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  • Out of Oz

  • The Wicked Years, Volume 4
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 28 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 700

Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series became national best sellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Wait!

  • By Kathleen on 11-11-11

The best in the series of Wicked!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I loved this one more than any of the others! I would love to read more and hope there will be adventures with Rain.

  • The Science of Likability

  • 27 Studies to Master Charisma, Attract Friends, Captivate People, and Take Advantage of Human Psychology
  • By: Patrick King
  • Narrated by: Wes Super
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 874

In The Science of Likability, you'll get all that and more. I've taken 27 seminal scientific and psychological studies and broken them down, so you can use their findings to your advantage. Every piece of advice in this book to increase your social standing and likability factor is 100% backed by in-depth, peer-reviewed research. You can get a new haircut and wardrobe, and you even learn funny jokes. But likability is something more. It's subconscious, and it's the small signs that signal our brains to let their guards down and embrace others.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Simple guide to be liked

  • By A. Yoshida on 02-08-18

the narrator sounds like a computer

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

there were many good points to this book and I appreciated many of the tips. However, the narrator ends most sentences like he's asking a question and sounds like my computer sounds when it reads to me. It was very annoying to listen to!

  • A Brother's Journey

  • Surviving a Childhood of Abuse
  • By: Richard B. Pelzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

The Pelzer family's secret life of fear and abuse was first revealed in Dave Pelzer's inspiring New York Times best seller, A Child Called "It", followed by The Lost Child and A Man Called Dave. Here, for the first time, Richard Pelzer tells the courageous and moving story of his abusive childhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing story of courage and strength

  • By Leslie on 06-15-05

Eye opening!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I read A Boy Called It and Lost Boy. This book provided additional insight into what the Pelzer home was like and kept me asking why all the boys were not removed from their home. I also wondered how none of the boys turned to violent crime. I read that David and Richard do not speak and I find that sad but I do not personally know them. I also grew up in a dysfunctional family with severe abuse and somehow our family always managed to escape the authorities. I am the oldest of five children and not close to any of my siblings. All of us turned to substances to escape. Only a couple of us are in recovery and the affects of our childhood have lingered. I am grateful that society has changed so much today where such abuse is not tolerated. I am also grateful that at least for my children the cycle of abuse ended. Some children are not so lucky. Be an advocate and report the abuse as soon as you suspect it even if it’s a family member or friend! You never know how you might be able to change a child’s life through your intervention. You can be the walls that speak for the child who has not yet found his/her voice.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,155

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

Good after first half

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

It took a while to get into this book and I had to start over to figure out all the pieces but about halfway through it started getting good and I was hooked!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • 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 37,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,887

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

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

A story that is difficult to believe and powerful because it is based on fact. I hope we learn from the past on what not to do!

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,431

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened?

  • By Celina Resendez on 10-21-17

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I loved listening to Hillary give behind the scenes details as I followed her candidacy very closely. I wish that she was our current president, but sadly we are stuck with someone I never imagined would even run!
The only part I did not like about this about listening to this book is that the narration was at times monotonous. Hillary lacked what professional narrators have that keeps me interested in listening to books. Although she was clear and the volume and pitch of her voice were constant, she needed to be less monotone.
Overall- great book!
I'm with Her!

5 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Drinking

  • A Love Story
  • By: Caroline Knapp
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657

Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor", a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Big Picture of Alcohol Dependence

  • By Karen K on 07-26-16

Excellent recount of what it was like, what happened, and what it's like now

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

I tried to read this book when I first got sober but had difficulty getting through it. Finally, 5 years into sobriety, I finished this book. It is very triggering and at times while I was listening to it, I craved that sexy glass of wine. That's how the alcoholic thinks! When I was drinking, I had very similar experiences, just as I know many alcoholics have had. It's not easy for most people to understand unless they have been there. I am grateful to be sober today and grateful to have stories recounted that remind me of what it used to be like!

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,636

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Trilogy!

  • By Cheri on 12-13-15

I wish there were more books like this!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Excellent performance by narrator and I love the story! I wanted to listen to these books instead of watch television. I read that soon there is going to be a tv series of these books and I cannot wait! Love it as much as GoT.

  • The Ontological Argument for God's Existence

  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Length: 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

The argument for God's existence is here clearly stated and definitively refuted. The so-called "ontological argument" for the existence of God was first put forth explicitly by St. Anselm. There are different versions of this argument. We'll consider three, starting with Anselm's own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you!

  • By marchdreamer on 03-01-17

Thank you!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Thank you! Clear and to the point! I feel that I understand this topic much better. Can you be my philosophy professor?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Like Me

  • By: John Howard Griffin
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228

Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book brings back memories...

  • By Wayne on 11-26-15

Eye opening. Relevant today as in the past

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

I read this book as a class assignment. I am an older student and a white female studying social work. I also have a daughter who is half Black and have experienced racism and micro aggression since her hair started growing in with beautiful curls. I never made my skin black though. This book gave me a clear perspective on race issues and I am grateful for having read it! I would recommend this book to White people, especially those who are having difficulty understanding the Black Lives Matter movement. I listened to this book white reading the book. The performance was clear and eloquent.