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  • As the Crow Flies

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405

When Charlie Trumper inherits the barrow his grandfather used to peddle fruit and vegetables in turn-of-the-century Whitechapel, England, he inherits his enterprising spirit as well. Charlie's deeply held ambition to raise himself out of the poverty of London's East End is destined to be realized, but there are many obstacles to overcome, including a tour of duty at the front in World War I, where he encounters the man who will become his lifelong enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming a Fan of Jeffrey Archer

  • By DWR on 05-04-16

Great character evolution

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

The span of years (1920's-1970's) covered many transformations with some characters more fleshed out than others. If the era, subject, and British background are of interest the book is more than fulfilling. The John Lee narration, offers a splendid bonus.

  • The Opposite of Hate

  • A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity
  • By: Sally Kohn
  • Narrated by: Sally Kohn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging intractable political differences, learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. Famously "nice", she even gave a TED Talk about what she termed emotional correctness. But these days, even Kohn has found herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies. It was time, she decided, to look into the ugliness erupting all around us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profoundly insightful, important, and digestible.

  • By Scott on 04-24-18

I needed this book..We ALL need this book.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Not since Van Jone's "Beyond the Messy Truth" have I been so strongly moved by honest discussion about how we all contribute to the sad state of affairs between people. Sally Kohn provides compelling anecdotes, research data and solutions to our worldwide problem of creating hate. Fortunately, she skips the traditional finger pointing, choosing to focus on our tribal survival programming as the culprit. I feel renewed commitment to catch myself creating separation between "people like me" and "the other". Thank you Sally. Thank you to everyone who reads The Opposite of Hate.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,332

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

Have You Ever Fallen in Love With a Character ?

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Americanah to be better than the print version?

The accents alone are worth the price of admission!

What other book might you compare Americanah to and why?

This was on a par with The Help and The Warmth of Other Suns in the way it conveyed the black ( or in this case, Non-American Black) experience through speech and nuance

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

Her lilt and wryness came through loud an clear.

Who was the most memorable character of Americanah and why?

Ifmelu and Obinze were both memorable. She for her humanity, he for his perfection.

Any additional comments?

I was sad to see them go at the end of the book.

  • Life After Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,506

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating, breathtaking book

  • By Kareol on 08-13-15

unique, in a good way

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

If you could sum up Life After Life in three words, what would they be?

I read "A God in Ruins" first and was so enchanted by the way Atkinson wove the story, combined with one of the most skilled narrators I have ever experienced, that I despaired of finding anything comparable. It took me a few chapters to get the essence of what was going on with Ursula (the title, Life After Life, does more than hint at the concept). Once I began to see things the way Ursula experienced them, I fell under the spell of the "plot", which, fortunately, was not really a plot per se. I have enjoyed a few of Atkinson's books very much, but most not at all. So, I was very pleased when this book appealed to me on many levels, and sad when it ended.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many! I don't want to be a spoiler.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A God in Ruins

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,585

A God in Ruins tells the dramatic story of the 20th century through Ursula's beloved younger brother, Teddy - would-be poet, heroic pilot, husband, father, and grandfather - as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world. After all that Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to have.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FRUSTRATING BUT GOOD

  • By Janna Wong Healy on 10-27-15

Riveting Story, Outstanding Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

If you could sum up A God in Ruins in three words, what would they be?

Honesty, Feeling, Humor

Who was your favorite character and why?

Teddy is one of our true heroes. He does his duty but questions the morality of war (or lack there of). As a later adult, he shows maturity and compassion while still being true to the character of his generation.

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

He really captures each character superbly. And his voice...I could listen to it all day.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

They don't make them like this anymore....sigh.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,417

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

not for me

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Would you try another book from Allen Eskens and/or Zach Villa?

I am 63 years old. Maybe that is the problem. The narrator was mediocre and the story ...well, I feel like I've had enough gratuitous violence images thrown at me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nonsense

  • The Power of Not Knowing
  • By: Jamie Holmes
  • Narrated by: Jamie Holmes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity - and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy. Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever. Whether it's a confounding work problem or a faltering relationship or an unclear medical diagnosis, we face constant uncertainty. And we're continually bombarded with information, much of it contradictory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Material - Weak Delivery

  • By Douglas C. Bates on 10-06-16

not much there

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Various studies were recited with a rather general (but accurate) recurring message. We don't do as well when we are stressed. Some people are more troubled by vagueness than others.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,920

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

for kids?

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

Reviewed: 04-20-14

What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

I got sucked in at the beginning. the narrator was great and the story could have gone in any direction. By the middle of the book, I felt I had been sucked into a teenage coming of age novel. I finished anyway. Some good points were made. Inclusive of outsiders, I like that.

  • The Founders of the Western World

  • A History of Greece and Rome
  • By: Michael Grant
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Through his in-depth analysis, Michael Grant introduces us to the political, military, cultural, social, economic, and religious life of the times that were the building blocks of what we now call the Western World. He creates a vivid panorama of the Greco-Roman world by bringing together the most dramatic events on record from its beginnings in 1,000 BC to the fall of the western Roman Empire in the fifth century AD.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Introduction to Classical Greece and Rome

  • By Nikoli Gogol on 11-25-12

this put me to sleep

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

Reviewed: 04-20-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

this narrator droned so badly I had to pull over and take a snooze...no joke!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Malala

  • How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
  • By: Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by: Archie Panjabi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,223

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than expected...

  • By Jan on 10-10-13

not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes to read about different cultures might enjoy it. Also fans of The Good Wife will be fascinated by Archie Punjabi's accent.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I only listened to about 20 minutes of this book. Too much focus on warlike attributes as being positive.

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

no