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  • A Tramp Across the Continent

  • By: Charles Fletcher Lummis
  • Narrated by: Andre Stojka
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

In 1884, with a job offer to become City Editor of the Los Angeles Times, Charles Fletcher Lummis determined to walk to his new job from Ohio, covering over 3,500 miles through 8 states and territories. He witnessed and documented the end of the old American West and the beginning of the modern age, which picked new winners and losers. Adventurous author, passionate Indian rights activist, pioneering reporter, workaholic newspaper editor, librarian, poet, anthropologist and archeologist, Charles Fletcher Lummis was a great colorful individualist....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Trek. What a Tramp.

  • By Andre on 09-01-17

What a Trek. What a Tramp.

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobooks to friends who live in the Southwest. Lummis' descriptions riveted me because I have driven through or flown over this region without knowing its history. Lummis' trek across the continent is an adventure unlike anything I have read before.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Lummis himself. He wrote during his journey. He took chances which many of us would not have taken. He was in the right place at the right time to see people, places, and customs before they changed in the twentieth century. He was a great promoter of the Southwest and the Native Americans who lived there. Although he passed away nearly a century ago, I feel like I am sitting by his fire as he tells be his tales.

  • The Crazy Kill

  • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
  • By: Chester Himes
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Outside the apartment where a wake is going on, the manager of the A&P across the street is robbed. Reverend Short, a storefront preacher addicted to opium and brandy, is watching from a bedroom window in the flat. He leans out too far and falls, but a huge bread basket, sitting outside the bakery below, saves him. Back inside, he says he sees a vision of a dead man. Outside, in the very basket Short landed in, lies the body of Valentine Haines. Who murdered Val? It is up to Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is One Crazy Bunch!

  • By Ilana on 07-06-12

Crazy Thrill

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

What did you love best about The Crazy Kill?

I love the writing best about The Crazy Kill. Himes has a superb sense of character, dialogue, and plot. He is a master at crime fiction. Ian Fleming of 007 fame admired his work.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the store front preacher. He kept us guessing whether or not he was an inspired prophet or crazy.

What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

Graham gave a masterful performance of numerous characters with Harlem dialects.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book and the entire series on Audible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Chester B. Himes

  • A Biography
  • By: Lawrence P. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Ruffin Prentiss III
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In this biography of Chester B. Himes (1909-1984), Lawrence P. Jackson depicts the improbable life of the controversial writer whose novels confront sexuality, racism, and social injustice. In absorbing detail, Jackson explores Chester Himes's middle-class origins, eight years in prison, painful odyssey as a black World War II-era artist, and escape to Europe, where Himes became internationally famous for his Harlem detective series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real Cool Writer

  • By Andre on 08-12-17

Real Cool Writer

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Where does Chester B. Himes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Chester B Himes ranks among the most riveting audiobooks I have listened to so far. He trail blazed as an African American who made a living as a writer. His example inspires a new generation of writers. black, white, and of all colors.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chester B. Himes was my favorite character. he was audacious, brash, and brilliant.

What does Ruffin Prentiss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

First of all, I would not have gone beyond the back cover if I had attempted to read the book. Ruffin Prentiss made me believe I was hearing Chester Himes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wanted to listen to this book all in one sitting but only managed two-and-a-half to five hours a day. It was well worth it.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this biography and then listen to or read any Chester Himes book you can get your hands on. His Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson black detective series are available on Audible while other books are available on Amazon.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bear

  • A Classic One-Act Play
  • By: Mr. Anton Chekhov
  • Narrated by: Mr. Joe Bevilacqua, Cathi Tully, Bob Miller, and others
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

The Bear, the classic one-act play by Anton Chekhov, produced, directed and adapted by Joe Bevilacqua. Written in 1900, The Bear is one of the great works of Anton Chekhov, about the strange beginnings of love between the recently widowed Mrs. Popov and Grigory Stepanovich Smirnov. The title The Bear comes in Russian the word for "bear" which has two meanings: an animal or a rather rude, clumsy, awkward man. The play is alternately titled The Boor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Chekhov Funny Short Play

  • By Michael on 02-21-13

Hiliarous Comedy

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bear to be better than the print version?

I would not know if the audio edition of The Bear to be better that the print version. I expected descriptions of scene changes and character expressions, movements, and gestures, as if I were reading a script. Instead, I got a full-cast performance of the play with sound effects included.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bear?

Oh, yes, my most memorable moment was when Elena growls at Smirnov and calls him a bear. It was so funny, I replayed it.

Which scene was your favorite?

I already said. The play hit its full stride with the Elena growling scene.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Grrrrr.

Any additional comments?

I was quite pleased at how much Chekhov entertained me with his play. One does not usually associate him with humor, but here he was in his top form.

  • Oryx and Crake

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,315

As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Scary Stuff

  • By Doug on 07-21-03

Haunting and Mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

If you could sum up Oryx and Crake in three words, what would they be?

Haunting, mesmerizing, frightening

What did you like best about this story?

What I love best about this story was the plausibility of the science behind it. Atwood took our present genetic engineering and predicted into a future we are already seeing happen in some corners. This is not a science fiction of made up space opera fantasies, but a novel that shines a mirror on our present realities.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,457

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

Funny and Informative

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

Would you listen to I Can't Make This Up again? Why?

I would listen to I Can't Make This Up again. As a person who performs stories, poetry, and song on stage, I found Hart's advice informative and helpful.

What did you like best about this story?

What I loved best about this story was Kevin Hart himself. He had quite a rags to riches story to tell which he does in an entertaining manner. I also love his humorous asides in which he goes off script and tells jokes. I feel like I am in the audience enjoying his stand-up routine.

What does Kevin Hart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As I said, I also love his humorous asides in which he goes off script and tells jokes. You can't get this in the book. His performance is spontaneous.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Funny Guy Always Wins.

Any additional comments?

This has been one of my most enjoyable listens to an autobiographical audiobook this year.

  • Things Fall Apart: CliffsNotes

  • By: John Chua, Suzanne Pavlos M.Ed. C.S.W.
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The CliffsNotes study guide on Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, critical commentaries, and expanded glossaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative Must Listen Before Enjoying The Book

  • By Andre on 06-28-17

Informative Must Listen Before Enjoying The Book

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

If you could sum up Things Fall Apart: CliffsNotes in three words, what would they be?

Informative, Knowledgeable, In-depth

Any additional comments?

I found this book informative in explaining to me the themes, background, and the language of the book. It even gave word definitions and explained the Ibo cultural context. Much of this would have went past me if I had listened to Things Fall Apart without studying the CliffNotes first. The book is so dense with meaning and craft that you can enhance your comprehension and appreciation by listening to the CliffNotes first. As the narrator explains, the CliffNotes do not replace enjoying the book; it only helps you get more joy out of it.

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,851
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,209

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

Bravely Written

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World because it eerily predicts current trends in human development. One thing that shocked me about the book was when it was written--1931-- because I had assumed he published it in the golden ear of pulp science fiction in the 1950's after world War II and the atomic bomb. That Huxley could think so far in advance, especially on the matter of genetic engineering, astounds me.

What did you like best about this story?

What I love best about this story was the debate between John Savage and Mustapha Mond on the matter of freedom. In a fish-out-of-water, fresh-of-the-reservation sort of way, John grapples with and finally turns his back on civilization only to find that civilization will not leave him alone.These two men debate issues that resonate today. Their conversation gripped me so much that I listened to it a second and a third time. I felt like I was in the presence of the great mind and imagination of Huxley.

Any additional comments?

Read between the lines in the final five minutes. Huxley purposefully leaves voids for the reader to fill. If you use your imagination to take a leap, you will be surprised.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,743

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

The Novel of Our Time

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

What made the experience of listening to The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition the most enjoyable?

The story itself made the experience of listening to The Handmaid's Tale most enjoyable. It seems plausible and prescient. I can see how Christian fundamentalist can overthrow the government and set up an Old Testament style theocracy in which women are subjugated and valued only for their ability to birth children. Atwood looked to history and current trends to follow them to their logical, although frightening, conclusion.

What other book might you compare The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition to and why?

I compared The Handmaid's Tale to George Orwell's 1984 and to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 in that all three described a dystopian world in which people are always watched and information is controlled, omitted, and altered to benefit the elite of a totalitarian regime.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Claire Danes did a phenomenal job at narrating this book. She brings a actress' craft and skill with voices and characters, creating a seamless performance. The other actors at the Gilead symposium two hundred years into the future fleshed out the novel in a scene that enlightened and humored me as it poked fun at academics.

Who was the most memorable character of The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition and why?

Of course, Offred was the most memorable character in The Handmaid's Tale. Her narrative reminded me of slave narratives and the Diary of Ann Frank. She told a compelling story of struggling to survive in a world hostile towards women, towards freedom. I saw this world from her eyes and at once was entranced and felt revulsion. It is all the more sad when I can see how this can happen here in America.

Any additional comments?

The Special Edition of The Handmaid's Tale is an exceptional production. Given that the narrator Offred recorded her account on thirty cassette tapes, the story works better heard rather than read as a book or seen on TV. Even the snippets of music at the beginning of each cassette were a nice touch, bringing her story to life as it was recorded.This is one of the greatest novels I have listened to this year, but also one of the most frightening because I can see how this can happen here.

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  • Ireland

  • By: Frank Delaney
  • Narrated by: Frank Delaney
  • Length: 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

One evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller arrives unannounced at a house in the Irish countryside. In exchange for a bed and a warm meal, he invites his hosts and their neighbors to join him by the wintry fireside, and begins to tell formative stories of Ireland's history. Ronan, a 9-year-old boy, grows so entranced by the storytelling that, when the old man leaves abruptly under mysterious circumstances, the boy devotes himself to finding him again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Listen In A Quite While

  • By John on 03-17-05

A Tour de Force of Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended the audiobook to friends with Irish ancestry because they would learn something about their heritage and have a good time at it.

What did you like best about this story?

What I liked best about this story was this story about stories, the people who tell them, the people who listen, and how stories connects us with our past and with each other.

Have you listened to any of Frank Delaney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to Frank Delaney's other performances before, but I have been recommending to friends that they listen to his audiobook instead of reading his book because the author infused his Irish characters with accents, passion, personality, and character in a way that even the best audiobook performer would be able to achieve.

Who was the most memorable character of Ireland and why?

I won't give away a plot twist but I will say that The Storyteller was and is the most memorable character in the book and in all of literature. This wandering Everyman evokes connections with all of the storytellers who ever roamed or gathered an audience around a fire. I love how the author used other means for his stories to be told--radio, television, letters, and most of all other listeners who retold his stories. No matter the means, the personality of the original storyteller comes out.

Any additional comments?

This is one of if not the best book I have listened to about storytelling. It is passionate, informed, and inspires me to keep listening to and telling stories.