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  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,764

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

A Social Dilemmas and Mystery Book FUN Listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

This book is simply fun.

The story revolves around a murder that occurs at a school trivia night, where the parents of the school children gather for an evening of fun and games; only that things don't exactly turn out as planned!

Keeping the murder as the ultimate mystery (in terms of who died and who did it), Moriarty tracks back to where it all started; to how these parents met; how they act behind their closed doors among their families; and to the sort of relationships that connect them and create personal vendettas between the characters.

So many reasons for one to kill the other, which keeps the reader hopping between one suspect and the other trying to pin one person to the murder.

What is more important is the issues that Moriarty indirectly discusses through the voice of her characters. The main themes are domestic violence, the education system, working women, and gender roles in society.

The characters are interesting, the presentation of the story is not at all typical, and the whole thing is just an easy, fun, mysterious, fictional listen.

I would definitely recommend this to someone who is looking for some fun, light, social mystery.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Leaving Time

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,523

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

Genuine, Mysterious, and Surprising.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-15

What is interesting about Jodi Picoult is that she always manages to research a topic that you did not expect you would ever be interested in and suddenly alters it into a page turner.

Leaving time is a book loaded with the topic of elephants. And even though the topic isn't the first of those that would come to mind, Jodi still managed to manifest this into a topic so compelling that kept me listening to know more about how it is all connected .

This book relates the story of a young teen girl, Jenna, whose mother had dissapeared after a misterious incident that happened at the elephant sanctuary where both her scientist parents worked. Jenna describes how the thought of her mother never leaves her mind and how fixated she is on finding her. Determined to locate her mom in anyway possible, Jenna meets the most interesting characters who are surprisingly connected to her plight. The story is narrated from the perspectives of these characters, as well as Jenna's. The voice of every personage is clear and unique. Jodi uses phrases that are very touching that together crystalize in intricately describing what these characters feel and think.

Expectedly, given that the central incident happened at the elephant sanctuary, we find a great deal of information and discussions relating to elephants, the wild, and elephant behaviors; however, even though this seemed irrelevant and boring at first, I soon started to see how this adds a necessary layer that escorts this work to its interesting and complete finish.

Additionally, Jodi must be also credited for managing to create a twist that is so affecting and abrupt that left me with nothing but the utmost satisfaction and admiration to this captivating and compelling read.

I would absolutely recommend this book because every character is so unique and genuine that it made me see their perspectives so vividly as if I were standing in their own shoes. To Jodi Picoult, this is yet another astounding success.

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,961

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave

  • By JD on 12-02-14

So what now? Disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-14

This book is the first book written by Amy Poehler. The book is narrated by Amy and several other people who influenced her life such as her parents and a few celebrity friends.

The book takes us through Amy's life starting at her childhood and ending with her divorce and other recent career projects. Amy discusses her perceptions of people, children, marriage, work, and comedy, among other things, during the chronological portrayal or her life.

The book felt lazy to me and at times incoherent. It does not deliver on the promise of being really funny or able to "make you cry" (I had a few giggles here and there). The book mainly discusses Poehler's career and how she went through a few stops before she made it to success. It discusses the "show bizz" and brushes through some anecdotes about Amy's career, none of which really give the reader a clear finish or understanding. It seemed like the book was written to speak only to those in the comedy show business.

Parts of the book were written by her family or good friends in an aim to make the book stand out or show Amy from another people's perspectives. I found this interesting, but given the book's deficiencies and incongruity, the addition was not meaningful and failed to achieve its aim.

What I liked about the book was Amy's discussion about some of the philanthropic things she had done in her life, and her experience with childbirth and motherhood, which made me feel close to her and helped me understand how she felt in both instances. I grew to like Amy throughout my listening experience, and saw that she was a very natural, honest person.

However, what Amy couldn't deliver on is a coherent content and ... a point. I finished the book feeling like "what now?; the whole thing felt like an introduction to me.

Throughout her narration, Amy promised explicitly that this book will help us get through the hard patches in life, help some get through divorce, and others understand the true meaning of life and happiness, but none of these promises were truly delivered upon.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, but I don't regret listening to it still.

In general, this book is at best mediocre and at worst, lazy and weak.

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • House Rules

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,156

One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book until the ending

  • By Charlotte on 03-12-10

My First Jodi Book and I Can't Wait for More

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

This book truly egages you till the last line.

Jodi Picoilult had story where every single deduction you make about the conclusion remains a mere guess until the very last line.

The book talks about a boy, Jacob, who has Asperger's syndrome. Unlike many books on psychological disorders, this book doesnt make you want to cry. On the other hand, the entire time you would be smiling to yourself because you finally really understand what goes on behind the prejudices and miconceptions and into the lives of an autistic kid and his family and those who surround them. .

Tha characters are round and very easy to understand. The reader can easily empathize with the characters and gets enough info about their lives, histories, and traits.

What makes this book even more great is the fact that the plot is very interesting and unique given the nature or in other words, disorder that the main character has. Given a story about a kid with a Asperger's, one would naturally expect a tragedy about how the kid lives and how everyone tries to cope with his disorder and how that saddens and stresses everyone, however, although you do get some of that in House Rules; Jodi adds on a layer of thrill and suspense (I wouldn't go into more details as I am afraid that would be a spoiler) that makes you understand how a certain surprising incident affects the life of this kind and his family's.

In conclusion, this book is very well researched, written, coherent, interesting, and suspenseful. I would recommend you read this as it will introduce you into the lives of a family you would want to meet.

Pick this book up and enter into the household of the Hunts, where a group of surprises await!

  • French Level 1 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

Each lesson in French Level 1 Lessons 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The First REAL Self-Learning Language Course

  • By Randa on 10-14-14

The First REAL Self-Learning Language Course

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

Reviewed: 10-14-14

The Pimsleur method really works.

I am in love with this course, because IT DELIVERS.

Not only does it help you understand and speak phrases in French, it also develops your ability to make your own sentences and understand what they mean. This books teaches you a new language and perfectly selects the stuff that you actually need to know and learn.

As I talk to people who are native speakers or who speak the language fluently, I can actually ask certain questions or have a chat with them.

I have been through the first 10 units of 'Phase 1' and I already am noticing progress in my learning and speaking skills that others notice too.

I wonder how much better my speaking will get as my learning progresses!

Highly recommended!!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • I Capture the Castle

  • By: Dodie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 858

In this coming of age story, Dodie Smith introduces the visionary and eccentric character of seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain. The youngest daughter in a family of impoverished artists, it is her imagination and writing that takes us away from the ramshackle old English castle where they live, and towards an intriguing tale of husband-hunting and light-hearted sibling rivalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was a surprise

  • By Matthew on 12-16-13

A Jane Austen Wannabe; Nothing New or Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-14-14

This screams Jane Austen and it's no secret; the narrator even tells us herself!

Overall, the book has a peaceful tone to it, but isn't really exciting or unique.

The story is narrated through the pages of an English girl's journal. It explores the different entries that describe how the girl and her family go by their daily routines in the boring monotonic life of poverty. Although, in fairness, the writer's description of poverty is interesting and allows the reader to understand the narrator's point of view.Nothing interesting seems to ever happen to the family until two rich boys come to town. That's where she and her sister (The entire household really) gets overexcited as these two young men become the centre of the family's drama (Pride & Prejudice Much?)

Mildly entertaining if you have exhausted most of your other options.

9 of 17 people found this review helpful