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  • Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

  • By: Chris Cleave
  • Narrated by: Luke Thompson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 749

It's 1939, and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, are mentally disabled, or - like Mary's favorite student, Zachary - have colored skin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak

  • By ACV03 on 12-03-16

Captivating Descriptive Writing

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

This is my first novel from Chris Cleave, and I got the hardcover when it first came out to take the beach last summer because it was categorized as a descriptive novel. I wanted a story line that wasn't complicated or bogged down with facts that I had to keep track of (a beach read, amiright?). With those things in mind, I wasn't disappointed. The story is slow-moving, but I enjoyed the settings, the characters (most of the time), and the overall arch of the story. Luke Thompson did a fantastic job narrating.

I've read a lot of negative reviews that Cleave didn't explore the effects of the War the way they could have been, and that the characters seemed distant to the horrors they witnessed. The book never claimed to take up those huge, deep scopes of war. And with the story line being what it was, and involving surely a lot of themes with fascinating discussion topics (racism, classism, PTSD, "love" in wartime, etc.), I don't think it was ever his intention to delve deeper with his characters. Maybe if Alistair or Zachary had their own books we'd get more of that, but we don't. Purposely, I feel.

This was an enjoyable book for me. It is more sad, with an ending that leaves loose ends (why I gave it three stars). If you're looking for something sweepingly romantic, with a blissful, happy ending, this won't be the book for you. If you enjoy descriptive writing and historical fiction that's on the lighter side in terms of plot/details, though, you may enjoy this.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • It Was Me All Along

  • A Memoir
  • By: Andie Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Andie Mitchell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

All her life, Andie Mitchell had eaten lustily and mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fractured family. But when she stepped on the scale on her 20th birthday and it registered a shocking 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself; that her life was at stake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to love this...

  • By AndreaJane on 01-16-15

Very Descriptive Writing & Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Loved the description/detail she had in her writing. If you like Andie Mitchell's cookbook, you might enjoy her personal journey with health and weight loss. Her story is sweet and relatable. At times, her journey seemed selfish, but it's about a 20-something who is trying to figure her life out. Who am I to judge?

I read this as motivation to getting into a healthier lifestyle, and it didn't really do that for me. However, it never promised to do that for me, and it made me realize that I'm not alone in the struggle. It's hard to make a drastic lifestyle change, and I related to a lot of the issues she spoke about.

It's heart-warming, charming, and will hopefully make you feel like you're not alone in what you're going through.

  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,960
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,919

Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super entertaining!

  • By M. Ryder on 06-25-17

Heartwarming!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

What made the experience of listening to The Magnolia Story the most enjoyable?

The story, honestly. Chip and Joanna did such a great job on the book, and hearing them narrate it was a pleasure. Especially the times you heard Chip laugh, or the meaningful inflections in Joanna's voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

They are a family of faith. So if you watch the show, and you're interested in reading the book, but aren't religious, their belief in God is definitely a strong theme throughout the book.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

  • By: Mindy Kaling
  • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur, B. J. Novak
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,941
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,924

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen.

  • By Lisa on 01-04-12

Bits of Great Insight

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

If you could sum up Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) in three words, what would they be?

I loved listening to Mindy Kaling's book - I thought she offered some really great insights - some funny, some more heartfelt. Her bit on marriage totally changed the way I approached my new one, and I plan on revisiting her words every so often.

Other than that, her book explores her rise from the nerdy Indian kid in elementary school to her writing for and starring on The Office. If that's something you'd be interested in, you'll like the book.

I went in with little expectations and ended up enjoying it while on my commutes to and from work.

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,987

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

Classic Anthony Bourdain

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Kitchen Confidential to be better than the print version?

If you're a fan of Anthony's writing/prose, or his narration of his television shows, then you'll love hearing him read Kitchen Confidential. While I can only take so much of Bourdain at one time, every time I listened to this, I was amazed at how much I learned about cooking and the food service profession. Of course, Bourdain's story is rowdy, raunchy, raw, and uncut, but that's how it's supposed to be. It wouldn't be something I'd put on with children in the car, but my husband and I got a kick out of the book.

If you appreciate Anthony Bourdain, you have to read/listen to this. End of story.

  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

  • By: Amy Schumer
  • Narrated by: Amy Schumer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,061

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Down to earth and relatable, frank and unapologetic, Amy Schumer is one of us: She relies on her sister for advice, still hangs out with her high school pals, and continues to navigate the ever-changing boundaries in love, work, and life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mind numbing

  • By katrina on 09-17-16

Not Funny, but Insightful

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

Amy Schumer's book was great. I loved that she tackled many issues that women and America are facing today while also including her sense of humor and outlook on the world. She definitely has a voice outside of comedy that needs to be heard, and I appreciated learning more about her story through this book.

If you're walking into it thinking it will be hilarious the whole way through, you should know that it's not funny but it has its funny moments. And I appreciate her more for who she is now that I have read it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful