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Ellen A. Hernandez

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  • Things Left Unsaid

  • By: Courtney Walsh
  • Narrated by: Jess Nahikian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best - and worst - memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the other secrets she’s buried that have kept her from moving on.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Ellen A. Hernandez on 03-14-19

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

This is one of the most poorly written books I have read in quite a long time. The language and sentences are empty and uninviting. The story is designed to proselytize pro-abstinence hogwash and the "sins" of women, who should internalize shame and carry it for the best years of their lives. What a waste of time. I just started skipping chapters and listening to the first minute of each.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nocturnes

  • Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Kirby Heyborne, Lincoln Hoppe, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

An exploration of love, need, and the ineluctable force of the past, Nocturnes reveals these individuals to us with extraordinary precision and subtlety, and with the arresting psychological and emotional detail that has marked all of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed works of fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Rebecca Lindroos on 11-29-09

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I highly recommend this set of short stories - wonderful prose, delightful tales, well performed .

  • Tangerine

  • By: Christine Mangan
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 760

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. Lucy - always fearless and independent - helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice - she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice's husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Goes downhill

  • By Karen on 03-31-18

Engaging story, annoying audio performance

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

The tory was good enough to hold me despite the terrible performance by Lucy narrator

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,761

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some fire, a little ice

  • By Elese Newman on 06-03-18

great read

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

highly recommend
great characterization
love the intricacy of the relationships
hard to put it down

  • Nothing to Envy

  • Ordinary Lives in North Korea
  • By: Barbara Demick
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,425

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent listen!

  • By Laura on 06-05-10

highly recommend

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

reads like dystopian fiction but it's all too real

  • Grief Cottage

  • By: Gail Godwin
  • Narrated by: Jacob York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

The haunting tale of a desolate cottage, and the hair-thin junction between this life and the next, from best-selling National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin. After his mother's death, 11-year-old Marcus is sent to live on a small South Carolina island with his great aunt, a reclusive painter with a haunted past. Aunt Charlotte, otherwise a woman of few words, points out a ruined cottage, telling Marcus she had visited it regularly after she'd moved there 30 years ago because it matched the ruin of her own life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Character story or ghost story ?

  • By RueRue on 12-18-17

Recommended

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

The story is engaging and characters richly developed. Wraps up too quickly at end.

  • Maphead

  • Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
  • By: Ken Jennings
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

It comes as no surprise that, as a kid, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings slept with a bulky Hammond world atlas by his pillow every night. Maphead recounts his lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have always been so fascinating to him and to fellow enthusiasts everywhere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Romp through Maps

  • By Lynn on 01-27-12

Interesting and engaging

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

As a map head myself, I loved it, but the mispronunciations by the reader were distracting (Samuel Pepys, the Thames River, trompe l'oeuil, and more)

  • One Summer

  • America, 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,072

One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why 1927?

  • By Mark on 10-18-13

Very worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

Bryson has the uncanny ability to make the mundane fascinating and to weave it with the lives of the famous in an intricate tapestry of history that reads like a novel. The structure begins and ends with aviation and draws the reader into what was truly one most remarkable summer. Don't be deceived. though. because the background and context cover much of the early twentieth century.

  • Letters to a Young Muslim

  • By: Omar Saif Ghobash
  • Narrated by: Omar Saif Ghobash
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

In a series of personal letters to his sons, Omar Saif Ghobash offers a short and highly listenable manifesto that tackles our current global crisis with the training of an experienced diplomat and the personal responsibility of a father. Today's young Muslims will be tomorrow's leaders, and yet too many are vulnerable to extremist propaganda that seems omnipresent in our technological age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Breeann Silbernagel on 01-28-17

best book I've read in a long time

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

Ghobash distills the complexities of living as a Muslim in the modern world in clear, logical philosophy as a series of individually cogent letters to his young son. This should be required reading in high school for Muslims and non Muslims alike.