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  • The Fifth Avenue Artists Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Joy Callaway
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

The Bronx, 1891. Virginia Loftin, the boldest of four artistic sisters in a family living in genteel poverty, knows what she wants most: to become a celebrated novelist despite her gender and to marry Charlie, the boy next door and her first love. When Charlie proposes instead to a woman from a wealthy family, Ginny is devastated; shutting out her family, she holes up and turns their story into fiction, obsessively rewriting a better ending.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful New Author

  • By Arlene Blackall on 07-04-16

I failed to find the characters engaging

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

I listened to the first half of this book with the hope that the story would become more interesting. Sadly, the story was slow and the characters seemed whiney. Depressing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Atomic Weight of Love

  • By: Elizabeth J. Church
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

For Meridian Wallace - and many other smart, driven women of the 1940s - being ambitious meant being an outlier. Ever since she was a young girl, Meridian had been obsessed with birds, and she was determined to get her PhD, become an ornithologist, and make her mother's sacrifices to send her to college pay off. But she didn't expect to fall in love with her brilliant physics professor, Alden Whetstone. When he's recruited to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to take part in a mysterious wartime project, she reluctantly defers her own plans and joins him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By ilene on 06-14-16

Women's Lib Comes to the New Mexico Desert

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

A cross section of seven decades as experienced by a woman living at Los Alamos. The description of the desert, the geology, the Indian history, and the crows that Meridian is studying is poetic. This is set against the harshness of the creation of the atomic bomb and the results in regard to WWII and ensuing wars. Meridian is a strong intelligent woman with a wry sense of humor throughout but she really finds her identity as the 1970's and Women's Liberation enter her world. I wish I could write as well as Elizabeth Church since this review really does not do the book justice but this novel deserves more than five stars.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Troublemaker

  • A Novel
  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 614

For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he's ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who's after the members of his elite squad - and why. Due to worries that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he's determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most dangerous mission yet.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Who wrote this?

  • By Kiffyb23 on 05-16-16

Too Sweet, Not Enough Edge

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

Not up to Linda Howard's usual standards. I thought the 'evil" stepbrother character was the sexiest and most interesting part of the book and he was a secondary character.

  • One More Thing

  • Stories and Other Stories
  • By: B. J. Novak
  • Narrated by: B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,547

B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It gets better, and better, and better, and better

  • By David Shear on 02-07-14

Okay, stories but not great stories

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

I listened to about half of the stories until I decided they were not going to ever be something I really wanted to read. Just not that interesting or funny.

  • Spill Simmer Falter Wither

  • By: Sara Baume
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

A debut novel already praised as "unbearably poignant and beautifully told" (Eimear McBride), this captivating story follows - over the course of four seasons - a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog. It is springtime, and two outcasts - a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life - find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small seaside town suddenly takes note of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Beautiful

  • By Sara on 03-14-16

So Beautifully Worded

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

A very simply told story of an old man and a rescue dog but each word is so perfectly placed and perfectly chosen that this novel made me feel as if I was listening to music. John Keating's voice and Sara Baume's writing will make this book a top choice of 2016.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Two

  • A Novel
  • By: Sean Patrick Flanery
  • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Flanery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

A young Mickey navigates through the dense Texas humidity of the '70s and out onto the porch every single time his granddaddy calls him, where he's presented with the heirloom recipe for life, love, and manhood. But all the logic and insight in the world cannot prepare him to operate correctly in the presence of a wonderfully beautiful little girl who moves in just behind his rear fence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece in writing and narration

  • By Stephanie on 04-14-16

Fiction, but felt like a memoir

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

I kept having to remind myself that this was a fiction novel and not a memoir. Such a heartfelt believable story that I was a little emotionally wrung out by the end. The author was the perfect narrator for his story. I hope he does more narration as well as writing.

  • The Improbability of Love

  • By: Hannah Rothschild
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected secondhand shop. Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two - only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, Educational, Endless Characters

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-17-16

Entertaining, Educational, Endless Characters

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

I was a little overwhelmed at first with the number of players in this book but was quickly pulled into each person and painting's back story and relationship to one another.
Read this book if you have an interest in history, painting, art dealers, trust fund babies, crooks, the working poor, fine cooking and love.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,647

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 Emily - Audible on 07-17-15

Horribly Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

This book really pushed me out of my comfort zone but I can not deny that I stayed with the story until the very end. I would not recommend this book to everyone but it does deserve 5 stars all the way around

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Madwoman Upstairs

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Lowell
  • Narrated by: Katie Koster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 314

In Catherine Lowell's smart and original debut novel, the only remaining descendant of the Brontë family embarks on a modern-day literary scavenger hunt to find the family's long-rumored secret estate, using only the clues her eccentric father left behind and the Brontës' own novels. Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes. Since her father's untimely death, she is the presumed heir to a long-rumored trove of diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous

  • By Ann Marsh on 05-31-17

A Witty Literary Romance

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

A smart young college student, a handsome professor, witty repartee, a mysterious gift from the deceased father....what's not to love.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Portable Veblen

  • By: Elizabeth Mckenzie
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 161

An exuberant, one-of-a-kind novel about love and family, war and nature, new money and old values by a brilliant New Yorker contributor. The Portable Veblen is a dazzlingly original novel that's as big-hearted as it is laugh-out-loud funny. Set in and around Palo Alto amid the culture clash of new money and old (antiestablishment) values, and with the specter of our current wars looming across its words, The Portable Veblen is an unforgettable look at the way we live now.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what it was cracked up to be

  • By Linda on 02-03-16

Quirky and thoughtful

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

I read an interview of the author about this book after I finished listening. She spoke about writing this book to express the anger she felt about war and injured vets. I did not get a sense of anger from this book but the callus treatment of the seriously wounded vets was one of the themes. I had a stronger sense of the survival tactics we all use in order to cope with living in general. There was a sly sense of humor,irony and quirkiness combined with a great deal of subtle caring/love that keeps this story interesting and somewhat positive. A worthy read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful