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  • Bluff

  • By: Michael Kardos
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626

At 27, magician Natalie Webb is already a has-been. Shunned by the magic world after a disastrous liaison with an older magician, she now lives alone with her pigeons and a pile of overdue bills in a New Jersey apartment. In a desperate ploy to make extra cash, she follows up on an old offer to write a feature magazine article - on the art of cheating at cards. In the process, Natalie is dazzled by a poker cheat's sleight of hand and soon finds herself facing a proposition - to help pull off a $1.5 million magic trick that, if done successfully, no one will ever even suspect happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't say enough about this book!

  • By shelley on 04-05-18

If Only All Fiction was This Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Loved this book. If you love “I can’t put it down” fiction, this is for you. It’s exciting and well written with a very unusual storyline. The narration is perfect.

  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,734

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total Letdown

  • By McChica04 on 07-11-16

OMG. Boring and Absurd.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Don’t waste your time. This took starts out with an interesting enough premise and then goes on and on and on with the boring, trivial day-to-day life of the protagonist. Geez. Nora Roberts is capable of much better. She has some good-enough fiction but then other books completely miss the mark. This is one of those. The narration is grating at best.

  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,717
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,703

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are we turning the corner....

  • By jaga on 06-07-18

Practical Solutions for Depression

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I strongly recommend this book for therapists and for anyone who struggles with depression. Actually, I recomend this book for everyone. Johann Hari presents plenty of evidence for his very practical solutions to depression. These solutions, if practiced, not only could alleviate depression but would infuse one’s life with meaning and connection.

  • Eileen

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 713

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys' prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, unsettling, but engrossing

  • By S. Yates on 01-09-18

Disturbing and Bizarre But Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I started and stopped this book a couple of times before I committed to completing it. The first few times I tried, the subject matter seemed too morbid. Yet, as I came to understand ‘Eileen’, the reveal of her inner thoughts and experiences made sense. Eileen is an absolutely fascinating and believable female character, born of an alcoholic, policeman father and a mother who did not love her. It’ll draw you in to its truth with its gritty exploration of Eileen’s development. This is not a warm, little “feel good” book. No, this novel more explores the harsh realities of the darker sides of humanity with some love and human compassion coming through.

  • Rabbit

  • The Autobiography of Ms. Pat
  • By: Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber
  • Narrated by: Patricia Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,822
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,820

One of five children, Pat watched as her alcoholic mother struggled to get by on charity, cons, and petty crimes. At age seven, Pat was taught to roll drunks for money. At 12, she was targeted for sex by a man eight years her senior; by 13, she was pregnant. By 15, Pat was a mother of two. Alone at 16, Pat was determined to make a better life for her children. But with no job skills and an eighth-grade education, her options were limited. She learned quickly that hustling and humor were the only tools she had to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating story, narration was a bit rough...

  • By Lindsay on 12-05-17

A Surprise Favorite - Don’t Miss This

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

OMG. I just loved this book. Patricia Williams is personable, interesting, and deep. This autobiography carried me into Pat’s life while exposing the hardships facing poor African-American families; all of that while at the same time, keeping it light and real. When the book ended, I missed Miss Pat (Rabbit) and still do. Patricia Williams teaches some valuable life lessons to all in this unbelievable and deeply touching autobiography. Don’t miss this!

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  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,819

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

Couldn’t Put It Down!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

This audio book is as smooth as silk and soooo enticing. I was completely engrossed from the moment I started listening. I must say that I tended to side with the male character in the novel and found the female to be selfish and irresponsible. However, her character was believable and all the issues explored were thoroughly interesting and relevant. Two Thumbs Up!

  • Lion

  • By: Saroo Brierley, Larry Buttrose
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Astonishing True Story

  • By Gretchen SLP on 01-21-17

Great Memoir, An Unexpected Treat

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I purchased this book as a “daily deal” which can be hit or miss. This one was a hit. I don’t know why it is called “Lion” when, in fact, I notice in many venues this same story is called, “A Long Way Home: A Memoir”. None-the-less, though it is a memoir, it was written in a story format and it is a powerful, well-written true story. The story begins in India and is expressed through the eyes of a very young boy, he is under five years old. As I was listening, I could practically smell the food and experience the heat of the Indian ghetto. When the five year old boy begins his “adventure”, I experienced his journey with him. This novel expresses the perfect blend of a fantastic story with perfect narration. I would have given it five stars but I wanted more from the ending. Other than that, two huge thumbs up! I recommend.

  • Her Name in the Sky

  • By: Kelly Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

Seventeen-year-old Hannah wants to spend her senior year of high school going to football games and Mardi Gras parties. She wants to drive along the oak-lined streets of Louisiana's Garden District and lie on the hot sand of Florida's beaches. She wants to spend every night making memories with her tight-knit group of friends. The last thing she wants is to fall in love with a girl - especially when that girl is her best friend, Baker. Hannah knows she should like Wally, the kind, earnest boy who asks her to prom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story, well told

  • By Angela Stewart on 05-16-17

Teens’ Struggle to Accept Sexual-Self, for Teens

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

This book should be in the teen section. It is exposed the difficulties of same-sex attraction for teens in a Catholic high school setting. The portrayal of the teens was somewhat flat but this was a “good enough” and engaging story. I would have liked to have more of the angst of teen-age sexuality explored but that’s just me. These are teens whose parents are somewhat accepting which is not generally the case in a Catholic home. Somehow, I came away feeling like it was “too easy” for these two compared with the difficulties faced by many teens who are trying to find their sexual selves while surrounded by homophobic and unaccepting peers and adults. But, hey, it’s good enough for what it is. I think it would be safe for heterosexual and all other types of teens to read to get an idea of the importance of acceptance of others for who they are - no matter what their differences.

  • The Golden Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family's expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village's disputes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4-Stars, But I'm Rounding Up...

  • By Gillian on 01-28-16

Lackluster Story with Barely Tolerable Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

This story needed a thorough editing. When I began listening, I was astounded by the terrible narration. He spoke slowly with oddly placed, long pauses. The storyline was juvenile with poorly developed characters. I tend to like books set in India as well as exploring acculturation to America yet I could literally sleep through sections of this one and not miss anything important. As the storyline progressed, the narration improves and the story becomes slightly more interesting but, overall, I do not recommend this book.

  • The Animators

  • A Novel
  • By: Kayla Rae Whitaker
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

In the male-dominated field of animation, Mel Vaught and Sharon Kisses are a dynamic duo, the friction of their differences driving them: Sharon, quietly ambitious but self-doubting; Mel, brash and unapologetic, always the life of the party. Best friends and artistic partners since the first week of college, where they bonded over their working-class roots and obvious talent, they spent their twenties ensconced in a gritty Brooklyn studio. Working, drinking, laughing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rough beginning but Stick With It

  • By SydSavvy on 04-24-17

Complex, Intelligent, Captivating

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

This novel explored a deep friendship between two young women. The two women weave business, art and friendship together. They live big and messy lives. The story is packed with witty lines and humor while exploring the aftermath of painful childhood memories. These are not women wallowing in pain but women living their lives while growing their business, their art and their friendships. The narration suited the spicy character of Mel who is an acerbic and pointed communicator. As such, the narration was at times grating as, I believe, it needed to be to express the voices true to the characterizations. I recommend this novel for its storyline and its brave exploration of character, and of life, art, friendship and more. It's not perfect but it's brave and it's a wild ride.

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