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  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,100

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Depressing...

  • By Sena on 09-11-18

Excellent And Frightening

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I can't say anything more than the other reviewers here. What a clear and thought-provoking book! I have no more adjectives to describe that horrible, ugly, stupid idiot in the White House.
The only other thing I can say is that Robert Petkoff is a superb narrator.
VOTE IN NOVEMBER!

  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,594

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

It Had Moments, But...

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I am conflicted about my feelings with this book because on the one hand, a story with a combination of The Omen, The Bad Seed and The Exorcist can't be all bad, but on the other hand, the characters are so unlikeable and almost as creepy as the daughter, that I had a hard time enjoying (if that's the word) this book.
I do not understand the need for the mother to have Crohn's disease except as a device to make her more vulnerable and her backstory of growing up and her mother didn't add anything, either.
A bit overwritten with endless ruminations on the same subjects. I got the point at least half way through.
Gabra Zackman made a serviceable narrator.
I liked the twists and red herrings along the way, but the conclusion only announced SEQUEL.

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  • Providence

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 668

Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a normal life permanently dashed. Four years later, Chloe has finally given up hope of ever seeing Jon again. Then, a few months before graduation, Jon reappears. But he is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off...until the horrifying instant he realizes that he possesses strange powers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This story went nowhere. Dully. Pointlessly.

  • By George on 07-04-18

HORRIBLE

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Not For Me is an understatement. Can I give this less than one star?
I started listening and it was okay, but quickly descended into a morass of angst and suffering and endless thoughts with endless self introspection. Aaargh!!!!
I continued to listen while every time I put those ear buds on, I cringed.
All of the characters were so unlikeable while wallowing in their ridiculous emotions.
Oh, and the narrations...! I love MacLeod Andrews, but in this... yuck. I hated the others with their heavy-handed delivery.
My favorite was at the end with We hope you have enjoyed this....
Now I will tell you what I really think.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,328

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Really For 20-Something Males

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Which is not to say a bad thing. Just not so much for younger or older women or other genders. Although, there were many pertinent ideas, I found most a little too specific from the author's own life. Almost a semi-autobiographical account, that while interesting, did not have the advice I could use or relate to.
Just a little observation: when the author discussed core values and metrics of people who had very negative and selfish ones, it fit a certain person to a T....
As other reviewers, I was intrigued by the title and glad that so many people are reading and listening to it because it can possibly help. But it was a bit disappointing for me.

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  • 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 23,954
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,134

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
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

Very Good, But Not So Much For Me

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I totally appreciated the writing and the narration, but I never really connected with the main character of Eleanor. For just as she set herself apart from people and society, I had a hard time relating to her struggles. I understand that she is not a totally sympathetic character, but feeling sorry for someone is not the same as sympathizing.
Also, I found the subject of clinical depression to be too clinical. What Eleanor experienced was sort of explained in a textbook manner as opposed to the character's emotional life.

SPOILER ALERTS:
And the build up of her obsession with the musician was dropped too quickly. After such a long time of her attention and focus, to have her suddenly come to a realization was very anticlimactic.
I'm also not sure how I felt about the imaginary mother. I mean we were asked to accept that Eleanor was so disfunctional that she would hallucinate. END OF SPOILER ALERTS.

But still, definitely good writing and excellent narration.

  • Gone to Dust

  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,347

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Above Average

  • By wisconsinclark on 11-06-17

Pretty Good Mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

I definitely enjoyed listening to this book especially for MacLeod Andrews, one of my favorite narrators. But, the murder plot was just okay---nothing earth-shattering or unique. The characters were average, no insane, evil masterminds or antagonistic cops with agendas. Well, maybe some disagreeable FBI folks.
I liked the details of the setting in Minnesota with the local restaurants, bars and places.
I really liked the main character of Nils Shapiro, although I felt his Jewish ethnicity was lost except for a few references. It didn't seem to figure in at all. If he had been in New York City, it wouldn't have mattered.
Maybe the plot just needed a little more excitement or intrigue to set it apart.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,916
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,889

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What you should know before listening...

  • By Snozzle on 07-31-16

Clever Almost Thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

With the author's pedigree, I was so looking forward to this book. I loved the format with the back and forth in time and the exploration of each character before the crash. The mystery seemed to be set up as it might be a conspiracy, assassination or a planned accident.
The author takes us on a wonderfully involving ride through the characters' lives, but that ride kind of ends nowhere.
Hard to explain without a major spoiler alert, but this is disappointing. Everything held my interest until the let-down of the ending.
I personally loved the political and sociological issues woven into the story, especially the despicable radio host commentator.
Robert Petkoff is definitely one of my favorite narrators.
So very enjoyable and well written minus the end.


  • 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 30,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,326

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

Wonderful Insight

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I feel like I got much more insight into the world of those physically challenged as well as insight into the characters' emotions. This was really well done by the author as she explores the motivations and understandings of each character.
At a certain point, I felt a little hit over the head with the message, but the relationship between Louisa and Will was involving and personal.
Loved the narration cast with everyone performing very well.
To have Will's life unalterably changed practically in an instant was a very good choice for this story as it shows dramatically the contrast of an able-bodied person with a severely limited one. SPOILER ALERT: Even though I didn't want Will to commit suicide, I totally understood why he would want to as he lived with horrible pain. I think this aspect of life...having to bear unrelenting pain...was kind of passed over with the decision he made. He mostly explained about independence and the life he used to lead, but I kept wondering how he could live with such terrible pain.
Overall, a very well-written and performed book, although I'm not so sure I'm interested in the next two in the series.

  • Jane Eyre [Naxos Edition]

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Amanda Root
  • Length: 20 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

One of the greatest love stories ever written, Jane Eyre is the tale of a young woman entangled with the powerful Mr. Rochester. What lurks in the attic at Thornfield, the ancestral home of the surly Mr. Rochester? Will the governess Jane Eyre discover his secret, and having discovered it, live to regret that knowledge? Battling inside Jane are passion and prudence; she struggles to survive the turmoil they cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Governess, Beast, Love, Mad Woman, Missionary

  • By Joseph R on 09-11-09

Glad I Read the Reference Material

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

What I mean is that I was alternating between falling asleep and yelling for it to move along before I read the reference material which put the book into the Victorian context and explained the repetitive and dense writing style.
So I can't say that I liked this book, but I appreciate it for the classic that it is, but also because it had a profound effect on me when I first read it years ago.
Also, having seen many of the film versions, I was listening to it with those films in mind. I'm sorry, but I much prefer the film versions. Yes, this book is a classic, but as a modern reader, I struggled with the lengthy thoughts, the repetitive discussions and the over-the-top religious fervor that I understand was a sign of the times, but wasn't exactly a fun read.

  • Be Frank with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Claiborne Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,912

Reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies - with a few stipulations: no Ivy Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Whirlwind

  • By Sara on 09-02-16

Charming And Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Totally charming, clever and a wonderful twist on the character of autism. The term autistic was never used and at a certain point, I would have appreciated Frank being identified as autistic, but I think the intention was not to label him or generalize the distinction. But actually, it was fascinating for me to compare Frank with my good friend's autistic son, who shares so many attributes with Frank.
Loved the excellent narration that Tavia Gilbert perfected that made the characters, especially Frank, come alive.
Loved the story, although, SPOILER ALERT---I really wanted a happier ending with Xander and Alice staying together with Frank. Unrealistic, I know....
Terrific writing and a story that will stay with me for a long time.

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