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  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

  • By Cynda on 03-21-18

Our Dogs Are People......Right?

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

If you've had the pleasure to live with and love a dog, this book will bring to you both laughter and tears.
Mr. Rowley introduces us to Ted and Lily (bean, nut, baby, little, puppy, etc, etc) in this sweet novel.
Ted loves his Lily wholeheartedly. They are quite the duo; sharing happy times and sorrow.
Ted quotes the following when things become so difficult for his Lily.. his family and friends not fully understanding what he is going through with his little pup... "Yours is by far the harder lot but mine is happening to me."
Be prepared to get out the hankies and enjoy this lovely book.
And truly huge kudos to Michael Urie who brings both characters to life in such a delightful way; Mr. Urie I'm certain loves his dog too!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Commonwealth

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,441
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,442

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly - thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen for Patchett fans

  • By J on 09-19-16

Hang in There

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

Initially I found this book to be disjointed and had difficulty staying with it. I'm not sure if it's just the nature of the audio version, but the going back and forward in time and the many characters and with which family they belonged, at times felt like maybe it just wasn't worth it.
Then the story came together and I found a pace and got into it. All progressed well until near the end when the plot unraveled and once again became disjointed. Overall this book certainly has redeeming qualities but I just couldn't commit.

18 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,427

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

This is a solid good book. The story held my interest throughout. It is expertly narrated and the characters have depth and texture. Although not fine literature it is a good mystery that is worth a listen.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The People in the Trees

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, William Roberts, Erin Yuen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 242

In 1950, a young doctor, Norton Perina, signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub "The Dreamers," who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A dazzling, fundamentally flawed excursion into the grotesque

  • By Danimike on 05-09-15

Not So Much

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

It was okay. The first part of the story was tedious then when the plot picked up a bit it was still lacking. There were several superfluous characters that served to distract from the plot and flow. Even though there were interesting moments, it was just that really.
It's a surprise that this is the same author who wrote "A Little Life", such an epic masterpiece.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,987
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,559

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

Creepy Misunderstood Murderer

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

This sequel is engaging and fun and I think maybe better than "You", it's predecessor. (you should read "You" first though)
Here we are in Joe's head, seeing the world through his eyes.
Poor Joe is so misunderstood, he's just out looking for love (and a little revenge). And gee, the poor guy has the worst luck. His lovers fall short, he is bothered by police and when he thinks he's found true love, a family member (BTW I just loved Fontana's narration of Forty's voice... PERFECTION!) is so very irritating, treating poor Joe unfairly.
So Joe has to make things right.
The rest of us may shrug things off... but not Joe, he needs to eliminate people who get in his way or who hurt him or slight him.
He's forced to take these actions he thinks.
How fun it is to read/ listen to this series. I loved this sequel. I'm waiting for the next book Ms. Kepnes.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Underground Airlines

  • By: Ben Winters
  • Narrated by: William DeMeritt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,666

It is the present day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking, and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: The Civil War never occurred. A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshal Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four". On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right - with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original and disturbing novel

  • By Mark on 10-29-17

Good vs Evil in 2016?

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

The premise of this story sounded intriguing. However this book fell short. At times I had trouble following the storyline and even the characters, some having more than one name.
This book seemed to avoid meaningful social commentary; it just didn't go deep enough.
It's as if the author thought of a great idea for a plot and then couldn't figure out how to make it all work or flow.
At times it was difficult figuring out who were the good guys and who were not.. This wasn't a credit to the book however.
Here the main character is thinking about the slaves, their lifetime of servitude and suffering.....
"What do you do with that fact? Do you hold it like a stone in your hand? Do you pitch it away from this great height and let it fall? Do you swallow it and feel it in your throat till the day you die?"
This was the most "meat" the reader/ listener got from the main character. I wanted to know more about the characters but Mr. Winters withheld.
It was an ok book. Not all that one might hope for.

18 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Purity

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Dylan Baker, Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 25 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,619

Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another excellent novel from Franzen

  • By kurdis teed on 01-02-18

Unfortunate

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

I love my mother, I hate my mother. I love and desire my lover, I hate and am repelled by my lover. The push and pull was tedious.
The one dimensional characters were distasteful and boring. I didn't care what happened to anyone and kept listening only due to my own tenacity. This I regret. What a waste of time and a credit. Yawn.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,525

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Oh This Book, It Will Stay With You

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

Yes this sad tragic lovely beautiful story is truly amazing in its entirety. I can't really add much to the other wonderful reviews except to repeat that this book is one that will make you feel. Maybe it will make you feel too much. Bravo to Ms Yanagihara! I cannot imagine how or what his author had to do to create this work but thank goodness she did because this is a work of great merit indeed.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The First Bad Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Miranda July
  • Narrated by: Miranda July
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 723

Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people's babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women's self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they've been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The book we've been fighting for

  • By alan on 02-13-15

OK I admit... I Love this Author, this Book

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

Quirky... YES! Weird...Maybe. And oh how I loved this book. The main character is a woman many of us have known in our lives. Perhaps we've wondered how this woman might live her private life. Ms. July fleshes her odd-ball main character out in a most interesting and loving idiosyncratic way. She treats each of her characters with kindness and exposes their vulnerabilities in a gentle way; she teases apart their edges and delivers to her readers (listeners) the essence of their soul.
Some of my favorite lines from the book ..."She wanted it more than he did, this made her lower than him; there was no way to knock down a woman who was already lying on the ground"........"her face shaking with regret about things she had not nipped while they were still in the bud"
Genius, right? Yea.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Sound of Glass

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,440

It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward's husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news - Cal's family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal's reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. Charting the course of an uncertain life - and feeling guilt from her husband's tragic death - Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal's unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll LAUGH, LOVE, and maybe CRY a little

  • By Jennifer on 08-08-15

Got Better in Last Half/ more like a 3.5

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

As this book began I found it to be quite annoying. The narrator whispered every third word and the plot was frankly kind of stupid. I decided to continue listing and much to my surprise the storyline improved and the narrator stopped her irritating whispering. THANK GOODNESS!
The characters came to life and the plot became plausible and even enjoyable. I can't say that I either laughed out loud or cried as some say they did, but overall I think this was an entertaining book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful