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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 116,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,796
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107,278

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Expecting something else

  • By Betsy S. on 10-15-17

Brilliant, funny, poignant and sweet

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I'm always struck by the incredible resilience of the SA black men and women. I loved the way Trevor tells his story without bitterness but with incredible honesty. I love his mothers spirit!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Covenant

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 58 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

James A. Michener's masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents, who carve an empire out of a vast wilderness. From the Java-born Van Doorn family tree springs two great branches: one nurtures lush vineyards, the other settles the interior to become the first Trekboers and Afrikaners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Defense of the narrator

  • By william smith on 06-07-17

Reader is not as bad as everyone says

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

I read a lot of reviews that excoriated the reader Larry McKeever. I listen to this entire book and I enjoyed his reading so I guess each to his own. If you refuse to listen to this book because of some reviews about for performance, then you are missing out.

This book and the storyline is majestic, amazing, beyond understanding, and he does an outstanding job at painting the picture of South Africa and its development.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Long Walk to Freedom

  • The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
  • By: Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,931

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly honest autobiography.

  • By History on 11-17-11

A well written autobiography

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

This is a book everyone should read. It should be adopted in our school system as part of the curriculum and discussed at great length. The lessons Nelson Mandela taught and lived are priceless and timeless! He is a model for a world I would like to be a part of.

  • Letter from Birmingham Jail

  • By: Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 500

April 16th, the year is 1963. Birmingham, Alabama, has had a spring of nonviolent protests known as the Birmingham Campaign, seeking to draw attention to the segregation against blacks by the city government and downtown retailers. The organizers longed to create a nonviolent tension so severe that the powers that be would be forced to address the rampant racism head on. Recently arrested was Martin Luther King, Jr.... It is there in that jail cell that he writes this letter; on the margins of a newspaper he pens this defense of nonviolence against segregation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great audio of historical document

  • By EmilyK on 04-28-14

A letter everyone should read!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

MLK was an absolute genius and his time. Without him the civil rights movement of our fellow African-American citizens would never be where they are right now, which isn't saying they are where they should be, but his work was masterful! He is a wizard with the pen and written word. A must read especially for the times we are going through right now in removing the last of the chains binding our black brothers and sisters. American justice will prevail!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sermon on the Mount

  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Richard Rohr leads us through the social, political and environmental setting out of which Matthew brought Christ’s radical message of a new world order. He explains Matthew’s challenge to let go of the conventional wisdom that comes with contemporary American culture. Each of seven talks brings us closer to the heart of the Sermon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a way to understand the ancient scripts!!!

  • By Jim n April on 06-03-14

Exhilarating!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

Having grown up in a fundamental Christian environment but now since left I have been trying to discover new ways of looking at God and Jesus and his message. This is far and away the best message I have ever heard. It feels one with Hope and exhilaration that the real truth of Jesus is accessible to everyone!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Emma

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Jane Leclercq
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

In rural 1800s England, things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. Emma is considered by many to be Austen's finest novel. The book has been adapted countless times to stage, film, and television.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance Needs Editing!

  • By AS on 01-27-13

Story good, recording not so much.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

I always love Jane Austen's writings. Furthermore I really enjoy a story read out loud by a good storyteller.

This recording has, in Jane Austen's words, very little to recommend itself. There are several overlaps of words and sentences which really interrupts the flow of the story. The most irksome part of the recording is the pitch of the readers voice. Well she does excellent most of the time at correct inflection of the character, the rise and fall are too drastic making the low part difficult to hear when you have the volume set for the words with emphasis. On the other hand to accommodate the high tones you have to keep the volume turned down so it doesn't blast your ears.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,596
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,923
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,851

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Alan on 07-08-14

A Wonderful Classic

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

The book is one all people should have on their reading list. Sissy does a great job in her presentation of Scout.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Victoria Mcgee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

Austen’s classic tale of love and values in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century is her most beloved. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet, one of five sisters, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in landed-gentry society. One of the most popular novels of all time. Has been adapted to countless variations for the screen.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story with a horrible reader

  • By Rose on 03-09-13

Always a Wonderful Story

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

I have read this book several times myself, seen the movie, and now listen to it on Audible. I love Jane Austen writings and the intricate use of language and development of characters. Very few authors use such a variety of words and I love it!

This review is more for the performance. I enjoyed the affected speeches of the more indignant characters but it seemed The reading could have been read with more tonal inflection.

The time lapse between chapters is incredibly long and there are a few places where lines are repeated.

Overall however these does not detract significantly from the story and I enjoyed it. I am happy some classics are being made available at a value price.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Tom Mison
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,849
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,844

In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Treasures Of Jolly Autumn

  • By Sara on 10-31-14

Delightfully charming!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-15

A delightful old story. They just don't write stories like this these days.

Thank you audible for making this available at no charge.

  • Rumors of Another World

  • What on Earth Are We Missing?
  • By: Philip Yancey
  • Narrated by: Richard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Philip Yancey investigates the natural world and discovers the supernatural hiding in plain view. He grapples with why God made the world and what our role truly is, and seeks to answer the question, "How do I live in the natural world while expressing the values of the supernatural?"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yancey pulls no punches.

  • By Mike on 11-25-03

I will read this again and again!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-14

Would you listen to Rumors of Another World again? Why?

Yes. The writer gave me glimpses into the invisible world in a most compelling and tender way. The end brought me to tears.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book. I struggled most of my life with a view of God as a terrible ogre waiting to strike me down for my least offense. And as offenses go, I really did't really have a good understanding of what constituted an offense. My upbringing would have me looking down on wearing jewelry, going to movies, watching TV, dancing, smoking, drinking while I watched members of my family do things like bring home items from work for use at home, cutting people off in traffic and ignoring the needy. I left the church of my youth when I was 40 and now I'm in my 50's I have started to really learn what offenses in God's world really are and how relationship is so important. This book was really beneficial and helping to draw the curtain back in a broad way to see the amazing grace of God at work in this world we live in and how He uses us to draw Heaven into this earth. A truly awesome and inspiring piece of work and I will read it again. In fact… I really want my entire family to read it!