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Jacksonville, FL, United States
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  • The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

  • By: James Weldon Johnson
  • Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The first fictional memoir ever written by an African-American, The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man influenced a generation of writers during the Harlem Renaissance and served as eloquent inspiration for Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright. In the 1920s and since, it has also given white readers a startling new perspective on their own culture, revealing to many the double standard of racial identity imposed on black Americans. Told by a bi-racial man whose light skin allows him to "pass" for white, the novel describes a pilgrimage through America's color lines....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Bit Disappointed...

  • By Rupe on 01-07-18

A Bit Disappointed...

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I have always wanted to read this book. Now that I have, I am a bit disappointed. It was going along very well, but by the time it reaches chapter 11, there seemed to be some rush to finish. Johnson only spent about 2 chapters depicting his life passing as a White man, even though that is the name of the book. He only related to passing as White in relation to the meeting and marrying of his wife. His life and travels and experiences were very interesting, but when it came time to address the subject matter of the title, it came up very short. It was as though he grew tired of his own story and just wanted to hurry up and finish. And I think this approach cheated the reader from getting to know what it really was like for him. I was very much looking forward to his latter experiences because he depicted his earlier experiences so well, which drew me in. Unfortunately, the reader gets abandoned at the end after spending so many hours getting into the story.

Also, the narrator who performed the book was very distracting. For some reason, his voice did not lend itself to the story.

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,488

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Outstanding!

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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: 11-28-17

The unassuming title pulled me in and then I was absolutely captivated. I loved every second of this book. And coming on the heels of finishing Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov, I am just in awe of the boundless creativity of the human mind.

It was an absolute treat to listen to this book. I loved it...100%!

  • The Brothers Karamazov [Jimcin Recordings Edition]

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 37 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Dostoevsky studied human nature with passion and precision. He plumbed the depths and never winced at what he found, even when it was beyond his understanding. This extraordinary novel is a recital of his findings, told in the story of four brothers: Dimitri, pleasure-seeking, impatient, unruly; Ivan, brilliant and morose; Alyosha, gentle, loving, honest; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, sly, silent, cruel. What give this story its dramatic grip is the part these brothers play in their father's murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is one of the reasons I joined Audible!

  • By Paul Z. on 01-15-10

A Simply Elegant and Wonderful Journey

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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: 10-29-17

After reading Crime and Punishment I never thought that it could have gotten any better - I was so wrong. The depth, color, span, nuance powerful prose of this book has left me awed by the brilliance of Dostoevsky's genius.

Easily among the best I have ever read or listened to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Evening Road

  • By: Laird Hunt
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson, Pyeng Threadgill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Meet Ottie Lee Henshaw, a startling, challenging beauty in small-town Indiana. Quick of mind, she navigates a stifling marriage, a lecherous boss, and, on one day in the summer of 1930, an odyssey across the countryside to witness a dark and fearful celebration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Writing

  • By Rupe on 05-06-17

Masterful Writing

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Masterful Writing and excellent story telling. The vivid description of scenes, characters and the awesome flow of dialog are classic Faulkner.

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  • The Warmth of Other Suns

  • The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  • By: Isabel Wilkerson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 22 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,499

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior non-fiction

  • By Lila on 05-20-11

An absolute must read

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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: 05-04-17

A breathtaking sweep of recent history that is relevant to understanding some of the social force currently being played out in society. Anyone who seeks to understand the black experience in America cannot discount this body of work.

  • The Terranauts

  • A Novel
  • By: T. C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Lynde Houck, Joy Osmanski, Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113

It is 1994, and in the desert near Tillman, Arizona, 40 miles from Tucson, a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the Earth, eight scientists, four men and four women dubbed the Terranauts, have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-Earth colony. Their sealed three-acre compound comprises five biomes - rain forest, savanna, desert, ocean, and marsh - and enough wildlife, water, and vegetation to sustain them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aggravating Narrator Ruins Great Book

  • By Laura VanderPloeg on 12-02-16

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

I pretty much listened to this title non-stop. Came to it after hearing an interview with the author on NPR and was absolutely blown away by the detail imagery painted by the author and the ability to seemlessly weave 3 stories into a coherent fabric of a story. Simply genius work (period!).

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76,986

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Straight talk at its best.

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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: 01-15-17

Really enjoyed this book. The closing chapter was spot on and we'll worth the journey.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

  • By: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Carlo Rovelli
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

In seven brief lessons, Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli guides listeners with admirable clarity through the most transformative physics breakthroughs of the 20th and 21st centuries. This playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, already a major best seller in Italy, explains general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role of humans in the strange world Rovelli describes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for the scientifically curious

  • By Brad Yeary on 03-25-16

Wonderful written and Beautifully read!

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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: 12-09-16

This book has absolutely made me want to probe deeper my surroundings and learn more about myself. Simply brilliantly done!

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,579

With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and inspiring

  • By Brad Grimm on 11-09-09

Funny and Engaging

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

A very witty and insightful view into the mind of a genuine genius. Awesome read!

  • Comforting Thoughts about Death That Have Nothing to Do with God

  • By: Greta Christina
  • Narrated by: Greta Christina
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

In this mini-audiobook collection of essays, prominent atheist author Greta Christina offers secular ways to handle your own mortality and the death of those you love. Blending intensely personal experience with compassionate, down-to-earth wisdom, Christina (Coming out Atheist and Why Are You Atheists So Angry?) explores a variety of natural philosophies of death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing I hadn't thought of myself

  • By Neuron on 03-12-15

Totally Enjoyed

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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: 11-10-16

A clearly well thought through approach to thinkinh of and dealing with mortality a d death.