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  • Nicholas Nickleby

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 31 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in 19th-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens's pantheon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A knockout!

  • By Robert on 03-15-07

An Amazing Treat Thanks to Simon Vance

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

This is my favorite Charles Dickens novel. Each character is vividly real. They don't feel contrived or stereotypical like characters in Oliver Twist. Much of the joy undoubtedly comes from a stellar performance by Simon Vance. He made these characters come alive. Smike and Noggs, Nicholas and Kate are memorable characters while Ralph NIckleby is a fantastic villain.

  • Failing Up

  • How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning
  • By: Leslie Odom Jr.
  • Narrated by: Leslie Odom Jr.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

Leslie Odom Jr. burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since then he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. But before he landed the role of a lifetime in one of the biggest musicals of all time, Odom put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most profound reads I've heard yet!

  • By Anthony L. Dennis on 05-04-18

Never Fails to Engage the Listener

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Using events in his own life, Leslie Odom Jr offers an inspirational read that feels different from any of the other inspirational books I've read. This one deals with perseverance and commitment like other books of its kind, but this one goes to dark and scary places that have to do with taking chances, giving yourself permission to fail and learn from those failures. The whole tone is fresh and different. Blending anecdotes with good, sound, concise advice, readers understand that everyone can achieve a more creative life. Never sad, always uplifting and often a little scary, Failing Up is a must read at any stage in your life because we all want to live a more creative life -- no matter how young or old we are. I loved the audiobook because you get to hear Leslie Odom Jrs' golden voice.

  • Back to Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 631

As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Wolfe

  • By Lauren on 11-03-12

Lou Diamond Phillips: A Gem of a Reader

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This is one of my favorite audiobooks thanks to the narration by Lou Diamond Phillips. He gave each character a voice that truly made that character come to life, and, most importantly, his women characters actually sounded like women so there never was any distraction from the story. I still can't figure out how Tom Wolfe manages to create humor and tension at the same time in his stories. I'm laughing, but I'm on the edge of my seat listening to Back to Blood and Bonfire of the Vanities. I find Hector to be a lovable, quirky character who shows the pitfalls of stumbling on fame. There are deep messages hidden among the laughs and they always have to do with the abuse of power.

  • South of Broad

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080

Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More please?

  • By Terry P. Klein on 09-29-09

Loved the Story; Loved the Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I loved this novel, and I'm not shocked that the reviews are so polarized. It is a bit melodramatic sometimes, but I am assuming the South has its melodrama like the Caribbean where I live. Readers who can't accept the melodrama as the tone for this story, will undoubtedly be turned off. I felt it was necessary to shape the characters who had to struggle against racism, unfairness and abuse. Conroy is such a master of structure. He knows how to pace a story for maximum effect and lure readers into a false sense of complacency with scenes that seem, at first glance, to be simple to the point of being trite. This makes the impact of certain events hit home even harder. Here, Conroy takes the theme of the dysfunctional family, child abuse and obsessions to extremes, but it makes a fitting background for the sense of survival that emerges in most of the characters. Pat Conroy is a champion of the South -- particularly South Carolina -- which he captures in exquisite descriptions that elevate setting to downright reverence. And still, Conroy's work transcends regionalism. There are feelings and circumstances for everyone to identify with in a Conroy novel.

  • Light in August

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,931

An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so large, so powerful, so conflicted

  • By Darwin8u on 09-17-17

Still Not a Faulkner Fan

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

No other author disturbs me like Faulkner. I try to like his work. I appreciate it for the dark side it shows of the South, but everything disturbs me. I love the vivid descriptions, but the rhythm of his language disturbs me along with the syntax of many of the sentences that I desperately want to edit. Sorry, but I feel disturbed when he saves a run-on sentence with a semicolon, when it still feels like the two sentences should be separated. I am agitated with a sentence that begins with "but" and then has 13 "ands" in it. The journalist in me rebels against Faulkner's language. I am not denying he is a great and important writer, but I just cannot find my way into his world. Maybe my friend is right. You have to be born in the South to truly appreciate Faulkner. I made it through the Light in August for the second time because of the narrator. Will Patton's narration offers a brilliant interpretation of Faulkner's words.

