tell the story.

  • Burial Rites

  • A Novel
  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 957

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cannot stop thinking about this book

  • By Sam - Audible on 11-04-15

One of my best listens of 2016

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

This is one of my absolute favorite listens of 2016 (of about 25 so far). Unique story and compelling characters. After reading the author's notes, I was fascinated to learn the book was based on a true story and years of research. The theme of grace is powerful and haunting.

  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Ford
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet

  • By Christopher on 04-02-09

Sweet story, but a little far fetched for me

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

I thought this was a sweet love story and a very enjoyable read. I only gave it three stars for "story" because some parts seemed a little too far fetched for my taste, but overall I really did love the book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Chinese Chef

  • By: Nicole Mones
  • Narrated by: James Chen, Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 743

When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Satisfying - highly recommended

  • By Dr. on 09-12-11

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

I loved the cultural aspects of this book. Learning about China and the culture / history of the food there was very interesting. The story is uplifting, but not overly sweet as there are themes of grief, death and loss. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire read and I didn't want to it end!

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,120

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Beautiful, gut- wrenching journey

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

This was the most intense book I've ever read, but so beautiful. I found myself smiling out of genuine happiness one minute and then sobbing the next. I did not want to put it down, but at certain points I had to take breaks and do something to get my mind off of it for a while. It was extremely graphic and contained many detailed scenes with abuse and self harm. I was heartbroken by the characters and so many of the story lines, but I am so glad I've read it.

  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,077
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,445

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

Fascinating insights into friendship

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

My favorite part of the book was the commentary on friendship. I loved the competition between Elena and Lila and the way it shaped their lives. Both of their characters are so well developed. Overall, the story was not all that exciting, but the characters were so compelling that it was a great listen.

  • Desire Lines

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Amanda Troop
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

On the night of her high school graduation, Kathryn Campbell sits around a bonfire with her four closest friends, including the beautiful but erratic Jennifer. "I'll be fine," Jennifer says as she walks away from the dying embers and toward the darkness of the woods. She never comes back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Promising beginning, fizzled out at the end

  • By AGR on 06-23-16

Promising beginning, fizzled out at the end

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

I was so excited about this book since Orphan Train is one of my all time favorites. I was hooked at the beginning, but by the end I just wanted it to be over so I could know what happened and move on to another great read. I didn't find any of the characters lovable and the ending was predictable.

  • Gift from the Sea

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • Narrated by: Claudette Colbert
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

In this inimitable, beloved classic - graceful, lucid, and lyrical - Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude, and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. A mother of five, an acclaimed writer and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us and helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Treasure

  • By Rebecca on 11-11-12

Uplifting and inspirational

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

Provides insights into love, marriage, motherhood, solitude and more. So many great quotes. I know I will be listening to this again so I am glad to have it in my library!