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  • My Struggle, Book 1

  • By: Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett - translator
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

My Struggle: Book One introduces American listeners to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perfect Reading for This Book

  • By Scott on 04-14-15

excellent writing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

but there is no story. very good at describing events and people, but there is nothing to hold you attention except for the superior narrator.

  • Every Day

  • By: David Levithan
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,525

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicted after the ending

  • By Sarah on 07-26-13

kinda sappy

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

a very interesting concept allowing for interesting stories about people but in the end it was a little bit too sappy for me. and an ending that was unsatisfying.

  • Whiskey Beach

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,691

For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Eva on 03-10-17

sugary

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This reads like a corny Hallmark card, the story is completely predictable and boring. very disappointing.

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,426

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless

  • By Celeste Albers on 05-24-17

Kept me thinking for a long time

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Any additional comments?

Pretty relevant today (late 2017) given the current tensions surrounding North Korea. Unemotional story of what it might be like to survive a nuclear attack (written during the Cold War). Deserves a read and some contemplation.

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,472

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

Great story

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Any additional comments?

Well written; amazing story about the Khans and what they accomplished. Hopefully sets the record straight.

  • Ego Is the Enemy

  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,289

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth reading

  • By Enyo89 on 12-05-16

Shallow and superficial

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Any additional comments?

This book offers nothing that a little introspection will yield as well. It has interesting anecdotes and quotes, but offers no real insight. It seems as if the author was trying to preach to himself, instead of offering real advice to the reader. It all sounds pretty self evident. The author is also the reader, which is not a good thing. And with all the quotes and stories to support the book's theme, the author never mentions major religions that have been teaching about the dangers of ego for many millennia - especially the various Yoga and Buddha traditions that make subjugation of the ego one of their main objectives. It is like a boy who discovers something that has been obvious to the adults for many years.

  • A Tale for the Time Being

  • By: Ruth Ozeki
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ozeki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873

In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story beautifully read

  • By Karen on 01-30-14

Very inventive

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Would you listen to A Tale for the Time Being again? Why?

The two stories that comprise this books are wonderfully intertwined. Save for a few times where it did not make sense to me, the story is well constructed and has a nice flow to it. Unusual in places, but easy to connect to the feelings of the main characters. It alternately describes life in Canada, Silicon Valley and Japan, it touches themes of suicide, purpose and spiritualism. And it comes to a satisfying conclusion.

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  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

  • A Novel
  • By: Dominic Smith
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,307

In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain - a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Story Definitely NOT a Forgery!

  • By KarKinz on 05-13-16

Perfectly balanced

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

What did you love best about The Last Painting of Sara de Vos?

Story lines meandering around each other and interconnecting with each other, combined with detailed information about the art of painting kept me interested throughout. A very satisfying experience, always leaving the listener guessing and wanting more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ubik

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,573

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great performance of an SF classic

  • By Steve on 07-10-16

Weird

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Very unusual story. It messes with reality, time and your head. Even though written many years ago, it still works. As much as the characters don't know what's going on, the reader doesn't either. But it keeps you wanting to find out what's next.

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,250

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

Mediocre Detective Story

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A man and his dog. Both injured. Good premise. The dog part was good. The man part was not so good ... just stuff I've read many times before. Nothing much new.

Has Suspect turned you off from other books in this genre?

Kind of, i have decided to lay off detective stories for a while, they seem to follow a predictable path (Galbraith being an exception).