  • The Prince of Tides

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,220

Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Prince" amongst novels

  • By Ella on 11-24-09

Beautifully Bold Story

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

So I found the book I have been waiting for my whole life, Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides. What a beautiful and bold novel. How can someone summon such courage in writing? Luke Wingo, the Prince of Tides will forever haunt me. If you don't care about South Carolina low country or the south -- or even New York City for that matter, you still have to read this book if you call yourself a writer for its brilliant descriptions and brilliant structure. Simply stunning. Pat Conroy was right, Frank Muller's narration makes this book a work of art.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82,313
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 82,251

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Gratuitous sex and violence aside...

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

The good news is the series sticks religiously to the book so listening to Game of Thrones will serve as a refresher during the long winter before the last season of the tv series comes out. I give Martin's work four stars because I really feel it could have used a bit of editing. Some information or scenes are repeated so that one character can inform another. There is too much gratuitous sex and violence. Interesting enough, in the book, it's not so bad in the beginning of the book, but picks up towards the end of the book. I am not a particular fan of the structure, which skips around to tell each character's story. I would have preferred a tighter plot. The narrator's voice is pleasant and conveys emotion, but the pace is a bit jerky at times. I am not a fantasy fan so four stars is good from me.

  • Bluefishing

  • The Art of Making Things Happen
  • By: Steve Sims
  • Narrated by: Steve Sims
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

The man who created Bluefish, the internationally famous company that makes once-in-a-lifetime events happen for the rich and famous, reveals to the rest of us his trade secrets for making things happen. Steve Sims' day job is to make the impossible possible. With his help and expertise, his clients' fantasies and wildest dreams come true. Getting married by the Pope in the Vatican, being serenaded by Elton John, and connecting with powerful business moguls like Elon Musk are just a few of the many projects he has worked on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hella good

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-18-18

Hooked on Bluefishing

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Usually I find "success" books condescending, but Steve Sims manages to come off refreshingly unpretentious in Bluefishing, his personal guide not only to success, but knowing who you are and what your passion is. The advice is simple, doable, fun and self revealing. His enthusiasm is contagious. The personal anecdotes are thought-provoking -- not trite. This is simply a fun, action-packed, helpful look at how to succeed.

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  • Never Look at the Empty Seats

  • A Memoir
  • By: Charlie Daniels
  • Narrated by: Charlie Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 204

Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. Listeners will experience a soft, personal side of Charlie Daniels that has never before been documented. In his own words, he presents the path from his post-Depression childhood to performing for millions as one of the most successful country acts of all time and what he has learned along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t stop listening!!

  • By f on 10-26-17

An Entertaining Romp Through a Musical Life

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Charlie Daniels' narration of his own story is an unexpected treat: a delightful combination of personal wisdom and musical advice. There are many life lessons to learn about dedication, hard work, family, music and dreams. He articulates the "redneck" point of view like no one I have ever heard. It's not my point of view, but I enjoyed hearing someone wise and seasoned who could explain the south, its music and its politics in a respectful way. I rarely listen to an audible book on normal speed. It seems too slow, but I listened to Charlie Daniels on normal speed and never wanted his story to end. Simply delightful.

  • Matriarch

  • Queen Mary and the House of Windsor
  • By: Anne Edwards
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225

The life of Princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. From a family of impoverished nobility, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, informative, and insightful

  • By Dr. Lance Moore on 06-08-17

A Fascinating Story Superbly Narrated

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

This is not your typical royal story. Although it is a biography of Queen Mary, which touches on the royal family from Queen it is the unstated conflict of personal happiness vs. duty that makes this book so intriguing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful