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Mary Anne Mong Cramer

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  • 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 21,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,458

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable! I loved this story!

  • By Judy on 03-04-13

Very good story-- What If...

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This was a very interesting book that triggered lots of personal reflection. What if I had done this or that? If _____ hadn't happened, then... Slight bit predictable, but it was exactly what I wanted to happen. Narration very basic and well done. I found myself looking for opportunities to listen at times when I usually do not, so whatever the audio digital version of a page turner is, this book triggered it in a human interest sense for me.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,052
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,408

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

Excellent Story of Recovery From Abuse

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Eavesdrop on a woman's thoughts and behaviors as she begins to dig through the layers of her past to discover the story her heart knows is true, but her mind has forgotten. Focused primarily on the present, the story follows Elenore in her day-to-day activities which she has chosen to keep routine and mundane, lest people hurt her through their reactions to her physical and emotional scars. She slowly begins to recognize that there is a place for her in this world, and so the unpacking of her baggage. I was not expecting a twist at the end, which makes it all the more delicious! Not a heavy focus on the fine details of the abuse she experienced, so okay for most survivors. Great story (Gail Honeyman). Great narration (Cathleen McCarron).

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,255

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK

  • By Dana on 07-11-18

"NYT Best Seller"...Really?

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

It was okay. It read like a network TV drama series. If something was gripping, I missed it. This was my first book by this author, or maybe it is a genre preference that didn't strike a chord with me. I kept listening, waiting for the big moment, but nothing surprising unfolded. Maybe this was intended for a teenage audience? There was copious text about teenage stressors, relationships, parent/ child interactions, and so on. It missed the mark with me.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,997

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long, Hard Slog Through Endless Despair and Heartache

  • By Morro Schreiber on 04-11-18

Survival means many things

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

This story covers the bases: Love (and its various iterations,) family dysfunction, good guys and bad guys, outdoor adventures in a place where mistakes can be deadly, and a deep look at why people do what they do. Good story line (perhaps a tad long,) and enough drama to add intrigue. Nice character development. I want to be friends with Fat Marge. Great narration!

  • Up from the Blue

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Henderson
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Tillie Harris' life is in disarray - her husband is away on business, the boxes in her new home aren't unpacked, and the telephone isn't even connected yet. Though she's not due for another month, sudden labor pains force Tillie to reach out to her estranged father for help; a choice that means facing the painful memories she's been running from since she was a little girl. An extraordinary debut from a talented new voice, Up from the Blue untangles the year in Tillie's life that changed everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Glimpse Into Other Worlds Can be Uncomfortable

  • By David on 09-04-13

Who is the intended audience?

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Is this a young readers novel, or an adult novel? I thought this was going to be a look at the complex mental health issues that can push a family to, and beyond, their limits. It is, but the entire story is told through the eyes of an 8 year old trying to "fix" her mother's depression and anxiety, while Colonel Dad runs the household. She did not understand enough to make it psycologically interesting. Yep, it rocked her world and left her confused and lonley. This would have been a nice novella, but it was entirely too long with too little adult insight to be an interesting adult read. It would have been interesting to have each family tell a part of the story, rather than an 8 year old's interpretation of the adult motives and emotions.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,243
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,908
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,838

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Haley on 05-27-18

A more personal inside view of Hillbilly Eligy

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

While there are certainly remenescient qualities of Hillbilly Elegy, this autobiography takes a much deeper, darker look into paranoid clan mentality, with a big side of family dysfunction, manipulation, and her distorted need to belong. Much appreciation to Tara Westover for her courage of turning her story inside out. You are not alone Tara. Millions of us will recognize at least a sliver of our own reality in your process of sifting memories for truth in the quest to free ourselves from the person our families thought we should be. From one unlikely Ph.D. to another, I hear you. Congratulations.

  • House Rules

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Rich Orlow, Nicole Poole, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Jacob Hunt is a teen with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, though he is brilliant in many ways. But he has a special focus on one subject - forensic analysis. A police scanner in his room clues him in to crime scenes, and he's always showing up and telling the cops what to do. And he's usually right. But when Jacob's small hometown is rocked by a terrible murder, law enforcement comes to him. Jacob's behaviors are hallmark Asperger's, but they look a lot like guilt to the local police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Haveenoughstuff on 12-12-17

Interesting Ingredients but the ending flopped

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

The characters are interesting, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. The concept of the plot is a good idea, but it dragged on and on. The filler for at least the last third was not engaging enough make up for the delay in arriving at the climax of the story. As a professor of special education, I was glad to see a story including a character with Aspergers. While some of the background information was valid, there were also some major misconceptions perpetuated. Jacob's behaviors seemed generally true to an individual with Aspergers. Generally speaking, a good read, but wow did the ending fall flat. It read like a seven year old found the almost complete manuscript open, added the last sentence and pushed "send". :-(

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  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter

  • By: Kim Edwards
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Kim Edwards' stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964 in Lexington, Kentucky, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. Instead she disappears into another city to raise the child herself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good book but

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-07-18

Interesting read/ Predictable ending

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I bought this because of my interest in literature that includes characters with disabilities as part of the story. While that was not the primary focus of the book, it did play a pivotal causal role. The disillusion of the fairy dust period in many relationships is interesting in a psychological way. I found myself almost liking, and certainly having some sympathy for our misguided male lead. I wanted to shake him by the shoulders and tell him to take responsibility for his behavior and the pain he had cause others. He never did. The last third was a little bit anticlimactic. I was sure that there was going to be a twist, or a turn in a direction beyond what would just be a natural conclusion...a chance meeting, a glimpse across a distant room. Nope, there was not. I was drawn into the story and looked forward to my next opportunity to listen, it just fell flat in the end.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,986

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

Very good story line. Shocking exploitation. Novel set in actual history that is just unbelievable!

  • A Light in the Window

  • The Mitford Years, Book 2
  • By: Jan Karon
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 976

His attractive neighbor is tugging at his heart-strings. A wealthy widow is pursuing him with hot casseroles. And his red-haired Cousin Meg has moved into the rectory, uninvited.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story of community

  • By Sara on 01-29-14

It's like visiting old friends

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

This is at least my third listen through the Mitford series. When life gets to be too much, and I feel like running away (who runs away at 56?), I escape to Mitford. I rest on Father Tim's sofa, warming my toes by the fire and listen to him reading Wordsworth. I sit in the next to the last booth at the Main Street Grille and listen in on the local gossip being bandied around in the back booth. I sit on the vanity stool in Miss Sadie's bedroom and let her bitter sweet life story carry me to another time and place. Then I muster my courage, say Philippians 4:13 for Pete's sake, and get back to navigating our crazy world with a renewed spirit. Thanks Jan Karon for writing a book better than Valium at putting things into perspective.