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  • Evil Eye

  • By: Madhuri Shekar
  • Narrated by: Nick Choksi, Harsh Nayaar, Annapurna Sriram, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,239

Pallavi is an aspiring writer living in California. Her mother, Usha, is thousands of miles away in Delhi - and obsessed with finding her daughter a husband. In Madhuri Shekar’s ingenious Evil Eye, hilarious back-and-forth via phone and social media takes a shocking, supernatural twist when Pallavi meets the perfect man - leading to a climactic showdown that will leave listeners on the edges of their seats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does anyone remember party lines?

  • By Mary V. on 05-03-19

Suspenseful short story

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

It was relatable and although played into stereotypical mother-daughter relationship conversations, the exchanged seemed genuine and contemporary. And then suspenseful quick ride of a story. I’d like more this this please Audible

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,001
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,078

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RIVETING!

  • By Tracy P. on 07-13-16

Beautiful performance

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Such s gift to have Ruby Dee perform this wonderful Hurston classic. I appreciated the various “lifetimes” and complexity of Janie’s character as well as the comparison to the others in the community.
I’d recommend this book for those who enjoy voices and glimpses into life generations ago. I found it very interesting to consider the difference in familiar generations and experiences of life, especially as the main character’s grandmother was born into slavery and lived through emancipation.

  • Holler If You Hear Me

  • Searching for Tupac Shakur
  • By: Michael Eric Dyson
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971–1996) was an American rap artist, actor, and social activist. More than seventy-five million of his albums have sold worldwide, making him one of the bestselling music artists in the world. Rolling Stone magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time.

Shakur also gained notoriety for his conflicts with the law and time spent in prison.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • WORST PRODUCTION ON AUDIBLE!

  • By B Rose on 09-28-15

Dyson’s analysis of society

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

This is more a sociological analysis through the lens of Tupac’s life and multitude of examples his unique life, perspective, experience and death provide. Not bad if your looking for a lens or examples to make a point.

I would have enjoyed more a book that was “searching for Tupac Shakur” through his lyrics and his own analysis of society instead of Dyson’s.

Reading got tedious with all the “quote”, “end quote”.

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,243

One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Audiobook!

  • By Greg on 02-26-14

rough reading

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

very very hard to listen to, had been very excited and impressed with Audible books until this one, much less excited and thought about canceling.

Would you recommend One Hundred Years of Solitude to your friends? Why or why not?

Perhaps in print, definitely not through this performance

Would you be willing to try another one of John Lee’s performances?

not after this one

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