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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,436
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,143
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,994

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

“NO CRIME WORSE THAN TELLING THE TRUTH”

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

~”IN FAMILIES LIKE MINE THERE IS NO CRIME WORSE THAN TELLING THE TRUTH”~

Every dysfunctional family is dysfunctional in its own way. When I started listening to this highly acclaimed biography, I thought: “Well, its not “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”. Yet the deeper the story went, the more worrisome it became. How to measure the insanity and lies or a family, that holds you in a powerful web of guilt and duty? “RUN” I wanted to shout to Tara - and, in a way, to myself - learning more and more about the unhealthy cycle of her hope to rescue, of her guilt, of her duty, of her search for love where the meaning of it had been distorted by shifting mental states and shifting loyalties. This is the first account of a dysfunctional family that I read with an understanding that my own family was - has been - a different degree of dysfunctionality. Thus, it left me with a deep impression.

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  • White Teeth

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,153

Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex, thoughtful but fun

  • By Kenneth on 01-28-09

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

The writing is exquisite, and so is the narration. But the story left me uninterested; the characters were too much of a charicatire than real people to me.

  • The Hiding Place

  • By: Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,931
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,938

At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational

  • By Gma Cat on 09-19-12

Exceptional Love

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

It's a must hear for every human, young and old, struggling with challenges and going through a good period of life. God's love shines through the lives of Corrie, Betsy, and their ministry.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,677

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

A great story!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

It's a wonderful story, and I immensely enjoyed it. I did not like the narrator, although she did a great job narrating - it's just my personal preference, I hear this story told in a different voice.

  • Pretty Baby

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Tom Taylorson, Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,701
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,690

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: She works for a nonprofit and takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth your time.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-15

Enticing

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

This story made me forgot that I am listening to fiction. I felt as if I am sitting in on therapy sessions with people, whose heartbreaking experiences entwined in a mess of actions, that made me cry. The language is flowing and the seemingly unhurried development of events pulls the listener deep into the vortex of human misery, kindness, and delusion.

  • Pavilion of Women

  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

On her 40th birthday, Madame Wu carries out a decision she has been planning for a long time: she tells her husband that after 24 years their physical life together is now over and she wishes him to take a second wife. The House of Wu, one of the oldest and most revered in China, is thrown into an uproar by her decision, but Madame Wu will not be dissuaded and arranges for a young country girl to come take her place in bed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration!

  • By C. Boatenreiter on 06-17-15

Love Immortal

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

An excellent book, worthy of reading and listening to! The depth of writing and the immortality of morals make it a serious study of the human nature.

  • Mrs. Kimble

  • By: Jennifer Haigh
  • Narrated by: Martha Plimpton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

A captivating exploration of human love, marriage, and the illusions upon which it is founded, Mrs. Kimble presents a fascinating psychological portrait of a mesmerizing opportunist and the women who believe in him. Beautifully wrought, stunningly original, Jennifer Haigh's sparkling debut marks the arrival of a remarkable new talent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and interesting

  • By barbara on 01-21-09

Mister Kimble-??

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

It's an enjoyable book; the characters are vivid and their struggles are real. Yet the main hero of the book -MR. Kimble- remains a mystery. We want to say, he was a bad guy. But what made him so? What do we know about him? What happened to him in his childhood, perhaps, to make him such a chameleon? What is he thinking? What moves him forward? How does he see life? If these questions were answered, the reader would have an opportunity to enjoy a fuller and more 3D view of the world, created by the author.

  • The Knitting Circle

  • By: Ann Hood
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

After the sudden loss of Stella, her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island. Seeking a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days, she little realizes that the circle will change her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Relentlessly Dreary

  • By J. C. Georgia on 06-06-08

Sit 'n knit

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

A soulful listen for everyone who loves the healing power of knitting. Every character has their own heart-wrenching story.

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  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag

  • A Flavia de Luce Mystery
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352

Flavia de Luce is a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • delightful!

  • By L on 04-18-10

Treasured every minute!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-17

An engaging detective story looked into by our dear Flavia! Funny, sweet, atmospheric listen for a good mood. Learn, how the little boy died, and have a glimpse into love affairs of Bishop Lacey!

  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

  • A Flavia de Luce Mystery
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,311

It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal!

  • By 'Nathan on 03-03-10

Love at first listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

It's an exceptional book, exceptionally narrated! I enjoyed every moment of it! It's very atmospheric, and the characters are so vivid. I highly recommend it to both kids and adults.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful