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  • Neanderthal Seeks Human

  • A Smart Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 1
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Grace
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,534

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn - the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies - to make her an offer she can't refuse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, funny and very entertaining

  • By SIMARA on 11-21-17

Disappointing and frustrating...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I SO wanted to like this book! There are parts of our heroine's personality that I found delightfully quirky. A few times I laughed out loud! Unfortunately, it was overshadowed by the pouty, whiny, and infantile parts of her. Couple that with the slow-as-molasses-in-winter, disjointed plot points and storyline, and I found myself rolling my eyes and pressing pause, vowing to just stop listening. I'd had it with the long stretches of boringness with too-rare peaks of interesting activity. However, I pressed on when I realized I was down to less than 3 hours to go. I sped up the playback speed, even skipped a chapter, and listened to the end. I do not recommend doing this however, save that 14.5 hours of your life and listen to something else.

  • Between Breaths

  • A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
  • By: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019

From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, "I am an alcoholic," to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in Between Breaths, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety - which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam - and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely , beautifully written 😙

  • By S Waters on 11-16-16

Brave personal account

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

The author does a wonderful job of narrating her own story. The account is an open, seemingly honest retelling of her experience struggling with alcohol abuse. The writing is insightful without being overly introspective. I find her decision to tell her story very brave and I am sure comforting to many other people struggling with addiction. I wish her the best in her sobriety, wonderful story and highly recommended!

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,620

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Forgettable

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I've enjoyed listening to the author's previous works, but this one just didn't engage my attention. As usual, David Sedaris' performance was outstanding. I don't think his writing would be at all the same with any other person narrating. But this book just fell short for me. It had a sort of mildly negative, mediocre tone throughout that I found off-putting. SPOILER ALERT: Even worse, the recurring story about the tumor and the turtle had my stomach turning, so much so that I had to skip ahead to avoid any more talk of it. It was such a blatantly disgusting and aversive topic, it made me wonder why he found the need to put so much emphasis on it in a relatively short book. For the record, I am not easily disgusted or grossed out... I deal with blood and worse daily for a living. Sadly, I would not recommend this title.

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,792
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,677
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,629

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

  • By Kim on 11-04-15

Candid account of Ms. Remini's experience

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Leah Remini has an irreverent style in the telling of her experience as a Scientologist and is often self-deprecating at times. Her perspective is unique both as someone who grew up in the 'church' and also, as a celebrity with special treatment (in some cases). She comes across as very honest, good-hearted, and not afraid to stand up for herself, the latter of which I admire immensely considering the tendency of Scientologists to retaliate against former members. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting!

  • Change of Fortune

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 796

Sinful, Louisiana, is always a hotbed of activity, and despite the steamy heat, August is no exception. Godzilla is terrorizing the town, looking for a home-cooked meal, and Gertie is worried someone will take the gator out before she can get him under control. Francine has a situation of her own at the café, where food is missing from inventory. And Celia is always up to no good. But summer is almost over, which could mean huge changes for Fortune Redding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series, Hard To Listen To

  • By L. Gillman on 07-19-18

I love Sinful!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

SPOILER ALERT: Finally! There is some resolution in the saga of Fortune and friends in Sinful, LA. I think the author did a good job of building the tension and drawing out the main plot line, but not so much that I became tired of listening. This installment is just as funny as the rest, and I binge-listened to the entire book. I really hope there are more books to come in this series!

  • Beyond Belief

  • My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
  • By: Jenna Miscavige Hill
  • Narrated by: Sandy Rustin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,529

Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology

  • By Tim on 02-07-13

Eye opening insight into life in the 'church'

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

The author grew up in Scientology, so she offers a unique perspective into the quotidian details. Although nothing about the book is overtly shocking, meaning nothing really surprised me, I still found it engaging and difficult to stop listening. There is a kind of subversive, dystopian undercurrent in her story that hints to the nature and behavior of cults, megalomaniacs, brainwashing, psychological manipulation, etc. It's frightening and fascinating at the same time. I do recommend this title!

  • Spillover

  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia - but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By George on 09-01-14

Just as good the second time!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I've listened to this book twice now, and I am even more impressed with it than the first time. The author has a knack for story-telling and weaves an intricate tale across continents and time. Whether you're a scientific type or not, I believe this story is accessible to anyone interested in how contagious diseases comes to be and move through populations. It is both fascinating and horrifying... and will probably increase hand washing behavior exponentially. Highly recommended!

  • Meet Me in Scotland

  • Kilts and Quilts Series #2
  • By: Patience Griffin
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

When a video of her calling happily ever after "a foolish fantasy" goes viral, marriage therapist Emma Castle is out of a job - and off to Scotland. The tiny town of Gandiegow is the perfect place to ride out the media storm and to catch up with her childhood friend, Claire. But also in Gandiegow is the one man she hoped never to see again. She's successfully avoided Gabriel MacGregor since Claire and Dominic's wedding, only to find that he's now the village doctor - and just as tall, dark, and devilish as ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Kans on 04-18-18

Great narration, annoying characters

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

With the exception of Gabriel, the rest of the main characters in this story are childish and mercurial. The main reason I kept listening is first, I enjoyed the first book in the series well enough and second, the narrator does a great job bringing Scotland to life for me. The supporting characters remain entertaining too. I would not waste a credit on this one, but if you're a fan of the series and a Romance package member, it might be worth your while.

  • To Scotland with Love

  • Kilts and Quilts, Book 1
  • By: Patience Griffin
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Caitriona Macleod gave up her career as an investigative reporter for the role of perfect wife. But after her husband is found dead in his mistress's bed, a devastated Cait leaves Chicago for the birthplace she hasn't seen since she was a child. She's hoping to heal and reconnect with her gran. The last thing she expects to find in Gandiegow is the Sexiest Man Alive. Graham Buchanan is a movie star with many secrets. A Gandiegow native, he frequently hides out in his hometown between films.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough of sexy Scottish men...

  • By SIMARA on 09-30-14

Great setting for an ok story

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

The author does a good job creating the ambience of a small town in the Scottish Highlands, I felt like I was back there again. The supporting characters are well-written and entertaining as well. The main characters are... meh, not always consistent and a bit too angsty for my taste. It was a nice enough listen if you squint your eyes and try not to think too hard. Five stars for the narrator, Kirsten Potter does an excellent job!

  • Stuck-Up Suit

  • By: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,622

It started out like any other morning on the train - until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle. He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world. Who did the stuck-up suit think he was...God? Actually, he looked like a god. That was about it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nope!

  • By Tammy on 10-18-16

Don’t waste your time...

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

The short version: the story was interesting for about the first hour, then begins the downhill slide. The female heroine goes from badass to insecure and whiny. The male lead is an incomprehensible dual personality that does not flow. The overuse of pornographic terminology is random and seems incongruent with the story. I rarely stop listening to books without pressing to the end, even if I am unimpressed. With this book, I just couldn’t keep going.

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