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  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,616

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

Talk about timely!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

This was exactly the right book for me to read at this point in time (meaning post-inaugaration). It is a wonderful and engrossing story, which is well "wordsmithed." If this is a first novel, I can hardly wait for the second one!

  • The Jealous Kind

  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150

On its surface, life in Houston in the 1950s is as you'd expect: stoic fathers, restless teens, drive-in movies, and souped-up Cadillacs. But underneath lies a world shifting under high school junior Aaron Broussard's feet. There's a class war between the "haves" and the "have-nots" as well as a real war, Korea, happening on the other side of the world. It is against this backdrop that Aaron comes of age, trying to understand how first loves, friendship, violence, and power can alter what "traditional America" means for the people trying to find their way in a changing world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging , well written book , but.....

  • By antonio on 09-12-16

My last James Lee Burke novel

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

As Burke's novels have gotten increasingly dark, I've become increasingly disappointed - I won't struggle with another one. I miss that incredible story-telling ability being put to use for something other than "how bleak can it get." Lots of writers can do that. Mr. Burke is an amazing story teller, but he now settles for emotionally monotone writing. He has lost me, and I believe I've read or listened to everything he has written. What would his characters say? "Adios."

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,881

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing author

  • By Book Addict on 07-24-15

My new favorite author...

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Very few authors can maintain the story from beginning to end as well as this one. I eagerly anticipate his next one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • And the Mountains Echoed

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,922

Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does the End Justify the Means

  • By FanB14 on 05-24-13

Worth waiting for...

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

Reviewed: 06-06-13

If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

Three words just won't do it. Mr. Hosseini is a true treasure and this book is the epitome of the expression "anything worth having is worth waiting for." The story has lingered with me so strongly that I haven't wanted to start another book -- and I am envious of people who haven't read it because they get to read it for the first time! The reason I gave the performance 4 stars instead of 5 is that the accent of one of the narrators made him somewhat difficult for me to understand until I was able to adapt to it, which I eventually did. Thank you, Mr. Hosseini.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was so strong that I was able to completely give myself over to it and allow it to carry me along.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrators facilitated a feeling of "cultural presence" that I would not have had if I had read the book.

Any additional comments?

I'm getting older - don't wait six years to publish your next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ava's Man

  • By: Rick Bragg
  • Narrated by: Rick Bragg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 220

Journalist Rick Bragg has built a soaring monument to the grandfather he never knew, and in the process created a powerfully intimate piece of American history as it was experienced by the working people of the deep South, a glorious record of a life of character, tenacity and indomitable joy, and an unforgettable tribute to a vanishing culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply moving

  • By Kate on 08-12-03

Love the author and his grandfather too!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-12

If you have ever loved a rascal, particularly a Southern rascal, then you will love this book. If you are a Daddy's girl, then you will love this book. It is a biography of Rick Bragg's grandfather, a most extraordinary man, and it is written by an extraordinary author whose bloodline runs true. Thank you, Mr. Bragg, for sharing Charlie with us... I loved him too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful