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  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles

  • By: Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel
  • Narrated by: George Blagden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru's longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe. With his crooked tail - a sign of good fortune - and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful story

  • By V. Brown on 11-22-18

Very sweet story

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I enjoyed the cleverness and humor displayed by the author. The story brought out a lot of emotions. Loved it!

  • Next Year in Havana

  • By: Chanel Cleeton
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia, Frankie Maria Corzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,217

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, 19-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest - until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary...Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee during the revolution. Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story line but the performance...

  • By Grace F on 07-10-18

I want more like this one

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

This was a riveting story! For fiction, it really had the ring of truth. Very suspenseful and hard to put down. I have always been curious about what life in a communist-controlled country is like. This gave a good portrayal of that and I would like to read more books like this one. So glad the author is coming out with a sequel in April.

  • My Holiday in North Korea

  • The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth
  • By: Wendy E. Simmons
  • Narrated by: Jeena Yi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

In My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth, Wendy shares a glimpse of North Korea as it's never been seen before. Even though it's the scariest place on Earth, somehow Wendy forgot to check her sense of humor at the border. But Wendy's initial amusement and bewilderment soon turned to frustration and growing paranoia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious Yet Real

  • By Atira on 05-09-16

Very Enjoyable Read

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

Any additional comments?

Very entertaining story and excellent narration. Wendy's humor had me cracking up at times. If you have ever wondered what it's like to live in one of the most mysterious countries in our world, this book gives you a good idea.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Escaped ISIS

  • This Is My Story
  • By: Farida Khalaf, Andrea C. Hoffmann
  • Narrated by: Lara Sawalha
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

In the early summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was a typical Yazidi teenager living with her parents and three brothers in her village in the mountains of Northern Iraq. In one horrific day, she lost everything: ISIS invaded her village, destroyed her family, and sold her into sexual slavery. The Girl Who Escaped ISIS is her incredible account of captivity and describes how she defied the odds and escaped a life of torture in order to share her story with the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By 6catz on 08-11-16

Very Very Good Read

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

Any additional comments?

Very suspenseful and eye-opening story. Such courage shown by Farida. I now feel differently than before I read this book about doing all we can to help the refugees who are threatened and having their lives disrupted by ISIS.

  • Sober Stick Figure

  • A Memoir
  • By: Amber Tozer
  • Narrated by: Amber Tozer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

Sober Stick Figure is a memoir from stand-up comedian Amber Tozer, chronicling her life as an alcoholic - starting with her first drink at the age of seven - and her eventual recovery. Amber writes about the crazy and harsh truths of being raised by alcoholics, becoming one herself, stagnating in denial for years, and finally getting sober.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • honest story about an dishonest drug.

  • By Leah on 09-22-17

Transformational story

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

What made the experience of listening to Sober Stick Figure the most enjoyable?

My desire for hearing the stories of addicts who see the light.

What did you like best about this story?

That she transformed from someone I did not like into someone I liked and could relate to.

Which scene was your favorite?

The incident with Latte' the dog.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

I did not appreciate her language (especially the many JFCs)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The World According to Bob

  • The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-Wise Cat
  • By: James Bowen
  • Narrated by: Kristopher Milnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

The sequel to the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob continues the remarkable adventures of James and Bob showing - through new stories - how Bob's extraordinary street wisdom has shown James the meaning of friendship, loyalty, trust - and happiness. "Since Bob had appeared, I'd made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I'd been a homeless drug addict. I'd been lost to the world and forgotten what was important in life. Now I'd got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I was still stepping unsteadily into the future."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank God, A Sequel!

  • By Gillian on 01-27-14

As Good as the First Book

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

Reviewed: 01-07-14

What made the experience of listening to The World According to Bob the most enjoyable?

After reading A Street Cat Named Bob and finding out how successful it was, I wanted to know how the success affected James and Bob's lives. This book satisfied that curiosity. I desperately wanted to see good things happen to them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

James. He is such a good-hearted, humble man who made some bad choices in his youth and is desperately trying to turn his life around. I was very sympathetic to his plight and was pulling for him all the way!

What about Kristopher Milnes’s performance did you like?

I can't say enough about Kristopher's performance. Totally believable! The real James has some big shoes to fill to match it.

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

I laughed at some of Bob's antics. I cried (tears of joy) at the way the first book-signing event turned out after James was so worried it would be a flop.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to the release of the next book "My Name is Bob" where the story will be told from Bob's point of view.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Street Cat Named Bob

  • And How He Saved My Life
  • By: James Bowen
  • Narrated by: Kristopher Milnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself - the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet, James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent, but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, never imagining that he would see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Three Cheers for Bob and James!

  • By Gillian on 01-27-14

James and Bob won my heart

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

Reviewed: 12-27-13

What made the experience of listening to A Street Cat Named Bob the most enjoyable?

Knowing it is a true story! It restored my faith in the kindness of humans and willingness to sacrifice for our animal companions. Seeing how they reward our kindness with their love.

What did you like best about this story?

The way it proves "what goes around comes around." James used his last bit of money to help Bob and was rewarded by Bob helping him in more ways than one.

What about Kristopher Milnes’s performance did you like?

I did not realize he wasn't James Bowen. He sounds just like you would expect James to sound.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes even though I've never done that with any book.

Any additional comments?

I thought this was probably some little-known book! I did not find out until I finished listening to it that it had become a bestseller and a movie, videos were on You Tube, and it had a Facebook fan page. I was very happy to hear that it had brought fame and fortune to James and Bob. I feel it is well deserved.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,304

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brought Room and the outside world to Life

  • By Daryl on 07-09-14

Riveting!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-10

Absolutely captivating story! One of the best I have ever listened to. Did not want it to end. I will be looking for more by this riveting author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful