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  • Here I Am

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,103

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, DC, Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home - and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful novel marred by imperfect narration

  • By Sara23 on 09-30-16

Awesomely written, too sad for me to finish it.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

Would you listen to Here I Am again? Why?

Maybe I would try again if I find joy on earth. I find it too sad. I personally hate the family institution, but I understand that is necessary. The wit of the characters (despite being too unbelievable in the case of the children) gave me nostalgia of times and people past. I can't hear this book now. I get too sad. Maybe it is just me?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Before

  • By: Rena Olsen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,546

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing. In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara's fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By Meg on 10-27-16

Haven't finished it yet

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The ingenuity from the main character makes the story completely unbelievable. It would help to know that the writer have done some field research to have a base to the story. So far, it as much fantasy as in Narnia.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rena Olsen again?

I don't think so.

Would you be willing to try another one of Brittany Pressley’s performances?

I don't think so, but to be honest, I do not preview the audio before buying.

Any additional comments?

If I hear the name Gleeeen one more time my head will explode.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,109

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On par with Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn

  • By Greg on 11-10-14

Holy mother of thrillers

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

I must disagree with the "9 hours before fun" reviews. I enjoyed every single word.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Vegetarian

  • A Novel
  • By: Han Kang
  • Narrated by: Janet Song, Stephen Park
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 741
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 739

The Man Booker International Prize, 2016. Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams - invasive images of blood and brutality - torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It's a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciation!

  • By J L Pasricha on 03-20-16

Animal torture

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

I don't know if this is a spoiler, but I would have liked it if someone had warned me about that part of the book. Everything was fine until someone started to torture a dog. YOU DON'T TORTURE ANIMALS, not even in fiction writing. Everybody knows that it doesn't matter who suffer and die in a story, as long as the dog is happy and healthy. I couldn't make it.

3 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Missing Person

  • By: Patrick Modiano
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

For 10 years Guy Roland has lived without a past. His current life and name were given to him by his recently retired boss, Hutte, who welcomed him, a one-time client, into his detective agency. Guy makes full use of Hutte's files - directories, yearbooks, and papers of all kinds going back half a century - but leads to his former life are few. Could he really be that person in a photograph, a young man remembered by some as a South American attache?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a simple person

  • By Angela on 03-20-16

I'm a simple person

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

What would have made Missing Person better?

I don't think I can judge any better than the Nobel judges. The idea of the book is awesome. It's completely new and fresh, and it was impossible boring for me. I couldn't make it, 45 minutes to the end, I decided to stop trying. Maybe the end is awesome.

Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Modiano again?

I'm not sure.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The idea. The writing. It is undeniable brilliant... and boring. Maybe it's just the reader. It's so flat, languid.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Emotional First Aid

  • Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries
  • By: Guy Winch Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Guy Winch Ph.D.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Explaining the long-term fallout that can result from seemingly minor emotional and psychological injuries, Dr. Winch offers concrete, easy-to-use exercises backed up by hard cutting-edge science to aid in recovery. He uses relatable anecdotes about real patients he has treated over the years and often gives us a much needed dose of humor as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than years of therapy

  • By Mona on 08-03-13

How to deal with shit and be happy

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Emotional First Aid to be better than the print version?

No, particulary I think this book would be better in printed, even better, it should be (if it is not yet) a workbook with it. It is very interactive, there's homework to do.

What did you like best about this story?

The best about the book is the practical angle. Shit happens, deal with it. Shit will happen, be ready. Build resiliance. That kind of stuff.

What did you learn from Emotional First Aid that you would use in your daily life?

I finished the audiobook. Maybe I will buy the kindle edition to work with it. It needs that the reader works on the information that he/she just acquired.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Revenant

  • A Novel of Revenge
  • By: Michael Punke
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,399

The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • solid entertainment

  • By jude butler on 07-11-15

Yet another book that I don't finish.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing. It is just the wrong book for me. So dense book, simple one-sided characters.
It's a cowboy story, good people, bad people, and values ("I'll kill you because you stole from me, and left me there half dead, so I die")

What could Michael Punke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It was a reason why in the movie they kill a son. If you get so angry because someone steals your gun, and go through hell to revenge just that, well, you must be fun at parties.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Holter Graham?

Yes, at least I'd try the sample. Some readers are really versatiles. This book called for his cowboy persona, I guess, and he delivered.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Revenant?

I didn't finished, and I will not finish it. I didn't finish the movie either. I don't understand what is all the fuss about.

  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,687

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

I'm so glad I don't have kids of myself

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Where does Go the F--k to Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a sweet little book, and really made me laugh. It stands in a completely another category. I can't compare a few glorious minutes, with the big books that I usually listen to or read. Even the bad ones.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,176

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

What a mess of a book.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

What disappointed you about The Lake House?

The jumps in time, the simplified characters, the overly dramatic mysteries, come on, it is too much. All the women in the story are kind of wild and care free at the beginning, and when they grow up get super stiff. Seriously. It's way too messy with the jumps in time. I can't take it anymore. I'm dropping it at chapter 18. It takes too long for solving a small thing. I'm pretty sure more than one character feel (wrongly) guilty about what happen and the answer is in plain view, but I don't want to waste 10 more hours on it.

What could Kate Morton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I think this is beyond salvation for me. I bought the book because of thecritics, but well, no. It doesn't make it for me.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reader is obviously a great professional. After a while of suffering the book, I stick for longer just to listen to her.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I didn't find any.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,328
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,468

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

  • By Gillian on 09-23-15

I can't deny that I'm inspired

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

this book left me thinking that if this woman can write a book and that the book sales, then I can write also something and sell it. the book repeats itself many times and it is really this woman talking about her, her family, her work so it is like me me me. I'm dropping the book I will not finish it . this review was taped no written that explains the lack of format on the text