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  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,658

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Great book

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

Very honest story by a young writer. Well written. Interesting look into a segment of society with which most of us are not familiar.

  • One Day

  • By: David Nicholls
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 750

It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, bad ending

  • By Kathy on 08-15-10

Wow. Beautiful Romance - New Favorite

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is such a beautiful story. The author did a great job with the characters - they were very well developed.

One of my favorite Audible purchases.

Narrator was perfection, too!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dexter - he changed the most throughout the story

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

I love the inflection in her voice when she was speaking as some of the female characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Timeless Love

  • Crown of Lies

  • Truth and Lies Duet, Book 1
  • By: Pepper Winters
  • Narrated by: Kylie Stewart, Eric Rolon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Noelle Charlston lives a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security. However, two meetings with two men changes her happy existence forever. First, she meets the man who makes her heart sing. Three years later, she meets the man who makes her blood quiver. Broken-hearted from a teenage romance, Noelle's freedom is no longer hers. It belongs to the stranger her father believes is her perfect match. The stranger who pulls his lies over everyone he touches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UGH I HATE CLIFFHANGERS !!! REALLY GOOD STORY

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 02-26-17

DO NOT BUY THIS - IT IS TERRIBLE!!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

What would have made Crown of Lies better?

I think I've written one other review (whether written or audio), which says a lot because I am voracious reader and Audible lister. I am a fan of Pepper Winters and buy most of her books. However, here are the problems with this book:1. I can't stand the premise that a 19 year old is firing middle aged men "in the board room" and running one of the country's leading retailers. I can't suspend belief enough to finish a book whose premise, in large part, includes this literary gem.2. Authors need to suck it up and ask for advice from professionals prior to making statements regarding certain professions. When the main character, who is 13 (?), has to sign her father's last will and testament so that, once dead, she will inherit his company .................. THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. NO ONE HAS TO SIGN SOMEONE ELSE'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT. Also, a 13 year old cannot sign a binding contract. The main character goes on to say she's signed so many contracts (she's 13) .... NEXT, YOU CAN'T SUE A MAN YOU JUST MET IN A BAR FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT -- THAT IS A LEGAL CLAIM THAT HAPPENS IN THE CONFINES OF A WORKPLACE. This was, I am embarrased to say, the last straw. 3. If your main character is supposed to be a genius businesswoman (at 19) running a multi billion dollar business (and, supposedly, on the Forbes list of wealthiest people) -- she would never threaten to sue a stranger, not in the workplace, for sexual harassment. UGH!4. The narrator sounds like she is reading a book -- not narrating. It's awful.Worst audible book I've ever purchased. Returning it pronto.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not this book.

How could the performance have been better?

Hire a narrator with experience?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

Terrible.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Next Always

  • Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,592

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You need to Set your MP3 Playback to FASTER!

  • By Lynne Phelps on 05-04-12

I feel like I was scammed! DO NOT BUY

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

What disappointed you about The Next Always?

Who writes these reviews? I can not trust Audible reviews any more. This came highly recommended (4.5 stars) with thousands of votes.

It is sooooooo boring. Nothing happens. I mean NOTHING happens. Story is very boring and no chemistry.

Audible needs to find a way to ensure that submitted reviews are legitimate and from actual readers. UGH!

  • Make Me Sin

  • Bad Habit, Book 2
  • By: J. T. Geissinger
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden, Sebastian York
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609

Chloe Carmichael's life feels pretty sweet - she's both maid of honor and florist for her best friend's A-list wedding, things are getting serious with her boyfriend, and her flower shop is about to get a spread in a national magazine. But it all quickly turns sour whenever the best man, Bad Habit drummer A.J. Edwards, shows his face...his handsome, unforgettable face. A.J. is everything Chloe doesn't want: tattooed, selfish, and all-around bad news. So why can't she stop thinking about him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, but one thing is really irritating

  • By Dominique on 01-22-16

Very, very good

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would definitely recommend. Unexpectedly beautiful story. Very unique.

What about Teri Clark Linden and Sebastian York ’s performance did you like?

Good job on accents and not overdone.

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

Made me cry, but excellent book.

Any additional comments?

Unlike many disappointing books in this genre, this one had a different spin. Very unique and a lovely story. Definitely recommend.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Born to Win: The Ultimate Seminar
    
    
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    Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
    329 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Born to Win: The Ultimate Seminar

  • By: Zig Ziglar
  • Narrated by: Zig Ziglar
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

For more than 50 years, in a style that is unquestionably his own, Zig Ziglar has used his quick wit, down-home charm, and abundance of energy to inspire excellence in people throughout the world. In Born to Win, Zig's nonstop passion inspires and informs as Zig speaks to you as if you're sitting front-row center in his sold-out seminar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • See You at the Top & You are Born to Win!!

  • By DKSuri on 01-11-16

Very dated

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

Reviewed: 09-11-14

What disappointed you about Born to Win: The Ultimate Seminar?

I did not expect quick clips from speeches he gave 30 years ago.

Would you ever listen to anything by Zig Ziglar again?

Maybe

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He did not play a huge role at all.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

No

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rena's Promise

  • A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
  • By: Rena Kornreich Gelissen, Heather Dune Macadam
  • Narrated by: Heather Dune Macadam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 198

"I do not hate. To hate is to let Hitler win." - Rena Kornreich Gelissen. On March 26, 1942, the first mass transport of Jews - 999 young women - arrived in Auschwitz. Among them was Rena Kornreich, the 716th woman numbered in camp. A few days later, her sister Danka arrives and so begins a trial of love and courage that will last three years and 41 days, from the beginning Auschwitz death camp to the end of the war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Content / Horrible Production

  • By Simone on 07-23-15

Narration very bad, but nice story

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

Reviewed: 09-11-14

What disappointed you about Rena's Promise?

The narration was awful! Author narrated and it sounds like she is sitting in her kitchen. Strange decision that will, unfortunately, cost the author money and future readers.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam ? Why or why not?

No. While their writing is commendable, choices for narration are not.

What didn’t you like about Heather Dune Macadam’s performance?

Very unprofessional. It is disappointing because she made Rena sound very whiny and a little spoiled - which is ridiculous. Rena is the heroine and the narrator's interpretation of her voice ruined it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The actual story (i.e. what happened to
Rena and others) is nice.

Any additional comments?

No

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,123
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,066

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 09-11-14

What did you love best about The Boys in the Boat?

Great historical book. Great narrator!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

Win in Germany and flashbacks to their youth.

Which scene was your favorite?

All of them. I can not pick a favorite.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Greatest Generation --- again!

Any additional comments?

No