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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,608
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,040
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,952

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Haley on 05-27-18

My favorite Audible listen ever?

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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: 07-18-18

Cannot recommend this enough—if you liked Glass Castle, you’ll love this. Most powerful memoir I’ve ever read, wonderfully narrated. Fantastic to listen to, and I’ll prob buy the book as well. I couldn’t stop listening.

  • Speak No Evil

  • A Novel
  • By: Uzodinma Iweala
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, DC, he's a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: He is queer - an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insiders - and the one person who seems not to judge him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So real, so touching

  • By faith a seay on 10-05-18

This is a must listen

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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: 06-03-18

I listened to this book almost in one sitting—WOW! Narrator is perfect. If you’re wondering whether you should listen/read: you should.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,594

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall ( Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Better to look at the sky than live there"

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-12-14

Hated this

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Hall does a great job with the narration but I thoroughly hated this book.

“The only good thing about it is that it’s so short.” -my wife

  • The Sociopath Next Door

  • By: Martha Stout
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,784

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping! A fascinating/scary look at human nature

  • By ClosetGeek on 01-08-10

Wow! A must read.

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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: 08-27-17

Loved everything about this. It's an engaging read and the women who narrates is perfect for the book. Sheds a ton of light on sociopaths--you'll be identifying them almost immediately.