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  • A Line Made by Walking

  • By: Sara Baume
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

Struggling to cope with urban life - and life in general - Frankie, a 20-something artist, retreats to her family's rural house on "turbine hill", vacant since her grandmother's death three years earlier. It is in this space, surrounded by countryside and wild creatures, that she can finally grapple with the chain of events that led her here - her shaky mental health, her difficult time in art school - and maybe, just maybe, regain her footing in art and life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry, But This Lacks Elegance...

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

Wonderfully descriptive depressed person recovers by the end

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Not so easy to spend so much time with s narrator death obsessed and too sad and stubborn for a chemical assist or any other action to feel better, but somehow tricky to follow but perceptible, she does recover. Whew.

  • English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable

  • By: Lacey Baldwin Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 843

Here at last is a history of England that is designed to entertain as well as inform and that will delight the armchair traveler, the tourist, or just about anyone interested in history. No people have engendered quite so much acclaim or earned so much censure as the English: extolled as the Athenians of modern times, yet hammered for their self-satisfaction and hypocrisy. But their history has been a spectacular one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable history

  • By Dennis K. on 11-23-17

Digestible and informative

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I enjoyed this book. While visiting England. It clarified the history around me. Enjoyably written with a welcome summary at the end

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng - A 15-minute Summary & Analysis

  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Jason P. Hilton
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The repressed bitterness, anger, and disappointment simmering for years inside the Lee family finally erupt in Everything I Never Told You after daughter Lydia, her parents' favorite, disappears on May 3, 1977. It is a fine spring day in northern Ohio, where the family lives in Middlewood, a town an hour outside Toledo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good summary and brief analysis.

  • By Wendy on 08-10-18

Pretty good summary and brief analysis.

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Except for being annoyed by the performers miss pronunciation of an a TH, this is a good brief analysis. I have it pointed out things I had not noticed at all like the symbolism of eggs and also that of seeing clearly which did fit

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

Fascinating small slice of history that connects to famous parts.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The story is double: two scholars working now on documents found from the mid 1600s. Didn’t love the contemporary story but did love the story of a Jewish girl who loved learning and philosophy when that was closed to women. Cromwell Han invited Jews back to England who had fled the Portuguese Inquisition for Amsterdam. This is also the time of plague and the Great Fire of London. One need not be Jewish to be impressed by the way it makes history real

  • The Shepherd's Life

  • Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape
  • By: James Rebanks
  • Narrated by: Bryan Dick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. He's the first son of a shepherd who was the first son of a shepherd himself; his family have lived and worked in the Lake District of Northern England for generations, further back than recorded history. It's a part of the world known mainly for its romantic descriptions by Wordsworth and the much-loved illustrated children's books of Beatrix Potter. But James' world is quite different. His way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Author Wears His Life As A Heavy Mantle

  • By Sara on 12-06-15

As beautifully written as the poetry from the lake district

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

James REI Banks writes about the life and lore of a shepherd in the Lake District, the “real” people who live and work there. It becomes a subject of great interest. As do the details of his past life

  • Emma

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 372

First published in 1816 and generally considered Jane Austen's finest work, Emma is a humorous portrayal of a heroine whose injudicious interferences in the life of a young parlour-boarder in a neighboring village often lead to substantial mortification. Austen brings to life a myriad of engaging characters as she presents a mixture of social classes as she did in Pride and Prejudice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Kathleen on 07-16-07

Such a pleasure!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

The clear rules of behavior denoting character or lack of it are like a safety net for that which is valued, good sense and integrity. Austin takes us through and less dialogue of those who are foolish but not as bad character or foolish and of poor character andShe helps us see the difference

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,765
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,433
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,285

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Brian Angevine on 05-30-18

On beyond Glass Castle

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

The growing up story is nearly as odd in an opposite way, fascinating, but the author explains in detail the long process of joining the world of normal and the strains of bridging her two worlds. It rings true in this process, and I’m still absorbed in her world 24 hrs after finishing.

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  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: Harold Wiederman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

Chesterton's talent as a mystery writer is displayed in this collection of detective stories, The Man Who Knew Too Much. In each story, the star detective, Horne Fisher, deals with another strange mystery: the vanishing of a priceless coin, the framing of an Irish "prince" freedom fighter, an eccentric rich man dies during an obsessive fishing trip, another vanishing during an ice skate, a statue crushing his own uncle, and a few more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Prince who Knows Paradox Too Well

  • By Darwin8u on 05-25-13

Very English aristocratic mysteries.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Slow though interesting except for surprising anti-Semitic remarks in later stories. Next to last about politics was my great favorite and had heart. Also last story was fine.

  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,585

With his trademark mirth and boundless charisma, actor Nick Offerman brought the loveable shenanigans of Twain's adolescent hero to life in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Now, in yet another virtuosic performance, the actor proves that despite being separated by a span of over a century, his connection to the author and his work is undeniable and that theirs is a timeless collaboration that should not be missed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mark Twain and Nick Offerman are a perfect match

  • By Philip M. Chute on 10-23-17

A dated delight

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Tried to give three stars overall. Glad to have read this classic at last and I did enjoy, but it was more didactic than was enjoyable and had many plot details that were implausible.

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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,695
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,454

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

A little bit of magic and mysticism

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Besides the mysticism and magic, There is a bit of mystery and a lot of drama and adventure. The Main characterdoesn’t say much but he’s likable. This was an altogether enjoyable read I highly recommend it