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  • A Dog's Purpose

  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,832

A Dog's Purpose - which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list – is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dogs Purpose

  • By sara on 02-16-17

A lovely book

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

This is a book to touch any heart of a dog lover. Mixing joyful bursts ( of course, it’s about a dog!), with interesting perspective (how does a police canine operate), to sadness, it’s a journey worth taking. Hug your pooch today!

  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, Alexandra Allwine, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,182

The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***EXCELLENT*** Six stars if I could !!

  • By ROBIN on 04-10-17

Insipid - but cultural insights fascinating

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

Very very interesting insights into hill tribes' mindset and ways of life. Having visited several hill tribes this made the book worth the listen. But the story and the performance were a struggle. I think the performance particularly hurt the story. So "yes" to the research but "no" to the presentation.

  • Rich People Problems

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,874

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy and Funny and the PERFECT Summer Book!

  • By D on 05-30-17

Voyeurs candy

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

Just fun to observe the life styles of the rich. Not a great story, not great writing but interesting. I enjoyed listening and performance caught the characters well. I've read 2 of this series, but don't expect to read the next one- too much "sugar fluff."

  • The Night Gardener

  • By: Jonathan Auxier
  • Narrated by: Beverley A Crick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • From a librarian...

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-10-15

Light weight

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

Audible staff gave me a personal recommendation of this book when I told them I loved Anna Karenina. Not even close to in the same class. Can't get past 10 min of shoddy writing

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  • Notorious RBG

  • The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • By: Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,756

Nearly a half century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The octogenarian won the Internet. Across America, people who weren't even born when Ginsburg made her name are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story about a fascinating person, however...

  • By Jessica on 12-10-15

GREAT book - but to be read in hard copy

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

This is a book that absolutely needs to be read as hard copy. I started in audible then bought the full priced hard copy. The hard copy has wonderfully annotated court cases that are a critical part of the book. It is also just a nice book to handle and enjoy - with pictures and interesting notes. Get this book - but enjoy it in hard copy.

  • The Aviator's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Melanie Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,288

For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Megalomaniac's Wife

  • By Audrey on 01-19-13

Interesting but too long by the end

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

Interesting to learn about Charles Lindberg from another, personal perspective. I was ready to strangle his wife in the end - she is very predictable and that grows old. Predictable, but her actions are fully consistent with a certain personality type - so it rang true. The book should have been shortened to keep it a bit more punchy.

  • Mandela: An Audio History

  • Commemorative Edition
  • By: Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by: Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Joe Richman
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

The series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of archival sound: a rare recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela's life sentence; a visit between Mandela and his family secretly taped by a prison guard; marching songs of guerilla soldiers; government propaganda films; and pirate radio broadcasts from the African National Congress (ANC).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By B. Lauer on 12-03-17

Fascinating and a slightly different take

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

Really enjoyable and interesting. Very short - too short! Wish I heard more from D. Tutu - what was his perspective.

Can learn enough about such a hero!

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,115

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

Interesting premise , thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

Most of the story was just very interesting. But by the end it caused me to think a lot about my relationships- children, aging parents, spouse. I appreciated the perspective and embraced the opportunity.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,574

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-18

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

Lots of fun and interesting to see behind the scenes. A good easy quick fun read.

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,233

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Loretta R. Cooper on 10-14-14

Stroy lacked depth

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Any additional comments?

Story started off interestingly but by 30% in got tedious. THe first part was interesting especially for the insight into living in the period. THe characters were fairly interesting, especially the protagonist. However, when one major event occurred the book rapidly deteriorated and it felt more like a cheap thrills novel. I don't want to put in spoiler so I will not be more specific. But suffice it to say, I have listened to well over 200 books from Audible. THis is one I will not bother to finish.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful