LISTENER

Lynne Charles

  • 22
  • reviews
  • 5
  • helpful votes
  • 27
  • ratings
  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,097
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,248

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful southern historical fiction

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-27-15

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I loved this story and loved Bahni Turpin's narrative skills even better! Two thumbs up!

  • Sula

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

Two girls who grow up to become women...two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good against evil and a riotous story to boot

  • By Karen on 04-11-11

Exceptional!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

This was my first Toni Morrison book. It will not be my last. Amazing author!

  • Before I Forget

  • Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's
  • By: B. Smith, Dan Gasby, Michael Shnayerson
  • Narrated by: B. Smith, Dan Gasby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Restaurateur, magazine publisher, celebrity chef, and nationally known lifestyle maven, B. Smith is struggling at 66 with a tag she never expected to add to that string: Alzheimer's patient. She's not alone. Every 67 seconds someone newly develops it, and millions of lives are affected by its aftershocks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant Memoir, Stirring Call to Action

  • By Gillian on 01-29-16

Very important story!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

This book was educational, informative and truthful. I pray that God's grace remains on them.

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,853

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning about the ending

  • By Roger M. Young on 05-27-18

Another great author for my library!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Love stories where you're entertained and learn new things at the same time, win/win! Awesome!

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 87,476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79,613
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79,160

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

Exceptional. Inspirational. Honest.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

Absolutely LOVED this book. Having it read in her voice helped to solidfy, what an awesomely grounded and wise woman she is. Lots of life lessons shared that can be applied to the journey in your own life.

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

  • A Novel
  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594

Told through the eyes of Tish, a 19-year-old girl in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin's story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and is imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions - affection, despair, and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite Narration

  • By Laurel Futures on 06-08-18

Hated for it to end.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Greeaatttt book! Love Bahni Turpin's voice. Only disappointment was the ending. Came away wanting to know more about the characters.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Heavy

  • By: Kiese Laymon
  • Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion, and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared

  • By Amy Bannor on 10-30-18

Refreshing!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I loved this book! His style of writing plus, relevant content and a connection to the struggles of African-American culture, captured all my attention. Very quick read. Couldn't put it down!

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,116

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Great story! Loved the voice of the main character. I look forward to getting more books from this author!

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33,861
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,302
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,192

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Must read! Timely and relevant to today's climate

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This is one I couldn't wait to get back into car to listen to! Excellent!

  • Casting the First Stone

  • By: Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Narrated by: Caroline Clay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

The Black household is swiftly deteriorating. Frustrated and angry at her prosperous preacher husband's obvious infidelities, Tanya cannot believe the man she once loved has been replaced by this pathological liar obsessed with material wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roby succeeds with Casting The First Stone

  • By Andra D Johnson on 01-17-09

Hometown favorite!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This is a great story of expectations, betrayal, faith and happiness. Anticipating my next book!