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  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,318

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Worth the Wait...

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

Reviewed: 11-11-13

The Goldfinch is a powerful, thought provokingly, beautiful novel. Unmistakable Tartt. Every word is like an intricate brushstroke to canvas. I was sad to see it end. The only thing that could have made it better is if Donna Tartt had offered her voice for this recording. I heard an excerpt she read and longed to hear more. Bravo!

  • Whole

  • Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
  • By: T. Colin Campbell PhD/PhD, Howard Jacobson
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell revolutionized the way we think about our food with the evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat. Now, in Whole, he explains the science behind that evidence, the ways our current scientific paradigm ignores the fascinating complexity of the human body, and why, if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, our eating habits haven’t changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not what you think it is

  • By Sara on 02-26-14

Must Read

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

Reviewed: 05-30-13

Another must read from Dr. Campbell. It saddens me that his life saving research hasn't been embraced by the medical community, government or the media. Because of his previous book, The China Study, I am a healthy, fit and no longer live in fear of dying of the diseases of my parents. I encourage everyone to listen both of Dr. Campbell's books. Your life will never be the same.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Astonished

  • By: Beverly Donofrio
  • Narrated by: Janet Donofrio
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Beverly Donofrio had already lived two lives, first as a scrappy young mother on the streets of the East Village and later as the best-selling author of Riding in Cars with Boys. By the time she reached her 50s, she thought she had seen it all. Now, even though she was living in a vibrant, picturesque Mexican town, where she practiced yoga, drank margaritas in her backyard, and took salsa lessons, she felt lost and was searching for monasteries to visit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The next chapter in Beverly's Life...

  • By Deidre on 03-08-13

The next chapter in Beverly's Life...

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

Astonished is an enjoyable listen.  Having listened to Beverly's previous two audiobooks, I was looking forward to this next chapter in her life.  Astonished didn't disappoint.  I am a Catholic, Pro-life and vote my faith, therefor, I don't share some of Beverly's beliefs, but no matter.  One doesn't have to share her views to enjoy this book.  I applaud her ability to turn her faith to help carry a heavy cross no one should have to bear.  For only with God is this truly possible, I think.  Beverly doesn't wait in the shadows for life to happen.  She travels down many different paths. Opens closed doors and seeks guidance and direction in her search for life. Most of us wake, go to work, come home, sleep and do it all over again the next day.  Not Bev. So her life's journey makes for an interesting read. Beverly's sister did a beautiful job of bringing her printed words to life. Download this audiobook and you will not be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rudy

  • My Story
  • By: Rudy Ruettiger
  • Narrated by: Daniel Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36

How does a lower middle class kid, who suffered through school with undiagnosed dyslexia, get into Notre Dame and become the inspiration for millions in a Hollywood film that has become one of the most inspiring sport movies ever made? He never gave up. For the first time, read Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger's real life story and learn the behind-the-scenes details of the ten years it took to make the movie and how that tossed him into a new career of public speaking that continues on stages today alongside world-class leaders and speakers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The rest of the story...

  • By Deidre on 09-19-12

The rest of the story...

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

Reviewed: 09-19-12

I am a huge fan of the movie, Rudy. I watch it again and again. After Rudy passes under the goalpost and the credits begin to roll I am always inspired to take on the world . With the soundtrack still playing in my mind, I take stock of my own life and my dreams. I look at what I have achieved since I first viewed the movie. I wonder what has happened to Rudy and his family. I wondered if he continues to pursue his dreams or if he simply stopped dreaming after the lights dimmed on the movie set. This audiobook fills in all the blanks.

Rudy, couldn't have picked a better time to write this book. Today in the United States, the American Dream to succeed, is trampled on ever day. Young people see no hope to their future, have no faith, no work ethic and no dreams. This book is a powerful reminder that there is hope and with faith in God we can still achieve our dreams. It may take a little longer in these hard economic times. We may have to work a little harder and God may take us down a path or two we maybe didn't expect but, as with Rudy, miracles will happen as God has a plan for each one of us that we can't see. After all, God's gift to us is our talents and what we do with those talents is our gift back to Him. This audiobook reflects that at its very heart.

Rudy is still dreaming and still inspiring others to dream. This book captures a life before, during and after the cameras stopped rolling on that chilly day in Notre Dame stadium. Listen to this book yourself and gift it to anyone you know that needs inspiration. Especially to that young person who is drowning in social media or video games, substance abuse, has failing grades and is void of all direction. It isn't about Football but about setting and achieving your goals.

