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  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,148

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem

  • By Sara on 05-12-16

Loved Britt-Marie - didn’t love the story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

When I was introduced to Britt-Marie at the beginning of this book, I thought “I’m going to love this”. Unfortunately I did not. For me, the story was not as good as the story of Ove.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,480

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Nice story but somewhat predictable

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

I enjoyed this story and the narrator was good. However, I neither the plot nor the characters really drew me in. I thought the story was predictable.

  • 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 24,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,009

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over - she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

Slightly slow start but fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This book was so relatable, a great read that I didn’t want to put down, and made me realize some things about myself that I should work to change.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86,118
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78,386
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77,939

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Wonderful book & narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

What an excellent book! As a professional woman, I found Mrs Obama’s book so relatable & inspiring. What an example of humble public service with integrity & class.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,729
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,182
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,074

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Excellent book & narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I am a firm believer of “you only know what you know”. I am a white woman, so of course my experiences are shaped by that. I think it is absolutely important to take steps to put yourself in other people’s shoes to enlighten yourself, to challenge biases, and to change your perspective on things. This book does just that. I know I am a better person because of reading this book. The narrator is one of the best I have listened to.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,850

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Good story - very good performance

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I enjoyed this book as a light read, but for me the characters & story just didn’t draw me in. I felt like the “little problem” and “rosebud” references would be something used in teen fiction, not an adult novel.

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,130

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Laughing hysterically to horrified in one Audible performance? Yes.

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Well written & excellently performed monologue. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this “original”. I started off laughing hysterically. I never would have thought that it would end the way it did. Highly recommend but be prepared to be sobered at the end.

  • Leaving Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,089

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

Not what I expected!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Great book, quick read, interesting characters, and very well performed. I was hesitant to get this book because, quite frankly, the description of the book (a psychic? Elephants?) seemed so far fetched. The reviews drew me in, and I’m so glad that I took a chance on this one. This conclusion of this book was not at all what I expected, but I won’t give any more details. I also learned about something new & gained a new perspective on something. Well worth a “listen”!

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,456

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-12-18

Very good book & quick read

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I really enjoyed this story. Kristan Hannah did a good job of telling the story of a family impacted by domestic abuse, giving the reader an understanding of the likely ups & downs of a volatile relationship where there is a fine line between love & hate. I also really enjoyed her depiction of the “family of Alaskans” and the rugged lifestyle.

The reason I did not give this story 5 stars is because there were times when I thought the plot lines just didn’t make sense to me. It was like she had this great character development or plot line going in the first half of the story and then a character did something very out of character and I was left thinking “now why the heck would she do that??”

Bottom line - good, entertaining book. Well narrated. Just not a 5 star in terms of plot or character development.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,981
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,984

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

Not really a story - more like watching a 60 minutes report

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

This wasn’t what I was expecting. It wasn’t at all like reading a story about a murder & the ensuing investigation. It was more like watching a fictional investigative journalists’ report on 60 Minutes or 48 Hours. Just okay. Narrators were good.