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  • The Boat

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nam Le
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A stunningly inventive, deeply moving fiction debut: stories that take us from the slums of Colombia to the streets of Tehran; from New York City to Iowa City; from a tiny fishing village in Australia to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea, in a masterly display of literary virtuosity and feeling.

    Ryan says: "well-crafted, wears literary aspirations on sleeve"
    "Well Done"
    Overall

    guess I am not a short story listener. I wish they'd put a longer break at the end of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Feast of Love: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles Baxter
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In vignettes both comic and sexy, the owner of a coffee shop recalls the day his first wife seemed to achieve a moment of simple perfection, while she remembers the women's softball game during which she was stricken by the beauty of the shortstop. A young couple spends hours at the coffee shop fueling the idea of their fierce love. A professor of philosophy, stopping by for a cup of coffee, makes a valiant attempt to explain what he knows to be the inexplicable workings of the human heart.

    A User says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    The narration is really good. You would think that different people are reading it. I felt like I knew them. Because I'm not very good listener, I listened to it twicet was good the second time! I picked up things I missed the first time around.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Laney Salisbury, Aly Sujo
    • Narrated By Marty Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (156)

    Here is a tautly paced investigation of one the 20th century's most audacious art frauds, which generated hundreds of forgeries - many of them still hanging in prominent museums and private collections today. Provenance is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history.

    Andy says: "reads like a thriller"
    "A great learning experience"
    Overall

    A fascinating story of real-life adventure and detective work. It included information about the reality of forensic evidence with art works. The characters are unbelievable -- but true.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (518)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "Eloquent and courageous story"
    Overall

    This brave book explores and explodes many of the myths behind what makes up real Islamic culture. This is a culture where women still are living under repressive conditions in the "modern" Islam world. Her brave journey from her tribal beginnings to a think tank in the is remarkable. Her courage and trials make her a trailblazer for generations to come. With a generous spirit she does not hate the Islamic people but rather the repressive interpretation of the Koran which has kept their culture at a standstill for hundreds of years.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The State of Jones: The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By John Stauffer, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The State of Jones is a true story about the South during the Civil War, the real South. Not the South that has been mythologized in novels and movies, but an authentic, hardscrabble place where poor men were forced to fight a rich man's war for slavery and cotton. In Jones County, Mississippi, a farmer named Newton Knight led his neighbors, white and black alike, in an insurrection against the Confederacy at the height of the Civil War.

    Jonnie says: "A must read for Civil War and history buffs"
    "Very good"
    Overall

    This is the first history book I have listened to. A very interesting look at reconstruction. I was more interested in the stories of the people than of the war. I had to skip the stories about the war. I am kind of amazed that I had never heard of a county that secedefrom the Confederation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (315)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "WELL DONE"
    Overall

    I knew little about this time, and it came alive for me. A solid story with good writing. I have long been a fan of Barbara Kingsolver.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18271)
    Performance
    (12408)
    Story
    (12309)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Not worth the time"
    Overall

    the Scottish voice is nice, but not worth the time. I got halfway through, but then had to quit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (30)

    From the best-selling author of Because of Winn-Dixie comes the moving story of an 11-year-old boy, Rob Horton, who finds a caged tiger in the woods behind the hotel where he lives with his father. With the help of his new friend, Sistine Bailey, Rob must decide what to do with his discovery and at the same time come to terms with his past.

    Donna says: "Tiger Rising"
    "amazing"
    Overall

    I loved this book. As a book for young readers, I was delightfully surprised as I enjoyed it very much for myself as It has very mature issues. I was thinking about it for my 10 year old nephew, but it is not for him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George Speare
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (129)

    Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely.

    Susan says: "Great characters - a delightful listen!"
    "a good listen"
    Overall

    the story is simple, but engaging

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mudbound

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hillary Jordan
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (259)

    Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

    Betty says: "May this South never rise again."
    "a good listen"
    Overall

    the ending was worth coming through World War II. Reminds me of how much I have to be grateful for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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