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  • Romeo and Juliet: A Novel

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953

It's a story you think you know: the age-old tale of "star-cross'd lovers"; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. It's a story so thoroughly embedded in our culture, and so frequently retold. Yet, nothing captures the spark, the possibility, and the surprise of Shakespeare's work quite like this....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story and The Voice

  • By Abiwim on 12-14-16

Not the Romeo and Juliet You Read in High School

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

I loved Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and somehow I was expecting more of the same. I just couldn't wrap my head around the idea of anything different. And yet this novel is a departure in the most wonderful way. It takes the classic tale and brings new life to it with more character development, more backstory, and twists and turns that you'll never see coming. The performance also adds to the enchantment by giving period speech patterns, accents and cadence. I thoroughly enjoyed this creative spin on prose I thought I couldn't love any more than I already did.

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  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,526

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

Unpredictable in the Sweetest Way

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

I appreciated the many turns this story took, which made it like a scavenger hunt...adventurous, hopeful, disappointing, uplifting. This author takes on important contemporary issues embedded in fiction that draws me in and begs for my attention. And since the storyline is witty and creative enough to go in any direction, I'm captivated until the last word.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,509

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

May Inspire You to Forget a Few Things Yourself

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

I inhaled this book. I don't want to give anything away, so I'm reluctant to write much. All I want to say is that it's an opportunity to hold a mirror up to your life and, if you don't like what you see, change it.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,582

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

See the world through a different lens

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I was absolutely captivated by this story, which primarily centers around a young Nigerian woman straddling Nigeria and America - complete with the insights and nuances of the different cultures told in a way that is both provocative and hilarious. The characters are richly developed, the story is unexpected, and the narration is far better than what you'd get simply reading the text. Ultimately I felt like I got to experience seeing the world through a different lens, and it's made me only want to read more of this brilliant author and TED Talk thought leader.

  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,287

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those who are "different" only! Quirky & sweet

  • By Catherine on 05-18-16

A good alternative to Ambien

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I absolutely loved A Man Called Ove and was so excited to listen to another book by this author, but I really struggled to get into the story and every time I put it on, I literally fell asleep. It became my crutch to sleep on nights when I couldn't fall asleep on my own. So, if this is a better alternative for you than drugs, I'd recommend it. If not, perhaps it's best to just pass. I ended up returning my copy and haven't regretted it. (I'd say something about the story itself, but even after hours of listening, I don't think I can really comment beyond the generic description provided. At no point did it draw me in.)

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,714

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book's as good as I remembered.

  • By Josh Mitchell on 01-20-15

Worth the Wait

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

I somehow avoided reading this book 30 years ago in high school, and I wonder now how my perspective on our country would have been different, would have shaped who I am today, had I not avoided the assignment. I likely would have found myself working for equity and justice more fervently, with a deeper appreciation for our history of power and privilege, at a much younger age.But at this point, I'm just incredibly grateful to have been treated to this masterpiece at a time in my life when I could fully appreciate it: it was well worth the wait.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,404

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

rich and complex, like the best glass of wine you'

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-15

The characters were given the opportunity and time to grow, develop, and unfold. I felt myself doing the same during the process of listening to this book. But I must admit that I listened to it very quickly, with every moment that I had because I simply couldn't get enough and had to hear what was coming next. I cried real tears and actually had to step away at points, I would say a sign of a very good book. I've already shared it with some of my closest friends. Definitely worth purchasing.

  • The Color of Water

  • A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
  • By: James McBride
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson, Susan Denaker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681

Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared "light-skinned" woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother's past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage, in a poignant and powerful debut, The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Michael on 05-30-17

The heart of the son, the heart of the mother

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-15

This should be a must read for all of us who have inherited race, religion, skin color, gender, immigrant status, and the privilege or lack thereof that come with each. This book is a personal exploration and family love story that navigates them all with the complexity and sincerity deserving of the American expedience.

  • Flight Behavior

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,877

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A poignant literary work of art.

  • By criswithcurls on 02-08-13

Classic Kingsolver

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

I listened to this full book twice over the course of the last two years because it was so engaging...and I imagine I'll listen to it again at some point. Classic Kingsolver: well developed characters, flawless prose, and an insight into the natural world. Even the narration itself is beautifully accomplished.

  • The Elephant Whisperer

  • My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
  • By: Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,944
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,549

>When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful story, beautifully written

  • By Tango on 01-12-13

Awe inspiring

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

I only purchased this book because of the reviews, but I was skeptical. I didn't really think it would be my kind of book. But from the opening chapter, I was hooked! Definitely one of my favorites!