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  • Purple Hibiscus

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father’s expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Msafiri on 10-11-11

An incredible story...

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

Reviewed: 05-18-15

The most memorable moment for me in this narrative is when Kambili finally finds her voice. Many unfortunate things happened to both the protagonist and her brother, Jaja, but the story is told in such a matter of fact way. These characters were not seeking sympathy although they deserved much.These children are fighting to gain the respect of their generous but tyrannical father who is incredibly abusive towards Kambili and Jaja. This narrative was so incredibly tragic but so beautifully
written...Adiche has quickly become one of my favorite writers...

  • Attachments

  • A Novel
  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Laura Hamilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,291

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I'd hoped for

  • By J-L-UU on 05-30-11

Not worth the hype...

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

Reviewed: 08-30-14

Any additional comments?

This book starts off EXTREMELY slow!!!!!!!!!!!! It doesn't get remotely interesting until about chapter 70. I don't really see what all of the hype is about, honestly. I just couldn't really connect with the characters. Lincoln is a nice guy, but I couldn't connect with him. The email conversations between Beth and Jennifer were interesting, very nice dialogue. Outside of that, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Psychos

  • A White Girl Problems Book
  • By: Babe Walker
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Fresh from a four-month stint in rehab for her "alleged" shopping addiction, Babe Walker returns home to Bel Air 10 pounds lighter (thanks to a stomach virus), having made amends (she told a counselor with bad skin she was smart) and confronted her past (after meeting her birth mother for the first time - a fashion model turned farmer lesbian). Although delighted to be home and determined to maintain her hard-won inner peace, Babe now faces a host of outside forces seemingly intent on derailing her path to positive change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love Babe Walker

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-15-14

Babe Walker is insanely funny!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-14

What did you love best about Psychos?

I loved that there was an unexpected twist at the end. It was just as funny, if not funnier than White Girl Problems! Babe never disappoints!!

  • Parable of the Talents

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Patricia R. Floyd, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sisi Aisha Johnson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity. Assault, theft, sexual abuse, slavery, and murder are commonplace. And a zealous, bigoted tyrant has won his way into the White House. Directly opposed is Lauren Olamina, founder of Earthseed - a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". Persecuted for "heathen" beliefs as much as for having a black female leader, Earthseed's followers face a life-and-death struggle to preserve their vision.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Look Into Our Future

  • By Alysia on 01-27-14

Prophetic and Eye-Opening!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-12

Would you listen to Parable of the Talents again? Why?

I would definitely listen to Parable of the Talents again because it is such an amazing story about perseverance. Laure Olamina is an awesome young woman who is determined to survive in this post-apocalyptic time. And while her religion is not one I would choose, I understand why the Acorn community lives according

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a moment in Parable of the Talents when the protagonist and her community are enslaved by a fanatical Christian group and it is such a defeating and hopeless moment. However, things do turn around for the Acorn community...

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Firefly Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,179

Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Chick lit meets Forrest Gump

  • By Lisa on 12-29-10

Amazing Book/Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 11-10-11

A co-worker recommended this book to me and I was hooked from the beginning. The bond between friends is near and dear to my heart, as I know what it is like to have an unconditional friendship (BFF). The narrator was awesome in her delivery and the storyline, though a little long winded, was well thought out and somewhat suspenseful. I would def listen to it again!