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Joan Price

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The Overstory audiobook cover art

Best book of the year

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This is simply the best novel I read or listened to in 2018. I was swept into it, both because the plot and characters (both humans and trees) captivated me and because Suzanne Toren's narration is superb. It's long, but so engrossing that I didn't want it to end. I'm stunned by the power of this audiobook. You don't have to be in love with trees already to appreciate this novel, but I'll bet that by the time you're a few chapters in, you'll be looking trees in a whole new way.

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Really important book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Roxane Gay talks about her "hunger" -- physical and emotional -- in a searing, powerful, vulnerable way. She is one of the major voices in literature today. You can't help but be moved and informed by this book.

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Powerful novel

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I found The Power gripping and surprising. Knowing the premise, I thought I could predict the outcome. Yes, but no. However, I was irritated by the narrator's exaggerated accents. The American accents were not believable -- either nasal and strident or Southern -- and this pulled me away from the story. I wish the narrator had had a dialect coach. I still recommend the audiobook, and the novel was listed by the New York Times as one of the 5 best novels of 2017.

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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me audiobook cover art

Extraordinary memoir and performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-17

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is one of the best memoirs I've every read or listened to. I've purposely portioned it out, an hour at a time, because I don't want it to end. The story is compelling and unexpected. The writing style -- prose + poetry -- is so stunning that I sometimes have to stop the book and replay a section that I want to ponder or commit to memory. Alexie is the perfect narrator. I'd give it a hundred-star rating if I could. One of my favorite books ever.

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Deserves the rave reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-17

What made the experience of listening to The Nix the most enjoyable?

The novel is just the kind I love -- complex, well written, with unique characters and a startling plot. The narration is superb.

Any additional comments?

I heartily recommend this novel, especially for boomer-aged readers who lived through the protests of the sixties.

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Oh my, the twists!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Where does Behind Her Eyes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I usually read complex, literary fiction, but I also love a good psychological thriller. This one was so involving that I kept wanting to listen instead of work. I found myself relishing commutes, errands, and long walks so that I had an excuse to keep listening. Highly recommended!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Behind Her Eyes?

The twists at the end. Please people, don't give anything away!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration, capturing the tone, cadence, and personality of the different characters.

67 of 86 people found this review helpful

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A spanking good book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Any additional comments?

This is a masterful memoir from a woman who has known since early childhood (before she had words for it) that she has a spanking fetish. She reveals, a little at a time, her memories of how her understanding of her spanking fetish developed and how she wrestled with divulging her kink and making it work (or not) with her relationships. She's also a Shakespearen scholar, and she skillfully explores sex and relationships in Shakespearean plays. The literary analysis never feels academic -- she has conversations with the characters; they're alive to her.

Whether you're into spanking or another kink, or you're just curious and open-minded about all things sexual, you'll learn much from this book. The style is candid, personable, as if you're sitting together, sharing truths. Keenan's narration is superb.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse audiobook cover art

Another great Erdrich

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Any additional comments?

Still reeling from the stunning LaRose (listen to that one if you haven't yet), I listened to this book on a friend's recommendation. The story was gripping, and I'll never forget the main character. I don't want to say too much because Erdrich unfurls the plot and develops the characters with just the right pacing and development. Just try it. (Don't read spoiler reviews, please.)

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Extraordinary novel read by the author

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Where does LaRose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favorite book of the year! This novel has it all: great plot; beautiful storytelling; skillful narration by the author; unique, engrossing, and memorable characters; depth; cultural commentary (woven into the story so that the reader figures it out, no bludgeoning by the author), and the kind of psychological exploration that leaves us learning about ourselves, not just the characters. I kept putting aside my work and responsibilities so that I could listen to LaRose.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dementia and Shakespeare

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-16

Any additional comments?

I heard the author speak at a local bookstore. I was intrigued by the plot: an aging professor/ Shakespearean scholar with dementia still remembers every Shakespearean play he had studied and communicates via quotes from the plays. The plot is beautifully constructed and riveting, and the character development is deep and unforgettable. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful