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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,838
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,688

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

How many children can one family injure and maim?

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

What is wrong with these people? I had no idea people who didn't drink or use drugs could get into so much trouble.

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,858

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

Cranston in the Middle

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

What made the experience of listening to A Life in Parts the most enjoyable?

Loved that the author spoke his story directly to the audience. His heartfelt writing and speaking was very satisfying .

Who was your favorite character and why?

The grandfather was my most favorite character because he was like an arrow pointing a lost and broken family in the right direction, offering simple guidance and security. The first employer was interesting as an evil trickster.

What about Bryan Cranston’s performance did you like?

I really liked him in Malcolm in the Middle. Have some treasured memories when my two middle school aged sons would watch it on pizza nite. I could tell that Bryand Cranston really made that show fun and creative. His portrayal of the dad delighted my boys , the comic relief and ridiculous trouble making helped them through those years. Listening to his biography was somewhat the same.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Go with it.

Any additional comments?

The guy is really good , so glad he wrote this! I never did watch Breaking Bad because even though it may be entertaining and well acted it basically was a tragedy of the human spirit and there is too much of that in this world.

  • Plant Your Feet Firmly

  • Short Story Collection
  • By: Marie Chow
  • Narrated by: Lori J. Moran
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Plant Your Feet Firmly is an intimate glimpse of Asian America. Through the pages of seven short stories, the listener is treated to a delicate taste of ordinary people living extraordinary lives - from a cool grandpa to a grieving mother to a disillusioned husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • point of view

  • By eileen on 11-16-16

point of view

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

What made the experience of listening to Plant Your Feet Firmly the most enjoyable?

i enjoyed how the author could shift her point of view. she told her stories from different viewpoints that were not necessarily her own.

What did you like best about this story?

i loved how she left her ego , and could see out of the eyes and ego's of her characters. how easy it is to see and describe our own thoughts and feelings but she was able to live and breathe through unusual characters.

Have you listened to any of Lori J. Moran’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no it took me several days.

Any additional comments?

hope she writes more. very nice

  • Boys in the Trees

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carly Simon
  • Narrated by: Carly Simon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975

Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster; her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters, performing folk songs with her sister, Lucy, in Greenwich Village; to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the number-one song "You're So Vain".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgeous and Sad

  • By Adele on 11-30-15

she's so vain, here's why

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

Where does Boys in the Trees rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this audio book really kept my attention and intrigued me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Boys in the Trees?

oh , so many memorable moments....i feel like i lived them with her, she made them very accessible.. her meeting with Sean Connery really summed up her personality for me. the drive to meet and be close to a celebrity. which seemed to be a big theme in here life experience. her competition with her sister and the way she got disappointed and felt cheated ,reflected her paradigm.

What about Carly Simon’s performance did you like?

i loved her candid accessible style. she shared her weaknesses and frailties . i liked the way she did some singing . enjoyed her "magical thinking".

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

not an extreme reaction. i was surprised by how much i enjoyed it and my heart opened to her. i found her emotional math interesting . one disrespectful mom and two long legs don't equal an affair with mick jagger. but hey, we all rationalize our lives.











Any additional comments?

i hope she can make some money with the book, i appreciate her candid tell all.

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  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,249

Six years after four family members died of arsenic poisoning, the three remaining Blackwoods—elder, agoraphobic sister Constance; wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian; and 18-year-old Mary Katherine, or, Merricat—live together in pleasant isolation. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic to guard the estate against intrusions from hostile villagers. But one day a stranger arrives—cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration changed my interpretation

  • By jaspersu on 10-28-12

moody , intriguing , entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Where does We Have Always Lived in the Castle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

i would rank this audiobook pretty high up there in the great writer catagory , i give it a 10 for being super scary without pretension.

Would you recommend We Have Always Lived in the Castle to your friends? Why or why not?

my choice of reading material is already so off the beaten path that i may try to share the story with anyone who would listen .

What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

perfect she did a great, great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

i found it interesting when the main character was saying "magic words " to herself for good luck. i loved constance's sweetness and good , patient nature

Any additional comments?

who sprinkled the sugar?

  • The Lottery, and Other Stories

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

"The Lottery," one of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, created a sensation when it was first published in the New Yorker. "Powerful and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with 24 equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate her remarkable range - from the hilarious to the truly horrible - and power as a storyteller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Titles please!

  • By Elizabeth A. King on 05-14-17

moody , intriguing , entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

What did you love best about The Lottery, and Other Stories?

i love this writer! the pace of the story is unusually satisfying. a steady rhythm of words and ideas that thud, thud, thud, to make their story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

i liked the general malaise of the "modern woman". whether she was a housewife or a career woman much of her life and joy and energy was slowly drained away. i liked that because it is true and holds up a mirror and knowledge is power to change things.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

the narrator didn't get bogged down in so much dialoge

Who was the most memorable character of The Lottery, and Other Stories and why?

the characters were very generic. it was their environment that was more memorable. there was almost a twighlight zone sketch drama about the stories.

Any additional comments?

surprised to see they were written in the 1930-1940's, especially with the similarity to of the lottery story to the now popular story of "the hunger games."

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  • 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 2,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853

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

beach combing

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

Reviewed: 01-26-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

i think it went on too long and the author didn't know when to quit. i also felt the author exhausted every Japanese stereotype known to man which made the plot feel contrived.

If you’ve listened to books by Ruth Ozeki before, how does this one compare?

have not read any of her books before

Have you listened to any of Ruth Ozeki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

have not heard any other performances.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

i would love to see this book as a movie. i feel it would make a better movie than a book

Any additional comments?

i really liked the idea for this story, finding a special treasure on the beach from a faraway place.i live on the beach and have often found treasures and considered finding something very special and making a connection through my find.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful