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  • Self Reliance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Alana Munro
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    The most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson's most famous quotations, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This essay is a considered a watershed moment in which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. An American classic.

    Daniel says: "Difficult to Follow Due To Poor Narration"
    "RWE is great, but the narration is lacking"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Emerson is certainly one of the great thinkers of the American experience, however the narration of this text makes it quite challenging to get at the heart of Emerson's point. The narrator seems to lack the feeling and flow that would have really brought Emerson's words alive from the page to the listener's ear.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (465)

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    Dina says: "A Phoenix Rises From the Ashes"
    "Deep read, but a little disconnected."
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    A unique perspective from a troubling youth that fosters a resilient adult. Alan Cumming presents an intriguing character study about his overcoming of a challenging early existence to truly understand his own identity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (791)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "Even better than the movie!"
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    If you could sum up The Descendants in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, Powerful, Humorous


    What did you like best about this story?

    The emotions it evokes in the reader as you go along on this journey.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3576)
    Performance
    (2342)
    Story
    (2361)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "A wonderful performance makes this a better listen"
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    Would you listen to The Poisonwood Bible again? Why?

    Probably not. The book itself is pretty good, the vocal range of the narrator brings this book to life though. From someone who works in ministry and understands some of the baggage brought by missionary families into these settings, I can appreciate and enjoy this book - but not enough for a second read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reality. The book is absolutely humorous in parts, troubling in others, yet in the end you admire the strength of the mother and the daughters as they have endured so much.


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

    Wonderful characters! Great work! The vocals make this book so much better!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9526)
    Performance
    (8679)
    Story
    (8778)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Almost sad the trilogy is over!"
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    Would you listen to Allegiant again? Why?

    Yes! Emma Galvin's narration brings the characters alive in such a way that you feel their strength and insecurity. This is a fantastic series with characters that you want to believe in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Triss and Four have a complicated relationship that never feels too romantic (thankfully), but exemplifies that all relationships must endure great challenges to succeed.


    What does Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The difference between their voices and the words on the page is like the difference between watching a full screen HD 1080p, surround size version of a show v. a black and white tube tv on mute. Kudos for "being" these characters!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9791)
    Performance
    (8818)
    Story
    (8827)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "A great read, thanks for writing again, John!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    Grisham has once again given us the characters and setting that we love so much. Sycamore Road brings us back to the life of Jack Brigance and the people of Ford County. The story is familiar, yet challenging. It keeps the reader moving, but also provides you with comfort. A great read!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Rex Vonner is the most hated lawyer in Ford County, yet the readers of both a Time to Kill and now Sycamore Row are given an insight into the reality that even the most smarmy of all lawyers has heart and principles!


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

    More trouble in Ford County...can Jake continue to fight?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4274)
    Performance
    (3608)
    Story
    (3604)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Its been a while, but this was classic Grisham!"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me going for a while, but the narrator and the characters are what carried me to the end. After about half or two-thirds of the way through the book the end became apparent, but your love for the characters and J.D. Jackson's narration bring you through to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    J.D. Jackson is now one of my favs! Fantastic voice and wonderful job vocally preparing the reader for Grisham's writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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