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  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,103
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,043
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,059

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

It holds you...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-11

Its a good listen, the character voices are done wonderfully. A must listen before seeing the movie. Or if you see the movie first, listen to this to get all the parts that were left out or changed. There is one part that doesn't add up... don't want to give anything away so I won't mention it, but other than that it was an awesome listen.

  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

  • By: Manning Marable
  • Narrated by: G. Valmont Thomas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Of the great figure in 20th-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age 39. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • invites further reading on Malcolm X

  • By connie on 05-14-11

Doubts

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-11

I'm sorry, I know the author has passed away and feel strange questioning his work as he can't answer for himself. But as I listened to parts of this I did question some of the research and wonder if it was just added for shock value and to sell books. I won't name items as I don't want to ruin the book for others but will warn, unless you can or is willing to validate some of the claims made by the author than take them with a grain of salt. Other than that the book was well organized, a bit long in places but a good tool for anyone doing scholarly research into the life of Malcolm X or the NOI / FOI / MGT. I just couldn't give it 4 stars with so many questions lingering in my head.

8 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The English Major

  • By: Jim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Newly divorced and robbed of his farm by his real-estate shark of an ex-wife, 60-something Cliff is off on a road trip across America, on a mission to rename all the states and state birds and redeem them from the banal names men have given them.Cliff's adventures take him through a whirlwind affair with a former student from his high-school teaching days 20-some years before, to a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate, and into the high-octane existence of his son, a big-time movie producer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A picaresque novel for baby boomers

  • By Scott on 12-02-08

Just get ready to laugh

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-09

I'm not sure if it was the writer's dry wit or the narrator excellence in delivering it, but this story just made me laugh. Its sad at points and your heart goes out for the main character at times, but his unique way at looking at life is refreshing and funny. I almost gave it 4 stars because the ending didn't quite live up to the rest of the book, but after thinking about the fact that I listened to it twice (something I rarely do) I went ahead and gave it 5 stars.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Weekend Warriors

  • Revenge of the Sisterhood #1
  • By: Fern Michaels
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

On the surface, these seven women are as different as can be - but each has had her share of bad luck, from cheating husbands to sexist colleagues to a legal system that often doesn't do its job. Now, drawn together by tragedy, they're forging a bond that will help them right the wrongs committed against them and discover an inner strength they didn't know they had. The Sisterhood is learning that when bad things happen, you can roll over and play dead...or you can get up fighting...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful! I laughed, cried and cheered them on

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-10-12

Likeable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-09

Sometimes it was a bit corny in spots, but it was a likeable enough chick lit adventure book where I will purchase the next one in the series to see what happens next.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Good Grief

  • By: Lolly Winston
  • Narrated by: Amanda Foreman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

When 36-year-old Sophie Stanton's husband dies, she desperately wants to be a graceful, composed Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, Sophie is more of a Jack Daniels kind. Adding her job and her waistline to her list of things lost, she moves from L.A. to Oregon, prepared to defy the dismal weather and be rescued by Sam Shepard's twin. Instead, she finds a job as Salad Girl at the local French restaurant and an alarmingly cute actor who Sophie wished she didn't quite trust so much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sophie is real

  • By Karan on 04-23-04

Excellent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-09

I lost my father in June 2008, this book accurately described what both my mother and I have been going through emotionally but in a manner that made me both laugh and cry. I would have given it 5 stars if had been unabridged. Her description of grief counseling is exactly the way I saw the group experience also. Nice to see someone else with the same "out there" crazy feelings, really lifted my down spirits. The interview with the author at the end is very good. Just really wish audible had the unabridged version, this is a book where you want to hear all of the author's descriptions.

  • Black River

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Burned-out Hollywood screenwriter Bo Aikens is fed up with life in Los Angeles. He heads out of the hustle and bustle of the big city and arrives in picturesque Black River in Northern California, seeking relaxation and artistic inspiration. In small, idyllic Black River nearly everyone is happy, contented, and welcoming of strangers. But despite the beautiful setting, Bo begins to feel unsettled after several disturbing incidents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it!

  • By Arlea on 01-20-09

Good Short story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-08

Black River is more of a short story vs a novel. As someone else mentioned it was like an episode of the twilight zone. The narrator sounded a lot like the guy that plays Frazier Crane on Cheers which took a little getting used to. Also there isn't a lot of dialogue, the majority is a narrative. Having said all of that I found it to be enjoyable and think the screenplay the main character discusses within the story would make an excellent novel! I also think this short story could have been developed much like Knontz's Intensity novel and made into a very good novel, shame he didn't go that route. Good to download for story you can finish in a one or two day commute or short airplane trip.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,434

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be patient; it will pay off

  • By Kc on 05-23-05

Thinking novel

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-08

This is one you need to think about as you listen.. that is okay when you are in the mood for it. I didn't care for the ending, but I didn't care for the ending of Remains of the Day either. Its not as good as that novel, but good if you are looking for a slow paced thinking person's novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forever Odd

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,529

He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed Koontz

  • By Sittingduck on 12-27-05

The antagonist's voice..

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-07

..was enough to drive you batty, I can't believe I made it through this book... gosh why didnt they just hire a woman for the female part?

  • Water for Elephants Part 1

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Becky on 01-29-07

Awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-07

This is the best title I have purchased from audible. Normally I listen on long drives or to go to sleep at night, but this book was so good I listened to it through out the day. The action and such towards the end was appropriate for us Rubes. :) I would love to see a sequel, Jacob at 103!!