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Olney, IL, United States
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  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,440

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I liked that this was a reflection of Twain’s life , especially in the Midwest. This was interesting.

  • Of Bees and Mist

  • A Novel
  • By: Erick Setiawan
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

Of Bees and Mist centers on Meridia, who, at age 16, tries to escape her alienating childhood and her mysterious parents by running away to marry a tenderhearted young man, whose family is harboring secrets of their own. There is a grave hidden in the garden. There are two sisters groomed from birth to despise each other. And there is Eva, the formidable matriarch whose grievances swarm the air in an army of bees

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre But Good

  • By Christine on 10-09-09

Fantasy gone wild.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Hard to get into at first, but then mesmerizing and hard to put down as I continued to listen. I’m glad I finished it years after I first purchased it.

  • The Lives They Left Behind

  • Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic
  • By: Peter Stastny, Darby Penney
  • Narrated by: Alex Paul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

More than four hundred abandoned suitcases filled with patients’ belongings were found when Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995 after 125 years of operation. They are skillfully examined here and compared to the written record to create a moving—and devastating—group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • excellent voice - like the Dragnet detective

  • By Jennifer on 10-02-14

Clinical analysis, but interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

This was interesting, but had a lot statistics. I would have been much more interested if it would’ve elaborated more on the contents of the trunks. Nevertheless, we all need to take a better look at our own community institution’s living conditions and treatment of patients. Poor treatment is still a problem in mental hospitals and nursing homes.

  • A Spark of Light

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,432

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter. Then he finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT a TRUE Picoult Read

  • By Karen M. Kaplan on 10-11-18

Controversial Picoult, thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

As with all Jodi Picoult novels I have read, she makes me think about it for days, weeks. I feel like she opens issues and tells views from both sides of pro-life/pro-choice and helps us relate to her characters in a compassionate way. I like how Bec’s character was developed, but it took me a bit longer to figure out Picoult’s thought process. After hearing a nurse friend talk about this, I can, once again, tell how much research and thought went into this book.

  • This Is How It Always Is

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,697

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked this novel about a non-traditional family

  • By Mark on 03-21-18

High praise! Kudos!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This book is going to stay with me for a long time! I loved the family dynamics. I could relate to the dysfunctionality. I could relate emotionally. I could relate scientifically.
I loved Grandma’s part in purchasing Claude/Poppy’s first bikini swimsuit. I have a favorite children’s book - William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow. On William’s birthday, he asks for a doll. While others all try to talk him out of wanting this doll, his grandma gives him his wish, saying he needs to learn to cuddle and love so he can be a great dad someday. I remember reading this book many times to my girls and telling them there should not be boy’s toys vs girl’s toys that it’s okay to play with trucks, etc. As open as I was about what kind of toys the girls played with or what they preferred to wear, if I’m truthful with myself, I’m not sure how I would have reacted if I had a boy wanting to wear dresses and tights to school. I commend Frankel’s writing in regards to how Rosie and Penn handle the situations. I know a girl wanting to play with trucks and a boy wanting a doll, does not a transgender child make, but I’d like to think it was my 1970’s/80’s self pushing for gender equality.....wishing more of there’s no difference. There should not be stigmas or labels placed on individuals. We are all human. All we wish for ourselves and our children is happiness and love.
This family shows love and acceptance unconditionally. I love that.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,845

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Do you love it? Does it spark joy?

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Helpful info while purging the basement treasures. I continually asked myself the two questions above “Do you love it? Does it spark joy?” and kept moving towards a cleaner, tidier living space.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,507

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Not a fav for me

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This book was not bad, but not great either. In fact, had I not been listening to it on Audible while cleaning out my basement, it may have been one of the few books I would’ve put to the side and maybe never get back to. The narrator was good so it was not a narration issue. I think it may have been all the hype and the fact I was expecting so much more from it. Several times while listening to it, I wished it would end soon so I could get on to another book. Sorry to say, it won’t be a recommendation from me.

  • The Library of Light and Shadow

  • A Novel
  • By: M. J. Rose
  • Narrated by: Sherry Baines
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

On a snowy night in February in a penthouse high above Fifth Avenue, Delphine's mystical talent leads to a tragedy between two brothers. Devastated and disconsolate, Delphine renounces her gift and returns to her old life in the south of France, where Picasso, Matisse, and the Fitzgeralds are summering. There, Delphine comes to question everything and everyone she loves - her art, her magick, her family, and Mathieu....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wouldn't recommend it

  • By Cynthia Lee on 01-27-18

La Lune #3

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Delphine is the La Lune daughter in this 3rd installment of this series. She is an artist that creates shadow portraits in which she sees character traits or secrets of her subjects. Another enjoyable read.

  • The Secret Language of Stones

  • The Daughters of La Lune, Book 2
  • By: M. J. Rose
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Nestled within Paris' historic Palais Royal is a jewelry store unlike any other. La Fantasie Russie is owned by Pavel Orloff, protégé to the famous Faberge, and is known by the city's fashion elite as the place to find the rarest of gemstones and the most unique designs. But war has transformed Paris from a city of style and romance to a place of fear and mourning. In the summer of 1918, in places where lovers used to walk, widows now wander alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • La Lune #2

  • By Teresa on 10-11-18

La Lune #2

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This continues the series of daughters of LaLune with Opaline who has a supernatural connection with gems and stones. Enjoyable listen. I love listening to these stories so I don’t have to stumble over the foreign word pronunciations.

  • The Witch of Painted Sorrows

  • The Daughters of La Lune, Book 1
  • By: M.J. Rose
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother's Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it's dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground, and Sandrine's deepest desires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By April on 10-05-15

La Lune #1

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

M J Rose makes France in 1890 come alive. The Daughters of La Lune series.