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  • The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

  • By: Nadia Hashimi
  • Narrated by: Gin Hammond
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

Nadia Hashimi's literary debut is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See. In Kabul, 2007, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inner View of Hidden Women

  • By SydSavvy on 01-04-15

Beautiful and horrifying

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Beautifully written and narrated story about two girls in two different time periods and the horrific life events they face in a barbaric Afghanistan.

  • The Mountain Between Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443

When their last outgoing flight is cancelled, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single-engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley, knowing that she needs to get home just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack, and the plane crashes into one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well done.

  • By Sher from Provo on 10-14-16

A love story in the truest sense

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

A poignant tale of love, determination and courage in which two people meet, board a plane and then their epic adventure of survival begins. This impressive story about Dr. Ben Payne and Ashley is delivered to the listener in an easy melodic rhythm that gently grabs hold of your heart and holds you until the very end.

  • Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

  • The Forgotten War That Changed American History
  • By: Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
  • Narrated by: Brian Kilmeade
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762

When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history - terrible narrator

  • By School Nurse Cindy on 12-08-15

Excellent History

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

This historical account of a little known war is amazing. The heartbreak, humiliation and ultimate victory over the Tripolitans is truly worthy of all readers and listeners. Our success was a boon to a newly emerging nation and hard fought. The author's expert writing ability is hampered only by the narration.
Our narrator delivers this heroic story with the speed of a ninja hacking down enemies. I think an hour or so added to the length would have helped his performance. Brian Kilmeade narrated this gem so quickly one can only imagine he was late for a very important date. His speed caused him to slur many words and I'm not sure I could have listened to another "Gi brawl ta" for Gibraltar.
Overall the story is fabulous and worthy of the listen, those who automatically speed their audiobooks will likely be hearing a chipmunk and those of us who listen at normal speed with intent will revel in the story but be disappointed with the narrator.
Don't pass this by because of the delivery, by all accounts it may give us an understanding of current events.

  • The Secret of Spellshadow Manor

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Brian Levinson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

What if you found yourself recruited to an institute of magic, only to discover you really couldn't do magic? What if your enrollment there was all one big, terrible mistake? If you were at Spellshadow, you'd keep it a secret. A deep, dark, deadly secret... Because Spellshadow's elusive head is hiding a secret of his own - one that Alex soon realizes he and Natalie must uncover at all costs if either of them wishes to leave the Manor alive...and before it's too late.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No go on this one

  • By Christopher White on 08-24-17

Not bad, but it's no Harry Potter

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

The only thing close to the Harry Potter series is the shifting hallways and the minuscule amount of magic. It has a bit of Grimm the television series but even then only vaguely. I listened to the end as that's the only way on can really judge a book but honestly there was not much to hold on to. Unlike HP that has a climactic scene then closes one mystery but still holds to one overall mystery, there is no climax and one is left with "I suffered through all that and for what?" The story has great potential but in the probable rush to publish I believe someone forgot to write something in order to build up the audience.
Hopefully book two will explain some things but I don't hold out much hope. The narrator was quite good and he was the only reason I could keep listening.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • You Can't Hide

  • Shadow House, Book 2
  • By: Dan Poblocki
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

From the team that brought you Spirit Animals and Tombquest, the second installment in the exciting series that invites you to step inside the ghost story. The spooky, second installment of the exciting Shadow House series!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Good

  • By PowderRiverRose on 08-13-17

Creepy Good

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Kids trying to escape a haunting house. Wraps you up, scares you out of your wits, then teaches a lesson. I look forward to the next audiobook.

  • Canada's Titanic

  • The History and Legacy of the RMS Empress of Ireland
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Scott Clem
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

There is something romantic about traveling on a cruise ship, and even today luxury cruises are considered by many to be the ultimate vacation, featuring days of fun activities in exotic locations and nights of dinner and dancing under the stars. Today even the cheapest cabins are quite luxurious, and people save for years to afford to travel by sea. However, it was not always that way, and there was a time when travelling on even the most luxurious liners could prove dangerous or even deadly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sad accounting of a shipwreck

  • By PowderRiverRose on 07-21-17

Sad accounting of a shipwreck

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

Taken from interviews, court documents and newspaper articles of a little known shipwreck that rivals the Titanic. Short and concise it's a quick listen that is packed with info but done in a respectful and intelligent manner. The narration is decent. Never heard of but nice to learn about.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Irish Potato Famine

  • The History and Legacy of the Mass Starvation in Ireland During the 19th Century
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

In their long history of suffering, nothing was ever so terrible as what the Irish endured during the Great Potato Famine that struck the country in the 1840s. It produced massive upheaval for several years. While countless numbers of Irish starved, the famine also compelled many to leave. And all the while, the British were exporting enough food from Ireland on a daily basis to prevent the starvation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The horror of it all

  • By PowderRiverRose on 07-20-17

The horror of it all

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

A good accounting of the 10 years potato famine in Ireland between 1845-55 and the revelation that it was deliberately used to exterminate the Irish people.

  • Barbarian Days

  • A Surfing Life
  • By: William Finnegan
  • Narrated by: William Finnegan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,345

Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2016. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Performance by the Author

  • By Laura - Audible on 02-01-16

Interesting and very informative

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

A treasure trove of information on surfing, wave science and travel, an autobiography of sorts and a bit of political opinion. I learned a lot from this story which always pleases me.

The author narrates decently albeit at a slow pace. I enjoyed hearing about the places he traveled to but did not enjoy the mishmash of timelines. While this book is a look down memory lane it is difficult to know when each new memory is taking place.

A good read.

  • Weird Ireland

  • A History of Ancient Mysteries, Fantastic Folklore, and Urban Legends Across the Emerald Isle
  • By: Charles River Editors, Sean McLachlan
  • Narrated by: Scott Clem
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

Ireland has a rich folklore. Everyone knows about the fairy folk and leprechauns and many have heard of the fearsome banshee. There are also the usual ghost stories found in every old land. The stranger side of the Emerald Isle goes much deeper than that, however, with tales of phantom armies marching through the sky, sea monsters swimming in the waters around the island, and stories of strange powers and dark magic.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Booooooring........

  • By Traci on 08-07-18

Quite interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Enjoyed the various stories and their possible origins. The narration is good. All in all a nice hour of diversion.

  • Washington: A Life

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,548

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

One can't go wrong with Ron Chernow and Scott Brick. This book is long and will take a while to get through in order to savor every meaty morsel but it is an amazing listen. So much history on the life of this great leader; he had his faults and was no god but he gave his all to the formation of our great country. Truly excellent.