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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,053
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,940

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

A Difficult Book

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Difficult because of my mixed feelings throughout this unusual memoir. As told in all the reviews, this is a story of a superbly dysfunctional family. But as a listener to the horrible abuse and hearing Tara just carry on and even forgive and embrace all the perpetrators, made it difficult for me to remain compassionate to her plight.
Maybe that's not so saintly, but the characters of her father, brother and mother were so disturbing that I couldn't reach that level of understanding.
So I can't say I enjoyed the book, but it certainly was a look into a world I have never known.

  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347

In this intimate, haunting, literary memoir read by the author, an American icon tells her story for the first time, in her own gorgeous words - about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Life Story of Sally Field's

  • By Doris Anna Wright on 09-20-18

A Good Memoir

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

One aspect of this memoir kept bothering me throughout the book. It was the sexual abuse. She relates it as if it was just something that happened, obviously not good, but evidently tolerable because of her continued relationship with her abuser. I understand the complicated dynamics between the victim and the abuser, but Sally Field had insight into her trauma with therapy and with her acting.
For the most of the book, the horrific abuse is almost taken for granted without any of the underlying feelings except until the end where she confronts her mother. Which, by the way, was a very unsatisfying ending because then most of the focus of her memoir becomes about the mother.
The ending was passed over quickly instead of the more detailed pace of the first part. I really wanted to hear more about her career and her acting roles and even her famous Academy Award you like me speech.
I think part of the problem I had was the manner and tone in which she narrated this book. Everything, including happy moments, sounded morose, depressing and bleak. Even the photo on the cover looks sad.
Overall, a good memoir of a very fine actress, but not an insightful journey.



  • 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 23,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,817

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

Forgettable For Me Too

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Long-winded, repetitive, sometimes whining and ultimately, I just didn't care. The initial set-up was involving and clever, but it just descended into endless ruminations and speculations on the main character's memories.
And the addition of the sister's point of view added nothing except more hand-wringing and repetitive introspection.
Sorry, I so didn't care whether they got back together or not.
And don't get me started on the disappointing let-down of an ending.

  • 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 16,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,961

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-18

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 1,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,797

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Providence

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 724

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 98,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85,888

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.

1 of 2 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 26,780
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,713

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 Kathy on 08-07-17

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 2,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,416

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 9,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,008
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,978

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end sure does fall...

  • By shelley on 09-17-17

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.