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Bronwyn Soell

Illinois, United States
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  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,788
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,237
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,129

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Amazing. Timely. Read it.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-17

such realistic teens , parents and reactions to the society we live in. One of the best books I read or listened to this year.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Camel Died at Noon

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157

Amelia and Emerson leave the calm of Victorian England in search of an estranged father's son and a lost kingdom buried deep in Sudan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Perfect Combination does it again

  • By Nancy J on 03-22-13

All the best qualities of Amelia Peabody

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-17

This series is one of the most charming historical mysteries I know and this is one of the best books in it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rules of Magic

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,116

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the '60s, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, not so great narrator

  • By just4now on 11-15-17

A satisfying and magical story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Ever wonder about the aunts in Practical Magic? Wonder no more-the Owens sisters and their brother and cousin come of age in 1960s NYC. The narration is charming and really captured the feeling of the era while keeping things magical. If you liked Practical Magic, this story of Franny and Jet when they were young witches will enchant you. I want more Owens family books!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,907
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,210

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Traveling through history rather than time

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-04-17

Another great Peter Clines jaunt

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-17

The American Dream, faceless men, muscle cars and time travel. If any of those things interest you, this book is for you. well written, with Clines' usual complex plotting, this was another super enjoyable listen with excellent narration by Roy Porter.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Vacationland

  • True Stories from Painful Beaches
  • By: John Hodgman
  • Narrated by: John Hodgman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682

John Hodgman - New York Times best-selling author, semifamous personality, deranged millionaire, increasingly elderly husband, father, and human of Earth - has written a memoir about his cursed travels through two wildernesses: from the woods of his home in Massachusetts, birthplace of rage, to his exile on the coast of Maine, so-called Vacationland, home to the most painful beaches on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical coming of age story

  • By Tiffany Pearce on 11-02-17

It really grew on me.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-17

Even funnier than I expected, the author has a droll, deadpan delivery that is hilarious to listen to. Seemingly random anecdotes all come together to deliver thoughtful and conclusions that were more meaningful than I expected. It made me want to go to Maine- even if the water there is made of hate.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,834
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,475

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Could not have enjoyed this more!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-16

Try this out and join up with the Bobverse today! The science is hard . The world building is thoughtful and makes sense. The narration is literally lol funny. I immediately made my teenage son listen to this and he loved it too. More Bobverse, please?!?!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,693

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

A very real and moving story of real people

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-16

I grew up in rural Ohio and was really moved by this book. I recognized many people from where I lived in the cultures and behaviors of the author's family. I can see that pride and frustration in people now. The author does a wonderful job of capturing his love for,and pride in where and who he comes from, while at the same time understanding and explaining how many of those same qualities have led people to trap themselves and be taken advantage of in our modern time. I really got a lot out of this book and I hope JD Vance continues to write. The people of Appalachia and everyone else in this country can use clarity and a voice like his.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,536
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,817

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

Charming and not to be missed!!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-15

Even if the Princess Bride isn't one of your favorite films, treat yourself to the pleasure of listening to the utterly charming Cary Elwes telling stories about the making of the film and the wonderful experience everyone involved with it had. A must for any fantasy OR film buffs. I just felt good after listening to this book- it will put a smile on your face and make you want to go and watch the movie all over again :)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Goblin Emperor

  • By: Katherine Addison
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story!!!

  • By Hannah on 07-26-15

read the book first- a pleasure to listen to

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-15

A detailed coming of age story filled with complex court etiquette, politics, intrigue and a little action. If you are looking for a basic swords 'n sorcery fantasy this is not the book for you. But the author is so inventive- her elvish/goblin kingdom is full of dirigible airships, pneumatic tubes, burgeoning women's rights and the industrial revolution, among other things. It takes the basic tropes of elves and goblins and puts them into a completely new and believable setting. On top of it, her complex court rituals and the 'window dressing' of her worldbuilding is detailed and fascinating. It makes me eager to see what she writes next. The main character, Maya, who becomes emperor totally unexpectedly, is insecure and immature and has to quickly grow up and get wise to how things work. I found this process both touching and realistic. I am very impressed with the narrator, whose voices were distinctive but mostly because (having read the book) I enjoyed hearing the many complicated names of people, places and things pronounced correctly! I do think some of the names could be confusing if you have not read the book first, but either way, I think this is well worth the credit.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,577
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,905
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,833

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Alan on 07-08-14

Cannot imagine this classic read any better!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-14

One of my favorite books. I'm not even going to try to recap the story, but I will say that Sissy Spacek's narration is absolutely perfect. She brings a total honesty and directness to the story that illuminates each chapter. This is a great way to experience this American classic.

14 of 21 people found this review helpful