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KEVIN

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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27184)
    Performance
    (13806)
    Story
    (13852)

    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!"
    "A great surprise"
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    Based on the trailer for the film I had no interest in this story. After seeing the very high ratings the audio book has received I decided to give it a try and am pleased I did. The story is engrossing from the beginning, beautifully structured and poetically written. Listening to it I am transported completely to another place and time and I developed a great affection for several characters in the story. It is a much more nuanced and sophisticated telling than the film trailer suggests. I am so glad I gave it a chance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (439)

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
    "Comedy Club"
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    This wasn't so much an audiobook as it was the audio of a one-person show. Not that it really mattered. Short, and yet a little long in parts, this was an enjoyable listen of her spiritual journey. Julia tells the story of her ambitious, loyal effort to retain a belief in the God she grew up with. I was interested to listen as my study of Judaism had led me to the surprising discovery that many ritual-following, synagogue-going Jews are actually atheists and I am still struggling to understand why. Julia's upbringing was Catholic but I thought her story might shed more light on how it is people "lose" their religion, or keep their religion but subtract the belief in God. I can't say I gained any insights that I didn't already have but it was an enjoyable journey to take with her for a little less than 3 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Nathan Englander
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall, Kirbey Heyborne, Lincoln Hoppe, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    The title story, inspired by Raymond Carver’s masterpiece, is a provocative portrait of two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game. In the outlandishly dark “Camp Sundown” vigilante justice is undertaken by a group of geriatric campers in a bucolic summer enclave. “Free Fruit for Young Widows” is a small, sharp study in evil, lovingly told by a father to a son. “Sister Hills” chronicles the history of Israel’s settlements from the eve of the Yom Kippur War through the present, a political fable constructed around the tale of two mothers who strike a terrible bargain to save a child.

    Avi Stachenfeld says: "Englander at his best!"
    "Unexpected"
    Overall
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    This was a poetic mix of short stories, some so different from the others that it was as if they were by different authors, but all held together with a common theme of the tension between the old and contemporary Jewish experiences. As a non-Jew who is interested in and studies Judaism, I wanted a contemporary, literary perspective on Jewish life that included both observant and secular points of view. I got much more than I expected. Some of the stories are light and easy, some dark and troubling, one read as a writing from the Ketuvim, which is to say biblical. A memorable listen, unexpected in its broadness, affecting in its humanness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18036)
    Performance
    (13880)
    Story
    (13823)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Love her or...is there any other option?"
    Overall
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    Tina Fey is endearingly self-deprecating and it was a pleasure to listen to someone I would consider stalk-worthy efface herself to the point where I felt like I had shared a bunkbed with her through all of childhood. That's pretty cool. The behind-the-scenes story of her SNL stint are hilarious. I work across the street from 30 Rock in NYC and can't look out the window of my office without scanning for jars of pee in the window sills across 49th Street. Listen and you will understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3512)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1473)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Stays with you"
    Overall
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    Story

    This was a quick listen and just right. The premise is dark and, ultimately, deeply sad. Many times while listening I wondered what was going on in the time it was written and the possibilities for symbolism and cultural cues of that time are rich and provactive. So it was a thoughtful listen, too. The performance was a bit overly dramatic for me at times, and thus a little distracting, but easily forgiven. I recommend it for those who are in the mood to go someplace less cheerful and hopeful for a brief time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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