LISTENER

M. Force

Evergreen, CO
  • 13
  • reviews
  • 2
  • helpful votes
  • 20
  • ratings
  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,883
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,538
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,388

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Brian Angevine on 05-30-18

Real and honest

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I enjoyed this overall, however it did get a little slow in the middle, but picked back up toward the end. The narrator was fantastic aside from her male voices. They all sound very similar, and somehow they bothered me but not enough to stop listening. I am impressed by the level of language and vocabulary that Tara has acquired given her volatile upbringing. It is very well written and gives an honest and real picture of her life. I am glad I finished it. Educated is the absolute best title she could have chosen.

  • Refugee

  • By: Alan Gratz
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom, Kyla Garcia, Assaf Cohen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786

This timely and powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge. Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intended for 5-8th graders, but it is good for adults too

  • By Lisa on 12-21-17

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Best part about this book was learning more about what refugees deal with. I felt that the story and narration were, at times, too simple.

  • The Sound of Gravel

  • A Memoir
  • By: Ruth Wariner
  • Narrated by: Ruth Wariner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,928

Ruth Wariner was the 39th of her father's 42 children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can ascend to heaven only by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable

  • By Lesley A. on 01-16-16

An honest look at fundamentalist polygamy

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Ruth paints a touching and heartfelt portrait of her life in her own words and in her own voice. Although there is certainly merit in reading it herself, I found that I prefer narrators with more dynamic voices.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,785

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I think this has to be one of my favorites. The story was memorable, the characters were extremely realistic (and loveable), the narrator was phenomenal, and there was even a twist at the end I was not expecting. I especially love Eleanor‘s quirky personality and her way with words!

  • The Memory of Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Camille Di Maio
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional!

  • By James Young on 04-13-17

Loved it except for one thing...

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

This story kept me interested. I loved listening to it. The one complaint I have is that it’s hard to believe Julianne would’ve done what she did after her accident. The severity of her injuries may not have been conveyed adequately, and the decision didn’t seem thought through enough... it was just hard for me to believe her character would’ve made that choice knowing how much love they had for one another. The narrator did an excellent job, with the exception of all her male characters sounded like Kyle. Overall, I loved it and was eager to find pockets of time to listen.

  • The War I Finally Won

  • By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 574

World War II continues, and Ada and her brother, Jamie, are living with their loving legal guardian, Susan, in a borrowed cottage on the estate of the formidable Lady Thorton - along with Lady Thorton herself and her daughter. Life in the crowded cottage is tense enough, and then, quite suddenly, Ruth, a Jewish girl from Germany, moves in. A German? The occupants of the house are horrified. But other impacts of the war become far more frightening. As death creeps closer to their door, life and morality during wartime grow more complex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite book!

  • By Suzanne Bruno on 12-14-17

I didn’t want it to end...

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I enjoyed this just as much as the first book. I grew to love the characters as if they were my own family. One thing I kept thinking as I listened was that the dialogue and action were so real. Many times when I read a book, I think to myself, “I would never say or do that.“ But in this book, I found that I would speak the line out loud before it was even read! This made it so much more engaging. I also loved Jayne Entwistle as the narrator and will search for other books read by her. I wish there was a third book in this series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

  • By: Kate DiCamillo
  • Narrated by: Judith Ivey
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle, that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, Healing

  • By Chris on 07-21-06

A Favorite

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

One of my very favorite children’s stories brought to life. I’m sure I will listen again and again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The War That Saved My Life

  • By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,775

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute - she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Powerful Wonder

  • By Sara on 02-07-17

A Delightful Story

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Wholesome and delightful. Kept my attention until the end. No real crisis in the plot, but satisfying nonetheless. Wonderful narration.

  • The Darkest Child

  • By: Delores Phillips
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104

In 1958 Georgia, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl's skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother's 10 children, but she is also the darkest complected. The Quinns - all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers - live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules. Rozelle's children live in fear of her mood swings and her violence, but they are devoted to her. Rozelle pulls her children out of school when they are 12 years old so that they can help support her by going to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Darkest Child

  • By Beguiling on 04-02-18

One of the best narrators

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Ms. Turpin is exceptional. I love listening to stories she reads as she truly becomes the characters and is a pleasure to listen to. She offers many different voices which helps to keep the characters straight. This book was well worth a listen - I enjoyed it enough to crave some quiet moments to listen. The only complaint I have is that I really didn’t feel there was a climax and/or resolution. It was just daily life and then the book ended. I will say, however, that there were many times throughout that I actually dropped my jaw at surprising twists or at things people would say/do. That really kept it interesting and enjoyable. I will look forward to the sequel when it is released.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,307

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Definitely worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

A good book, not one of my few favorites, but definitely a good book. I wish the reader would have used different voices for the male characters. It seemed as though she only had one voice for the males, which sometimes made it hard to distinguish them from one another. I also felt her voice for Charlotte, the main character, was overly desperate sounding. The story had a good, fulfilling ending.