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  • Stories from the Storm: Hurricane Katrina Survivors, In Their Own Words

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • Narrated By Carter Hooper, Celia Collins, Tom Fitzmorris, and others
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on August 29th, Audible reached out to customers in the affected area to offer help. Many customers responded and several agreed to be interviewed about their experience. Stories from the Storm was recorded in mid-November, in the days when many people were still clearing debris and figuring out how to restart their lives. These riveting stories will remind listeners of the heartbreak, confusion, and perseverance of the Katrina survivors.

    Richard says: "interesting stories from those who experienced it"
    "interesting stories from those who experienced it"
    Overall

    Told in their own words, you can often see what they are talking about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6009)
    Performance
    (3696)
    Story
    (3691)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "introducing a new generation"
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    These books are LONG, but I love that as I have a long commute. The stories wrap you in, and Davina Porter is an excellent narrator. I have learned a great deal of history while following an intriquing story. In this one, the listener will get to know Briana and Roger to a greater depth. I feel like the story of Jamie falls into the background and at times, the story can get a bit longwinded. However, I felt this book was almost setting the stage for the upcoming books. It keeps my attention to the point that I am carrying my phone in my pocket as I do housework with the story on full blast so I can hear it. Thank you for the entertainment! I will be sorry when I finally finish the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven and Hell: Volume Three of the North and South Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (273)

    From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the dramatic conclusion to the North and South saga. The Civil War has ended, but the Hazards and Mains have yet to face their greatest struggles. Even as the embers of old hatreds continue to burn in the heart of a nation torn apart by war, a new future in the West awaits a new generation of Americans seeking a life of their own - and a place to call their own.

    jeffrey says: "Surprisingly good."
    "Not as great as the first two"
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    I went through this whole series, one after another. The third book, while good, was not anywhere near as interesting as the first two. The description of the fight with the Indians with Custer was so vivid, it almost made you sick. I really like the depth of Charles Main's character. On the other end, I felt that few other characters were as developed in this book, as in the others. At times, it felt more like a mish mash of historical facts. Aston was fascinating to watch sink as a result of her own choices. Bent proved to be an interesting character weaving through the books.

    All and all, I am glad I read the last book as I would have always wanted to know what happened with each of the characters. But the fact that this book was not to the level of the quality of story telling as the first two was clear. Still an enjoyable read and a must if you have done the first two books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2765)
    Performance
    (1765)
    Story
    (1791)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Like the Movie, LOVE the book"
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    It is hard to find someone who has not seen the movie, but you don't know Gone with the Wind, until you read the book. There were points where I could see the actors from the movie, and it worked line by line. But more often, I got the story behind the story, more on the thought processes of the characters, and as many have said, so much more on the history of the Civil War, particularly from the southern perspective. What I love is that none of the characters are painted with broad brush strokes as being good or bad; they are all so multi-faceted. Scarlett is a woman way ahead of her time, and could write her own book nowadays on business! This is my favorite of ALL the books I have listened to, and I know I will be listening again. A classic for very good reason. If you have not 'read' this, you are really missing something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3136)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (943)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "lacking character development"
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    I wanted to like this book, but none of the characters were ever really developed to a level that I could feel for them. I got the book because I really enjoy Scott Brick as a narrator and I have enjoyed some more futuristic novels. However, this one didn't hold my interest well. I found the characters cold and the author did not really make them into three dimensional characters. The best job done on that was with the alcoholic mother. Too bad; interesting theory and interesting possibilities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Masks: A Cree Black Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Hecht
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (203)

    Daniel Hecht has created a plausible, heart-stopping ghost thriller. Relying on the science of parapsychology to spine-tingling effect, he brings to life a remarkably compelling character in Cree Black, as well as the ghosts she confronts.

    Joann says: "Unusual thriller"
    "twists in story but narrator is grating"
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    First I have to say that I am not a big fan of ghost stories, but I thought I would try this one out. I'm not sure I will again. The story was interesting but just didn't impress me a great deal. We have a ghost chaser who I really did not find as very likeable. Characters are not well-developed. In fact, I felt the ghosts were more developed as characters than the living and in particular, Cree.

    But my biggest complaint was Anna Fields as a narrator. She had a fine voice for Cree, the main character (a female), but her voice for the men drove me nuts. It was absolutely terrible and made me want to speed past this part. She does the typical female just lowering her voice to sound like a man, which just took away from the story and your ability to see the male characters as anything real, or feel anything about them. I will not get another book read by this narrator. I did give her two stars because she narrated for the female characters and in particular for the female characters from New Orleans well. She did an exceptional job of picking up the New Orleans twang.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steve Pemberton
    • Narrated By Steve Pemberton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    A Chance in the World is the unbelievably true story of a wounded and broken boy destined to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision. Through it all, Steve’s story teaches us that no matter how broken our past, no matter how great our misfortunes, we have it in us to create a new beginning and to build a place where love awaits.

    A User says: "Interesting, moving story"
    "Survival and a man's search for himself"
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    This book started out talking about the abuse a child survived through the foster care system, but I felt was really about a man finding his history and figuring out who he was. There is no arguing that what the author went through was horrific. I am impressed with his resiliency and ability to survive and flourish, based on his background. He can be very proud of that indeed. But at times I felt this book was choppy and that it was really written more as a personal renewal and search for the author. It felt voyeuristic at times. I really didn't like the author's voice as a narrator.

    What I will say that I really liked about this book was that it helped me to better understand my foster son's need to find his history. With foster and adopted children, they need their families to honor their past, and help them seek it out. This book is wonderful in helping parents see that this is vital to a child feeling whole, and means nothing about their feelings about their relationship with them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2402)
    Performance
    (2032)
    Story
    (2019)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Engrossing, yet predictable"
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    I love listening to Scott Brick; excellant narrator. This was also a very good book. I figured out why the lead character was being chased long before the end of the book, but I did not figure out all the twists and turns. Lots of character development and details. I really enjoyed this book. I have to say that at the end of it all, Shep was my favorite character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (945)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "better than the first book"
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    Where does Pandemonium rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have to say that in the first book the narrator really bothered me. in this book, I found her style to be more comfortable. I really liked the fact that the book does go back and forth between then and now. However, it was difficult to see how the two were really tied together. It was almost like reading two different stories. Much faster paced than the first book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ethan Rarick
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (265)

    In late October 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival.

    Roger says: "I REALLY enjoyed this book"
    "Great story"
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    What I really loved about this book was that it didn't try to make someone into a hero or heroine. We read about real people, making decisions for themselves, their families, their pets. One decision different can mean life and death; and it sometimes is just a toss of the coin. At one point a person within the Donner party is the savior and at other times, they make decisions for their personal survival. This story is reality and I really enjoyed it because it was not dressed up as something it wasn't. The people were real with all their frailties. Narration was excellent and held my interest. There were times I drove around the block a few times because I didn't want to shut the story down. Good read and good reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3319)
    Performance
    (2849)
    Story
    (2819)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "It's okay to be quiet"
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    I'm an introvert. When I finished the book, I wanted one on extroversion so I can better understand those I work with and how I can work better with them. Sure this book gives me a lot of that, but I want to understand the extrovert more.

    After feeling devalued at work, this book was so affirming. It helped me to see what I bring to the workplace, and will help me rebuild my confidence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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