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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,780
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,474
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,379

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Michelle. That was some speech!

  • By J. James-Long on 11-15-18

About 2/3 through - wish it included the photos.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

I'm really enjoying the book and Ms. Obama's narration. While walking in Target today I saw the hardback copy and flipped through the photo section. Could Audible include a PDF with the photos in books like this? That would be a real plus. Then you wouldn't be missing an important part of the work by getting this audio version.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,526

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Excellent story. Love data!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

One of the best I’ve listened to recently. Powerful and short - about 2 1/2 hours.

  • White Rose, Black Forest

  • By: Eoin Dempsey
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. One big annoying problem with the narration.

  • By W. Macindoe on 03-18-18

Switched between the Audible and Kindle - very good

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Really enjoyed this book. I ordered the Kindle book, then this audio so I could switch back and forth. Really good audio.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 102,139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94,614
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 94,174

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I expected more...

  • By Dany Avila on 12-06-18

Audible must be better than paper for this.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Trevor Noah’s delivery of his material is very engaging. And hearing him speak the African languages is so much more impactful than I imagine reading it on the page would be. But don’t worry, there isn’t a lot of that, just enough sprinkled in to give more authentic flavor to certain sections. This covers his years up to his early adult life and shortly before him becoming famous.

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  • The Evangelicals

  • The Struggle to Shape America
  • By: Frances FitzGerald
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 25 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the Evangelical movement in America - from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election. Evangelicals have, in many ways, defined the nation. They have shaped our culture and our politics. Frances FitzGerald's narrative of this distinctively American movement is a major work of history, piecing together the centuries-long story for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing detail!

  • By tyler on 04-03-18

Good book boring narration

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

The reader speaks in a slow monotone like he’s trying to put you in a hypnotic trance.

Good book but I would avoid anything by this narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Blind Watchmaker

  • Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design
  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682

The Blind Watchmaker, knowledgably narrated by author Richard Dawkins, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the 18th-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging textbook more than an enjoyable listen

  • By Eric on 01-15-12

Compares many other theories to Darwinian cumulative natural selection showing why they fall short.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Very detailed. I enjoy listening to Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward. In a 15 hour book, it probably helps keep it auditorily interesting to have two voices.

I have no extensive science background and didn't study biology in school so have been trying to catch up as an adult. This book has so much detail I would not recommend it as a starter volume on evolution. But if you've read a few other books first or have a background in biology, it's very good. Also good to watch his The Blind Watchmaker videos on YouTube first.

I recommend Dawkins's The Selfish Gene and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution Is True.

  • But Enough About Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Burt Reynolds, Jon Winokur
  • Narrated by: Burt Reynolds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754

Burt Reynolds has been a Hollywood leading man for six decades, known for his legendary performances, sex-symbol status, and storied Hollywood romances. In his long career of stardom, during which he was number one at the box office for five years in a row, Reynolds has seen it all. But Enough About Me will tell his story through the people he's encountered on his amazing journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible life!

  • By Zeppy on 11-24-15

A really nice retrospective of a movie star hero of my youth.

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

Reviewed: 11-26-15

Burt seems honest and wistful. Like his persona, not taking himself too seriously. Openly discussing the highlights and mistakes of both his personal life and career.

Production comments: You will hear background noises - papers shuffling or the microphone being moved or brushed, Burt getting choked up at emotional memories. And at first it may catch you off guard to hear how old he sounds - but I quickly absorbed that and just enjoyed hearing him tell a good story of an interesting life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heretic

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? Continuing her personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard and American citizenship, the New York Times best-selling author of Infidel and Nomad crafts a powerful call for an Islamic reformation as the only way to end the current wave of global violence and repression of women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And They Revoked Her Honorary University Degree!

  • By Russell on 04-14-15

A call for Islamic reformation.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

Well done. Good articulation of why she feels reform is needed and possible now. Not a strident tone. It seemed fair and personal. I've recently listened to No God But God and a Great Courses audio lecture series on Islam. This was a different viewpoint that complemented the other ones.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful