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  • Promise Me, Dad

  • A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
  • By: Joe Biden
  • Narrated by: Joe Biden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,763

In November 2014, 13 members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past 40 years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sad Memoir

  • By Jean on 12-02-17

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

As a glioblastoma survivor, this was a really hard listen but so very worth it. Joe Biden’s reading comes alive with emotion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,012

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

Expected to laugh, didn't expect as many life lessons

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

This was a fantastic Audible book. Kevin Hart's story was inspirational, hilarious, and applicable to my life.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,410

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

Impressed with Jake's reading

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. I've listened to it twice now, the older version when I was re-reading it before going to see the movie and immediately after seeing the movie because I found the critical reception upseting. I thought for a movie trying to remake The Great Gatsby the movie was pretty dead on. I know it was Lermany (like my new word) but of course it was. With a story as brash as The Great Gatsby, Lerman needed to be over the top and I think that Fitzgerald would have been pleased. But, I digress. I thought Gyllenhaal's reading was very well done -- understated, not too emotional, but easy to follow.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gatsby. How can it not be Gatsby?

What does Jake Gyllenhaal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The ability to listen to the book in the garden, in the car... everything that a good audio book can give you, this gave me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, (SPOILER ALERT) the funeral and that no one showed up.

Any additional comments?

Such a classic in American literature. If you haven't read or listened to this since your high school days, you really should. You will have a much better perspective now than you did in high school, well, at least I did.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Linings Playbook

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,591

During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!

  • By Jennifer on 03-06-15

Better than the movie by far, reader was excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Silver Linings Playbook to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. Loved the print version but thought Ray Porter's narration was just fantastic. He brought the book alive in ways that reading it just couldn't. It also brought the story alive in ways that the movie wasn't able to do as well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pat Peoples. His general attitude as he progresses through the story is just great. Matthew Quick did a great job crafting such an interesting main character.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The tones and emotions he conveyed brought the story alive for me. And, honestly, brought the story alive more than the movie adaption (which was great in its own right) I would tell anyone to read/listen to the book before seeing the movie, or, if you loved the movie, I think you'll like Ray Porter's narration of the book that much more.

If you could take any character from The Silver Linings Playbook out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Pat Peoples because I think you'd end up having a fascinating discussion and as a Packer fan, I'm happy he doesn't remember the 4th and 26 disaster.

Any additional comments?

I agree with several reviews that say that this story just makes you smile at the end. And, in today's world, smiling at the end of a story is always a good thing. You owe it to yourself to read or listen to this book.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful