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  • Find a Way

  • By: Diana Nyad
  • Narrated by: Diana Nyad
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

On September 2, 2013, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in 53 hours. Diana carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark-infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best, most inspirational words you will find

  • By H. Lambert on 02-09-16

A crazy, inspirational woman!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

I am a Nyad groupie, so this was a must-listen for me. Nyad telling her own story is key to this book, I think. Even though I have followed all of her attempts on-line, and seen the video of her finish several times, hearing her read about this moment still made me teary. Nyad is the most impressive example I know, other than Holocaust survivors of putting mind over matter and staying focused on your goals. Onward!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Revolution

  • The Sixties Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Deborah Wiles
  • Narrated by: Stacey Aswad, Francois Battiste, J. D. Jackson, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer. Meanwhile, Sunny can't help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I ever listened to

  • By Sarah on 01-08-18

One of my favorites, ever!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

Would you listen to Revolution again? Why?

This is a wonderful blend of non-fiction woven together with an historical fiction story-line. I thought I knew a lot about the Civil Rights Movement, but I knew virtually nothing about Freedom Summer in Mississippi. So educational. And moving, too.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Revolution?

The varied voices on the audiobook give this a genuine feeling, and compliments the actual text in significant ways. The two should really go together, the text version of the book has great pictures.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

It's the combination of voices in this book that matters, not just one voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several.

  • Little Blog on the Prairie

  • By: Cathleen Davitt Bell
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Gen's family is more comfortable spending time apart than together. Then Gen's mom signs them up for Camp Frontiera vacation that promises the "thrill" of living like 1890s pioneers. Forced to give up all of her modern possessions, Gen nevertheless manages to email her friends back home about life at "Little Hell on the Prairie", as she's renamed the camp. But it turns out frontier life isn't without its good points, like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing and fun story for range of ages

  • By Champlain Mom on 07-04-10

New + Old = Funny!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-11

Our family of four listens to books on car trips, etc. This book turned out to be perfect during our vacation to Alaska, where, we too, it seemed, went back to the pioneer days a bit. We laughed and sympathized with the characters. The plot is fairly predictable, but a couple unexpected twists. Our 13-year old daughter loved it most, but her 11-year old brother liked it too. It gave us some interesting things to talk about, which is a bonus. If you have a penchant for chickens, and kids who have cell phones - you must give this one a try!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,117

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Second Time = Still Amazing (or More!)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-10

I first read this book 18 years ago with my husband. Shakleton has rated high on my list of heroes ever since. So, although I know the story fairly well, it was incredible to be reminded of the extraordinary details of this astounding journey and these amazing men. As others have said, the narrator is outstanding, and does a lot to build and keep the listener's attention.

This is a story that will change your perspective on what it means to "endure" and will make you grateful for all that you have in your life: drinking water, toilet paper, fresh vegetables, and most of all - a dry, warm bed to sleep in. I love this book, and am SO glad I took the time to listen to it again after many years. I suspect I may listen for a third time before another 18 years go by.

  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

  • By: Rodman Philbrick
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Through a series of fascinating events, Homer's older brother has been illegally sold to the Union Army. It is up to Homer to find him and save him. Along the way, he encounters strange but real people of that era: two tricksters who steal his money, a snake-oil salesman, a hot-air balloonist, and finally, the Maine regiment who saved Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg and won the war for the Union.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Teacher's Perspective

  • By Holly on 01-31-10

Teacher's Perspective

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-10

I wanted to preview this book (while listening during my running workouts) for my 7th and 8th graders in a reading class because of the historical content. The reader does an excellent job with a wide range of voices. The story itself has a blend of humor and dramatic elements. It introduces the underground railroad, the concept of spies in relation to the Civil War, and the climax centers on the battle of Gettysburg. Add in the fact that Homer, the main character, is an orphan, and you have the ingredients for a compelling story. A word of caution: many readers may need some background about the Civil War to support their comprehension of the whole thing. I liked it, and would recommend this for a family listen on a road trip or something like that.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sahara Special

  • By: Esme Raji Codell
  • Narrated by: Phylicia Rashad
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

There are two files on Sahara Jones. The one the school counselor keeps is evidence that she is a fifth grader who needs special education. The other is the book Sahara is secretly writing, her Heart-Wrenching Life Story and Amazing Adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Family Favorite

  • By Holly on 12-30-09

Family Favorite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-09

Our family listened to this at the tail end of a long road trip. We all laughed, and a couple of us wiped a couple tears. Some good humor, and a few insightful pointers for the teacher (me, mom) in the family to use with my own students. Sahara is a likable character, for sure!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful