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Tolani Ayo-Vaughan

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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 109,674
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,579
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101,095

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
  • boring

  • By Anita on 01-24-17

sooooooooooooo gooooood!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

hands down the best book i have read this year! A definate must read book!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tragedy of Desire

  • Living in False Paradise in Nigeria
  • By: Chinyere Echefu
  • Narrated by: Josh Kilbourne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

An idyllic life doesn't seem in reach for the ambitious yet naive Nkechi. After receiving her high school certificate, Nkechi moves in with her uncle in Lagos, the most populous and prosperous city in Nigeria, so she can provide for her parents to send her younger siblings to school. Besides an evil aunt forcing Nkechi to play as maid, this true account of a young woman's fight against the sinful distractions of the world quickly falls short of a fairy tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • inadequate voice

  • By Tania Tiberia on 08-21-18

Narrator was VERY bad

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Josh Kilbourne?

Narration was really bad, couldn't even finish the book. Horrible mispronunciations and moments where you can hear him spit and hack were very disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Homegoing

  • A Novel
  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,480

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and will live in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising children who will be sent abroad to be educated before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the empire. Esi, imprisoned beneath Effia in the castle's women's dungeon and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, will be sold into slavery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An important story but terribly disjointed

  • By Joy on 12-07-17

OUTSTANDING BOOK!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-16

If you could sum up Homegoing in three words, what would they be?

Thought provoking, entertaining, enjoyable!

What other book might you compare Homegoing to and why?

ROOTS

Which character – as performed by Dominic Hoffman – was your favorite?

Esi asara

Who was the most memorable character of Homegoing and why?

Crazy woman- or Akua was definitely the most memorable

Any additional comments?

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Side of Paradise

  • A Memoir
  • By: Staceyann Chin
  • Narrated by: Staceyann Chin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Stacyann Chin has appeared on television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show , CNN, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality. But it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist. Here, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds in this brave and fiercely candid memoir.

No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was born on the floor of her grandmother's house in Jamaica, on Christmas Day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By rhonda on 02-10-16

excellent story

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

This book had me laughing...crying...shocked...etc it kept my interest from beginning to end. absolutely worth a read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Daughters Who Walk This Path

  • By: Yejide Kilanko
  • Narrated by: Claudia Alick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own, so there’s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin, Bros T, moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Inauthentic reading

  • By Emmyloo on 03-13-16

wonderful story!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

very interesting book. found myself wanting to listen to it from beginning to end all at once.

  • Internet Business Shortcuts

  • Make Decent Money Online Without Taking Years to Get There
  • By: Buck Flogging
  • Narrated by: Matt Stone
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41

Everyone wants to make some money online, and making enough to be able to throw your alarm clock off of a tall building without remorse is the new American dream. But there's a problem that most don't want to face - it can take an eternity. And no one wants to quit their job and travel the world five to ten years from now. You want to do it by no later than yesterday!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing you don't already know

  • By Bushido Eternal on 07-18-15

Great advice in a concise way

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

Would you listen to Internet Business Shortcuts again? Why?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Have you listened to any of Matt Stone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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

Any additional comments?

Funny narration coupled with some great tips in a short read or listen.