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  • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,165

The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

  • By JQR on 12-01-16

A wonderful, insightful book

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

A very worthwhile read. Compelling story, excellent narrator. This book will stay with me, I'm sure.

  • Anything Is Possible

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,315

Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother's happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author's celebrated New York Times best seller) returns to visit her siblings after 17 years of absence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful & Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-08-17

Elizabeth Stroud is wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

I loved Olive Kitteridge; I loved My Name is Lucy Barton; and I loved this book. The characters are so well developed, yet there isn't an extra word. I especially enjoy the interrelatedness of the individual stories.

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,724
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,606
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,466

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Mire than entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

A,fun listen, because he's so good, but, also, very informative and thought provoking. I highly recommend this book.

  • Just Kids

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,640

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By Stan on 04-28-13

I wanted to like this book more

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

Historically, it's an interesting read, providing insights into and some fun facts about the artsy/rock and roll world at that time. I'm glad I read it and didn't ever feel like I wanted to stop reading, but, once I did finish, I realized that I didn't care any more about either Patti Smith or Robert Mapplethorpe -- and I learned a lot, some of which was interesting, about both of them -- than I had before I started the book. I rather enjoyed her narration, although her affect is pretty flat.

  • LaRose

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 949

North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence - but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story; wonderful narration by the author.

  • By sgonk on 08-22-16

Another engaging story by Louise Erdrich

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

Perhaps not my favorite -- I preferred The Painted Drum and Round House -- but the characters in this book are wonderfully portrayed. Louise Erdrich as narrator is a real bonus.

  • Lila: A Novel

  • By: Marilynne Robinson
  • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 692

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church - the only available shelter from the rain - and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life is what it is....

  • By Stevon on 02-06-15

Marvelous writer of a wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Rounds out the stories told in Gilead and Home beautifully. Plus, her writing is gorgeous.

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

  • By: Karen Joy Fowler
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,274

Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee," she tells us. "It's never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion, I'd scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was totally worth the credit.

  • By Amber on 10-04-13

Intriguing and captivating story!

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

The book raised all kinds of interesting issues, worthy of a lot of thought. What is family anyway?? How do we learn? Who do we learn from?

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  • The Cat's Table

  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Michael Ondaatje
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 313

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table” - as far from the Captain’s Table as can be - with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb - But Not For All Readers or All Situations

  • By Amanda on 11-25-11

A very compelling story

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

Reviewed: 03-27-12

What did you love best about The Cat's Table?

The characters are haunting and the story is very intriguing. It was interesting to hear the words and tones of the author's reading. As all book listeners know, the reader makes all the difference in the world and hearing Ondaatje's voice added to the book for me.

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

Credibility and a more melancholy tone than I think I would have read myself..

Any additional comments?

The story is very interesting and informative of a specific time in history. A sweet story, it's also sad; the characters have very complicated lives.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful