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  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,841

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

All the tears 😢

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

This story is narrated by an aging dog who has seen the best and the worst experiences of his owner's life. There is a maturity in the dog's language that you don't get from other dog-narrator works. It really brings the story to life. There are moments in this book that will make you laugh and smile as well as cry and clinch your fists in anger. It's a special book just for the range of emotions alone. It will definitely have you hugging your dog a little tighter.

And not to spoil anything, there is a part of the book that stuck with me. The narrator ponders if knowing one's ailment simply results in resignation. It's an interesting thought, because you always think that when a person finds out why they're sick, they'll know what to do to treat it and thus will fight harder. This was the first time I had seen the opposite to be questioned. If you know the disease, will the hopeless of your situation make you start to come to terms with your own demise rather than fight it? This darn dog started quite an interesting discussion between my friends and me.

  • The Magic Shop

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

Simple magic tricks are what a little boy is looking for when he drags his father into a quaint, old shop. The proprietor seems to be a master of illusion - a genius at slight of hand. But, as the son becomes mesmerized, the father feels an icy hand grip his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical

  • By Chris on 06-05-17

Creepy

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

This is an enjoyable and imaginative piece of literature.this one is great to throw on and listen if you're stuck in traffic.

  • And Still I Rise (Unabridged Selections)

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 414

The beloved and best-selling author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings reads aloud from her third book of verse. She not only gives life to many of her most cherished poems, but she also presents personal introductions to several favorites, including "One More Round", "Woman Work", and "Life Doesn't Frighten Me".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing compares to hearing the actual author read

  • By Barry White on 05-28-14

Maya was such a treasure.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

You'll find yourself listening more than once...especially since she brings the rhythms of her poems to life.

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  • Out of the Pocket

  • By: Bill Konigsberg
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, knows he's different from his teammates. They're like brothers, but they don't know one essential thing: Bobby is gay. Can he still be one of the guys and be honest about who he is? When he's outed against his will by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates' trust and accept that his path to success might be more public, and more difficult, than he'd hoped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No truer words were spoken...

  • By Donald on 04-16-12

Not memorable.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

I enjoyed this read, but it'll scarcely be remembered. To sum up my review "meh".

  • The Lorax

  • By: Dr. Seuss
  • Narrated by: Ted Danson
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A classic, but...

  • By Erin on 11-19-09

Quick read.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

I read this since it was once in a list of banned books. I wanted to see what in the world Dr. Seuss could write that would cause a state to ban the work. He was surely ahead of his time as this book preaches about the wastefulness of mankind. Fun and thoughtful read.

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  • Black Like Me

  • By: John Howard Griffin
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255

Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book brings back memories...

  • By Wayne on 11-26-15

This sticks with you.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

This is the kind of read that stays with you. You'll find yourself thinking about some of the passages later on. The psychological metamorphosis was more intriguing than any of the experiences he had. You can see it in the use of "we and us" vs "they and them". This should be more widely read, especially in today's times since so much of what is in that book has larger implications about today's society (even though the racial disparities aren't overt like they were during the 50s and 60s). This is the kind of book you'll want to talk to someone about while you read it and after. Definitely engage your reading buddies to read this with you.

  • Two Minutes

  • Seven Series, Book 6
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,726

After years of living abroad, Maizy returns home to the only family she's ever known - a pack of wolves. When she confronts her childhood watchdog to see where they stand, his resentment leaves her uncertain about where she really belongs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I begin to believe in fairytales again.

  • By Hilary_The Read Report on 08-30-15

Dannika Dark, you slay me.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

The Weston Pack has a dedicated space in my library. Danika Dark is able to walk the fine line between writing something not so PG without being salacious. The shifter world she creates allows you to suspend your sense of belief. All of the Seven series are quick reads. Two Minutes is no different. I do love that it involves two characters we've grown to know and love. I've seen the Denver-Maizy pairing coming for a while and it lived up to the height without being creepy (it sure did have the potential to go that route). I'm looking forward to One Minute....I've got my hopes up for who this pairing will be...regardless I know I won't be disappointed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • His Secretary: Undone

  • By: Melanie Marchande
  • Narrated by: Elena Wolfe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

I'm about to throw an ashtray at my boss's head. Turns out, the mind behind my favorite, steamy romance novels...the ones I only read in private...the ones that are my only escape after a long day of dealing with The Boss from Hell? It's not Natalie McBride, the sweet, rural housewife. It's him. That's right: my boss, Adrian Risinger, the 33-year-old, maddeningly sexy, pissant billionaire "bad boy" who thinks he runs my life. He is also the author of all my deepest, most secret fantasies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I TRULY LOVED THIS STORY

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 07-09-15

Totally predictable.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

This is one of those quick mindless reads. Within 30 minutes you'll know how it's going to end, but you'll read it anyway. Will you remember this book in the years to come? Nope, you won't even remember it a few days later. But, you won't regret reading it because it cured your boredom for an afternoon.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful