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  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,687

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

My Favourite Read

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

I am sorry this story is over as it was a great read and my favourite so far on Audible. The narrator is out of this world. You would think he actually was the character in the story. It was like watching a movie with all the different accents and personalities brought out by Humphrey Bower. He would even sound like he was crying if the character was.

Gregory David Roberts wrote a sequel to Shantaram in 2015 called The Mountain Shadow. It isn't on Audible but I am hoping it will be and that it is read by Humphrey Bower. Maybe if those of us who love the book, send enough emails it will happen.

  • The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

  • By: Nadia Hashimi
  • Narrated by: Gin Hammond
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065

Nadia Hashimi's literary debut is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See. In Kabul, 2007, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inner View of Hidden Women

  • By SydSavvy on 01-04-15

A Great Book

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I really enjoyed this story and it opened my eyes about life for women in Afghanistan. It totally kept my interest, the characters were believable and the reader really gets to know them. The only part I didn't like was the ending. It did tie together loose ends but I wanted it to go on and to hear more about the lives of the two main characters and it didn't feel like a natural ending. It seemed more like the author suddenly decided okay this is enough, I think I will end the story and then in a short chapter she did.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,966

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I was sorry to see this book end. The characters were so real and I find myself still thinking about the story two weeks later.

  • I Found You

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,670

In a windswept British seaside town, single mum Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside. Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, 21-year-old Lily Monrose has been married for only three weeks. When her husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left alone in a place where she knows no one and with the police telling her that her husband never existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters, good and bad, are well portrayed

  • By Jennifer on 08-14-18

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

Kept my attention and I wasn't able to predict the ending. If you want a suspenseful book and a great escape I would recommend.

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  • Live Your Dreams

  • By: Les Brown
  • Narrated by: Les Brown
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Don't stop yourself from achieving your dreams! Live your dreams, because only you can make them happen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chopped up clips, bad audio.

  • By Josue Rivas on 08-27-15

So so

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I read Les Brown’s Power of Purpose and it was highly motivational and I would recommend it. This one was not nearly as good.

  • The Power of Purpose

  • How to Create the Life You Always Wanted
  • By: Les Brown
  • Narrated by: Les Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,554
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,264
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,243

All of us have what it takes to make it in today's competitive and changing world. You may have doubted your ability to get the job done in the past, but something else may have been getting in the way of your success. The key to ultimate achievement has very little to do with your education or skill level. The secret to accomplishing great things is simple: Find and pursue the kind of work you are meant to do - your "purpose."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Marcus on 01-23-15

Highly Motivational

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This book woke me up and made me realise I have been satisfied with the status quo and not living the kind of life I want.
In the first chapter or so I was thinking hmm, do I really want to listen to this but as it went on it got better and better. Now I am a fan lol and and plan to listen to Live Your Dream next.

  • How Not to Die

  • Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
  • By: Michael Greger MD, Gene Stone
  • Narrated by: Michael Greger MD
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,660
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,872
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,788

From the physician behind the wildly popular website Nutrition Facts, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunningly important book

  • By Being on 12-29-15

A Fantastic Must Read

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The best book on health I have ever read. Outstanding! The biggest favour you could do for yourself and your loved ones is to listen to How Not to Die.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,696

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The author is obsessive but it was an easy and entertaining listen. The intent of the book is to motivate the reader and give instruction on the order in which tidying ahould be done.

  • The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down

  • How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World
  • By: Haemin Sunim, Haemin Sunim - translation, Chi-Young Kim - translation
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722

The world moves fast, but that doesn't mean we have to. In this best-selling mindfulness guide - it has sold more than three million copies in Korea, where it was a number-one best-seller for 41 weeks and received multiple best book of the year awards - Haemin Sunim (which means "spontaneous wisdom"), a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher born in Korea and educated in the United States, illuminates a path to inner peace and balance amid the overwhelming demands of everyday life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Peace After Thinking And Feeling Too Much?

  • By Gillian on 08-24-17

Life Lessons

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

This book contained wisdom for living and a person who appreciates wisdom would no doubt find it here. However I found the narrator did not know how to read an audio book. In each sentence the tone of his voice would go up up up and then down down down in a sing song way. I found that annoying but I will still likely listen a second time because the content is worth it.

  • Resilience

  • Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life
  • By: Eric Greitens
  • Narrated by: Eric Greitens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

You cannot bounce back from hardship. You can only move through it. There is a path through pain to wisdom, through suffering to strength, and through fear to courage if we have the virtue of resilience. In 2012, Eric Greitens unexpectedly heard from a former SEAL comrade, a brother-in-arms he hadn’t seen in a decade. Zach Walker had been one of the toughest of the tough. But ever since he returned home from war to his young family in a small logging town, he’d been struggling. Without a sense of purpose, plagued by PTSD, and masking his pain with heavy drinking, he needed help. Zach and Eric started writing and talking nearly every day, as Eric set down his thoughts on what it takes to build resilience in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Story, but a lot of Repetition in all 3 books

  • By Robert on 06-01-17

worth your time

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I almost quit this book at chapter eight but returned a few days later for one more try and I am very glad I did. I am now going to listen a second time.