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  • City of Girls

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Blair Brown
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By John on 2019-06-25

So Wonderful! A book every women should savor .

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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: 2019-07-21

In a world, so quick to judge and tell us who we should be, this book celebrates the beauty of difference and non-judgment. Italso celebrates all types of love, especially those between women, and how transformative real, non-judgmental friendship is...one of life's greatest gifts. Blessings on your journey, as I have this book to be a journey and hope that journey finds truth for you too.

  • Dear Evelyn

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Kathy Page
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Born between the wars on a working-class London street, Harry Miles wins a scholarship and a chance to escape his station, but discovers instead that poetry is what offers him real direction. While searching for more of it he meets Evelyn Hill on the steps of Battersea Library. The two fall in love as the world prepares once again for war, but their capacity to care for each other over the ensuing decades becomes increasingly tested.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story of Relationship

  • By ANNE on 2019-07-04

A Story of Relationship

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-04

I must admit that this story starts slow but I encourage you to persevere as it develops into a beautiful and devastating story of the life of a relationship. It demonstrates how the ghosts of one's past can linger in sinister ways that disrupt one's true intention to be their best self. Some of the characters you will love and others are more complicated and difficult to understand. in the end though, it demonstrates how relationships require continuous work both individually and as a couple. This is not a book of happy endings and romance but rather, a realistic analysis of the parts we chose to share and what we keep hidden.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved!!

  • By Diana Geary on 2018-06-10

I LOVED THIS BOOK!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-10

I cannot say enough about how wonderful this book is. It is beautifully written and equally makes you laugh and cry. It is a story of survival, loss, acceptance, and the importance of human connection. I loved the character Elenor so, so much that it is a little hard to say goodbye. This may well be my new favorite book.

  • Next Year in Havana

  • Written by: Chanel Cleeton
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia, Frankie Maria Corzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, 19-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest - until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary...Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee during the revolution. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brought me back to Cuba

  • By marcplouffe on 2018-08-03

Breathtakingly Beautiful.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-18

I came across this book by accident and its words swept me away to a Cuba I have seen and a Cuba that I have read about. This book is romantic and touching and heartbreaking all at the same time. It offers some wonderful history, as well as, a darkness that loomed during the revolution. I did not know the full extent of how the revolution of 1959 broke Cuba. I also did not know the extent of the Cuban spirit, although, in reflection I can now see the desire to endure despite of so many obstacles that was present when I traveled there. To read this may change how you feel about your travels to Cuba. I hope it does. Moreover, to read this book will offer you an in depth look into how the human spirit can prevail.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Starlight

  • Written by: Richard Wagamese
  • Narrated by: Wesley French
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 74

The final novel from Richard Wagamese, the best-selling and beloved author of Indian Horse and Medicine Walk, centres on an abused woman on the run who finds refuge on a farm owned by an Indigenous man with wounds of his own. A profoundly moving novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion - and the land's ability to heal us. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end - and it didn't

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-04-01

Stunning. There are no words to express my thanks

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Reviewed: 2018-09-01

I thank you, Mr. Wagamese for your last gift of words that have penetrated my soul and though a dedicated reader of many authors and stories, you have come to be my favorite. It is in your complex yet simple text that I have come to know a little more of myself and the beauty of redemption. Sleep well my friend. I shall feel you in the land always.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE Best books I have ever read!!

  • By Darlene Rempel on 2017-11-17

Exceedingly Wonderful and Heartbreaking.

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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: 2018-06-06

Sometimes you cross over a book that you know will stay with you always. Within the pages of this book, you will meet characters that you so desperately love and some that you will hate. You will see how poverty, class and status have and continue to guide decision making. Lisa Wingate offers a glance inside the horror of baby mills and botched adoptions...but moreover, highlights the immense importance of sharing one's story and the connection one has to their family history. Please read. You will be disappointed.

  • Medicine Walk

  • Written by: Richard Wagamese
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

By the celebrated author of Canada Reads Finalist Indian Horse, a stunning new novel that has all the timeless qualities of a classic, as it tells the universal story of a father/son struggle in a fresh, utterly memorable way, set in dramatic landscape of the BC Interior. For male and female readers equally, for readers of Joseph Boyden, Cormac McCarthy, Thomas King, Russell Banks, and general literary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reaches into your soul and grabs your heart

  • By Georgina on 2018-03-14

Beautiful.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-03-09

This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It will stay with me always.

  • 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 635
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

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

Beautiful, complex and heartbreaking.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-02-28

This is a story about the lies we tell ourselves and the elements of life that are most important. It weaves the complexity of ethnicity, socioeconomic class and gender into a story that we can all relate to on some level. How do we view ourselves? How do we view each other? It's very timely in this unsettling time. The prose of this book blend so much that it is difficult to put into short text. Celest Ng has truly mastered the craft of writing with such depth and honesty. She begs the reader to really define their truth or in the least, acknowledge the skewed lens many of us might see the world.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • Written by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful! Such an evolved and yet simple

  • By ANNE on 2017-12-31

Beautiful! Such an evolved and yet simple

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Reviewed: 2017-12-31

This is wonderful book about overcoming great obstacles. Inspiring on every level. I loved it!!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful