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  • How to Be a Normal Person

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to frown like a normal person ;-)

  • By pj on 02-06-17

Not engaging

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

Reviewed: 03-26-19

There's nothing good I can say about this book. The author is persistently repetitious: a ferret named "Harry S. Truman" has his name used over and over and over again - sentence after sentence. Same goes for the "3 Queens." It also seems like the real fabric of this story is everyone's sexual orientation and preferences rather than the people themselves. I don't think the narrator is the right match. His speaking style is choppy. I love to laugh and people regularly tell me how funny I am, so I thought this book would be a good choice for me. Sadly, it is not. I will be trading this book back into Audible.

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,400
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,672

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exploring strange new worlds

  • By Kingsley on 02-01-19

Even adults will like it

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

I know the book was written for teens and young adults, but I liked it too! The lead character was incredibly resilient, all things considered. Is this book part one of a series to come?

  • Junk

  • By: Les Bohem
  • Narrated by: John Waters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,006
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,703
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,697

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies - thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consider the narrator, and buckle up

  • By D. L. Fields on 03-05-19

Super duper!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

The first half of the book was superbly clever, racy, and action-packed! An adrenaline rush! While almost as good, the second half progressed at a slower pace. I'll give Les Bohem kudos for the genetic engineering-speak used in a few spots. (I'm a biotech editor by day, so I enjoyed that [e.g., gene splicing, junk DNA, CRISPR, etc.].)

I listen to books in bed and tend to fall asleep before the app's timer goes off. It seemed like the plot sort of dissolved at the end, so I hope to re-listen to the book and find out what I may have missed. Then perhaps I'll revise my review to 4 stars.

The narrator, John Waters, was the ideal match for "Junk"! He earned his 4 stars for sure.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,353

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

It's all right

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

I almost stopped reading the book at the beginning. There was far too much detail about the suitcased bad guy's need to use the toilet. I just didn't find it amusing, nor did it illuminate the 'humanness' of the story for me. Personally, I just found the book too wordy. I'm a biotech manuscript editor by day so perhaps I'm a bit too impatient: "Get to the point here, Mr. Author!" I say. The narrator does a top notch job. However, I felt that the voice was too formula-ish. It almost made me feel tired and old, too - maybe I am!!!

I generally read Audible books at night, and sometimes I fall asleep, which is why I appreciate the timer that is included in my iPhone Audible app. But unfortunately I lost my place and haven't found the spot where Allan initially meets up the bad guys after getting on the bus. I may just give up. . . well, maybe not. I want to know why a smart man with all of his faculties has been placed in an "old folks home" to begin with. Just because he was "old"?

The book is far too Forrest Gump for me. Once I caught onto that one, I knew I was in for a long ride. Why not turn the book into a feature movie? Maybe I'll watch it and be glad I did. For now, I'm going to read a different book and restart this one when I've run out of credits. I like imaginative reads. I guess we can give the author for some credit for that.

  • Second Best

  • By: Noelle Adams
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

We meet every other Wednesday night in a downtown hotel. No dates. No commitments. No hearts or flowers. Just his body and mine. Maybe I’m his second best. He’s definitely mine. But second best has never felt so good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dreamy.

  • By D. B. Smith on 06-04-18

Crude

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

There's nothing appealing to me about this. It only took five minutes to land on that conclusion. It's so crude -- yuck. I'm going to see if I can turn it in.

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematory
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,445

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Frizzle Takes the School Bus to a Morgue

  • By Ren on 06-02-16

SO good...

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I'm so glad I listened to Caitlin Doughty's book. It was well-written and narrated with wonderfully unique and logical 'out of the box' logic. I totally agreed with her approach to life - and death! ''Smoke Gets in Your Eyes'' wafted up and out to me at just the right time.

I'm an unconventional person and have felt the need to separate myself from the traditions and fears of death for some time now. I'm trying to help my ailing father approach dying from a different perspective. He just can't handle it - his anxieties (and stranglehold on traditional norms) have overwhelmed a potentially peaceful end of life journey.

Now I know that there are different options for me. Thank you Caitlin!

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  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,329

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

The author is tremendously talented

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This was almost a masterpiece - well researched and craftily constructed. The characters were extraordinarly well-developed. Donna Tartt is gifted. I feel that the book was overly lengthy, however. Some portions of the book were mired down with endless explorations of pain and anguish.

To get on my soap box: It frustrated me that the lead character was so (legitimately) troubled yet never sought therapy for the PTST that regularly tripped him up. As an adult, you need to stop self-medicating and get on with healing. I was particularly irritated with the lead character's dependence on opiates. People with legitimate pain are treated like drug-seekers. Abusers are able to find opiates at every street corner!

Toward the end of the book: In Amsterdam, the character named Boris truly tested my patience. I spent a fair amount of time seriously aggravated with him. And they did not provide enough detail about how Boris retrieved the Goldfinch painting.

I do plan to seek other works by Donna Tartt that I hope are a little bit more upbeat. All things considered, I recommend the book.

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,799

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Clever and engaging

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This story is not perfect, but for the most part, I had fun with it. It was over-simplified. I would have enjoyed more detail. Unfortunately, it wasn't particularly adult-centric. This was written for 9-year-olds! The narrators were extraordinarily talented, but they consistently over-acted.

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,930

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

Great history lesson

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I enjoyed this audio book, which was an interesting history lesson. It was humorous and informative. I only had one gripe: The author is unabashedly pro-vaccine. Until vaccine producers remove the neurotoxic aluminum adjuvants from their products, I will avoid them -- as evidence is growing that aluminum injected into humans is causing modern plagues such as autoimmune diseases and autism.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,274

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Interesting, a bit depressing, and clever at times

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I agree with some of the other reviewers that the characters aren't very likable. They are complex and pitiful although the leading character's landlady was more than patient and mostly compassionate throughout the story. I think that the book could have been 25% shorter and nothing would have been lost.

There were some good twists and turns, and the premise of the book was pretty cool - watching a city block from the commuter train and seeing how its residents evolved. I loved the narrators who were well-chosen for the characters they represented. In the end, I was disappointed when the killer was revealed. I didn't want it to be that particular person!