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  • 32 Candles

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernessa T. Carter
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

Davie—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, possibly the world, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life— Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2 High Fives - for Monkey Night

  • By Nevada on 10-03-12

Wake me up when it’s over!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I don’t know which one is worse — the plot/storyline shamelessly modeled after the movie 16 Candles (complete with a sappy ending), or the narrator’s horribly exaggerated Mississippi accent. I just couldn’t get into this book, even after 2 attempts. It just wasn’t believable to me. With the way the lead character describes herself as “ugly” with no self-esteem and bearing the dreadful nickname of “Monkey Night” I couldn’t help but envision Celie from The Color Purple. So how did she miraculously transform into a sultry chanteuse who was the object of not one, but TWO men’s desires (basically Shug Avery)? It just didn’t work for me.

  • Better Than I Know Myself

  • By: Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
  • Narrated by: Lisa Renee Pitts
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

The beloved #1 Essence best-selling authors of Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made now deliver a novel in which you'll meet their most unforgettable characters yet. Carmen, Jewel, and Regina could not be more different. When they meet as freshmen at Columbia University, they're pretty confident that a friendship among them isn't in the cards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By Valerie on 03-13-05

Tearjerker!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This book takes you on an emotional journey of friendship and sisterhood as it evolves over time. It’s not sad, just very detailed to hook you in to FEEL the women’s triumphs and tragedies. The narrator did a great job alternating between Carmen’s whiny, heart-breaking voice, Regina’s irritating East Coast accent, Jewel’s even-keeled Hollywood tone, plus a few other dialects. Very talented! Highly recommended.

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  • One Better

  • By: Rosalyn McMillan
  • Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

The widow Spice Witherspoon is a prosperous Detroit restaurateur who seeks her own happiness after...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible audio quality

  • By N. Hall on 08-28-18

Terrible audio quality

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

The entire recording is muffled and fuzzy, which makes it hard to hear and concentrate on the story. I tried different headphones. I should have requested a refund.

  • Goodfellas

  • By: Carl Weber, Ty Marshall, Marlon P.S. White
  • Narrated by: Dylan Ford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

 

Headlined by New York Times best-seller Carl Weber, three authors bring listeners tales of power, greed, and ambition set in some of the country's roughest neighborhoods. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Janice on 08-11-18

3 for the money

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I just rediscovered this audiobook in my library. It was pretty cool to have 3 short stories for the price of 1 book. I liked the first story (Sibling Rivalry). The ending of the second story was disappointing and the third one was confusing because it went back in time. The narrator was great. I had quite a chuckle every time he said, “this d@$&” with extra emphasis and bass in his voice each time. You have to hear it for yourself.

  • One Woman Short

  • By: Nelson George
  • Narrated by: Marc Damon Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

As successful Los Angeles P.R. agent Rodney Hampton watches his best friend get married, he wonders if he could ever make that commitment. But when his aging mother tells him he is "one woman short" of happiness, the handsome bachelor realizes he needs to look for a wife. Armed with a list of ex-girlfriends, Rodney sets out to discover if any of them could be The One for him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleaseantly Surprised

  • By Ann M Barnes on 05-01-05

You lost me at ‘hello’ so ‘goodbye’

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-18

While I always find it interesting to hear a love story from a male perspective, the book included way too much detail and backstories on minor characters. All the unnecessary words and descriptions detracted from the storyline and caused me to lose interest.

  • Total Eclipse of the Heart

  • By: Zane
  • Narrated by: Hevin Hanover, Andre Blake
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

Brooke Alexander, a waitress who has self-esteem issues regarding her lackluster existence and her fluctuating weight is in love with Patrick Sterling, one of the most prominent attorneys in Washington, D.C. On his good days, Patrick is the man in every woman's dream. On his bad days, Patrick's behavior is demeaning, and he is angry at the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRING MORE ZANE PLEASE!!!

  • By Torri on 03-22-10

“Kiss my monkey!”

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

It sounds so ridiculous and 2 characters repeated it? The story was just too unrealistic to be believable. Pass on this one.

  • The Best-Kept Secret

  • Reverend Curtis Black, Book 3
  • By: Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Narrated by: Tracey Leigh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

In this outing, Curtis is starting over. He has a new job and a new wife, and of course he's convinced himself that this time he'll be good. But Curtis hasn't ever made a promise he could keep, and before long, he's up to his old tricks. The difference now is his third wife. She's unlike any woman Curtis has met before. And for the first time in his life, Curtis just might have met his match. Watch the sparks fly!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!!

  • By Mrs. C on 11-18-17

Tired and played out

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

I have read other books in the series but somehow missed this one. Out of curiosity, I bought it and immediately regretted it. I wasn't missing a thing! This is the same old sordid bunch of manipulative, corrupt, secretive liars with a played out story line. The whole family cheats, There is no one to feel good about. And the worst offense of all is Pastor Black addressing people as "Negro" all the time. How ridiculous does that sound? Please end this miserable series!

  • The Choir Director 2

  • Runaway Bride
  • By: Carl Weber
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Kidwell, Marc Damon Johnson, Nicole Lewis, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

It's been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor Bishop T.K. Wilson dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. His success has drawn national attention, and he's on the verge of signing a huge recording contract. With his life in order, Aaron decides the time is right to propose to Tia Gregory, the church secretary who caught his eye and inspired him to shed his Tiger Woods-like tendencies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What in the world?????

  • By blondredz on 08-27-14

Unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

What would have made The Choir Director 2 better?

The storyline went way too far left to be believable. Prostitutes, drugs, murder, repetitive cursing, revenge, premarital sex and adultery -- and these are supposed to be church people we're talking about? Please!

The author made one glaring mistake with the Aaron character. In the previous novel, he painted him as a good guy who was remorseful about his past and sent his victim's family money regularly. In this installment, he said he never gave them a second thought. I won't spoil the ending, but just know that it's totally out of character and made no sense at all.

Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Weber again?

Never. Totally a waste of my time and a big disappointment as a sequel.

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

It was ok, considering the material they had to work with.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.

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  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,088

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating (if not an outlier)

  • By KHarrang on 11-21-08

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I liked how many case studies there were.

What other book might you compare Outliers to and why?

I don't know.

What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Not sure.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

What separates outliers from other people are natural talent, a lot of practice and a little bit of luck.

  • Blessed Trinity

  • By: Vanessa Griggs
  • Narrated by: Caroline Clay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Motivational speaker and best-selling author Vanessa Davis Griggs pens moving tales that mix the stylings of Jan Karon and Terry McMillan. Faith Alexandria Morrell and her two sisters guard a dark secret. Needing direction, they join a local megachurch, where they meet people with problems of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Godly characters with real world problems!

  • By Classynoni on 10-03-11

A whole lotta crazy!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Some parts of the book were nothing but a big, long sermon. If I wanted to go to Bible Study, I would. I understand the opportunity to witness and minister to readers, but this was too much.

Would you be willing to try another book from Vanessa Griggs? Why or why not?

I did. I tried the next book in the series and it was more of the same.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Caroline Clay?

Yes

Did Blessed Trinity inspire you to do anything?

No, but some people may be inspired to seek counseling after reading this book. How could two people from the same church who are dating both be bipolar and/or have multiple personalities?