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  • Cry, the Beloved Country

  • By: Alan Paton
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020

This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A word painting: gripping, breathtaking & moving

  • By Jacobus on 10-04-12

Lovely writing and great narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

This is a lovely story, if a bit slow. It takes it's time and paints a deep picture. The narrator does an excellent job, emphasizing voices and emoting well.

  • Everything I Never Told You

  • A Novel
  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,957
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,179

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Family Secrets Abound

  • By Jami on 10-30-14

Beautiful, sorrowful, and real

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

This is a lovely reading of a contemplative book. I thought the prose great, even if the plot was a touch predictable. It was worth it to hear the thoughts and feelings of the characters. The author's dissection of a family in crisis is a powerful listen.

  • George Washington's Secret Six

  • The Spy Ring That Saved America
  • By: Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
  • Narrated by: Brian Kilmeade
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391

From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War. Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, boring reader

  • By Mark on 06-04-15

Interesting and important American History

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-16

The story of Washington's New York spy ring is fascinating. A good read for anyone, history buff or not.

  • Welcome to Night Vale

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,060
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,784

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really wanted to enjoy this

  • By SAMA on 01-27-16

Quirky, thoughtful, funny

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

Reviewed: 11-08-15

This dive into the beloved town of Night Vale is also an incredibly touching story about family, life, and growing up.... and killer Librarians.

  • Proof

  • The Science of Booze
  • By: Adam Rogers
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060

A spirited narrative on the fascinating art and science of alcohol, sure to inspire cocktail party chats on making booze, tasting it, and its effects on our bodies and brains. Drinking gets a lot more interesting when you know what's actually inside your glass of microbrewed ale, single-malt whisky, or Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them begin with fermentation, where a fungus called yeast binges on sugar molecules and poops out ethanol. Humans have been drinking the results for 10,000 years. Distillation is a 2,000-year-old technology - invented by a woman - that we're still perfecting today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening to all about booze

  • By Atila on 08-02-14

Funny and interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

A fun look into the world of alcohol. You don't need to be a chemist or a historian to enjoy this book, but if interested in those subjects and modern drink than this is a must read.

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  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Full Cast Recording
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,665

Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fresh new way to enjoy the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-08-13

Not What I Expected

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

This is a different point of view for the famous book. It's like listen to an old radio show. Great voice acting. A fan of the series will find this engaging, but I wouldn't listen to this before the real book.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,070
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,731
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,674

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Alan on 07-08-14

Wonderful Rendition of a Classic

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

This book is one of my favorites ever written and the narration is exactly what I imagined for Scout.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,336

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You mean that voice can be tamed - Sign me up!

  • By Russell on 05-11-15
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

Funny and Practical

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

This isn't really a "how to" book, but it is a great argument for mindfulness based on the life story of a sceptic. I found it really enjoyable.

  • God Is Disappointed in You

  • By: Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
  • Narrated by: James Urbaniak
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229

God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not disappointed in this book!

  • By Nicolas Paul Dunbar on 05-28-15

Very Fresh and Funny

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

This is an easy listen and incredibly enjoyable. Perhaps condensing so far steals a bit of nuance from the stories, but the essence is there and hilarious.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful