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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42,082
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38,534
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38,310

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Bittersweet

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

It is always hard for me to separate the memoir into the written story, the life being written about, and the voice reading it. This book was 5 stars all the way, until the end.

Couldn’t Obama have made up a better ending? I’m left wondering if the garden survived, since the school nutrition policies have not.

I’m left wondering how the permanent staff is dealing with the classless persons now living there.

Ah, well, I guess fiction can be tailored to our desires, but politics is up to us to all do our part.

  • The Daily Show (the AudioBook)

  • An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests
  • By: Jon Stewart - foreword, Chris Smith
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Jay Snyder, Kevin T. Collins, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726

This oral history takes the listener behind the curtain for all the show's highlights, from its origins as Comedy Central's underdog late-night program hosted by Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart's long reign to Trevor Noah's succession, rising from a scrappy jester in the 24-hour political news cycle to become part of the beating heart of politics - a trusted source for not only comedy but also commentary, with a reputation for calling bullshit and an ability to effect real change in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not narrated by the interviewees

  • By Diana on 01-16-17

Stewart should have read the book himself

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Because it was read by someone else, the book was boring. I've no doubt I'd feel differently had Stewart taken the time to be the guy. Be the narrator.

  • Real Murders

  • An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,986

Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side - and its crime buffs. One of them is librarian Aurora "Roe" Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases. It's a harmless pastime - until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adjusting expectations

  • By Jeanie on 04-22-10

Murder most foul?

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

And plenty of it! No spoilers, but the obvious is obviously never any good in a decent mystery. And plenty left undisclosed for future books in the series.

Harris should realize a decent sister would insist a 6-yr old wash his hands before dinner. Oh well, next time?

Plummer did fine as a narrator. There wasn’t a huge amount of difference between characters—but I’d rather that than a circus to distract me. However, did the 6-yr old have a snotty nose the entire time? That is definitely what he sounded like...and that will get tiring very quickly!

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,940

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

American Public Education is Woeful

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Who knew? The more I read history, the more I use that phrase. But after reading this book?!!

I found Genghis Khan—if even a portion of this book true—to be an unsurpassed genius. Amazing!

  • Lilli de Jong

  • A Novel
  • By: Janet Benton
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Pregnant, abandoned by her lover, and banished from her Quaker home and teaching position, Lilli de Jong enters a charity for wronged women to deliver her child. She is stunned at how much her infant needs her and at how quickly their bond overpowers her heart. Mothers in her position have no sensible alternative to giving up their children, but Lilli can't bear such an outcome.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • informative and depressing

  • By Evelyn on 09-13-17

Truth in this book was too real. I couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

This story resonated with verity, which is why I couldn't finish it. It pulled me down so low, I couldn't see the light. I am hopeful that it had some type of saving grace. I commend all the readers who did finish, and respect the high marks given it. The failure lies with me, not with Benton.

  • The Hemingses of Monticello

  • An American Family
  • By: Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 300

This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worried at first

  • By Phillip on 12-13-08

The Hemingses or the Jeffersons?

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

It pains me to not give this book a 5-star review, but then I found the book painful to listen to. I think were I to have read the print version, there may have been family trees and other charts to help navigate this extremely complicated family. I don't blame that lack on Gordon-Reed!

She obviously put a tremendous amount of research into this work. But had she no editor? Was she under orders to make it a door-stopper heavy book? The repetition, constant repetition, was agonizing. Nearly every chapter repeated what was said before. And before that, too. Perhaps the print version is indexed (I should hope it is! There is too much scholarship there to not make it accessible.) So were the repetitions to pad the index? I like history and I like biographies, so I really didn't mind the amount of time spent on Jefferson, himself, but so much of that did not reflect on the Hemingses. Was the book intended as an apology (justification in writing for a cause or doctrine) for Jefferson's convoluted and wrong-headed thinking about slavery and freedom?

If the book is intended for a university classroom, and since few students ever really read their texts, then perhaps the repetition is justified. Sadly, this reader will never choose to purchase another of Gordon-Reed's efforts.

BTW audible.com: Non-fiction works are not "stories." It is the "writing" that I wish to assign 2-stars.

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  • Any Human Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 423

Best-selling author William Boyd—the novelist who has been called a “master storyteller” ( Chicago Tribune) and “a gutsy writer who is good company to keep” ( Time)—here gives us his most entertaining, sly, and compelling novel to date. The novel evokes the tumult, events, and iconic faces of our time as it tells the story of Logan Mountstuart—writer, lover, and man of the world—through his intimate journals. It is the “riotous and disorganized reality” of Mountstuart’s 85 years in all their extraordinary, tragic, and humorous aspects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very satisfying story-telling

  • By connie on 07-15-11

A Writer's Life from Start to Finish

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

It took me from elementary school through Oxford to get into the rhythm of the book, but then I fell for it. The characters were flesh and bone. LMS gave growing old a good name. Just when a reader might be forgiven for thinking there was no corner left to turn: voila! I loved the name dropping, and for the editorial asides. I especially got a kick out of the artist N. Tate.

Although I've never listened to a recorded book twice, I think this may be an exception.

Simon Vance did his usual masterly narration.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,585

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Better read in print?

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

The performance was so SLOW, I felt dead just listening to it. It is probably the worst book I have ever tried to listen to!!

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Doris Kearns Goodwin (introduction), Richard Thomas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excessively abridged

  • By R. Beauchamp on 10-17-08

Sad to find it was abridged.

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

Goodwin is s powerful biographer. I am immensely sorry that Audible and Simon & Schuster chose to cheat listeners out of the complete book.

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  • The Island at the Center of the World

  • The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan
  • By: Russell Shorto
  • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 625

Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wealth of Information, but Continual Repitition

  • By Steven on 05-31-05

A book better read than listened to

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

The story is fascinating. Like most, I suspect, unknown. It would be nice to give the old Puritan freedom of worship myth a heave ho while adding this tale.

I found it over written in the middle, describing in excruciating detail every tittle and jot of research. The narration in a few places seemed so awkward, I played it back. The poor narrator could only read what was written, and more than a few times I would have taken an editor's pencil to his grammar.

The narrator took gasping breathes between sentences. Should a director pay attention to that? Shouldn't a producer oversee the editing?