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Joanie elsten

Henderson, NV, United States
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  • The Warmth of Other Suns

  • The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  • By: Isabel Wilkerson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 22 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,725

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior non-fiction

  • By Lila on 05-20-11

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I rarely write reviews, but this book merits it.

Hard to listen to at times (the hardships, aspects of Jim Crowe, generations that the Civil Rights Movement was too late for.). However, it opened my eyes like nothing else.

As hard for me as it was to listen to at times, I became so invested, I didnmt want the book to end.

  • Kristin Lavransdatter

  • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 44 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,272

As a young girl in 14th-century Norway, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, Lavrans, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming and impetuous Erlend Nikulaussøn, she defies her parents in pursuit of her own desires. Her saga continues through her marriage to Erlend, their tumultuous life together raising seven sons as Erlend seeks to strengthen his political influence, and finally their estrangement as the world around them tumbles into uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A grand listen

  • By Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker on 07-05-17

Beware the narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I couldn’t really tell if this was a good story because the narrator was so off-putting. Several reviewers compared her to Siri; I agree but I’m willing to bet money that the narrator has some background in being a news anchor. Not sure if I will be able to finish this-

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  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,883

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Wrenching and heartbreaking-phew!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

I rarely ever write reviews. This title however, deserves it!! Absolutely the most wrenching title I have ever listened to, first time I couldn't miss a SINGLE word. Don't be put off by the length of this book; it will fly by and you will be at such a loss when it finally ends.

  • Echo

  • By: Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, Andrews MacLeod, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893

Audie Award, Middle Grade, 2016. Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become sinterwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio productions I have heard

  • By tru britty on 07-28-15

Def one of my faves <3

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

I rarely write reviews, but I LOVED this audiobook. Such beautifully stories, amazing narration.

  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Ann Patchett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Together, these essays, previously published in The Atlantic, Harper, Vogue, and The Washington Post, form a resonant portrait of a life lived with loyalty and with love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, engrossing, and elucidative essays

  • By Bonny on 01-07-14

Insufferable

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

Couldn't finish, even though I'm sure the author had fantastic advice. she reminded me of a cynical, weary professor.

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  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Brontë
  • Narrated by: Patricia Routledge
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

The passionate and tragic story of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff is one of the high points of 19th-century Romantic literature. In the relationship of Cathy and Heathcliff, and in the wild, bleak Yorkshire Moors of its setting, Wuthering Heights creates a world of its own, conceived with a disregard for convention and an instinct for poetry and the darkest depths of the human soul in torment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved how much I hated everyone

  • By Dan Harlow on 07-07-13

Best. Narration. Ever.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-15

Very good....will not find a better narrator anywhere. Brought the story to life. A ++++

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  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Carol Rifka Brunt
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,580

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • story of a selfish awful family of people

  • By Beth Anne on 12-09-14

Heartbreaking and sensitive

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

I can't believe this book had any negative reviews! Even though already in my library, I nostalgically went back to read the reviews when popped up as a "Daily Deal" . Yes, some may find it hard to relate to the protoganist as her stance was unusual, but I found she gave me a different angle on the victims of AIDS. Those left behind, and those coming of age during that time. Beautiful layers, empathy. I don't remember having problems with the narrator, either. Some novels I have been unable ro finish and had to have refunded - "Witches on the Road Tonight", Kim Basinger in "The Awakening" come to mind (ugh). This one however was one of the ones in a library of almost 200 titles that touched me the most. So much so, I felt like I had to go back and give my two cents, in defense of this novel (I rarely WRITE out reviews.)

  • Hopeless

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163

Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Seems Like An X Rated YA Book- Has Promising Start

  • By Wendi on 01-02-14

Couldn't finish due to narration.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

First of all, I believe this is a YA novel? So, my bad, as obviously the tone will be of a certain type. I consider myself a romantic, but I constantly found myself lol'ing, at many a part, and not in a good way. The book is chock full of scenes meant to build sexual tension, but just felt insipid and....blah (and boy there is plenty of this limpness.)The narration somehow drove me up the wall. I had to fast forward a couple of chapters and her tone was unchanged. Don't get me wrong....she has a pretty voice within itself. But, there is a quality to her reading which, after a few chapters, turned me off. I am suprised people are able to stick this through to the end. I couldn't.

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  • The Psychopath Test

  • A Journey Through the Madness Industry
  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,177

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky, intriguing and educational.

  • By Flavius Krakdaddius on 11-08-11

Excellente!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Absolutely enjoyed it, even more so than "Them." You really get a feel for the people. Also, appreciated his candor.

  • Witches on the Road Tonight

  • By: Sheri Holman
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill and Christina Traister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

By the best-selling author of The Dress Lodger, Sheri Holman’s new and most ambitious novel to date, Witches on the Road Tonight, uncovers the secrets and lies that echo through three generations of one Appalachian family. It is a deeply human, urgent exploration of America’s doomed love affair with fear. On the eve of World War II, eight-year-old Eddie Alley lies in bed watching his first horror movie, hand-cranked and flickering on the bare wall of a backwoods cabin. In 2011, Eddie’s daughter, Wallis, an anchorwoman for a 24-hour news channel, lies in bed with a stranger, spinning ghost stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration could have been better

  • By Joanie elsten on 01-29-15

Narration could have been better

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

What did you like best about Witches on the Road Tonight? What did you like least?

Hard to get into story; couldn't get past the cadence of narrator's voice. Very "jolty".

Was Witches on the Road Tonight worth the listening time?

Different narrator for this story would make it better.

Any additional comments?

Listen to the sample first.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful