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  • 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 101,514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94,042
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 93,606

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 started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-18

The Best Narration.... EVER

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

What made the experience of listening to Born a Crime the most enjoyable?

Trevor Noah himself! His Narration was amazing!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born a Crime?

When his dance crew/ DJ performing team goes to a Jewish high school and puts on a show.... O' Yeah! Their main act's name is... Hilter :)

Which character – as performed by Trevor Noah – was your favorite?

His mother! Such a powerful woman!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is the only book I have ever listened to which made me laugh out loud. I was on the bus and cracking up! I bet some people on the bus thought I was crazy! Thanks Trevor!

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  • Teacher Man

  • By: Frank McCourt
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, quick, well done!

  • By Mark on 01-09-06

Everyone has a Story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

Any additional comments?

Wow. What an amazing book!

Teacher Man was Frank McCourt's last of his three books and I usually dont say this, but I am sad that I dont have another book of his to read.

McCourt is the heroine of the every day man (or woman)! He proves that no matter what one does in their lives, there is a story to tell. This is exactly what he is telling his students by the end of the book. Stories are found all around us, even if you feel that nothing "special" happens in your life. BS.

I also loved how Frank wrote about being a teacher. It was so beautiful!

I also listened to this book and the book is narrated by the author, Frank McCourt. His Irish accented voice emerges me into the story completely!

I LOVE Frank McCourt!!!

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,546
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,528

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

One of the BEST Epic Fantasy Books

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

Any additional comments?

This is SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!!!

After watching interviews and lectures Sanderson has given, I now understand that he came into this book with a PLAN. He divided the entire story into 10 parts. The first book is a compilation of 5 and the second book is another compilation of 5 books. Along with these 10 parts, the first book contains TWO prefaces, one of which is very long. The length of the preface doesnt matter because this book and its' sequel is EXTREMELY LONG!

Sanderson was a man with a plan. He knew the exact type of story he wanted to create. The first 1/3 of the story was hard for me to get through. I didnt understand what was happening. I didnt understand one of the three main characters story line at all! But I preserved! And I am so glad that I did!

The world Sanderson lays out for the reader is incredible! I felt like I was living in this world veiled in mystery! The mystery of this world is perpetuated with the cliffhangers Sanderson constantly presents the reader at the end of every chapter. These cliffhangers are combined with the story of one of the characters past. Sanderson always makes allusive remarks about this characters past throughout the book. However, only near the end of the book, did I understand WHY a character behaves as he does (because of the illumination of past events).

In short, the element of UNKNOWN is what kept me reading this book. I wanted to know WHY certain characters were acting the way they were. I wanted to know WHAT was going to happen. And all I wanted to do was read this incredible book.

At the end of the day, that's the marker of a good book, one that the reader just cannot put down.

  • A Long Way Home

  • By: Saroo Brierley
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?

  • By Jan on 06-22-14

Horribly Written

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

Would you try another book from Saroo Brierley and/or Vikas Adam?

I didn't like this book. Yes, the story of the author is INCREDIBLE and the hardships he faced were very inspiring. BUT, it was not written well.

I felt like I was reading a high schoolers homework assignment. I am very grateful that this story has come into the sphere of my awareness, but the writing was so sub-par that I cannot reccomond this to another person to read.

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  • Stuff

  • Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
  • By: Randy O. Frost, Gail Stekeete
  • Narrated by: Joe Caron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 966

What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper thats ever come into his home? What compulsions drive a woman like Irene, whose hoarding cost her her marriage? Or Ralph, whose imagined uses for castoff items like leaky old buckets almost lost him his house?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly fascinating

  • By JoAnn on 10-06-10

Why do we buy things?

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

Any additional comments?

There is a lot of STUFF in this world. And there are some people... Who have WAY too much STUFF. That's what this book is all about. I found it incredibly interesting what the meaning of our STUFF is. Why do people collect things? Why do people buy things, keep things, etc...

The answer to this question came down to connection with other people. Individuals, especially ones that hoard, use their belongs as possible avenues to connect with other people. This insight into the MEANING of our possessions was incredibly insightful to me.

I really enjoyed reading the stories the authors used as exemplars to illustrate their points. The theoretical sections of this book wasn't too interesting... Also, because a lot of the issues facing hoarders doesnt at all apply to my life (I am currently traveling throughout Asia and living out of my suit case) it was harder for me to connect with this book on a deeper level.

  • 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 37,379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,295
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,313

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

Great Cast-Narration, story: was only OK

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

Any additional comments?

This book swept over the American population like a landslide! It had such stunning reviews that I HAD to check it out. It was a good. Enticing story. I wanted to find out what would happen in the end. BUT, I didnt fall in love with it like the rest of the world.

The narration on this book was INCREDIBLE!!! The cast of narrators did a terrific job to immerse me in the story!

Nonetheless, if you are searching for a female perspective of the civil rights movement in the American South. This is an excellent book for you!

  • The Omnivore's Dilemma

  • A Natural History of Four Meals
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,863

"What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great presentation of a moral dilemma

  • By MCRedding on 02-07-09

Awareness

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

What did you love best about The Omnivore's Dilemma?

I didn't know anything about where my food came from. That's why I decided to pick up this book. Now, I know.

I don't know about every single food-company out there. Or what all the scientific names found on the back of every chocolate bar mean. BUT, I do know the general processes of how the energy we put in our mouths has travel from the sun to our spoon.

Awareness of this journey as given me a deeper appreciation for my food which I am very grateful for!

  • Eleven Rings

  • The Soul of Success
  • By: Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty
  • Narrated by: Matt Walton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052

During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. This is the story of a preacher's kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship - six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. This book is full of revelations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zen of coaching

  • By Sam Motes on 02-23-14

LA Native Disappointed in this Book

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I am native of the Los Angeles Area. I grew up during the three-peat of Shaq and Kobe and the two championships secured under the leadership of Kobe. I was really excited to dive head first into the mind of the coach that lead my beloved team to victory. BUT, I was disappointed.

When I read a autobiography, I am searching for the intimate thoughts going through the mind of the individual. Phil only provided me with his surface level feelings, emotions, and beliefs. Many times throughout the book he provides lists of his beliefs. I hate when information was given to me in such a dry manner.

Nonetheless, I was taken aback by the indirect method players, coaches, and front-office executives communicated during conflict situations. Many a times throughout Phil's retelling of events, he describes a scene that one individual gave a bashful comment to the media insulting another peer rather than directly approaching the individual and settling the conflict like an adult. I guess this style of communication is tough when you are constantly surrounded by millions of reporters.

If your just looking for an account of the facts with a bit of the Philosophy of Phil, this is the book for you. If your a die-hard Lakers or Bulls Fan, this is the book for you. Still, dont expect to find any eye-opening spinets from this mediocre read.

  • My Year of Running Dangerously

  • By: Tom Foreman
  • Narrated by: Tom Foreman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919

As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the heart of war zones, riots, and natural disasters. He has interviewed serial killers and been in the line of fire. But the most terrifying moment of his life didn't occur on the job - it occurred at home, when his 18-year-old daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ESPECIALLY Good for Those of Us Who Don't Run!

  • By Gillian on 04-12-16

Epochal Moment in the Life of a Funny Guy!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

Any additional comments?

I LOVED this book!!! When I am reading a biography, I want to feel like I am right beside the protagonist of the story. Seeing the same sights, feeling the same emotions, connecting with the same people; in short, living vicariously through the words on the page. This was the experience I received with Foreman along with many joyous sprinkles of humor.

Tom Foreman's transformative story of growth is so refreshing. I was given yet another reminder that when ever we want to make a change for the better in our lives, WE CAN. Also, I love reading about people running (as I discovered after completing "Born to Run," another great book!).

If your looking for a humorous, epochal moment in a 50's year-old life, this is the book for you!

  • Golden Son

  • Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,390
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,333

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Classic Which Will Endure

  • By HMW on 01-09-15

What's all the hype about?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-16

I LOVED the first book in this series, Red Rising, but this second instalment was an absolute disaster in my eyes.
I felt like the pace of the book was 'forced,' rather than naturally occurring as in Red Rising. The author had to place the protagonist in pointless interactions in order to introduce new characters or plot lines rather than having a story materialize. This unnatural quality to the story turned me off from the narrative who h I was so invested in due to how incredible the 1st book was.

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