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Betsy

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  • Clay’s Quilt: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Silas House
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Clay’s Quilt was a Book Sense '76 Pick and was nominated for the Southeastern Booksellers Book of the Year and the Appalachian Writers Association Book Award. Clay Sizemore loves his home in Free Creek, but he longs for more. Since the death of his mother when he was four, he has felt the absence of family. His father left, and he has no siblings. But finally, through the love of others, he is able to create a place of his own.

    Avid Reader says: "Great narration"
    "Fantastic author, perfectly narrated"
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    2nd time through Clay's Quilt this year. Silas House writes beautifully & narrated by one of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gather ‘Round the Sound: Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
    Overall
    (4819)
    Performance
    (4239)
    Story
    (4232)

    2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

    ZOE R says: "Holidays"
    "Mixed Review"
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    i really liked the documentary about zip code 12345.

    The Dickens story didn't have anything to do with the holidays.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By Rosario Dawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46159)
    Performance
    (43109)
    Story
    (42972)

    Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

    will says: "A ferrari with no motor"
    "Wait for the Movie Instead"
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    Meh. Sophomore slump. Interesting world building, but most of the characters were pretty stereotypical. I felt like I was reading the script for a blockbuster action film. I hope in his next book Weir goes back to his creativity and genius the inspired The Martian.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Upstanders: Season 1 (FREE)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Howard Schultz, Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    • Narrated By Michael B. Jordan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (455)

    What are Upstanders? Let's start with this: They are the opposite of bystanders. They are problem solvers and protestors, students and parents, professionals and civic leaders. Some fight injustice; others fearlessly challenge the status quo. They are ordinary people who are making extraordinary differences in their communities and beyond. From Salt Lake City to Memphis to Baltimore, Upstanders remind us that participation in civic life has no bounds - and that we can all be the change we wish to see in the world.

    djhurt says: "Falls short"
    "Refreshing Alternative to the News"
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    In these days when the media can't seem to cover anything but depressing news, its refreshing to hear about people doing good things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14145)
    Performance
    (12588)
    Story
    (12571)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "Great Characters & Narration"
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    Thanks #Audible20 for getting me to step outside my genres. Hang on for last chapter!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Butterflies in November

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Audur Ava Olafsdottir
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    After a day of being dumped - twice - and accidentally killing a goose, a young woman yearns for a tropical vacation far away from the chaos of her life. Instead, her plans are thrown off course by her best friend’s four-year-old deaf-mute son, thrust into her reluctant care. But when the boy chooses the winning numbers for a lottery ticket, the two of them set off on a road trip across Iceland with a glove compartment stuffed full of their jackpot earnings.

    Betsy says: "A Very Quiet, Enjoyable Book"
    "A Very Quiet, Enjoyable Book"
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    Low-key Icelandic novel. Well narrated to convey the dry humor of the story. Good characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hate U Give

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Angie Thomas
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14138)
    Performance
    (13198)
    Story
    (13157)

    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

    Michael - Audible says: "What a story!"
    "Best Book I've Read This Year"
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    Please read this! Wonderful characters make this very important story readable, personal & even humorous at times. This was the best book & best narrative I've read in 2017.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1068)

    When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: He wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems and 78 essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine - growing up dirt poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman.

    Tom says: "True connection"
    "A True Storyteller, Please Listen in Audio!"
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    Sometimes I hesitate about a book when the author narrates it. Not so here! Sherman Alexie's storytelling absolutely made this book. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (named for the Patsy Cline song) is one of my top reads - and listens - of the year. Please, please, please read the audio version of this book! It was meant to be heard aloud. If you're familiar with Alexie's writing, this book is not like his other ones. It's not a humorous book; in fact, it's painfully intimate. It's his memoir of growing up in poverty on the Spokane Indian Reservation, with alcoholic parents He wrote book after his mother died as both a tribute to her and as a way to come to terms with their complicated relationship. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me was painful to listen to, and I didn't want it to end.
    “Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2669)
    Performance
    (2398)
    Story
    (2404)

    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    The Reading Date says: "Quirky Bursts of Humor"
    "I Enjoyed This Odd Book"
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    Quirky collection of...what? Short stories, imaginative wanderings? Maybe it's for you, maybe not. Great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41333)
    Performance
    (36898)
    Story
    (36900)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Elizabeth says: "Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review"
    "Beautiful."
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    This is one of the best books I've read this year, one of those novels you dont want to end. The narrator took some getting used to, but his style grew on me. The audiobook might have benefited from 2 narrators, though, one for each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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