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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 107,991
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98,134
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97,600

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had different expectations.

  • By Amzn customer on 05-27-19

I’m sad to say this story, for me, was a little boring

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

I had a hard time liking Michelle Obama. She seemed very self-absorbed. She talked about what she accomplished in a most unflattering way. She has the most amazing and most interesting story to tell but the story just seem to drag on and on. Perhaps it would’ve been better for her to talk about her husband a little bit more. Or tell us about some interesting things that happened in the White House. I don’t think I liked the viewpoint that she took in this book. I know I am in the minority. I see the reviews are absolutely glowing. But I found myself being bored and Un
interested in the story as she told it

37 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,736
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30,641

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Characters were unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I don’t feel the characters were developed in any believable way. Both of the main characters were not fleshed out. I found it very disappointing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,526

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

So disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

The character of Mrs. Richardson was like a caricature the author didn't even use her first name. I feel like she was so easy to vilify. The character of Mia was The exact opposite. She was given every gracious virtue in the world. The adoptive parents were portrayed as shallow and uninformed. The delineation between good and bad and right and wrong and acceptable and unacceptable was much too harsh

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Stars Are Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 668

In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast, from Bar Harbor to Kittery, and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disaster Strikes In 1947

  • By Sara on 06-02-17

An absolutely wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

I enjoyed this book so much. It was a wonderful story very, very interesting. The characters were complex.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,678
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,655

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not happy

  • By William on 06-08-17

Not much to recommend

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

Standard crime story. Deeply flawed characters that are not very interesting. I listened all the way through but I have to say I can't recommend it.

  • The Girl You Lost

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Willow Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,473

Eighteen years ago Simone Porter's six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband Matt have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them. Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace - and can Simone trust her? When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great psychological thriller

  • By Angela Hancock on 10-05-16

So disappointed in this book.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

I feel that the author tied to things up to neatly and a very improbable way. The very last chapter of the book almost made me laugh it was so ridiculous. I don't wish to sound mean spirited because I really wanted to like this book and I listened all the way to the very end.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,175

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare, but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Great deal of fun!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

The author makes this such an interesting engaging story. As with her other book that I read she always surprises me and keeps me interested and keeps me coming back to listening. In the beginning of the book, I thought I wouldn't like it because of all the cattiness. But it's smoothed out and I really enjoyed it

  • The Way Around

  • Finding My Mother and Myself Among the Yanomami
  • By: David Good
  • Narrated by: David Good
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Rooted in two vastly different cultures, a young man struggles to understand himself, find his place in the world, and reconnect with his mother - and her remote tribe in the deepest jungles of the Amazon rainforest - in this powerful memoir that combines adventure, history, and anthropology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story if you're a nerd like me

  • By Zach Thomas on 12-05-18

Narration is so poor

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

What disappointed you about The Way Around?

The story should have been fascinating. I found it dull and uninteresting. Narration was plodding.

Has The Way Around turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He did a very poor job

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

  • Witness to a Trial

  • A Short Story Prequel to The Whistler
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,447

A startling and original courtroom drama from New York Times best seller John Grisham that is the prequel to his newest legal thriller, The Whistler. A judge's first murder trial. A defense attorney in over his head. A prosecutor out for blood and glory. The accused, who is possibly innocent. And the killer, who may have just committed the perfect crime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Appetizer

  • By Jean on 10-06-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I thought it was a full length book. I guess I didn't pay attention. Its only a short story

What do you think your next listen will be?

I have several picked out

Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Deakins’s performances?

Definitely

Any additional comments?

No, I just didn't realize it was a short story and not a book

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Tortilla Curtain

  • By: T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

PEN-Faulkner Award-winning author T. Coraghessan Boyle weaves together the stories of two families in Southern California: one affluent, the other destitute. As Boyle creates a counterpoint of personal needs, civic responsibility, and social custom, each family's quest for the American Dream fuels deep fear and anger that ultimately lead to a perilous confrontation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Tortilla Curtain

  • By Donald on 05-14-04

So hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

Nothing but sadness and adversity. I kept waiting for them to overcome. For there to be a noble character for there to be some triumph and it never, ever comes. I cannot recommend this book because it doesn't inspire it only depresses.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful