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  • I Am Malala

  • How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
  • By: Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by: Archie Panjabi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,215

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than expected...

  • By Jan on 10-10-13

Must Read

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

While I hold to a world view other than Islam, I am profoundly impacted by the story of this young lady's life. Everyone pursuing an education or in the position of educating others must read this book. It should be required reading in the curriculum of every educational institution or home school world wide.

  • Islands, Oceans, and Dreams

  • The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World
  • By: Michael Salvaneschi
  • Narrated by: Andrew Parker
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you're into maritime adventure

  • By John S. on 09-04-12

Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

This Narrator needs to learn the proper enunciation of nautical terms. I should think he will have done some research on the subject before attempting to read this book. He also reads as though he is shyly reading before a live audience. He made quite a number of false starts and a number of line repetitions as though he lost his place on the page. This does no credit to a professional quality project.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Tales of Mystery and Adventure

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, E. F. Benson, and others
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

A gripping collection of the very best classic mystery and adventure stories. 1. "Rose Rose" by Barry Pain 2. "The Perfect Crime" by Seamark 3. "The Well" by W. W. Jacobs 4. "The Tea-Leaf" by Edgar Jepson and Robert Eustace 5. "The Step" by E. F. Benson 6. "The Queer Feet" by G. K. Chesterton 7. "The Beast with Five Fingers" by W. F. Harvey 8. "The Enemy" by Hugh Walpole 9. "An Impromptu Dance" by A. J. Alan 10. "The Red-Headed League" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 11. "The Wedding Guest" by Guy Boothby

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They just can't write like this any more

  • By Ron on 04-08-17

Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

This narrator/reader mispronounced many words because she fails to bother with the context. it is as though she is a mere automaton with incomplete and erroneous programing. she needs to learn to pay attention as she reads. many times she seems to be reading line-by-line rather than sentence-by-sentence. I have made similar evaluations in previous books narrated by this person, so she is consistently making the same mistakes.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

  • The Forgotten War That Changed American History
  • By: Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
  • Narrated by: Brian Kilmeade
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761

When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history - terrible narrator

  • By School Nurse Cindy on 12-08-15

poorly read

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

the author is a good writer. but a poor reader. he needs to work on inflexion and to pay attention to punctuation marks.

  • Stories of the Sea

  • Great Maritime Mysteries and Adventures
  • By: W. W. Jacobs, J. G. Lockhart, Joseph Conrad, and others
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

A riveting collection of stories of ships, sailors, adventures on the high seas and maritime mysteries. The Tale by Joseph Conrad. The Saloon Passenger by E. W. Hornung. The Terrible Story of the "Mary Russell" by J. G. Lockhart. Marooned by J. G. Lockhart. A Rash Experiment by W. W. Jacobs. The Mystery of the Mary Celeste by J. G. Lockhart. Smoked Skipper by W. W. Jacobs. The Flying Dutchman by J. G. Lockhart. The Cabin Passenger by W. W. Jacobs. The Ship that saw a Ghost by Frank Norris.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • poorly performed

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-11-16

poorly performed

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

This person reading the stories needs to familiarize herself with the proper pronunciation of nautical terminology! Her strong accent does little to enhance the story. She also reads with a somewhat hesitant metered rhythm as she chops sentences into small sound bites. These characteristics greatly detract from one's enjoyment of the books being read.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Scottish Prisoner

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,236

Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lord John 'Quixote' rides again

  • By Teahouse Fox on 12-02-11

Stutters and Repeats

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

While it has been great to hear about Jamie's life between Ardsmoor and Clare's return, it would be much more enjoyable were there none of the clerical errors that caused the narrator to stutter and in several cases to repeat words and phrases. There are a couple of times it seemed the narrator also repeated entire sentenses. I noticed too that the author, in two occasions misrepresented the story line by attributing action to one character that was obviously meant to be the action of the other. Again having read all the previous books prior to this one, I found myself a bit confused when the time line was interrupted by characters and events that failed to fit properly.

  • Lord John and the Hand of the Devils

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583

In these tales, Lord John vows to avenge a murder, investigates a terrifying "night-hag" on the battlefields of Europe, and discovers treason in His Majesty's ranks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord John Grey comes to life

  • By Teahouse Fox on 10-12-10

Editorial Errors

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

There are several places throughout the story where the reader has had to repeat a phrase, a Clause, or even as much as a complete paragraph or page. It seems to me that the publisher should enlist the services of a good editor. Here I mean a human being with keen eyes and experience. Apparently neither the programer, who wrote the code for the grammar, syntax and other elements for the proper presentation of a quality work of literature, nor the editor (Was there actually a human editor?) had bothered to examine this piece to ensure the quality of the presentation. The author should sit down with the publisher and demand a re-recording after a scouring of this piece to correct all aforementioned errors.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Freeman

  • By: Leonard Pitts
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam - a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army - decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind 15 years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all "belonged".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • After the Civil War

  • By Chrissie on 04-24-13

A most excellent read.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

It is difficult to realize how much bigotry and hate really did exist during that era. I only wish we could get past that and get along with one another.

  • Oath of Swords

  • War God, Book 1
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310

Bahzell is no knight in shining armor, and besides he has too many problems of his own to be messing with anybody else's problems - let alone the War God's. Unfortunately, the War God has other ideas for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Returned This One

  • By breckoz on 04-25-13

Too Animated

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

Reviewed: 02-23-15

The performer is a poor reader. He is over working his voice trying to make the story exciting where it is supposed to be a normal voice. The names of the characters are difficult as so many sound nearly the same.

There is too much history alluded to that presupposes the listener has read a previously published serial, but there is none. Otherwise it seams that the book was written overnight without the use of a HUMAN editor. But then that seems to be the case with most modern tomes.