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  • Brother, I'm Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edwidge Danticat
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Award-winning, best-selling author Edwidge Danticat taps her exceptional storytelling gifts for this memoir of the two men who raised her. When the author was only four years old, her parents emigrated from Haiti to New York in search of a better life, leaving their daughter in the care of her uncle Joseph. A peaceful pastor in Port-au-Prince, Joseph raised Edwidge with the love and devotion of a father, despite facing many hardships in politically turbulent Haiti.

    Chandra says: "A Superb Reflection"
    "A poignant look at a family and their homeland"
    Overall

    The wonderful writer, Edwina Dandicat, recounts her life and the life of her family, particularly the Haitian uncle with whom she spent her early childhood. I listened to this just as the recent earthquake and its devastation was being broadcast on all the media and it gave me a human context to the recent history, the land, and its people. However, beyond that, it is a powerful memoir of a family, their love, their courage, and the ties that bind. I enjoyed the reading very much. It enhanced the story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4597)
    Performance
    (2067)
    Story
    (2056)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Great Performances --- Creative Character"
    Overall

    Although the premise of the book sounds morbid, it is an interesting and ultimately redemptive book. It is told in the voice of a 5 year old with other characters being voiced in this recording as well.(as other characters with different readers). What is particularly interesting and creative about this book is the way it imagines a young character trying to make sense of a limited world and what lies outside it. Its orignilality and warmth make it a wonderful experience, and the readers are excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27331)
    Performance
    (13940)
    Story
    (13988)

    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!"
    "excellent performances"
    Overall

    While I greatly enjoyed this book and found it an interesting reminder of conditions in our country not so long ago, I thought that the readers on this recording made it particularly outstanding. The variety of voices and the acting made this feel almost like watching a very engrossing theater performance. It was hard to stop listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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