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  • 4
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  • 14
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  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,692

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under - maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, brilliantly performed.

  • By Debra W. on 02-04-16

Good for high school crowd

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

It wasn't necessarily my type of book I enjoy, but I liked the chronological nature of the book and the overall style it was written. The author, a poet, describes many items in the book in interesting ways.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,318

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Emily - Audible on 11-30-12

Incredibly well written book

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I very much enjoyed listening. Written so well and interesting story. Definitely worth discussing. Must purchase!

  • Something Blue

  • By: Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hated To Love

  • By Pamela on 08-06-05

Didn't think it was going to get there

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Was incredibly annoyed with the main character for a large part of the book, but it was wonderfully written and really shows the changes a person can make.

  • Something Borrowed

  • By: Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl---until her 30th birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyed

  • By Sommer on 02-21-17

Thoroughly Enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

Super quick listen. Definitely can distinguish the different characters. Good story, and humorous at times.

  • Master the Day

  • Eat, Move and Live Better With the Power of Daily Habits
  • By: Alexander Heyne
  • Narrated by: Alexander Heyne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

You probably already know all the obvious health and weight loss tips...so why don't you have your dream body? Master the Day is a different way to think about getting the health, body, and life you want - by changing tiny habits, no matter what diet you're on. You'll learn: The nine daily success habits of people that lost over 100+ pounds in a healthy way, and kept it off years later; the four horsemen of the health apocalypse - what simple, overlooked habits cause repetitive failure no matter how many diets we try; and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so helpful that I decided to listen to it again!

  • By John on 11-25-16

A definite read to make a real difference

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

Highly motivational. Alex definitely reads his book with purpose. Taking the day by mastering habits is a wonderful way of accomplishing goals whether it be food/weight related or just trying to fulfil yourself in other aspects of life. Does become repetitive at times, but only drives home the point more. Would recommend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Was Told There'd Be Cake

  • By: Sloane Crosley
  • Narrated by: Sloane Crosley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 175

Crosley can do no right despite the best of intentions-or perhaps because of them. Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a complex and utterly recognizable character that's aiming for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. I Was Told There'd Be Cake introduces a strikingly original voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected beauty of modern urban life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So self-involved

  • By Eleanor on 09-20-12

Alright, Quick Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

It was a fine book to listen to. Just one woman's accounts of her life from adolescence to early adulthood. It's somewhat humorous, but mostly mundane.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Feng Shui

  • Everything You Need to Know About Feng Shui from Beginner to Expert
  • By: Veronica Fujii
  • Narrated by: Martin James
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Become your own home decorator! Feng Shui your way to harmony and balance! Feng Shui is very well known for its sophisticated purpose. Many people actually depend on Feng Shui to keep their home in perfect harmony. However, not many really understand and know how to exactly practice Feng Shui. Feng Shui allows humans to interact with their environment to achieve specific life enhancement. And who doesn't want that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Overview

  • By Chris on 05-30-16

Content good, but lacking interest

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

It was hard to listen to for an extended amount of time. You definitely do learn a lot, and that is wonderful, but it is read pretty bizarre.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Brain Lock

  • By: Jeffrey M. Schwartz M.D.
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey M. Schwartz M.D.
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Do you perform unnecessary rituals in your daily routine? Are you a hoarder, afraid to throw out anything, no matter how useless? Are you unable to control runaway thoughts? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be among the five million Americans who suffer from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), a mental disorder that can wreak havoc in the daily lives of its sufferers and their families. Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz can help.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abreviated book

  • By Kari on 04-27-11

pushy and repetitive

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

ideas for good, but how he presented them was distasteful. if you want someone to Horsley Harbor their thoughts then this is the book for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,398

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Fine read

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

Enjoyed how it was read, but not so much the diction for the character. Also, it seemed somewhat predictable while some conclusions were made just out of no where that were correct.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,121

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

wow

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

takes a bit to get into. really well read and even written. twisted in such a way you can't wait to listen to more.