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  • The Still Point of the Turning World

  • By: Emily Rapp
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Like all mothers, Emily Rapp had ambitious plans for her first and only child, Ronan. He would be smart, loyal, physically fearless, and level-headed, but fun. He would be good at crossword puzzles like his father. He would be an avid skier like his mother. Rapp would speak to him in foreign languages and give him the best education. But all of these plans changed when Ronan was diagnosed at nine months old with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and always-fatal degenerative disorder. Ronan was not expected to live beyond the age of three....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is wonderful

  • By Emily on 07-24-18

This is wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

This is the best book about grief that I have ever read. I highly recommend this.

  • Sick

  • A Memoir
  • By: Porochista Khakpour
  • Narrated by: Yetta Gottesman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

For as long as writer Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. All of her trips to the ER and her anguish, pain, and lethargy only ever resulted in one question: How could any one person be this sick? Several drug addictions, three major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. Sick is Khakpour's arduous, emotional journey - as a woman, a writer, and a lifelong sufferer of undiagnosed health problems - through the chronic illness that left her a victim of anxiety....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I could not finish this

  • By AndreaK on 09-15-18

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I was very excited for this memoir and I am disappointed by how surface level it all seems. it is half recounting of a glamorous, drug fuelled writer life and a list of ailments. I empathize very much with the author, but there seems to be more genuine self-reflection done in the first 30 pages than in the whole rest of the book. There are some gems here, but the reflection and sentence-level writing craft is lacking. There are many better, more thoughtful illness narratives than this.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • No One Tells You This

  • A Memoir
  • By: Glynnis MacNicol
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

If the story doesn’t end with marriage or a child, what then? This question plagued Glynnis MacNicol on the eve of her 40th birthday. Despite a successful career as a writer, and an exciting life in New York City, Glynnis was constantly reminded she had neither of the things the world expected of a woman her age: a partner or a baby. She knew she was supposed to feel bad about this. After all, single women and those without children are often seen as objects of pity. Glynnis refused to be cast into either of those roles and yet the question remained: What now?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Emily on 07-13-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

As a single person who lost her mother st a young age, I was really excited for this book, but found the writing uneven and the telling largely a story of intense privilege. This feels a little like lifestyle porn.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • All Is Not Forgotten

  • By: Wendy Walker
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 631

It begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable but i will try...

  • By Brooklyn girl on 06-17-17

Clever and Riveting

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

I wasn't totally sold on the ending, but the character development was great and the novel was cleverly assembled. Recommend.

  • Break in Case of Emergency

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Winter
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Jen has reached her early 30s and has all but abandoned a once-promising painting career when, spurred by the 2008 economic crisis, she takes a poorly defined job at a feminist nonprofit. The foundation's ostensible aim is to empower women, but staffers spend all their time devising acronyms for imaginary programs, ruthlessly undermining one another, and stroking the ego of their boss, the larger-than-life celebrity philanthropist Leora Infinitas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Emily on 07-30-16

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

This book is incredible. I found it a little slow in the middle, but otherwise it's funny and insightful and both the characters and the sentences are so well-wrought. Definitely one of the best books I've read this year.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shrill

  • Notes from a Loud Woman
  • By: Lindy West
  • Narrated by: Lindy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,970

Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women", Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits Shrill, her highly anticipated literary debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressed

  • By Chey Davis on 05-27-16

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

Hilarious, poignant, engaging, and completely smart at every turn. So glad I read this book.

  • Lie Still

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Heaberlin
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Nursing the faded scars of a long-held trauma, Emily Page and her husband, awaiting the arrival of their first child, move from New York City to the uber-wealthy Clairmont, Texas. There, Emily is swept into a world of opulent privilege and shifting loyalties. But the secrets she keeps follow her south, and with them comes the danger that her new friends can't protect her from, and her new enemies will not hesitate to use to destroy her once and for all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lie Still

  • By Mary Iz on 06-27-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

It was interesting and we'll written in parts. I liked Letty a lot, but many of the characters weren't very believable. The narrator, however, was fantastic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful