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  • The Weight of Ink

  • Written by: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The weight of ink - profound statement

  • By Susan G Shaw on 2019-01-19

Going to try this one in print

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-13

Recommended to me by paper book readers, I can't get into this because it is such a strain to hear the audio and the reader's voice is an additional barrier. I will try it in paper when I find the large print edition. Disappointed.

  • Keto Diet

  • Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain Health, and Reverse Disease
  • Written by: Josh Axe
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

From the author of the national best-seller Eat Dirt, a 30-day healthy plan - including more than 80 delicious recipes - to burn fat, fight inflammation, and reverse disease using the keto diet. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it twice

  • By Louise Gadoury on 2019-06-19
  • Keto Diet
  • Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain Health, and Reverse Disease
  • Written by: Josh Axe
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin

Many better books out there on KETO

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-22

Not sure why i listened to the whole thing...instead of improving it got worse as I persisted. It is pedantic and actually filled with poor or actually incorrect information. Had to write this review when near the end the author once again said to take B vitamin supplements because there are no grains in KETO. Meat is an excellent source of B vitamins. Do NOT use this book if you are embarking on KETO. But DO get some better information on the subject and consider this healthful way of eating.

  • The Woo-Woo

  • How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family
  • Written by: Lindsay Wong
  • Narrated by: Eunice Wong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

In this jaw-dropping, darkly comedic memoir, a young woman comes of age in a dysfunctional Asian family whose members blamed their woes on ghosts and demons when in fact they should have been on antipsychotic meds.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable

  • By Sierra Skye on 2018-11-28

Raw, funny, sarcastic and sometimes poignant.

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-22

Raw, funny, sarcastic and sometimes poignant. The narrator is as amazing as the writer. Have recommended to many and already gifted to my Mom. Lindsay Wong is a fresh voice and I hope she writes more, more, more.

  • The Friend

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Sigrid Nunez
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: Dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Award winning - maybe good for academic discourse

  • By EW on 2019-05-04

Award winning - maybe good for academic discourse

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-04

There were parts that were compelling. Overall the best part was the dog - the most believable of the book's characters.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not impressed

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-07-17

Recommend

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-04

Based on a real World War One spy network, this is definitely a woman's perspective .Good story, good characters, enjoyed although sometimes a little tired of repetitive bits. Would have preferred a novella - or a single perspective ratehr than the two time lines.

  • Future Home of the Living God

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backward, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting characters in a dystopic but relatable

  • By EW on 2019-05-04

Interesting characters in a dystopic but relatable

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-04

Glad I listened to this one but at times it was slow and repetitive. Nice to have author reading.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 789

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (German for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism - but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I riveting book of survival and love

  • By silvercity on 2018-09-26

Surprising

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-04

Loved performance! Story shows the humanity, love and motivations of a "collaborator". Although the atrocities are present, they are not the object of the story. Very sympathetic characters.

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  • My Life with the Eskimo

  • Written by: Vilhjálmur Stefánsson
  • Narrated by: Chris Matthews
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Vilhjálmur Stefánsson left New York in April 1908 to begin his journey northward and into the Arctic Circle. For the next two years, he made his way northward to Victoria Island to study an isolated group of Inuit who still used primitive tools and had strong Caucasian features and whom some believed were descended from Vikings. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Asking for my first refund -many years on Audible

  • By EW on 2019-05-04

Asking for my first refund -many years on Audible

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-04

Will try this book in print - it has some important observations and historical references HOWEVER - the mispronunciation of words, in particular PTOMAINE made listening impossible. Reader is expressive but the expression often seems inappropriate to the words. Asking for a refund! Couldn't finish.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • Written by: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,006

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Memoir

  • By Vicki Anderson on 2018-09-14

Great writing, great true story

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-22

While education is undoubtedly the hero of the story, the characters from the author's life are all heroes, although some are sad or lost. There is a warmth rather than an accusation as she retells her life. Although at first the reader wasn't for me, I now can't imagine a different narrator, she embodies the voice of the author. Do yourself a favour and listen to this.

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