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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 98,338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,077
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 90,653

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • skip it

  • By Jeana on 11-09-18

fantastic story, funny and eye opening.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I thought I knew what apartide was about, but I really didn't have any clue. His stories about his family are familiar to me as my own.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,257

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

A must read!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

I've never thought about some of these options, but it has really opened my eyes and made me pull my head out of the sand. Really good story!

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,857

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

My book club picked it out. I seriously didn't think I would love it so much.

  • Here on Earth

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

March Murray, along with her 15-year-old daughter, Gwen, returns to the small Massachusetts town where she grew up to attend the funeral of Judith Dale, the beloved housekeeper who raised her. After nearly 20 years of living in California, March is thrust into the world of her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authentic well written and engaging

  • By Charmaine on 12-19-12

WOW, great story

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

I was amazed at the emotions I felt for each character as the story enfolded. It is a great book

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Odds of Getting Even

  • By: Sheila Turnage
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

The trial of the century has come to Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. Mo and Dale, aka the Desperado Detectives, head to court as star witnesses against Dale's daddy - confessed kidnapper Macon Johnson. Dale's nerves are jangled, but Mo, who doesn't mind getting even with Mr. Macon for hurting her loved ones, looks forward to a slam dunk conviction - if everything goes as expected. Of course nothing goes as expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome story a whole family can enjoy!

  • By Jodi on 10-13-15

Another awesome story a whole family can enjoy!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

Our family has loved everyone of Shelia Turnage's books! We couldn't wait for this book to come out. Luckily, it coincided with a road trip.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

  • A Three Times Lucky Book #2
  • By: Sheila Turnage
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Small towns have rules. One is, you got to stay who you are - no matter how many murders you solve. When Miss Lana makes an accidental bid at the Tupelo auction and winds up the mortified owner of an old inn, she doesn't realize there's a ghost in the fine print. Naturally, Desperado Detective Agency (aka Mo and Dale) opens a paranormal division to solve the mystery of the ghost's identity. They've got to figure out who the ghost is so they can interview it for their history assignment (extra credit). But Mo and Dale start to realize that the Inn isn't the only haunted place in Tupelo Landing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different Voices Amazing

  • By Bertha Roberts on 02-16-18

love it!!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

I'm 10 and listen to this everynight! Mo is a smart girl and her best friend is Dale. He's funny and sweet.

  • Gods in Alabama

  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,026

When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story!

  • By Debbie Wolf on 06-13-05

Felt like going home.

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

Would you listen to Gods in Alabama again? Why?

This was an extremely funny and heart wrenching book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aunt Florence. She reminds me of almost every woman in my family.

  • The Red Pyramid

  • The Kane Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,472

Since his mother’s death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter’s been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants — school friends and a chance at a “normal” life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much appreciated

  • By B. Turner on 05-28-10

A Lesson in Egyptian Legends that kids will like!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-13

Would you listen to The Red Pyramid again? Why?

We will be putting this book on our - Will Listen Again, section. Bought this book for a two day (6-8 hour drive each day) car trip with the kids. It was such a good book, that my 8 yr old daughter would be angry when we had to stop for gas/bathroom breaks. As soon as the car started back up, she would start demanding that we turn the story back on.

What did you like best about this story?

The story starts with characters that don't look like everyone else. Carter and Sadie are siblings, but they are different. Their family is bi-racial. Carter looks like his father, dark complexion with dark eyes. Sadie looks like her mother, pale skin, her hair the shade of caramel and pale eyes. No one would ever consider them brother and sister and it makes them angry when people ask. Their mother was killed in a mysterious way and the kids were raised apart and very differently. Carter was raised by his father, a historian, and has to travel the world, always moving, home schooled and doesn't have any friends. Sadie is raised by maternal grandparents in ENGLAND. She never gets to go anywhere, she becomes rebellious preteen, goes to a boarding school and has several close friends. Carter and Sadie only see each other for ONE DAY twice a year. All of a sudden something happens to their father.

So now we have two siblings, who are sort of strangers to each other, nothing in common, who have to try and stop an Egyptian God. Oh yea, and he wants to kill them (forgot to mention that earlier). Just because someone shares your DNA, does that mean you can trust them - with your life?

Have you listened to any of Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first Kevin Free book, but I am great fan of Katherine Kellgren's work on the "The Bloody Jack, tales of Jackie Faber."

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, we do want to listen to it all at one time. We are on the second of the series right now. I had to promise my child that I would not listen to it until she gets back from school. This is also I book, she can not listen to at bedtime, not because it's scary, but because she would NEVER go to sleep until it was over.

Any additional comments?

I wonder if the story would have sounded different (better or worse), if the characters would have been able to read their parts they were playing all through the book. Right now Kevin reads his chapter as Carter and changes his voice for Sadie and Katherine Keller does the same in her chapters as Sadie. Would it not have been better if Katherine could have read Sadie's part throughout.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,741

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

What if?!?

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

Reviewed: 05-30-12

Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up there in the top 5 books.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the action and reaction aspects. Everything you touch, say, do - every action has a reaction. What if you decided to wait 5 minutes? I think every single person has a point in their life where they think, "If I could only go back and change this one thing in time.."

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,825

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

Not just for kids!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-12

If you could sum up The Graveyard Book in three words, what would they be?

Imaginative - Spooky - Funny

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Graveyard Book?

One of my favorite parts of the book is when Scarlett and Nobody (Bod) meet. Little Scarlett tells her parents that she's made a new friend in the graveyard. "What's his name dear?", "Nobody" . So her parents think that he's an imaginary friend. Then Scarlett thinks that Bod has imaginary friends too - the ghost in the graveyard, which she cannot see, so they must be pretend.

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

I have not had a chance to listen to other stories, but I will soon.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I was hooked into the story from the beginning - When the man name Jack, murder's Bod's family.