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  • Grimm's Fairy Stories

  • By: The Brothers Grimm, Margaret Hunt - translator
  • Narrated by: Joanna Daniel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 212

A collection of classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales, pulled from Margaret Hunt's 1884 translation. Including: The Little Brother and Little Sister", "Hansel and Gretel", "Oh, If I Could but Shiver!", "Dummling and the Three Feathers", "Little Snow-White", "Frederick and Catherine", "The Valiant Little Tailor", "Little Red-Cap", "The Golden Goose", "Bearskin", "Cinderella", "Faithful John", "The Water of Life", "Thumbling", "Briar Rose", and "The Six Swans," among others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect in every sense!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-18-16

Funny

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

These stories are so dramatical and that makes them funny to me. There's a lesson in every story.










  • Long Way Down

  • By: Jason Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Jason Reynolds
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649

A cannon. A strap. Or, you can call it a gun. That's what 15-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That's where Will's now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother's gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he's after. Or does he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real and Relevant!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 11-05-17

Good book

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I liked this book. My husband loved it. I was hesitant to start another inner-city book because I had just finished The Hate You Give. I like to alternate genres.
I liked the details the author gave, like his description of the dresser and how Will's mind would wonder with memories of his brother, and the description of everyone that got on that elevator.
The author treats the subject very matter-of-factly. It is up to the reader to draw conclusions, but they are obvious conclusions that are easy to come to from the luxury of being the reader. Folks are trapped in cycles and follow rules of their own making to stay in those cycles even when it is obvious that they lead to destruction. The reader knows what is going to happen, but so does Will. I don't mean to say that this is predictable, because it is not. But with every new person on the elevator we find that the characters are trapped in and even to a degree accept that things are the way they are. The elevator goes in one direction.

  • Dread Nation

  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dead Are Never Lonely

  • By Cynthia on 05-15-18

I liked it

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I liked this book. I liked that the girls were kick-ass. Jane's mom's story at the end was interesting.

  • The Book of Obeah

  • Crossroads, Book 1
  • By: Sandra Carrington-Smith
  • Narrated by: Dave Fennoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Upon the passing of her beloved grandmother, Melody Bennet receives startling instructions that she is to take the ashes of Grandmama Giselle to southern Louisiana. Melody must step far outside her comfort zone in the suburbs of North Carolina to fulfill this dying wish. She finds herself blindly navigating the exotic, sometimes hostile environs of New Orleans and Bear Bayou, and immersed in a subculture based on an ancient West African religion. At this unexpected crossroad, she discovers new cultures and beliefs - and new dangers - and awakens to a new way of seeing the world and her role in it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator adds the perfect amount of spookiness

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-26-14

Good book

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I really liked this story a lot. The story hooks you from the beginning. The narrators voice is spellbinding.
I thought the characters in this book were all black with the exception of Marie and eventually Bertrude. I don't know if I missed it early on in the book, the details of their ethnicity, but I found out around ch 16 or 17. I feel like I should put a Spoiler Alert on this review, because I was surprised to find out that Melody and family were white. It did change how I felt about the book in how I interpreted the characters.
This is the first book in a trilogy and I will finish the trilogy.

  • Sugar

  • By: Bernice L. McFadden
  • Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Sugar arrives in the small town of Bigelow, Arkansas, like an ominous storm. She saunters down the street in a blonde wig and spiked heels, cigarette dangling between red-painted lips. Without even speaking to her, the women in town hate her. But when she moves in next door to Pearl, a woman who tragically lost her daughter 15 years earlier, the two women bond over tragic pasts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow...

  • By Courtney on 08-10-17

Poor Suga

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Myra Lucretia Taylor has a beautiful voice. This was my first time hearing it. This was also my first Bernice L. McFadden read, and it won't be my last. I really like her style of storytelling.
My heart went out to Sugar. For most of her life she didn’t know what it was like to be loved, she didn’t know kind words that came from love, and she didn’t know how to act when these actions did finally happen.
The opening of this book is very graphic. The description Jude’s body is horrific and very sad. The scene of Shirley on her knees looking out of Pearl’s window at Sugar naked with her leg over the chair had me screaming with laughter. The card game was funny, the women waiting on Clairebelle to tell them what she knew, but she kept them waiting while she massaged her bunion. The scene when Pearl and Sugar are outside, when Sugar is pulling up weeds and Pearl starts asking her how she makes her money and she tells her about Jude, I had to pause the book afterwards. It got to me. I have never heard of n!&*@#itis, but it was funny. Why did Sugar allow (I think it was Shirley) to slap her? Those old women of Bigelow are a bunch of bullies. When Joe was remembering about being under a sycamore tree made my mouth fall open. That explained so much. I didn’t like Sugar’s reason for not telling Pearl and Joe about Lappy. Pearl’s reaction to Sugar leaving in church got me again.
This book made me very emotional.

