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  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,247

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

little epiphanies everywhere

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Another thoughtful and thought-provoking book by Celeste Ng. I loved her first book, and didn't imagine that this one could be as good, but it is. This is a sensitive and nuanced look at motherhood, social class and race. She does not let her characters or her plot off with easy answers, or with good guys and bad guys. Even though each character seems to be somewhat of a "type" initially, as the narrative deepens we see how multifaceted each participant in this story is and I found myself feeling more and more empathy for each of them as the story developed. Lovely and evocative book that I didn't want to end. I listened to this as an audiobook (from Audible) and thought the narrator was perfect.

85 of 96 people found this review helpful

  • The Wonder

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Kate Lock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163

In Emma Donoghue's latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle - a girl said to have survived without food for months - soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could not get past the narration

  • By Annie M. on 10-19-16

Thought-provoking

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

What a compelling and thought-provoking exploration of religious belief, cultural attitudes and personal love and growth.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,522

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

listening to the wise baby

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

Any additional comments?

Ian McEwan is one of my favorite authors, and this book did not disappoint. One of the best of his that I have read. It was thought-provoking and touching. While the foreground story was about a fetus who "hears" a murder plot hatched up between his mother and her lover (his uncle) to kill his father, the background story is about how we are made to love even our most imperfect and/or dangerous love objects. It examines the conflict between love and morality in the human soul.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Night

  • By: Elie Wiesel
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,687

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting reminder...

  • By Ryan on 01-20-15

moving and devastating

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

Any additional comments?

This was a devastating and enlightening book. Elie Wiesel's story about his time in a concentration camp, the loss of his family, and his loyalty to them until the end, was heartbreaking. What made this story unique was how many questions were raised about how people live through such suffering. The most interesting question that was woven into this book was: how do people who believe in God, and whose lives revolve around their belief in God, understand the holocaust? How does someone in a concentration camp lose the ones they love, and live through such brutality and suffering, continue to believe in God?

  • 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 853
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 771

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 woman's search for autonomy

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

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

I was really captivated by this story. I am not sure what the author was trying to express, but I interpreted this story to be about how "mental illness" is determined by an individual's context and that symptoms express a person's past and current relationships, and do not solely originate from within the individual. Yeong-hye grew up in a family/ culture, and then a marriage, where her feelings and needs are unimportant (at best). I see her dreams and ways of expressing herself as an attempt to expunge trauma, pain and guilt, as well as a way to declare her separateness and autonomy from those around her.
This story was heart-breaking and beautiful.

What about Janet Song and Stephen Park ’s performance did you like?

Both narrators' performances were excellent.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just Kids

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,895

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By Stan on 04-28-13

sheer joy!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

What made the experience of listening to Just Kids the most enjoyable?

This story occurred primarily in the 1960s and early 1970s, in downtown NYC, where creative artistic souls gathered and supported each other in beautiful ways. I loved hearing about that, and I feel sad because there will probably never be a scene like that again.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved hearing Patti Smith narrating it... I also loved to hear, not only about her deep connection with Robert Mapplethorpe, but also about all of the other artists who she supported and was supported by.

Which character – as performed by Patti Smith – was your favorite?

Patti Smith!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were so many... the moments that moved me the most is when one artist would encourage and or help another artist to find themselves. Sometimes this encouragement was purely verbal, and other times these generous souls provided much more.

Any additional comments?

just a really beautiful book, about a beautiful connection, during a beautiful time.. it was tinged with sadness for me, as knew what was coming by the 1980s...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eileen

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 696

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys' prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, unsettling, but engrossing

  • By S. Yates on 01-09-18

dark, funny and sad

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

Reviewed: 01-16-16

Would you listen to Eileen again? Why?

if I listened to books over again, I would listen to Eileen again... there is so much depth in her perspective that I think I might gain more insight into her. I really enjoy how she was able to look at her life and the world with such a sharp and jaded eye

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Eileen... she had such a sardonic outlook, such a deadpan approach to her sad circumstances, that I fell in love with her humor and intelligence

Which character – as performed by Alyssa Bresnahan – was your favorite?

Alyssa's performance really made Eileen... she really seemed to be able to express her darkness so well.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,045

Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a masterful writer, an uneven narration

  • By S. Weaver on 11-13-14

a grand and thought-provoking adventure

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

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

The Bone Clocks ranks up toward the top among all audiobooks AND books that I've read. I usually avoid the "fantasy" genre, but this book is much more about people and how the choices they make and people they love may ultimately be influenced by fantastical and other-worldly forces that they are unaware of.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Clocks?

I can't remember a particular moment, but I loved those moments that made me murmur: ah! or aha!, as I saw how certain people came together in some form or another over time and space, in unexpected ways.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, there was... I don't want to go into detail because I hate spoilers, but let's just say that I love when a character who is in a hopeless, desperate state, is able to communicate to and ultimately get help from (in a form that is disguised) from one of the Horologists, who she isn't even sure exists anymore... It seemed to be about how love is always there for you in some form

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,096

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

heartwarming, heartbreaking and full of heart

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

If you could sum up The Art of Racing in the Rain in three words, what would they be?

joyful, devastating and delightful
WOW!! I was afraid that this book could be corny but it was a revelation. As a dog lover, I marveled at the way Garth Stein seemed to be able to express how and what a dog may feel and think. I felt that he was able (as much as possible) to feel his way into the heart and soul of a dog: and what a deep and might heart and soul Enzo had!

Have you listened to any of Christopher Evan Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think I have listened to him before, but I loved the narration.

Who was the most memorable character of The Art of Racing in the Rain and why?

For me, Enzo (the dog) was the most memorable character of the book. I loved his wry and empathic take on the humans around him.

  • Mosaics: A Thriller

  • Track Presius, Book 2
  • By: E.E. Giorgi
  • Narrated by: D. Joseph Fenaughty
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Dubbed the Byzantine Strangler because of the mysterious mosaic tiles he leaves at the crime scene, a new serial killer is stalking the streets of Los Angeles. Racing to decipher the code encrypted in the tiles before the killer strikes again, Detective Track Presius faces a new challenge: the "awakened" genes that make his vision and olfactory sense so sharp are now taking a toll on his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • complex and never predictable

  • By Robin Cohen on 11-10-15

complex and never predictable

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

What made the experience of listening to Mosaics: A Thriller the most enjoyable?

Once again, E.E. Giorgi wrote a complicated and thrilling thriller. I generally don't read mysteries since they don't focus that much on character, but E.E. really has created a complex character in Track Presius. Every time I started to think that I knew where things were going, they took another path, so there was tension until the end. I like her books because she includes thought-provoking ideas about genetics. The only thing I would have liked more of, is more about Track's genetics and how they are affecting him and driving him here....

Have you listened to any of D. Joseph Fenaughty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

D. Joseph Fenaughty is a perfect narrator for this series: he really creates a perfect noirish cop's voice!

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

No extreme reactions... I just would like how the action would take all these new twists that I couldn't predict...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful