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  • Bowlaway

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth McCracken
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the 20th century - nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and 15 pounds of gold on her person - Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. But the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford’s most defining landmark - with Bertha its most notable resident. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Novel of 2019/Best Narration by Kate Reading!

  • By reader on 02-23-19

An epically poetic family narrative...

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Candlepin bowling set to poetry in a fantastical New England setting...McCracken's wordsmittery when wound up in Reading's warm yet matter of factual delivery definitely had me hitting the back back button several times. Many passages of this tale lean much more toward the poetic and are lovely to listen to. Admittedly, the meandering and epic nature of the story had me wondering at its well, "weirdness." Overall I enjoyed the characters offered up at the outset, but found some of their progeny to be less interesting, with the offshoot narratives dragging some for me. The choice of oddly-paired wording and the colorful matriarch of the story, Bertha Truitt, carried me through however.

  • Sadie

  • By: Courtney Summers
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister, Mattie, in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray - a radio personality working on a segment about forgotten towns in America - overhears Sadie's story, he becomes obsessed with finding the girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Courtney Summers, author to follow

  • By Linda on 09-20-18

Conceptually cool...

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I really enjoyed the back and forth bits of having a story pieced together through different mediums. I confess, however, I much preferred the more natural narration offered up by Soler in Sadie's chapters. Some of the podcast characters took me out of the story a bit when their voicing was almost overly articulate or inconsistent with a character's description...that noted, the story itself and the webs woven throughout really do pull a listener in and through this heartwrenching tale...Sadie makes for a solid story.

  • Bob

  • By: Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks, Nora Hunter
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

It's been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy's grandmother in Australia. Now that she's back, Livy has the feeling she's forgotten something really, really important about Gran's house. It turns out she's right. Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn't forget Livy, or her promise. He's been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can't remember who-or what-he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We enjoyed this.

  • By Erin F. on 08-08-18

Sweet, Quirky Story Set in Australia

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

A short, sweet listen, Bob, was enjoyed by both my 11 year old daughter and me. She could identify with the main character, on the verge of tweendom, and I really liked the quirky storytelling filled with silly lists and a friendly closet dwelling "zombie" boy.

Solid performances by both narrators...Bob is filled with whimsy that makes a story about growing up a joy to listen to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Good Luck with That

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Lori Gardner, Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults. For Marley, it's coming to terms with the survivor's guilt she's carried around since her twin sister's death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it's learning to stop trying to live up to her mother's and brother's ridiculous standards and learning to accept love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A journey full of emotion

  • By Meg on 08-18-18

Nice performance by Xe Sands

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

...A decent story of friendship wrapped up in a HEA bow...I enjoyed Sands' read in particular...the story was a smidge more on the rom-com side of women's contemporary lit. than I typically read...but it was good overall and reality tinged enough for me to listen to the whole book. It did pull on the heartstrings too...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nevertheless We Persisted

  • By: Amy Oestreicher, Cat Gould, Charlotte McKinnon, and others
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon, Amy McFadden, Bailey Carr, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Nevertheless We Persisted is a special audio-first anthology of poems, essays, and stories that explores themes of loss, love, and finding your own power. It's an astonishing collection filled with heart, tears, laughter, and ultimately hope. This collection was created from writers across the United States and also in Australia, England, India, and New Zealand. Each piece is performed by a talented narrator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous collection

  • By MissSusie66 on 10-19-17

A well curated collection of voices...

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

There are many talents here both authors and narrators...some tales/poems will really stick with me, others were not necessarily my thing, but that's what makes a collection like this so great...there truly is something for everyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Atomic Marriage

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Diane Lane
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,500
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,485
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,459

All marriages are hard. Many of them fail. Brock Lewis, an evangelical businessman turned self-published author, has the answer. Follow his international bestselling book’s 12-point “Atomic Doctrine” - make eye contact with your spouse? Always! Use the bathroom in front of them? Never! - and you, too, can build a marriage that thrives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but lacking any real oomp at the end

  • By Kingsley on 01-04-19

Quick listen; solid performance by Lane...

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Atomic Marriage offers a quick and easy listen, delivered well by Lane. I wasn't a huge fan of the characters...or perhaps more so, the choices made by them, but it is one of those stories that makes you think, which, perhaps, was the intention.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Spies That Bind

  • A Gallagher Girls Prequel
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,777

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun listen

  • By RThompson on 01-08-19

10 y.o. & 11 y.o. kid review

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

It was kind of your average story about a new kid starting at a new school...Narrator was good...Easy to listen to all at once.

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,384

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Exciting M.G. listen offering full-cast fun!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

My daughter and I enjoyed this listen during a road trip. It sports an entertaining full cast performance...the mini is a Voltron fan and this listen offered an immersive anime feel. Lots of chapter ending cliff hangers are doled out in this outer space odyssey...Great for middle grade readers...or even a bit younger...or in my case, older...

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 87,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79,819
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79,368

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

"...Forward motion, a way to evolve..."

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Honest, heartfelt, and a story that goes high...An interesting, personal, and engaging memoir told in a straightforward manner by the author...Becoming offers an inside look into the life of a woman who stepped somewhat unwillingly into public life and recounts the larger story of our country in a snapshot of time.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,177
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45,481
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45,404

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Epic WWII story of 2 sisters' parallel lives...

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Those who have read The Alice Network (which I found to have a bit more draw with its mystery and intrigue) ... will find many similar threads in story lines. Hannah's work is more epic in both length and depth, however. Stone's narration pulled me through and her ability to effectively voice the multi-generational tale was impressive.