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MORRISTOWN, NJ, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The first elected woman president of an African country, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was also listed as one of the world’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes. This evocative memoir recounts Sirleaf ’s childhood upbringing and rise to political power in Liberia. More than a simple biography, Sirleaf ’s account details how she stood firm in the face of physical abuse early in life and carried that strength over into her career as a young economist in Samuel Doe’s regime.

    Gary says: "What a powerfully strong woman!"
    "What a powerfully strong woman!"
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    Performance
    Story

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is an amazing woman who continues to provide an absolutely message by living a incredible life. She overcame such challenging situations and demonstrated the impact of following your passion and remaining steadfast to your beliefs. Outstanding listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15791)
    Performance
    (14006)
    Story
    (14044)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Love this book! This story had me captivated with the twists and turns of a well written story. Every time I went to put it down something would happen that made me want to continue. The narrators are fantastic and brought the story to life. I've heard different perspectives on the ending...but I thought it was appropriate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nelson Mandela
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (255)

    Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world.

    History says: "Surprisingly honest autobiography."
    "Very Long...But Amazing History"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm a big fan of Nelson Mandela and appreciate his incredible accomplishments and contributions to the South Africa and the world. However, let me warn you, if you are primarily interested in his experience in prison and afterwards this is not the book for you. That time in his life is only a small portion of the book. This book documents his life leading up to the more well known time in Mandela's life. Outstanding narrator!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1652)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (707)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "This is a must listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Here is a classic example where excellent writing is paired with a marvelous narrator to create a remarkable experience. The Shadow of the Wind is a fantastic story that has many twists and turns as the main character unravels the truth regarding a famous author and his life. But the true star of this book is the narrator, Jonathan Davis. His voice and approach to this book carries you on a journey to the little Cemetery of Forgotten Books in 1945 Barcelona, Spain. This is one I could not put down.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Copper Bracelet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Jeffery Deaver, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (275)

    Two years after the events of the Audiobook of the Year - The Chopin Manuscript - former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his Volunteers once again must crack a secretive conspiracy that not only threatens their lives, but the stability of the world. Their race against time will take them from London to the U.S. to Russia and beyond. And at the heart of it all is one question: What is the secret of the Copper Bracelet?

    Daniel says: "A Big Ugly MESS!"
    "I loved it!"
    Overall

    I'm having a difficult time understanding the negative reviews of this book. I thought this book was better if not just as good as the Chopin Manuscript. I felt each chapter was well written and complimented each other wonderfully. In addition, Alfred Molina was outstanding as the narrator just as he was with the Chopin Manuscript. Yes the beginning introduced many characters. However, once you understand the players it is a thriller that keeps you engrossed until the very end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Inside the Beltway

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Margaret Truman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A Washington call girl is found bludgeoned to death in her Adams-Morgan apartment. As police detectives scour the apartment, they find a digital video camera nestled high among books on a shelf. Had she used the camera to video some of her clients during their sexual romps? Then they discover a small, book-sized DVD case, full with the exception of two slots. Could they possibly get lucky? Is the murder on one of those disks?

    Snoodely says: "Political Cynicism from One who Ought to Know"
    "Good Political Listen"
    Overall

    Murder Inside the Beltway develops a story of murder and intrigue within a political backdrop. There are a few good twists and turns. The narrator takes some getting used to with his raspy voice. However, I would oonsider this a solid listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5041)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1274)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Great follow up by Khaled Hosseini"
    Overall

    Another spectacular book from Khaled Hosseini. Where the Kite Runner focused on a friendship between males this is from a female perspective. This book incorporates a great story with real events in Afghanistan history. I'm so happy I listened to the book rather than read it. Khaled Hosseini authentic narration made me feel like I was revisiting a familiar area of the world. It also helped me fully understand the struggle women have at that time (and still today).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6488)
    Performance
    (1816)
    Story
    (1835)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Outstanding Listen"
    Overall

    One of the best books I've listened to. The story was outstanding and combined with the author doing the narration made the book come to life. I became emotionally invested in this book. Never before has a book touched me in such a strong way. Having the author narrate the book you were able to feel like you were there in Afghanastan. Everyone should listen and share the experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Syrup

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Maxx Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    When Scat comes up with an idea for the hottest new soda ever, he's sure he'll retire as the next savvy marketing success story. But in the treacherous waters of corporate America, there are no sure things. Suddenly Scat finds himself scrambling to save not only his idea, but his yet-to-be-realized career. With the help of a scarily beautiful and brainy girl called 6, he sets out on a mission to reclaim the fame and fortune that, time and again, elude him.

    Kris says: "Perfect Satire"
    "Light Reading"
    Overall

    This was a very fun and light read. Not many twists and turns but still very funny satire. The book presents an interesting and accurate perspective of corporate america and especially the male dominated marketing world. Scott Brick adds to the quality of the writing with his outstanding narrator skills.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo, completed by Carol Gino
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Mario Puzo first answered the question 'What is a family?' with the creation of the Corleones in his landmark best seller The Godfather. Now, 30 years later, Puzo enriches us all with his ultimate vision of the subject: the story of the greatest crime family in Italian history, the Borgias.

    Javier says: "Dark and Intelligent"
    "Outstanding look at the Papacy"
    Overall

    This book provides a detailed look at the Pope and his family during the 15th century. The detail and complexity of the story leaves the reader continually wanting more. Puzo definitely made a successful connection between the power of the Pope and the Mafia. The narrator only added to the experience and intrigue. I doubt I would have liked the book as much if I read it myself. The narrator made me feel like I was watching dramatic Broadway play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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