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Joe Zaniker

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  • Beartown

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,203

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Barrel To The Head, A Slug To The Gut--

  • By Gillian on 04-28-17

I could not have love this more

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

From start to finish, this story had me gripped. The 1st paragraph, actually the 1st chapter, was hands down the greatest start to a story I've ever heard. It's simple in language but the characters and how they interacted with each other with so powerful.

  • Becoming Wise

  • An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living
  • By: Krista Tippett
  • Narrated by: Krista Tippett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time. The heart of her work on her national public radio program and podcast, On Being, has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of an interview clip show

  • By Adam Shields on 08-26-16

A total joy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-17

We are avid of listeners to her podcast and it's also very clear she is a profoundly talented writer and has a gift for taking extremely complex ideas and making them understandable and applicable. Inspiring.

  • We Should All Be Feminists

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 783

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers listeners a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman now - and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • compelling

  • By Joe Zaniker on 06-01-17

compelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-17

I've never really heard feminism described this way, and she does such a beautiful job of explaining it in a way that I think does not make Men wrong, and certainly made it easier for me to understand what women go through and the privilege I have simply because I'm a man.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,414

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

brilliant and beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-17

I did not want it to end. Absolutely brilliant storytelling with such vivid imagery I could feel and smell and hear and taste every scene. God bless the writer!!

  • The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,727

The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stupendous book, hard to follow in audio

  • By JQR on 12-01-16

compelling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-17

Hands down the most compelling, wrenching and beautifully written story I've ever heard. I could not stop listening to it.



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  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,059

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Changed my Life!

  • By Peggy on 10-21-12

profound and useful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Beautifully written and he does a great job painting the pictures of what he's wanting you to see as a way into understanding what he's written. All of it is profoundly moving, but actually implementing it, is a much tougher challenge given our conditioning as human beings.

  • Is It Just Me?

  • By: Miranda Hart
  • Narrated by: Miranda Hart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cackle Worthy

  • By Lily on 10-26-12

I literally cried with laughter

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-16

if you have never seen her television show it is so worth it! It is her namesake and it is one of the funniest thing. So glad that I bought this book and on some level she is who is fire to be... Except with a penis