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  • Station Eleven

  • Written by: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fan. Friggin. Tastic

  • By Amanda S. on 2018-09-19

refreshingly optimistic post-apocalyptic fiction

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-20

A beautiful and thought provoking glimpse of life after an apocalyptic pandemic.
As a Toronto-residing sci-fi lover I was pleased with how honest and realistic the apocalyptic elements were. What made this book really special however, is the focus on art, culture and maintaining the spirit of humanity in an apocalyptic world.
So much dystopian fiction paints a bleakly violent fantasy of the worst of humanity unleashed; lost to selfish savagery without society to reign in our inner cavemen. While there is certainly darkness and violence in this novel, it is a beautiful story about the struggle to hold on to the best parts of a lost world.

  • Sea of Rust

  • A Novel
  • Written by: C. Robert Cargill
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

It's been 30 years since the apocalypse and 15 years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI - One World Intelligence, the shared consciousness of millions of robots uploaded into one huge mainframe brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable and touching

  • By kate on 2019-03-20

enjoyable and touching

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-20

This book is excellent! Its pace and intensity makes it suitable for light reading or listening on your commute, but it is also thought provoking and emotionally evocative at the same time.

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

  • Written by: Emily M. Danforth
  • Narrated by: Beth Laufer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident. Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to - that she's gay. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth. When she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Meaghan on 2019-06-06

beautiful, moving, funny, sad

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

Reviewed: 2018-06-18

such a great book! I would definetely reccomend this, especially to any young WLW. The characters are very genuine and relatable, especially the protagonist, who you will definetely want to give a real big hug to about 1038475714 times throughout the story. Warning: do not read this in public while wearing mascara.

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she's spent most of her 20-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father's death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London's close-knit Punjabi community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-01-06

definetely reccomend

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

Reviewed: 2018-06-08

part mystery/thriller, part comedy, part light hearted exploration of modern liberal feminism and traditional communities. a suprising and lovely read.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • Written by: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Sara Morrison on 2019-02-27

such a wonderful read

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

Reviewed: 2018-04-20

honestly read this book! Its beautiful, hopeful, emotional, life-affirming and heart wrenching. you will likely cry but its worth it.

  • Before They Are Hanged

  • The First Law: Book Two
  • Written by: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Lawrence on 2019-01-10

good books but sexist

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-08

great books, original & enthralling storyline with amazing characters. pretty sexist tbh, the only female characters are incredibly 2-d.

  • Neuromancer

  • Written by: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn't just explode onto the science fiction scene - it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term "cyberpunk," for easing the way into the information age and Internet society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration was dreadful, book was excellent.

  • By WarriorsDawn on 2018-12-06

boring with empty characters

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-03-31

this sounded like exactly my cup of tea but it was impossible to finish. the characters were two dimensional and the plot wasnt going anywhere fast

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