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  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulls at the heartstrings

  • By Terra White on 2018-09-08

Beware the TERRIBLE narration

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-07

This story is slow, deep and cuts down to how a relationship can work and fail. It's not the best exploration of a marriage, but it definitely stays with you and leaves you thinking. I didn't find any of the main characters to be likable or worthy of sympathy or empathy. They all make questionable choices and no one seems to think any decision through. It's frustrating to go through this story with these characters and find out you like them even less than when you started. Roy is a self admitted cheater, even though he and Celestial only spent a year married. He considers raping and hitting her once he's released from jail, but being the stand up dude he is, he doesn't, and tells her so. The letters between them are laughable. No one would write letters like this.

And the narration is SO TERRIBLE. I have absolutely no clue why no one told the male narrator that his "woman's voice" was necessary. It was bizarre- imagine someone told you to say something in an old woman's voice. You'd make your voice creaky and slightly lower and maybe add some shake to it, right? This is exactly what the male narrator did when he voiced any woman. It made it as though Roy was talking with some old crone, not his young wife. Don't audiobooks have directors or anyone who helps the narrator with their reading and voices?? This was the most misguided choice for the male narrator to try put on a woman's voice instead of just reading in his own voice. Trust me, I would have understood who was talking without hearing it in a scratchy falsetto. The weirdest part was that the female narrator did not try to make her voice deeper when voicing the male characters so juxtaposing the two narration styles made the whole book disjointed and jarring to switch between the two.

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  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • Written by: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just drags on and on

  • By Morgan Vincent on 2018-03-03

Not the most satisfying story

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

Reviewed: 2018-04-17

This book has quite a few storylines in it and they all end up in a mush at the end. I was so disappointed in how it was all wrapped up and it didn’t seem like there was a real ending. The characters’ actions were not believable or realistic.
This story started out incredibly promising and I couldn’t wait to find out more about each one, but I didn’t feel like I got to know them very well. There were no consequences for anyone’s actions- 2 people steal babies and everyone kind of shrugs and moves on. A house is lit on fire and it’s viewed as a quirk of Izzy’s. Mia and Pearl leave in a midnight move and everyone only has a passing thought about where they might have gone. There was an excellent story here, it just went off the rails about halfway through.

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
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    2 out of 5 stars 1
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  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love Matt Taibbi, dislike this reading

  • By L. K. on 2017-10-06

Love Matt Taibbi, dislike this reading

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

Reviewed: 2017-10-06

I’m a huge fan of Taibbi’s writing, I find him so sharp and witty and on point. It was a good refresher on how the 2016 Presidential race went and how the frog gets boiled in a pot you slowly heat up. The narration of this book wasn’t quite as good. It was a little too bro-y, too monotone.

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  • FREE - The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • Written by: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, Ray Porter, Margaret Atwood, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By TC on 2017-09-24

A classic

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

Reviewed: 2017-10-04

I read this book a few years ago for the first time, and I also watched the series. This reading by Claire Danes added something new to this story. Claire’s reading is thoughtful, outraged, emotional, determined, weary. Exactly how I think of Offred herself. As excellent as Elisabeth Moss was in being the embodiment the story, Claire Danes’ voice also embodies it.