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  • Moloka’i

  • By: Alan Brennert
  • Narrated by: Anne Noelani Miyamoto
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587

The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book!

  • By David on 08-23-12

Wonderful read

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

We chose this book for my book club and while I wasn’t thrilled about reading about leprosy I have to say in the 20 years of my book club it became my third favorite book ever.
The story was engaging and emotional. The characters were well developed and you cared what happened to them. I learn so much about the disease, it’s culture and the gorgeous state of Hawaii.
The performance was stellar and I was so impressed by the character work and the different languages spoken!
It starts a little slow but stick with it. It’s SO worth the journey.

  • The Drowned Girls

  • An Angie Pallorino Novel, Book 1
  • By: Loreth Anne White
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,805
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,508

Detective Angie Pallorino hasn't forgotten the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card - crosses etched into the flesh of his victim's foreheads. When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent New Series

  • By Lia on 10-05-17

Maybe better if read

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

The book was ok. The story of the serial killer was interesting. I think it got lost in the ridiculous relationship between to the main characters. It was distracting and juvenile. I found the main character Angie very dislikable. The thought that this will be a series of books is baffling to me. Who would want to know more about someone so awful.
Additionally, the wrapping of the case/story was very unsatisfactory and almost an afterthought. Also, she should be fired for what she did. Full stop.
Also I’m pretty sure the author has never met a police office. They are written as dumb, inarticulate and Neanderthal -like. The coroner is described as a woman of size so of course she’s written as ‘waddling.’
All that aside I was so distracted by the performer that it was hard to concentrate on the story. Her accents, her tone and her sing song way of speaking made it hard not to want to fast forward.
If the book focuses on the MVPD and the case I think I could recommend it but the collateral story made it not a great read. If you have an extra credit to burn get if not pass.

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,029

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life Can Be Ugly

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-17

Troubled - child rape dressed up as romantic

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

First the performance of this book is one of the best I’ve ever heard. Hands down. She was spectacular and I want her to read ever book to me. I heard each character every time! Fantastic.

I liked the story. It made me really want to keep reading. The characters were well developed and interesting.

Intentionally, I waited a over a week to post my review because I wanted to make sure I was clear in my analysis.

All of this said I had a huge reaction to the romanticism of the relationship between Wavy and Kellen. I actually fell into it for a bit until I remembered she was a little girl. This is a trap to create romance around a predator, to change the discussion that it was at the child’s urging or with her consent. Children can’t give consent. Ever. So what this was one long rape fantasy tied up in a happy ending so we all felt less gross about how much we liked the book. The one person protecting the child from those preying on her was made to be the bad guy.

I am truly disturbed about the glowing reactions to this book about and the description of the ‘relationship’ of these too people. Many people will fall for this aspect ignoring the violation of this child. The women in my book club had a hard time understanding why this was rape. I had to explain over and over. This type of romanticism of rape is damaging as a whole and does a grave disservice to victims and makes it much harder for people to understand predators.
Really disappointing.

  • Vox

  • By: Christina Dalcher
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 670

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial - this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke 16,000 words a day, but now women only have 100 to make themselves heard. But this is not the end. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your time

  • By Morgan Bell on 08-29-18

Good easy read

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This was an entertaining read and given our current climate very chilling. Especially about how easily things can move while people aren’t paying attention. I liked the main character and her development was solid. I thought it finished very quickly. A lot of build up and then a tidy resolution - a little too tidy.
The performance was great.
In short, a quick, satisfying, easy read. Enjoy!

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,918

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Good book club read

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

This was our July selection. It was a good story, left enough strings hanging to make for interesting conversation. The characters were interesting though at times I found the story rushed and could have fleshed it out a bit more. The performance was really well done and I could totally differentiate the characters. Good summer read.

  • My Name Is Leon

  • By: Kit de Waal
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Leon loves chocolate bars, Saturday morning cartoons, and his beautiful, golden-haired baby brother. When Jake is born, Leon pokes his head in the crib and says, "I'm your brother. Big brother. My. Name. Is. Leon. I am eight and three quarters. I am a boy." Jake will play with no one but Leon, and Leon is determined to save him from any pain and earn that sparkling baby laugh every chance he can. But Leon isn't in control of this world where adults say one thing and mean another, and try as he might he can't protect his little family from everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My Name Is Leon

  • By Carol on 09-01-16

Depends on your job

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

As a social worker, I like this book. Especially the realistic portrayal of foster care, the people who are foster parents, the devastation of mental health and addiction and how the system can work against the good. I also felt it was on point about how Leon was depicted as a child who was unadoptable. His pain, his confusion, his grief was palpable.
I think my only issue was it felt like work. And I felt like it was a text book I had to read rather than an enjoyable read. If this isn’t your field of work you would probably enjoy it much more.

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  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,794

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

A good read

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I really enjoyed this book! It was the perfect smart beginning of summer read. I have always like Robert Langdon and his adventures. This was less focused on his symbology work and more of a fun treasure hunt. I got slightly lost with the big reveal because it was high level smart but I was able to follow it all along. I was really touched by the love story. And not the Princes.
The performance was, as always was fantastic!!
Read it. You’ll like it!

  • The Last Templar

  • By: Raymond Khoury
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,123

As the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape to the sea carrying a mysterious chest. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights steal a strange device. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and archaeologist Tess Chaykin are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Michael on 05-17-07

It had so much potential

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Overall I liked this book. It had much more potential than I think it offered. I love the subject of the Templars and was looking forward to the play out. I wish it had focused solely on the main plot and veered into the ridiculous, forced and contrived romance between Tess and Riley. It was unnecessary and took a good book into a teen level romantic thriller. The flashbacks to the Templar journey and what happened to the codex was very interesting and loved that part. It just lost steam every time the relationship was forced in.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20,886
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,152

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

It was fine

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

The book was fine. It was a slow to get going and I did lose interest and I got through the slow part. The big reveal wasn't that big. The bad guy was a bit of a surprise. Overall serviceable but predictable.

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  • Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Imbolo Mbue
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,852
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself; his wife, Neni; and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty - and Jende is eager to please. Clark's wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Overhyped

  • By Rochelle on 08-27-16

A serviceable read

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

This book was chosen for our monthly book club and overall we gave it three stars. We felt the performance was spectacular. The story was ok. I'm not sure if we had a higher expectation or the book itself failed to meet those expectations. I thought the characters could have been richer and deeper and some of their conclusions were too tidily wrapped up. While glad I read it, I would only tepidly recommend it.