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Stephanie M. Hasty

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  • Bright Lights, Big City

  • By: Jay McInerney
  • Narrated by: Daniel Passer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

The tragicomedy of a young man in New York City, a writer, never named, who works as a fact-checker for a prestigious magazine. He struggles with the reality of his mother's death, alienation, and the seductive pull of drugs and a vibrant nightlife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Curiously, mundanely real

  • By Amber on 01-07-12

Flawed people

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

...make such interesting characters. I think I fell a little bit in love with this dude although he's got a bit if a Coke habit and can't seem to find people who will truly be his friend. I like that he has a person he can call in the middle of the night, I hope he keeps her. Also, this book was second person all the way through...what the heck?!

  • A Million Junes

  • By: Emily Henry
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

June O'Donnell - aka Junior, aka Jack, aka Jonathan O'Donnell IV, aka the first female O'Donnell firstborn - has always been haunted by her family's mythic but complicated legacy. As she prepares to begin her final year of high school, June is itching to leave behind her ghosts in Five Fingers, Michigan, and travel the world. And then, just like it always happens to the O'Donnells, a painful glimmer from her past returns to mess everything up. Enter Saul Angert, the eldest son of Eli Angert, aka June's late father's mortal enemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romeo & Juliet? Tuck Everlasting? Something entirely new?

  • By SydSavvy on 06-15-17

Anger and Shame...and, grief...

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

This book is the best book I've ever read that deals with how loss transform us into a different person than we were before. I appreciate how Henry crafts a novel of family feuds and first loves and small town lives, but in the end it's the love that we have for one another and our willingness to understand why we feel how we feel that sets us free. We can choose to let our negative emotions and our past histories shape us or we can choose to create our own paths.

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • By: Muriel Barbery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,860
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,686

An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It surprised me

  • By Pyles on 04-21-10

In a book in which nothing seems to happen...

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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: 06-17-18

...whole worlds live in and die within the words of two beautifully tragic narrators--one who wishes to die and one who is just now learning to live. I like this book mostly because, within its pages, we learn the beauty of living even when that living comes with unbearable pain. It reminds me of my favorite quote from Agatha Christie, "I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."

And, just to be alive is grand and powerful and wonderful full of tears, and doubts and triumphs. As Paloma, the 12 year girl in this novel shares with us, yes, never is the darkest word, but the always within it leaves a bright promise, like the sun, like good food, good music and the love of a good friend.

  • Miss Subways

  • A Novel
  • By: David Duchovny
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Tea Leoni
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Emer is just a woman living in New York City who takes the subway, buys ice cream from the bodega on the corner, has writerly aspirations, and lives with her boyfriend, Con. But is this life she lives the only path she’s on?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful storytelling at its finest!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

We All Deserve to be Miss Subways

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I may be in love with the book in the same way I am in love with magic, wishes and good conversations, in the same way that I am in love with the absurd and the strange, in the same way I am in love with love and courtship and friendship and the everafter, in the same way I am in love with life itself.

In this strange fairytale of myth and legend. We meet Emer and Con, two people who are perfect for each other and destined to be together. On the journey, there's a crow and a Celtic fairy little person and Duchovny addresses what it means to be a teacher, a learner, a spiritual person, a lover, a daughter, a father and, finally, what it means to live our lives to the fullest, the way that our lives are supposed to be lived.

If you've ever been to NYC, I promise you won't look at it the same way again.

I'd also suggest reading these other books: Smythology, Infinite Jest and American Gods. They are all wonderfully strange and peculiar tales of living and dying and loving and losing. They, like this book, will play with your interpretation of reality and your ideas and definitions of what makes us human. They will make you laugh and cry and gaffah.

I enjoyed this journey.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,034

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By E. Chadwick on 03-29-18

What a shape.

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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: 03-20-18

I love this book. It's narrative undulates and flows like water...dreamy and urgent and terrifying. It is a story of why we are silent and what keeps us that way. It is a story of what happens we when although around us to silence us for too long. Most importantly, it is a story of how love, unconditional, gives us strength and voice.

I appreciate that this book gives all the characters voice, including the gorgeous gill god...including, eve, Strickland. We all have reasons we are silent.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ep. 11: André Aciman (Authorized: Love and Romance)

  • By: Audible Originals, Faith Salie
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

[Contains explicit content] This week, Faith sits down with author André Aciman to discuss his new novel Enigma Variations, what it means to truly desire someone, and the difference between remorse and regret. Plus, Frank Brinkley of Literary Review magazine talks about his responsibilities as administrator of the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, and shares some cringeworthy excerpts from past winners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Have Feelings for You...

  • By Stephanie M. Hasty on 02-25-18

I Have Feelings for You...

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

What made the experience of listening to Ep. 11: André Aciman (Authorized: Love and Romance) the most enjoyable?

Andre Aciman is probably one of the most amazing writers hands down, but he is also an amazing thinker. Love is action, but it is also our thinking...our interpretation of our stories.

What other book might you compare Ep. 11: André Aciman (Authorized: Love and Romance) to and why?

All of the books by Aciman...but, everytime I hear him talk or read what he's written, I think of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and After Sunrise.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I'm pretty sure I'm in love with anything Andre Aciman touches...pretty sure I feel the same way about love and lust and relationships, but I could never put it into words in the same beautiful way that he does. He is SO DANGED GOOD!