Daniel Butler has done an excellent job of bringing Rudy's words to live and you will find it a joy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where Have I Gone?

  • My Life in a Year
  • By: Pauline Quirke
  • Narrated by: Pauline Quirke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

Pauline Quirke was a skinny child, a slim teenager, a curvy woman, then - according to her bathroom scales (curse them) - just plain fat. Yes, the "F" word. Tipping the scales at nearly twenty stone, with creaking knees and a dodgy ankle, at the beginning of 2011 Pauline had reached a crisis point. Something had to change, and fast. It was never going to be an easy ride, but with her trademark warmth and humour, Pauline recounts the highs and lows of the roller-coaster year in which she whips herself, and her life, into shape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing Listen.

  • By Deidre on 04-30-12

Disappointing Listen.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

The author writes of her weight loss journey that involved prepackaged shakes. My research show that Pauline is a spokesperson for the company, which probably influenced her success with the program. Had I known that, I wouldn't have downloaded the book. If you are looking for inspiration and life long nutritional success in the area of weight management, this isn't the book to listen to. If you just want to listen to a biography of a British actress read by the author with authentic British accent and dialect, this perhaps is for you. I did enjoy her voice and hearing about her life just not her choice of diet.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The China Study

  • The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health
  • By: T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839

The China Study offers conclusive evidence that a change of diet can dramatically reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The book is based on the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, a 20-year joint project between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine. The study surveyed the eating habits of 6,500 adults from all over China and Taiwan and found a direct correlation between diet and disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Transformative Health Information

  • By Sara on 04-11-16

The truth I have been looking for...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-12

Finally there is hope that I am not predestined to die from my genes. These doctors have the answers to a heather life and it is very simple... Just eat plants. If it means no heart disease, no diabetes, no cancer.... WOW, I'm in. Yes, I agree, this book will change your life it you follow their advice and eliminate animal products from your diet. A must listen for all. Enjoy.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Hand of God

  • A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind
  • By: Bernard N. Nathanson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Charles Minatrea
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

As director of the world's largest abortion clinic and the nation's most prominent abortionist, Dr. Bernard Nathanson presided over 60,000 abortions. As co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League, he helped make abortion legal. Then, in a conversion that made headkines and astonished both sides of the abortion debate, he renounced his profession to become a pro-life advocate. But Dr. Nathanson's journey was not over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Rastein on 03-13-13

A Scientific and Spiritual Defense of Life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-12

This book is a scientific & spiritual defense of life. For most pro-abortion activists this book will be ignored... for to read the truth will make their life a lie but for those with doubts, this book is a must read. For the believer of all life is sacred, this book is an affirmation of their beliefs and gives armor in the ongoing war against human life.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,806

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 10 stars!

  • By P. Minor on 07-18-14

Worth the wait !!!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-11

Dorthea Lange and Walker Evans captured the great depression in images. John Steinbeck captured it in words. Dylan Baker does an excellent job of bringing Steinbeck???s beautiful words to life. The plight of the Joad family, which has become a pseudo family for all the victims of the dust bowl, is the touching reality of the dark days that our ancestors endured in the 1930s. In my opinion, The Grapes of Wrath is one of the greatest American works of literature and a classic that should be listened to by all. I have had this audio book on my wish list for 5 years. It was worth the wait. Audible you didn???t disappoint. Thank you.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,168

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

Powerful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-11

The Kitchen House is a powerful novel that reminds the listener of the horrors of slavery in the south. The beauty, romance and glory of Gone with the Wind isn't realty. Kathleen Grissom does an excellent job of conveying that to the reader in her beautifully written account of life on a plantation as experienced by the slaves. Yes, it is a difficult listen at times but I found the courage of the workers in the Kitchen house to be uplifting and inspiring. I feel, The Kitchen House, is a must listen for all American's as it serves as a reminder of our past and offers an opportunity for each of us to count our blessings for the freedoms we embrace today thanks, in part, to those that suffered and shed blood on the rich soil of the old south.

  • Wise Blood

  • By: Flannery O’Connor
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 424

Flannery O’Connor’s astonishing and haunting first novel is a classic of 20th-century literature. It is the story of Hazel Motes, a 22-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his innate, desperate faith. He falls under the spell of a “blind” street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Hazel founds The Church of God Without Christ but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grotesque Southern Gothic Masterpiece

  • By Darwin8u on 10-18-12

Thanks Audible...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-10

Bronson Pinchot does an excellent job of bringing this wonderful classic to life. I think Flannery O'conner would be proud of this reading. Thanks Audible. I hope you bring us more from this author.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful