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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1425)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1252)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "Story came to life."
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    If you could sum up The Grapes of Wrath in three words, what would they be?

    Enduring classic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Timeless societal relevance.


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    A few character voices sounded to similar.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Certainly was moving and captivating for this listener.


    Any additional comments?

    A classic that comes to life with audio performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    Benjamin Button was literally born an old man. He lived a backwards life, for his body grew younger as the years passed him by. Come and listen to the original, unabridged story by F. Scott Fitzgerald which inspired the movie.

    Nothing really matters says: "But why?"
    "Good listen"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Voice for Benjamin at different life stages was a positive aspect for the listener.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a strangely cute short story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (2403)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (455)

    In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy".

    Ronald says: "Barack Obama is an inspirng speaker"
    "Read by author."
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    If you could sum up The Audacity of Hope in three words, what would they be?

    Good to hear author reading literary work.


    What does Barack Obama bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Clear and succinct orator.


    Any additional comments?

    Rather brief, thought I had gotten the unabridged version but apparently did not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oil!

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (142)

    As he did so masterfully in The Jungle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair interweaves social criticism with human tragedy to create an unforgettable portrait of Southern California's early oil industry. Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

    Gregory says: "an outstanding book"
    "Great listen."
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    What did you love best about Oil!?

    Era of story that depicted the early oil boom and industry dynamics in California.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Oil!?

    Details illuminated the power, money and control that motivate and dominate politics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not plan to listen in one sitting but it held a high level of interest and looked forward to the next time I was able to listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Thomas Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Lundeen
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Myths about Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADD/ADHD) abound. This disorder frequently goes unrecognized, and even when diagnosed may be inadequately treated. In this up-to-date and clearly written audiobook, a leading expert offers a new way of understanding ADD. Drawing on recent findings in neuroscience and a rich variety of case histories from his own clinical practice, Dr. Thomas E. Brown describes what ADD syndrome is, how it can be recognized at different ages, and how it can best be treated.

    Suzanne Grace says: "Lots of good technical information on ADD"
    "Benefit for listeners"
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    What made the experience of listening to Attention Deficit Disorder the most enjoyable?

    Beneficial information within this book.


    What about Tim Lundeen’s performance did you like?

    Performance was acceptable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction. It was an informative type content not a novel.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Few books have so affected radical social changes as The Jungle, first published serially in 1906. Exposing unsanitary conditions in the meat-packing industry in Chicago, Sinclair's novel gripped Americans by the stomach, contributing to the passage of the first Food and Drug Act. If you’ve never read this classic novel, don't be put off by its gruesome reputation. Upton Sinclair was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who could turn even an exposé into a tender and moving novel.

    Dave Hedley says: "This is a view in to America before the New Deal"
    "Great audio version of a classic."
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    Where does The Jungle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Jungle rates very high on my list of audio books that I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were well done.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George Guidall performed well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many points were moving due to the era and content of the story that illuminated persistent toil and struggle for those who were virtually invisible within society.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington Square (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Henry James’ stories are classic gems of subtle wit and irony. Set in the exacting social landscape of New York City at the turn of the century, Washington Square is the tale of a wealthy but shy young woman caught between conflicting family expectations. John McDonough’s warm narration traces her remarkable inner journey.

    Eenee says: "Timeless Classic and insightful"
    "Good listen"
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    If you could sum up Washington Square (Recorded Books Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable listening experience.


    Which character – as performed by John McDonough – was your favorite?

    John McDonough was a good narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this was not a book I planned to listen to in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kathleen Nadeau, Judith Kolberg
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (57)

    From authors Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau comes an essential guide to organization written with the unique needs of ADD sufferers in mind. Here are strategies that work from a professional organizer and a renowned ADD clinician.

    Sebastien says: "Helpful and reassuring"
    "helpful"
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    Where does ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life?

    Helpful tips that are reasonable and doable for the ADDer.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Proper annunciation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tangible tactics.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this was a good book that contained quality information but narrator mispronunciations are grating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delivered From Distraction: Get the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (273)

    In 1994, Driven to Distraction sparked a revolution in our understanding of attention deficit disorder. Now a second revolution is under way in the approach to ADD, and the news is great. Drug therapies, our understanding of the role of diet and exercise, even the way we define the disorder, all are changing radically. And doctors are realizing that millions of adults suffer from this condition, though the vast majority of them remain undiagnosed and untreated.

    Lincoln says: "Excellent Book on ADD"
    "Must read!"
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    Would you listen to Delivered From Distraction again? Why?

    Yes, it is comprehensive and digestible information on ADD that will certainly benefit on a 2nd listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Balanced and informative. Provided concrete examples and situations which allowed listener to identify with and connect to information and relationship with ADD.


    Which character – as performed by Dan Cashman – was your favorite?

    Good narration.


    What did you learn from Delivered From Distraction that you would use in your daily life?

    Alot!


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent book which I have already recommended to several people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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