  • Inevitable: Love and War

  • A Future Worth Fighting For 2
  • By: Inger Iversen
  • Narrated by: Quiana Goodrum
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Ex-marine and former combat trainer, Trent Reed has been shot and placed in war zones behind enemy lines for most of his Marine Corp career. But when his best friend, Logan, calls in a favor, he is faced with one of the hardest decisions of his life - to be or not to be the best man in his wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inticing and funny!

  • By Clearwater on 07-28-15

I like Teal

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I laughed out loud a few times. Like when Trent and what's her name did it for the first time, and he said the condom was too small. I loved Teal. She seems like someone I'd hang with. Teal was the right kind of person to handle Trent.
How can a person go all those years without seeing their child? I didn't like that or that stupid tattoo. That's his bad. I enjoyed the book.

  • Whiskey & Ribbons

  • By: Leesa Cross-Smith
  • Narrated by: Larry Heron, Joe Bearor, Tunisia Hardison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Set in contemporary Louisville, Leesa Cross-Smith's mesmerizing first novel surrounding the death of a police officer is a requiem for marriage, friendship, and family, from an author Roxane Gay has called "a consummate storyteller". Evi - a classically-trained ballerina - was nine months pregnant when her husband Eamon was killed in the line of duty on a steamy morning in July. Now, it is winter, and Eamon's adopted brother Dalton has moved in to help her raise six-month-old Noah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Tragic and Heart Healing

  • By Jennifer Glover on 08-17-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

This book started off good but them it just lost me. I liked two of the narrators. I really liked Eamon. I liked Eamon's relationship with Dalton. I especially liked how Eamon loved Evangeline. I thought Dalton was boring. Was he coveting he brothers wife their entire marriage? I liked Evi up until six months after the baby was born. She was so selfish. Did she really love her husband? I didn't like her telling Dalton what to do with his "relationship" with-was it Chasity. Sis, started making plans for the future real fast. I became bored with Evi and Dalton.

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  • The First Days

  • As the World Dies, Book 1
  • By: Rhiannon Frater
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 853

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for my demographic

  • By Garth on 02-08-12

Sad beginning

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I give this one 2 1/2 stars.
The beginning started out good but very sad. Seeing my baby's little fingers reaching for me under the door gap would've did me in. I didn't like that it seemed like every other sentence was about Katie's sexuality. Nerit was bad ass. She was a side character and my favorite. I think I liked the book as long as they were out in the world trying to find Jenni's son, but then when they found the other folks the story turned into trilogy world-building and ended up losing me. Here's a character that isn't important to this story but obviously will be on the next. Here's a mystery that we're not going to solve now, but tune in next time. The thing is, zombie books are supposed to be about humans being humans and how they handle crisis (usually with someone being selfish or evil), so there has to be a group/new civilization. But the first book in a trilogy needs to be about the first story. I guess that's what I feel was mishandled here. I don't need to finish this trilogy.

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  • Calling Me Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Kibler
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope they make a movie!!

  • By Christina6marie on 08-17-15

LOVED both narrators

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I loved this book. Whenever they make this into a movie I want to play Dori. 😁 Lorna Raver just got added to my "love the narrator" list. If I'd known she was the gypsy from Drag Me to Hell before reading this she probably wouldn't have. She scared the shit out of me in that movie.
I didn't want this book to end. The events of the climax, which I don't want to spoil, made me mad, very sad, and wishful for a different outcome.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sugar

  • By: Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

For Sugar, life is anything but sweet.

Ten-year-old Sugar lives on River Road Plantation along the banks of the Mississippi River. Slavery is over, but working in the sugarcane fields all day doesn’t make her feel very free. Thankfully, Sugar knows how to make her own fun, telling stories, climbing trees, and playing with forbidden friend Billy, the plantation owner’s son. Then a group of Chinese workers arrives to help harvest the cane. Sugar wants to know everything about them - she loves the way they dress, their unfamiliar language, and, best of all, the stories they tell of dragons and emperors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • by 9 year old girl

  • By Holly Ann on 11-23-15

She's cute

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Sugar was cute and a handful. Cute book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful