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  • Eileen

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 604

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

Overall
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
    5 out of 5 stars 2,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,243

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
  • Amazing story but dry reading

  • By SpazzyMaggee on 11-03-17

A Surprise Favorite - Don’t Miss This

Overall
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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 9,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,445

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!

Overall
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 1,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491

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

Overall
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 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

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

Overall
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 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

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 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

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

Overall
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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Greyhound

  • By: Steffan Piper
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174

Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship

  • By Gillian on 06-29-16

Just Do It! You've Got to Get this Book!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

I finished listening to this novel about an hour ago. My heart is still fluttering and my mind is overcome with thoughts. The two main characters in this book will touch you. I guarantee it. The narration is spectacular and the story (based on an actual life experience) is inspirational, adventurous, and full of of the kind of wisdom that can carry a person through some dark times. This novel is a MUST LISTEN for people of all ages from teens on up. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Steele

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Susie Riddell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre "last confessions" of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement. Her aunt has died, and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reinvention!

  • By barbara on 06-01-16

Victorian Fighter with Heart and Intellect-Yes!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

"Jane Steele" is set in Victorian England with our heroine, Jane, narrating the story. Jane is orphaned at age 7 or 8 and the tale spins from there with Jane fighting to make a life for herself. This novel reads as a gothic tale with modern prose and historical accuracy. Our heroine eloquently details her adventures, her loyalties, and her dogged determination to fight for herself and for those she loves. The first two thirds of this novel had me spellbound as I love gothic adventures especially with female heroines. I would have given this story five stars but I found the last third of the novel dragged with details of Jane's fight to regain the home that was rightfully hers. Jane falls in love and the adventures become less prominent while at the same time the villains become less vile. Despite that observation, I would not have missed this novel. Lyndsay Faye is a brilliant author. The performance by Susie Riddell was flawless. I highly recommend this listen to adults and young adults and particularly to women.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor & Park

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,777

Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • E + P 4-ever!

  • By FanB14 on 04-27-14

I Enjoyed This Enough, But Definitely a YA Novel

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

I read many reviews of this novel before purchasing it. It seemed that adults were loving this book for its unique and long-lasting impressions. The narrative in this novel flows beautifully and the characters are interesting and somewhat realistic. Eleanor is facing bullying and an abusive stepfather while Park, a Korean-American teen, is coping with some difficult family and social issues of his own. The love relationship develops in these two out of need for friendship and for mutual support which was a beautiful premise. This was a sweet book about teenage romance, the depth of feelings involved, and the gap that these love relationships fill in the lives of budding adults. For a young adult, there are many topics to explore. It would be a great novel to discuss with teens but I am not so sure I would recommend it to adults unless it was to remind one of the pain and depth of the feelings involved with teen-age life and love.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful