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  • The Wanderers

  • By: Meg Howrey
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 309

Station Eleven meets The Martian in this brilliantly inventive novel about three astronauts training for the first-ever mission to Mars, an experience that will push the boundary between real and unreal, test their relationships, and leave each of them - and their families - changed forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Voyage Of Discovery

  • By Sara on 03-05-18

The interesting complicated lives of astronauts

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

Well worth your time to hear how these families cope when family members go to space. Interesting how their lives get more complicated as you get closer to launch.

  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,097

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved learning about two very smart men.

  • By Jane on 04-11-17

Another hit! Your family and friends will hate you

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

Your family and friends will hate you after you listen to this book because you will question everything! Was the sample size large enough? I think you're looking at that wrong!

Mr. Lewis does it again. He brings a rather mundane topic to life by intertwining the very interesting lives of two rather unique academics with the research topic that they loved.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 88,166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 81,716
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 81,335

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Great story. Better than his show.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

I have tried to watch Trevor's show a few times but just don't like it. This book is a another story. Mr. Noah is an exceptional storyteller and his story is exceptional too.

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  • The Book of Joe

  • By: Jonathan Tropper
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 431

Joe Goffman was fifteen years out from his sleepy hometown when he wrote Bush Falls, a searing critique of its people and institutions. The book was a runaway best seller, and led to an even more successful movie. Now, however, Joe's got a problem. His father has suffered a stroke, and that means that Joe has to go back to his birthplace after having successfully antagonized every person living there. Can Joe survive the reservoirs of hatred that have been waiting to pour down upon him? Just maybe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance

  • By Jannice on 07-04-04

Whoa Nelly, what a start, middle and end

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

A prude might turn off the book in the first five minutes but then they would miss a fun twisting story about life, friendships and how hometowns change over time.

  • The Last Days of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,976

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history - and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the lightbulb and holds the right to power the country?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite book of 2016

  • By Taryn on 12-19-16

A fun intertwining of the biggest names

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

The author does a fine job of mixing around Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla plus presidents, aristocrats and entertainers to tell a story about how the world was changed through technology. You can argue that certain technologies have changed everything, but the ability to provide light instantaneously is certainly in the top-five. And this story tells how light became ubiquitous in the modern world. Substitute microchip and you have today's world.

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  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,893

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Hopeful story. Might be around for ahwhile.

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

The writer does a good job of capturing the see-saw nature of how the slowly then rapidly the world changes. We've all seen how the old neighborhood has changed. And sometimes gentrification takes over to make it a new neighborhood. But that does not happen everywhere. The writer discusses his modern day success story but he also touches on those who did not make it out of the cycle of poverty. This is not a textbook but it definitely raises questions to think about.

  • Mycroft Holmes

  • By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,580

"When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I...I am speaking the exact and literal truth." (Sherlock Holmes). This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of State. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven-foot-two tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador. Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Has All the Hallmarks of a First Book

  • By Paul on 06-06-16

What a strange and wonderful family

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I wanted to understand if it runs in the family. Yes, Mycroft is a skilled puzzle-solver with equally quirky habits that might not be as self destructive. Kareem brings a different viewpoint to the story when they get out of London. Mycroft's mate is smart, tough and persistent.

  • The Authorities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,172

Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things". Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect - wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand - becomes an Internet sensation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun book by Scott Meyer

  • By Matt on 11-04-17

Fun, entertaining cops and sort of superheroes

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

Reviewed: 03-22-16

Not just another cop book, this is a story about near superheroes and a brave cop who does the right thing and ends up on a different crime solving team. The mystery to be solved is not too heavy. The interaction and origin story of each character is interesting. Definitely worth the listen.

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,285

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Good fun but could do without all that Google stuf

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

Penumbra is good clean fun that got a little repetitious with all those Google references. Other reviews mention the geekiness of the book but there is nothing so technical that an engaged listener would find too complicated. The characters are fun and quirky. The concept is definitely fun and quirky. The really neat stuff actually happens offline. Definitely worth a fun and easy listen. But sometimes I felt like I was listening to the audio book version of the Internship movie starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson because the author mentions Google-this and Google-that a lot.

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  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,694

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Liked the style. Loved the accents. Kind of gory.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

Most of the gory stuff comes at the end, so the style and story will push you through. Written/spoken in the voices of the main characters over a period of time, the book is a mystery wrapped in the unraveling of many people's lives. It is kind of hard to hear the characters spiral but hey, it's fiction. Definitely worth the listen. Because this is a audio book it is hard to keep up with the dates...no biggee.