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Amy Starkey

Wooster, OH United States
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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 85,887
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78,173
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77,727

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Interesting to know more human facts

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

I enjoyed learning more about the former First Lady and president. It liked that she narrated it herself. I did get the feeling that (of course) it was the story she wanted to put out there so it did come off a bit more glossy at times than I expect it would have in real life.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,037
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,622
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41,439

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Heart wrenching

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

This book was amazing and terrifying to read. I have been raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but my experience was extremely different. This opened my eyes to the complexities of being raised in a family with mental illness and abuse. I applaud Ms. Weyland for her openness and vulnerability. This book shook me to my core. So many different conflicting feelings to grapple with, fear, belonging, pain, anger, hurt, camaraderie. So glad she has found peace after so many challenges. Thank you for sharing your story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,476

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I have read this year.

  • By Jonathan Purcell on 10-15-17

It grew on me.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I enjoy distopian novels and this one was enjoyable. I found it a bit annoying in the beginning, the concept of “scything” and it still seems kinda dumb (their reasoning for scything and their methods and rationale) however the characters grew on me and their depth of character gave the overall story more credence and increased the novels’ likeability.

  • The Serpent King

  • By: Jeff Zentner
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Ariadne Meyers, Ethan Sawyer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life - at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes; and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father's extreme faith and very public fall from grace. He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once and future king

  • By Justin on 03-31-16

Way to cover all teen issues in one book

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This books is fine. I enjoyed it. The characters are actually quite engaging and it does touch on many teen issues like suicide, dealing with abusive parents (both physically and emotionally), peer death, relationships, LGTBQ, as well as college and religion. I guess I felt like the author had a list of topics they wanted to cover for teens and wrote a story that included all of them.

  • Capital Gaines

  • The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff
  • By: Chip Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines, Melinda Paul, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,309

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of four in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I expected

  • By Belinda on 11-16-17

Loved 2/3, kinda ran out of steam

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I absolutely loved the first 2/3 of this book! Loved the background story, all that but the last 1/3 kinda went on an inspirational speech. I loved the bridge idea but felt the speech went on a little long and thereby lost some momentum/validity. Love the Gaines’! Love the reminder there are good people out there with values that match my own.

  • The Whispering Skull

  • Lockwood & Co., Book 2
  • By: Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by: Katie Lyons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood and Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By D. Watkins on 09-22-14

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Fun, suspenseful! Love their friendship and the fast paced story. Ready for #3!great series to read with your kids! So fun for Halloween!

  • Popular

  • Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
  • By: Maya Van Wagenen
  • Narrated by: Amber Faith, Lee Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at "pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren't paid to be here," Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to be popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome!!!

  • By R. Hocker on 11-22-18

Great young adult read

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

This is an OBOB book this year. H can’t really imagine my 12 year old son loving it but I wish I could have all my girls in youth group read it. Great message. Not the most impactful book I’ve ever read but it was good.

  • Schooled

  • By: Gordon Korman
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris, Steven Boyer, Helena Prezio, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Capricorn Anderson has spent his entire life on a farm with his hippie grandmother. After an accident puts Grandma in the hospital, Cap is forced to attend Claverage Middle School and live with his guidance counselor. The tradition at Claverage is for students to nominate the biggest nerd for class president, and Cap is the obvious choice. But with his odd ways and positive outlook, Cap just might turn the joke upside down by becoming the best class president ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • won't be able to stop listening

  • By Theresa on 04-12-10

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Great concept! Accurate portrayal of teens and their peers. Loved the idea of introducing someone to that middle school environment who was completely unfamiliar with that setting. Great performance.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,253

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story... good overcomes misogyny

  • By Sher on 06-15-17

Love the visuals of the country, pretty sappy

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I really like the characters ms Roberts creates and the families and relationships. I love how her writing can take me to these different regions. This book was sappier than some of her more recent novels. Overall I enjoyed it but it wasn’t fav.

  • Stiff

  • The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,601

For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful and En'gross'ing

  • By Joel on 05-28-05

Fascinating topic

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

Loved all the insight. Every gritty detail was amazing. The decomposition chapter was both gross and engrossing (pun intended).