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  • The Library Book

  • By: Susan Orlean
  • Narrated by: Susan Orlean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,249

On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual false alarm. As one fireman recounted later, “Once that first stack got going, it was good-bye, Charlie.” The fire was disastrous: It reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Had To Turn It Off

  • By Meg on 01-17-19

Book worshipers only!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

This is a book about the Los Angeles Central Library, and a fire that badly damaged it. But it goes off on many, many different tangents, including libraries around the world, how the profession of librarian evolved, techniques of firefighting and restoring damaged books, the libraries of the future.....ONLY buy this book if the existence of books in the world is dear to you.

  • Rage Becomes Her

  • The Power of Women's Anger
  • By: Soraya Chemaly
  • Narrated by: Soraya Chemaly
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 133

Women are angry, and it isn’t hard to figure out why. We are underpaid and overworked. Too sensitive or not sensitive enough. Too dowdy or too made-up. Too big or too thin. Sluts or prudes. We are harassed, told we are asking for it, and asked if it would kill us to smile. Yes, yes it would. Contrary to the rhetoric of popular “self-help” and an entire lifetime of being told otherwise, our rage is one of the most important resources we have, our sharpest tool against both personal and political oppression. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Raging Hell

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-17-18

Sad!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Reviewers called this book "important", "timely", "liberating". And it certainly is important and eye-opening. And I felt so sad listening to all the arguments and findings of recent research that are EXACTLY THE SAME! as the arguments and research I read about in the 60's and 70's, when "Women's Lib" and I came of age at the same time. What have we accomplished in 50 years?! a few more cents per hour, a handful of female CEOs....and anti-female sentiments everywhere, constant, relentless, and infuriating. Still infuriating, I should say. It's true that anger is powerful. When will enough women be angry enough to change this "man's world"?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,062

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

How do people stomach this junk?

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This is not even an airport book or a beach read. It's garbage. The author is so scornful of women that the cop's female partner is a foolish, redundant waste of time and the (completely physical) description of every female is just unnecessarily ugly and vicious. The plot rumbles along at the pace of a Big Wheel, with the protagonist apparently the only cop who can think thoughts, while his partner is constantly amazed or confused. It's just sad that this kind of writing is 'bestselling'. Or maybe the author buys up truckloads of his own books. Full disclosure: I only got through about 1/4 of this mess.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,324

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

What a letdown

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The story built suspense very well, and altho I could see some things coming, it still got creepier and creepier! And then, the ending: 'Good bye', a note to explain everything, and it's over. For Pete's sake! Did Jewell have to rush out to a dental appointment, or something?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Sherman Alexie
  • Narrated by: Sherman Alexie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343

When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: He wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems and 78 essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine - growing up dirt poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True connection

  • By Tom on 07-20-17

Too Long By Half!!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Prose with an overlay of poetry, and read beautifully that way by the author himself. Growing up on a reservation with alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, poverty and mental illness....but not as bleak as that sounds.

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Before she was a trauma cleaner, Sandra Pankhurst was many things: husband and father, drag queen, gender reassignment patient, sex worker, small businesswoman, trophy wife... but as a little boy, raised in violence and excluded from the family home, she just wanted to belong. Now she believes her clients deserve no less. A man who bled quietly to death in his living room. Sarah Krasnostein has watched the extraordinary Sandra Pankhurst bring order and care to these, the living and the dead - and the book she has written is equally extraordinary.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, emotional, and perfectly narrated.

  • By LitWitWineDine on 06-30-18

the kindness we all need

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

It's mostly trauma, with some cleaning. And the trauma is mostly the protagonist's. There is heart-breaking suffering revealed in this book. And there is tremendous compassion, understanding, gentleness, strength of character, and so much grace in this book that it is truly a balm for the soul of the walking wounded in 2018 America.

  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back again

  • By LINN CANNING on 01-22-18

A pleasant story unfolds.....

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Long, multi-generational, told out of sequence, and with many characters, following each story line was confusing, as the reader made no attempt to do different voices for the characters and I kept forgetting who was who. The story is mildly interesting, altho if I'd quit the book in the middle I would not have spent any time wondering how it turned out. But the author does a brilliant job of defining her characters not with adjectives as much as with their postures, gestures, and behavior. You can end up feeling like you know these people, and very quickly.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mars Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Kushner
  • Narrated by: Rachel Kushner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 610

Featuring original music by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon! It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing novel !

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-18

Way overrated

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I read a stellar review upon this book's publication, which convinced me to buy it. The author read this uninteresting book in a bored, boring drone. I really don't understand the positive response to this book.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,517

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

Too long 'suspense' story with a so-what ending

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I didn't find this story of an abusive husband suspenseful at all. The women were doormats for him because he was sometimes charming with Tiffany gift boxes. Did the 'twist' at the end send me reeling? Nope, it was contrived and deflated.
That this became a NYT bestseller is the really scary thing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Annihilation

  • Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,688
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,334
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,334

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, bad narrator

  • By Julian P. on 01-26-16

we need 'No Stars' for this one

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

This book reminds me of nothing so much as my son recounting, in excruciating detail, one of his long long long dreams. Nuff said.
Also, the reader here is just awful, as other reviewers have noted.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful