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Groton, CT, USA
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  • Mark Twain

  • A Life
  • By: Ron Powers
  • Narrated by: Ron Powers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Mark Twain founded the American voice. His works are a living national treasury: taught, quoted, and reprinted more than those of any writer except Shakespeare. His awestruck contemporaries saw him as the representative figure of his times, and his influence has deeply flavored the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Tad Davis on 01-05-12

Boring

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-06

I am a huge Mark Twain fan. I was eagerly anticipating reading this biography. As I listened, I didn't become engrossed, but I became completely bored. Actually reading the book instead of listening to this narrative might have produced better results. Very disappointing.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,774

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not easy being green

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

Pure Magic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-05

Maguire fills in all the blanks, answers all the questions, and steps up to the plate for all those who wanted to know all of the "why's" to all those unanswered questions in The Wizard of Oz. Maguire skillfully winds the tale of yellow brick road making it difficult to do anything but focus 110% of this skillfully written tale.
Contrary to one recent review, this is a tale that NO ONE should skip the opportunity to read and become thoroughly immersed.

21 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • A Lesson Before Dying

  • By: Ernest J. Gaines
  • Narrated by: Lionel Mark Smith, Roger Guenveur Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

Jefferson is an innocent and unwitting party to a deadly liquor store shoot-out in the 1940s. As the only survivor, he is tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, a university-trained teacher at the plantation school, is persuaded to visit Jefferson in his cell. Wiggins is torn between staying in his native Cajun community or moving on. The 2 men gradually form a bond as they jointly discover the simple heroism of resisting - and denying - the expected.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misses the mark

  • By Amie on 02-09-12

An emotionally gripping story...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-05

Skillfully written, deeply emotional, and well worth my time. Very eye opening and exquistely eye-opening. This story unlike anything I had read or heard, but now in retrospect, I am very appreciative of the opportunity to have come across this marvellously written piece of work.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Black Like Me

  • By: John Howard Griffin
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276

Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book brings back memories...

  • By Wayne on 11-26-15

What a glorious accident to find this book...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-05

As a white woman who decided to read and learn more about black history, the finding of this book was purely accidental, but couldn't have been more appropriate. At first I thought I was going to find this tedious, but once I gave in to giving this timeless piece work a fair chance, I was engrossed. I learned much and my perspective was broadened immensely. After further investigation, this book is often used in the academic setting. After experiencing this incredible tale of a timeless social experiment, I feel it should be mandatory reading in the academic setting. Absolutely breathtaking and I have not remorse for experiencing this book. Conversely I have an enormous gratitutde for the opportunity to experience this marvelous piece of literary work.

53 of 60 people found this review helpful

  • Your Blues Ain't Like Mine

  • By: Bebe Moore Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alfre Woodard, Allison Smith
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

When young Armstrong Todd's mother sends him to spend the summer in her native rural Mississippi, the Chicago-bred 15-year-old is unused to the segregated ways of the Deep South. So when the black youth utters a few innocuous words in French to a white woman, he has no idea of the impending firestorm he has ignited. Armstrong ends up paying the ultimate price when the offended woman's husband and his friends decide to teach the youth a lesson. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone...

  • By Carol on 11-21-05

A must for anyone...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-05

What an amazing telling of a depiction in our country's history. The writer makes the story come alive by changing words on a page to words that dance in your head as you read/hear the story. This writer is extremely talented and I am happy that I accidentally happened upon this marvelous piece of work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful