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  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,169
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,187

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

love the story and the readers. Captivating

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I am a southern white woman, raised in the 70s so I have only foggy memories of black women working in the home of my grandmother. I do know that there was a. spooky bathroom in the basement of the house that was intended for the help but my grandmother stored the vacuum cleaner there. She raise her children, my mother to have great respect and love for the people who helped in their household. And she would never send anyone to a bathroom that she wouldn't use for herself. this book and the way it was red gave me a new perspective on events and situations that were not that long ago.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,875

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

just as good as I remember it from college

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

Glad to be able to "read" this with my daughter for her English class. It is much as I recall from college when I first read it. I found Atwood's tendency to describe everything three times tedious but the story remains powerful. The prescient blaming of Islamic terrorists at a time when Soviet Union was the threat when it was written is especially disturbing now. The subjugation of women by debit card inactivation also frighteningly realistic. Overall, much to consider in these days.

  • The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins

  • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757

From new words such as "bling" and "email" to the role of text messaging and other electronic communications, English is changing all around us. Discover the secrets behind the words in our everyday lexicon with this delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. Professor Curzan approaches words like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Whole Nine Yards

  • By Dubi on 05-15-17

love to hear the story of so many great words

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

Reviewed: 10-30-15

makes me very self conscious to try to speak a review about such a wonderful lecture series of lectures. Makes me feel inadequate but absolutely fascinated and made my commute and carpooling so much more enjoyable for the past couple of weeks I highly recommend this

  • The First Christmas

  • What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth
  • By: Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

In The First Christmas, two of today's top Jesus scholars, Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, join forces to show how history has biased our reading of the nativity story as it appears in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Borg and Crossan help us to see this well-known narrative afresh by answering the question, "What do these stories mean?" in the context of both the first century and the 21st century. They successfully show that the Christmas story, read in its original context, is far richer and more challenging than people imagine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas... Something interesting for everyone

  • By Jacobus on 02-02-12

thought provoking, a little hard to follow audibly

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Challenging, added more political context than I think I want to think about but still very spiritual. Will make my thoughts and devotion for advent 2015 more broad. A little hard to follow as an audible book though . An audible clue that it was a list of what sounded like would be written bullet points would have helped me follow. I will probably get a paper copy in order to read and compare with my Bible.

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