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  • Dreams from My Father

  • A Story of Race and Inheritance
  • By: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,417

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly true story about Obama told by Obama

  • By Kristin on 03-15-09

I want to hear a million more stories like this.

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Reviewed: 03-20-19

This was an amazing and inspiring book. It is amazing how knowing a persons story can paint a whole picture and can help us understand the world and people around us a little better. We can't be expected to have lived all these lives but we can listen and imagine what our neighbors have been through and celebrate both our similarities and differences.

  • The Tiger's Daughter

  • By: K Arsenault Rivera
  • Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The Hokkaran Empire has conquered every land within their bold reach - but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests. Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warrior Women

  • By Joshua Poteat on 04-15-18

Incredible

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Reviewed: 09-23-18

A journey immersive from the start. The ending had my heart pounding in suspense and left me with the feeling of triumph and pride for it's characters.

  • Huntress

  • By: Malinda Lo
  • Narrated by: Malinda Lo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn't shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people's survival hangs in the balance. To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun guilty pleasure

  • By joel on 06-25-18

Intense

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-18

The story has everything. There were times I felt terrified for the characters, angry for them, excited and cheerful with them, I definitely fell in love with them.

The reading is done by the author and is not acted out which makes it different from other audible books. I'd have loved to hear actors for a more immersive experience but that's not the authors choice so I'm glad she made it possible for us to listen even without them. Don't let that be the reason you pass up this incredible book.

  • Of Fire and Stars

  • By: Audrey Coulthurst
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Moira Quirk
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire - a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden. Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria's formidable warhorses before her coronation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely earnestly romantic fantasy romp.

  • By joel on 07-18-18

Exhilarating

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Reviewed: 09-20-18

I could not stop listening!!!

I will be buying the hard cover copy to have on my bookshelf!

  • Being a Dog

  • By: Alexandra Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Horowitz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

Being a Dog is a scientifically rigorous book that presents cutting-edge research with literary flair. Revealing such surprising facts as panting dogs cannot smell to explaining how dogs tell time by detecting lingering smells, Horowitz covers the topic of noses - both canine and human - from curious and always fascinating angles. As we come to understand how rich, complex, and exciting the world around us appears to a dog's sense of smell, we can begin to better appreciate it through our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Poetry

  • By Joel Geraci on 10-09-16

So incredible

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Reviewed: 02-14-18

dogs are so fascinating and knowing more about how they think has made me and mine much closer. I have a service dog named Tetra. she's my companion, truly my best friend. She does so much for me and I always wonder what more I can do for her. new toys, beds, lots of walks, lots of treats. I'm also one of the owners that doesn't force my dog to interact with people. I get a lot of disgruntled looks if she walks away from them while they try to pet her. "she only likes to be touched once she gets to know you then she loves the attention." to other people that seems like a problem. I'm honestly glad she doesn't run right up to strangers and try to lick all over their face like she does me.

After reading this book our bond has grown. She is definitely happier. I offer her my face to smell more often. I buy toys that are blue and green so she can see them better (I've read two of your books so far downloading the third now ^_^ )

I've also been trying to smell with her which has been a lot of fun. She knows when I am smelling because I can flare my nostrils and squeeze them to make them longer depending on how hard I'm smelling. She sees that and hers start to wiggle too. haha.

I love your books. They have been a joy to listen to. Thank you!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Inside of a Dog

  • What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
  • By: Alexandra Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 407

Have you ever wondered what your dogs are thinking? What they're feeling? Now you can finally know! The answers will surprise and delight you as scientist and dog owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how our four-legged friends perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great insight to a dog 's life

  • By Jesus on 07-11-16

everyone who works with dogs should read this!

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Reviewed: 01-21-18

I have a service dog who is with me 24/7 she loves other dogs but doesn't like attention from strangers and so she ducks aeay behind me when a person comes up expecting to pet her. Often I get a response along the lines of "why is she so standoffish, doesn't like people." some people get offended. And I just tell them simply that she likes her personal space when it comes to other humans. she always has. I rescued her when she was three weeks old. bottle fed her. she's never been with anyone else and she's always been well cared for. dogs have autonomy just like we do. Horowitz explains this so very well in her book. I'm glad there are people who realize just how special dogs are for just being themselves. And how each one is unique. their biggest asset is not only in their ability to understand us, but in their relationship with us and how truly lucky we are to have such a genuine companion in dogs.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lose Weight Now

  • By: Allen Carr
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Listen To Lose Weight Now and solve your weight problem easily, painlessly and permanently. Based on the most successful stop-smoking method of all time, ‘Lose Weight Now’ is a new, accessible form of the bestselling Easyway method. Ideal for listening to in the car or whilst traveling, this audiobook makes it simpler than ever to lose weight. "Your journey through Allen Carr’s method will be a revelation in discovering how simple the answer to weight control can be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some reviewers missed the point

  • By Jim Eoff on 10-13-14

everything the world has forgotten

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Reviewed: 09-25-16

I used the stop smoking now book a little over a year ago and haven't picked up a cigarette or even wanted one since I finished it. I came to this book because I am a little overweight and want to be healthier I trust the author and after reading it I am not disappointed. I've been trusting my instincts for 3 days now and already feel a hundred percent better I know this method is going to work a hundred percent.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful