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  • Mala

  • By: Melinda Lopez
  • Narrated by: Melinda Lopez
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,652
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,302

An utterly unsentimental journey toward the end of life, Mala is an irreverent exploration of how we live, cope, and survive in the moment. Grounded in Lopez’s distinctive emotional language and sharp humor, this powerful one-woman show dances between doctors and urgent 911 calls, a mother’s growing frailty, and a daughter’s quest for grace - all set during an epic Boston winter. Rather than depict a “right way”, the play opens the door for our universal struggle to support those we love in dying, especially when all we’ve ever focused on is surviving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hardest thing to do

  • By Christy on 02-03-19

Great story about aging!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I listened to the audible book. The performance was amazing. I later looked, and realized that the author was doing the reading. You sure can tell, because she put her heart and soul into it, as some of the conversations were even in Spanish! She translated most of them as she read them. In the ones she did not translate, it was pretty obvious what was said. Even if you don’t know a lick of Spanish, it was pretty obvious what message was being sent. Melinda tells the story of a daughter dealing with parents as they age. The message she is sending out is something that is probably going to happen to each one of us, if it hasn’t happened already. In reality this is a really a sad issue happening all over. Melinda puts a humorous twist on it, though, in a very kind and loving way. Although the topic is sad and serious, it is not a tear-jerker! There are parts of the book that will have you giggling. Melinda writes flawlessly, keeping your attention through the humor, even though the story line is a sad part of life.
Great relaxing read!!!

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,166

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exploring strange new worlds

  • By Kingsley on 02-01-19

Good book for older teens and adults!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

This book is the story of a young teenager who is the son of space explorers, whose parents goal is to find life on other planets. It is a well written story that will keep you captivated throughout the whole book. I do recommend this for older teens, as the story line switches periodically to past events without warning. You really have to stay alert to know what period of time they are in at that moment. I did recommend it for teens, but it is good for older adults to keep them on there toes! I just turned 60, and loved it!

46 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • The Gifts of Imperfection

  • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,052

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy 'The Power of Vulnerability' Instead!

  • By tracy on 08-17-14

I could relate to this!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

As the author was telling a little about herself, I soon began to feel a bond with her! I am a person who always is doing things. I never have time to sit and relax. After breaking my ankle and having surgery on it, I am now forced to just sit with it up in the air with a couple of pillows. I am not used to taking care of myself, and have found myself having to ask for help, which I have never done in my life! This was a good read for me. If you can relate to my story, this book is for you!!!