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  • Pachinko

  • By: Min Jin Lee
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,871

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By erin on 12-11-17

Reading to a child and nothing happens

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

This book took forever for me to finish. I wanted it to be as good as others I’ve read from the time/genre but not so. I felt like the reader was entertaining a second grade class. The only time I felt anything was when an important character committed suicide. And that was only for a short time! Then the consequences were briefly described over several chapters. I should have gone on to another book!

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,507

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By Prisca on 04-30-10

Why did I take so long to read this?

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I purchased this book a couple of years ago and started reading it several times only to quit and start another. When I decided I would get through it this time, I wondered why didn’t I listen to it sooner?! It was just excellent! It isn’t scientific ( well for the most part) it is a story! Family members you can identify with and others that make you wonder how could they be left behind like they were? If you hesitate because you don’t want deep complicated medical explanations, don’t. It is an honest telling of a historical story you will want to talk about!

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  • A Mother's Confession

  • A Heartbreaking Story with a Breathtaking Twist
  • By: Kelly Rimmer
  • Narrated by: Brigid Lohrey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete. But now David is dead and Olivia's world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seeing what we want to see.

  • By Ray Chanley on 12-21-16

I am always fooled by this kind of story

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

I was loving this sad story. Getting lost in the tragedy is always a sign that I will enjoy the book. I was fooled by the suicide. At first I thought it had to be a natural death, then did she do it? Then, it was just a dream, before the end I knew it was real and meant to hurt her. I didn't see the truth until the very very end. I am very gullible though. This is a heartbreaking story in a very abusive marriage. He learned from his father, She hid the truth because she was ashamed and embarrassed. In the end the torn edges will eventually be cleaned up.
Not one of my favorite books, but not a waste of time.

  • The Survivor

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,300

Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shakes you to your very core.

  • By T.D. on 09-23-12

A Good Story and Not a Book with a Message

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I really dislike fiction that tries to put in the author's opinion into the pages. This is about a man ready to jump from a tall building. He is a former soldier with PTSD, but this isn't about PTSD. Many books have been written about soldiers with PTSD and they describe the terrible situation of the soldier. That is fine, but if I want to hear a lecture about that problem, I would read about the problem. This book is not a book about PTSD, it is about a hero, a soldier that acts without thinking of the consequences. A good man gets caught up in something more than just countries fighting. Part of the story seem just a little over the top, but mostly, this book kept my attention until the end. And that is a good thing.

  • Emory's Gift

  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

After 13-year-old Charlie Hall’s mother dies and his father retreats into the silence of grief, Charlie finds himself drifting lost and alone through the brutal halls of junior high school. But Charlie Hall is not entirely friendless. In the woods behind his house, Charlie is saved from a mountain lion by a grizzly bear, a species thought to be extinct in northern Idaho.And this very unusual bear will change Charlie’s life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to believe it was real

  • By Carianti on 03-02-15

Is This a True Fairy Tale?

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I liked this book, mostly. At first the whole thing seemed believable and I was enchanted The idea that a bear could be taken in by a boy and not a baby bear but a full grown bear! I wanted to believe it. And then the discovery that the bear scratched out a message with red paint. But maybe it was just an overactive imagination The problems of trying to hide a bear from everyone was straight from a young boy were so funny I had to laugh. Later, it became just a bit overboard. An circus atmosphere, angry neighbors, the legal problems, and another message. It was more than one boy could handle. Was this just a fairy tale or was it based on a true story. I want to believe.

  • Maude

  • By: Donna Mabry
  • Narrated by: Shana Gagnon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355

In 1906 I was barely over 14 years old, and it was my wedding day. My older sister, Helen, came to my room, took me by the hand, and sat me down on the bed. She said, "You've always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you. Now you're going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. When you go home tonight after your party, no matter what he wants to do to you, you have to let him do it. Do you understand?"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tough women with a tough life, yet very enlightening.

  • By JH on 04-17-16

I don't know why I liked this book so much

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

As I listened to this book, I wondered why I kept listening. It wasn't exciting, it wasn't important, it didn't evoke any emotion I recognized. But I couldn't turn it off. The narrator was the worst I had heard, ever! But that was in most of the other reviews-read them. The story takes an ordinary lower middle class woman with a basically religious background through her basically insignificant life. But the story was wonderful. She was brave, she was honest, she was human. She lived her life the best way she could. She admitted her shortcomings and her disappointments. She loved honestly and hated honestly. This story is perfectly touching.

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  • Norwegian by Night

  • By: Derek B. Miller
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,352

Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly. To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Miss This Amazing Book

  • By Sara on 07-17-14

A Multi-Generational Love Story

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Oh, there is so much to this story, so many levels. An older man feels unnecessary, a split second decision, a misunderstanding, and communication without a common language. It may not be the best book I have listened to, but I won't easily forget the heart in the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yankee, Go Home

  • By: Sharon Delarose
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

Yankees flock to the sunny South where flowers bloom even in the middle of winter and summertime rules for most of the year. What nobody tells you is why the Yankees hightail it back North again. Yankee, Go Home exposes the gritty side of the South. Get lost in Arkansas and chased through Alabama by a madman. Find out who really won the Civil War and why. Discover the South through the eyes of a Yankee in this memoir of a Yankee in the South.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for Yankees

  • By Linda on 09-22-15

Not a true picture of the south

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

The summary of this book was of a woman from New York moves to the south and her observations of her life. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
Many of the anecdotes in this book could have been described as happening in any part of the US. Only a few were typical of the south. My extended family is from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The southern accents throughout the book grated on my nerves. I have heard soft, syrupy accents from the area written about, not gruff language peppered with 4 letter words. The part that really bothered me (enough to feel I should quit in the middle) was the image of men of the south. Southern me are described as being rude to women with constant come-ons and suggesting that women would never turn down a man with missing teeth, body odor, tobacco chewing and driving a run down truck. I gave this book 2 stars because it was readable although I kept watching the timer on the length. I probably would have purchased the book, bur I would have been disappointed.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

  • By: Matthew Dicks
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 548

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Book

  • By Taryn on 08-24-12

Absolute Magic

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

This story, at first, made me very uncomfortable. The narrator sounds like a small child. I thought I was listening to a book written for teens or younger. After checking the details of the book again, I kept listening. I began to feel I was becoming part of their lives and I wanted to protect everyone. The Asperger Syndrome may be part of this story, but only a small detail. This is the story of a vulnerable child that is lonely and often misunderstood. The story is told from the imaginary friend's point of view. This is one book that I will not soon forget. I wish I could convince everyone to get this book. It is truly magic!

  • On the Inside: A Novel

  • By: Kim Cano
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When Kristen is sentenced to 17 years for committing a white collar crime, she's forced to leave her husband and two sons behind. Life in prison is a shock. She discovers that people aren't always what they seem, love wears many faces, and friendship can make life worth living. But as she struggles to survive on the inside, Kristen must face something even more frightening than her fellow inmates.... Herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely 5 stars!

  • By SparkysGirl18 on 06-10-15

A story of an uncomfortable society

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

This was a book that I kind of liked. It seemed the story was a good example of how to survive in a society without the best living style. There is no pretense that the women were living a nice life in a nice neighborhood but there was hope in their situation of life in prison. The development and descriptions were not glorified but written in a way that kept me interested and positive. I wanted most of the women to be okay and for the most part they were. This was a book that I would probably recommend without saying it was one of my favorite listens but one that was worth the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful