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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
3.99
A truly fascinating story, told well enough, but also, without question, the worst audiobook I've ever listened to.

I couldn't even finish the audio,...more
Oct 2012
Oct 24, 2012
 
I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
3.08
**spoiler alert** More like two and a half stars, and one of those is for the recipes. I just feel embarrassed for Melucci.

I don't have any patience...more
Jan 2010
Jan 25, 2010
 
The Kitchen House
4.15
The ratings average for this book is BLOWING MY MIND. I found the writing to be absolutely terrible, and the plot, if you can even call it that, is un...more
Feb 2013
Feb 14, 2013
 
The Submission
3.65
2.5 stars. Waldman has a nice way with prose, and the amount of research that must have gone into this book is impressive. I just found it to all be v...more
Oct 2012
Oct 01, 2012
 
Mary Reilly
3.60
Fanfiction that dramatically improves its source material is really, really good fanfiction. I first read this ten or so years ago and liked it, but I...more
Aug 2011
Jul 23, 2011
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.03
Really mixed feelings. The story is interesting, sure, but in the end, isn't Skloot just another white person cashing in on the Lacks family?

The stor...more
Apr 2012
Mar 29, 2012
 
The Solitude of Prime Numbers
3.57
Cold, austere, and a little bit unbelievable, but the writing is beautiful.

This quote came up in book group today: "Choices are made in brief seconds...more
May 2012
May 12, 2012
 
The Geometry of Sisters (Newport, Rhode Island, #1)
3.76
Ludicrous and poorly written. This is why book group selection privileges should belong to the librarian.
Jun 2010
Jun 23, 2010
 
Ellen Foster
3.70
The first really good book I've read in way too long.
Dec 2012
Dec 11, 2012
 
Sula
3.81
My first Toni Morrison, and it blew me away. Beautifully crafted. The kind of writing that makes me grateful for the ability to read.
Mar 2014
Feb 25, 2014
 
Tomato Red
3.81
Five stars for the writing alone. Wow.
Nov 2013
Nov 18, 2013
 
One Day
3.73
**spoiler alert** Four stars up until July 15, 2004.
Jun 2011
Jun 25, 2011
 
Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
3.67
Great writing, but this book deteriorates rapidly once Gabrielle gets married and becomes a completely, COMPLETELY unlikable person.
Jan 2013
Jan 07, 2013
 
My Life in France
4.13
I don't think I'm enough of a Julia Child fan for this book. I got through it, but frequently found myself bored.
Nov 2013
Oct 22, 2013
 
Bel Canto
3.90
A really fascinating build-up to nothing much. Oh well, I enjoyed the ride.
Jan 2011
Jan 14, 2011
 
Heft
3.98
I am going to miss this book.
Jun 2012
Jun 03, 2012
 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
4.08
Second reading of this book, this time for a book group, and I enjoyed it perhaps a bit more this second time around. The conversation it produced was...more
Oct 2013
Oct 25, 2010
 
Gilead
3.80
Painful.
Aug 2012
Aug 02, 2012
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.90
Yeah, book club is over, I don't have to finish this.
Feb 2014
Feb 13, 2014
 
The Painted Veil
3.87
None
Feb 2012
Feb 20, 2012
 
American Wife
3.69
None
Mar 2010
Mar 19, 2010
 
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
3.75
None
Jul 2011
Jul 17, 2011
 
Life of Pi
3.86
None
Feb 2010
Feb 19, 2010
 
Half Broke Horses
4.01
None
Sep 2011
Aug 29, 2011
 
King Lear
3.88
None
Oct 2011
Oct 13, 2011
 
What Was Lost
3.46
None
Dec 2011
Dec 05, 2011
 
The Corrections
3.74
None
Feb 2012
Jan 13, 2012
 
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
3.91
None
Jan 2012
Jan 22, 2012
 
Black Swan Green
3.96
None
Jun 2010
May 21, 2010
 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
4.02
None
Jan 2009
Jan 05, 2009
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