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  • Rush Home Road (






ABRIDGED) by Lori Lansens Narrated by Ruby Dee

    Rush Home Road

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lori Lansens
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (117)

    When a 70-year-old woman finds a five-year-old girl abandoned on her doorstep, she is thrust into a sorrowful past that can only be conquered with the help of the girl who opened her memory - the very girl she is trying to save. This first novel, according to author Jacquelyn Mitchard, is one of "exquisite power, honesty, and conviction...quite nearly without flaws."

    S. Davis says: "Rush Home Road"
    I Could Listen to Her Read the Phone Book
    Reviewer: Katy B from NY, AudibleListener
    After listening to Lansens' novel The Girls, I had fallen in love with the way she told a story, so I was eager to read Rush Home Road. From the moment I popped my headphones in my ears and I was audibly hugged by the beautiful voice of Ruby Dee, I was hers - hook, line, and sinker. Her deep, intelligent, caring, and wise voice made everything all better. It made everything sound so beautiful and brought Lansens' text alive. Years after hearing Aaaaaddyyy in the drawn out tone of little Sharla I still get all warm inside. Ruby Dee could read the phone book and make it sound wonderful; but listening to her read Rush Home Road, I never wanted my time with her to end. The text itself is rich in detail, and a beautiful story, I found myself crying without knowing it, and laughing out loud too. It's been a few years since I listened to the book for the first time, but sometimes I re-listen - just to feel like I've reconnected with an old friend and found myself a place where I can rest my worries and feed my heart and soul.
  • The Ice Limit (






UNABRIDGED) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Narrated by Scott Brick

    The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2784)
    Performance
    (1541)
    Story
    (1539)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    Suspense Till the Last Page
    Reviewer: terranwill, AudibleListener
    Test Having listened to over 20 audible books, nothing has come close to the experience of Ice Limit, the very first. Scott Brick is the best narrator there is. And Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, long time co-authors, know how to tell a story that holds you in suspense till the last page.
  • The Help (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathryn Stockett Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell

    The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26018)
    Performance
    (12672)
    Story
    (12714)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    Outstanding Performances
    Reviewer: Christopher, AudibleListener
    This book is incredible and it makes for a perfect first listen since the actresses do such a good job with all of the characters and voices. I'm honestly sure that some other audiobooks might disappoint after this one!
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream (






UNABRIDGED) by Paulo Coelho Narrated by Jeremy Irons

    The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3113)
    Performance
    (1806)
    Story
    (1822)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Linda says: "Marvelous Book & Expressive Reader"
    Inspiring Story Time
    Reviewer: Leslie, AudibleListener
    I first read this book while I was traveling abroad and couldn't stop thinking about it and suggesting it to others to the point that I just kept giving my copy away and buying myself another. At work one day I told my friend about it and he suggested looking to see if it was in audiobook form. To my delight we found it and immediately downloaded and listened to it during the day. Being that the book is only 4 hours it's very satisfying and moving. It can change the course of your day or your whole life. Jeremy Irons has a terrific voice and storytelling ability that it makes the story come to life even more. This is a wonderful story that I can't recommend enough.
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (






UNABRIDGED) by Gregory Maguire Narrated by John McDonough

    Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3988)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1722)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    What an Enjoyment
    Reviewer: vjhaywood, AudibleListener
    I have to say I enjoyed this book from start to finish. The narrator does a wonderful job and keeps you interested during the story. It's very hard for me to sit down to read a book with a reading disorder - dyslexia - without getting frustrated and disappointed in myself for not sticking to it. So I turned to Audible, and all the books I have ever had interest in are available to my ears. I can't express how much I enjoy listening to books now, I missed out on so much and it's been wonderful catching up. I now have over 70 books in my library and every day I have my iPhone playing a book. Thank you so much for bringing the written word to life. It has giving me a chance to read without difficulty.
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day (






ABRIDGED) by David Sedaris Narrated by David Sedaris

    Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3381)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1133)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    Laughed Until I Cried
    Reviewer: Terri, AudibleListener
    What a way to begin what is now years of audiobook listening! I must have looked like a fool driving while laughing so hard I had tears running down my face! I now know that most authors are awful narrators, but not Sedaris (or Bill Bryson, BTW). This is the only audiobook I have listened to more than once, and it still makes me laugh.
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (






ABRIDGED) by Max Brooks Narrated by Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, Rob Reiner

    World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5096)
    Performance
    (3378)
    Story
    (3388)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    My first (and still my best)
    Reviewer: Evan, AudibleListener
    My introduction to Audible began with this recommendation from friends. I downloaded this for a car trip from Austin, Texas to my native Minneapolis and was floored the moment I listened to the narrative of World War Z. It's simply a gripping story about post-apocalypse Earth told by Max Brooks and a riveting cast - THIS IS A MUST DOWNLOAD FOR ANY SCIENCE FICTION ENTHUSIAST!!! I cannot possibly give enough praise to justify the awesomeness of this book.
  • Every Which Way but Dead (






UNABRIDGED) by Kim Harrison Narrated by Marguerite Gavin

    Every Which Way but Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1174)

    Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

    Ananda says: "oh! the trashy goodness!"
    Too Good to Put Away!
    Reviewer: ladydeathz, AudibleListener
    My husband and I are long haul commercial drivers. I have the night shift, graveyard. I listen to audible books to help the night go by faster. My shift is usually 11 hours straight. This series is one of the best! My shift had ended and I just couldn't put the ipod down! I pulled in a parking spot at the rest area and kept quiet so I could finish the chapter! This is a great series. I can't wait until the next book comes out next year! I recommend this series to all my friends.
  • South of Broad (






UNABRIDGED) by Pat Conroy Narrated by Mark Deakins

    South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (333)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    karen says: "Wanted very much to like this book, but....."
    Inspiring
    Reviewer: askpre, AudibleListener
    This book made me want to be a better person. I rarely re-listen to books, but this one I keep going back to.
  • The Traveler (






UNABRIDGED) by John Twelve Hawks Narrated by Scott Brick

    The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (417)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    Listening Is More About the Narrator
    Reviewer: ru12bseen, AudibleListener
    I love to read. But, like so many of you, I find it difficult with four children, work, etc... to read all I would like. This is how I got into Audible. The thing I learned is that audiobooks are greatly (if not dependent) upon the narrator. I recommended this book for two reasons. First, it is an excellent book. Second, it will introduce you to one of the best (if not the best) audiobook narrators in the business. Scott Brick brings the story to life. Enjoy!
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