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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,462

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Wow?!?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Such a unique novel. Wonderful theatrical narration. But the story....? It was a lot to take in. There would be a lot of benefit to reading this in a book group so you could chew through it and process. I am going to be thinking and puzzling on it for a while, and entirely unsure if I should read it again!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Water Is Wide

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743

The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence – unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conroy's early autobiography

  • By SarahHouston on 10-22-10

Devotion

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-17

The testimony of a teacher with exceptional devotion, passion, and integrity. This level is offered by very few in the teaching profession. Beautiful story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil in the White City

  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,704

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to stop listening

  • By Michael on 05-26-12

Historical richness

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-17

The onslaught of details overwhelmed me to start, but I am glad I stuck with it. I soon became entranced in the drama and details. Nicely done!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,170

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a love story everyone will love

  • By Alyse Stolz on 02-27-17

What's with all the hype?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-17

I didn't like it at all. Yes, it has broken people finding that one person that makes them feel safe. But, the characters and storyline just didn't do it for me. Barely finished.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Voyager

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 43 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,899
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,699

Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Gabaldon book

  • By Karen on 12-09-09

Straight out of Scotland!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Voyager to be better than the print version?

Due to the length of these books, I choose to do both...and I like going back and forth. Davina Porter is FABULOUS as a narrator!

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved many parts of this Book 3. I especially liked the end scene on the waters with the storm...lots of unexpected drama. Bravo!

Any additional comments?

Book 3 brought more excitement back into the series. Worthy read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Night

  • By: Elie Wiesel
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,000

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting reminder...

  • By Ryan on 01-20-15

Life Changing Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-17

What made the experience of listening to Night the most enjoyable?

I usually read this novel out loud to my students so that we can work through the rawness. Having it narrated by a man added depth and appropriateness.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Night?

The raw honesty often catches my students off guard.

Which scene was your favorite?

The arrival to the first camp - the sights and smells and emotions.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Most of my students leave this book with a reaction. Books like this are usually fiction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Master Harold and the Boys

  • By: Athol Fugard
  • Narrated by: Leon Addison Brown, Keith David, Bobby Steggert
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Academy Award-winner Athol Fugard, one of theatre's most acclaimed playwrights, finds humor and heartbreak in the friendship of Harold, a 17-year-old white boy in 1950s South Africa, and the two middle-aged black servants who raised him. Racism unexpectedly shatters Harold's childhood and friendships in this absorbing, affecting coming-of-age play. The play, initially banned from production in South Africa, is a Drama Desk Award winner for Outstanding New Play.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Recommended

  • By Sharey on 07-20-16

Fabulous Story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-17

Would you listen to Master Harold and the Boys again? Why?

Absolutely! I taught this in my Drama unit to 10th graders. This live performance-like taping was wonderful!

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

Plays are meant to be experienced, not just read. This production brought the text to life.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,619

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina Anderson on 11-01-16

Picoult Earns Me Back

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-17

What did you love best about Small Great Things?

I grabbed this book strictly for the storyline. In the past, I have felt like Picoult has been hit or miss for a book I would enjoy. This being her first audio I have listened to, it far exceeded my expectations. I loved the storyline and additional bonus twist near the end!

If you could take any character from Small Great Things out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Oh...I would like to take BOTH Kennedy and Ruth. The role that each played in the other's lives is an energy I want to be a part of.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Castle

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,728

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What's normal?

  • By Kmrsy on 11-30-13

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Where does The Glass Castle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I always like to listen to a memoir read by the author themselves. It adds such a component of honesty that you just can't quite get with a different narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

This story is real. Honest. Thought-provoking. I have taught this book twice and loved it each time! This time I purchased the audio for some of my students that needed that extra guidance to get through. I loved hearing Jeannette's soothing voice playing through my room day after day...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsiders

  • By: S.E. Hinton
  • Narrated by: Jim Fyfe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647

Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect, until the night someone takes things too far.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsiders

  • By Carol H. on 01-25-06

Favorite Classic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Would you listen to The Outsiders again? Why?

I listened to it with my lower 7th and 8th graders. The action and intensity of the narration and storyline kept them completely focused.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outsiders?

The whole book is real and raw and transcends time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful