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  • The Mysterious Benedict Society

  • By: Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Narrated by: Del Roy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398

ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD LOOKING FOR SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES? Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) Only four children - Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance - succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun

  • By Carl on 12-02-07

Touching!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

A wonderful book, for children and adults alike! A story about family, friendship and acceptance. Loved it! (I am age 32!)

  • 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 63,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,620

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

Profound

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-19

One of the best books I have ever read. Truly touching and moving in every way. This book will have a meaningful impact on your life and make you want to be a better person. It also helps you learn how to accept yourself and others more fully.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,908

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

Faulty Ideas about Love

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

This book tackles a difficult subject matter, painting a picture of marriage that I found to be difficult and was ultimately unable to accept. It depicts love as complicated and messy, which I personally believe to be a commentary that we are fed, especially in the African American community. I read a quote once that said most people tend to believe what they are presented, especially when they are not exposed to anything else. I think books like these mislead others into believing in a distorted, complicated and ultimately painful view of love. In the setting of selfishness and disloyalty, complexity and drama are bound to be the outcome. However, love is powerful and in that power, restoration takes place and hope seeks an outlet. I wish that there were more books available that painted a positive, hopeful image for our minds to be exposed to, instead of the drama-filled disasters we are perpetually persuaded to believe is our future. Love is beautiful and enduring, if we choose that as the image we want to hold in our precious minds.

Regarding the narration, the lack of having a consistent voice for Celestial was confusing and hampered the flow of the book. The narrators did a good job, but the lack of consistency made it feel like seeing a finished product of something that was overall nice, but could have been so much better if the smaller details hadn't been skipped over and deemed unimportant.

  • The Giver

  • By: Lois Lowry
  • Narrated by: Ron Rifkin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,874

December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story that unfolds before your eyes

  • By Donna on 12-27-12

Classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I originally read this book as a child and I continue to read it over the years. I am 32 years old and just finished listening to it again. There are so many lessons, and you will especially be able to relate if you've been a part of, or are currently a part of any sort of strict social group. For me when I read this, I think of the strong influence religious ideals and rules can have. They ultimately mean well (trying to encourage walking in the path of perfection) but you end up losing sight of the essence of true living and existence. I also like the discussion of the importance of feelings.

  • 1922

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

The chilling novella featured in Stephen King's New York Times best-selling short story collection Full Dark, No Stars - soon to be a Netflix original film starring Thomas Jane and Molly Parker. A violence awakens inside a man when his wife proposes selling off the family homestead, setting in motion a grisly train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and narration

  • By indyemmett on 11-13-17

Similar to a Greek tragedyI-King style

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

I liked it.
The story has a lot of irony throughout.
Modern day version of a Greek tragedy
Pretty good narration.
Overall I found it entertaining.

  • The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands

  • By: Dr. Laura Schlessinger
  • Narrated by: Dr. Laura Schlessinger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

Women want to be in love, get married, and live happily ever after. Yet disrespect for men and disregard for the value, feelings, and needs of husbands has fast become the standard for male-female relations in America. Those two attitudes clash in unfortunate ways to create struggle and strife in what could be a beautiful relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Husband's Happier...So am I

  • By Mike on 08-26-04

Superb

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Excellent education for women and insightful information from men. I really learned a lot about how to take care of a man. I never realized how important sex is to the bonding of the relationship. It i's not just some selfish act that the man wants to do all the time. It is an integral part of his mental and emotional wellbeing. It is also a way for him to connect emotionally to his wife.

Also, when a wife is unkind to her man, and expects him to always pay attention to her feelings but never considers his, it seriously hurts the relationship.

Many times we as women want and pray for a man, but we never take the time to learn beforehand how to take care of one when we DO get one. Then you fumble around life, falling into the traditional stereotypes that portray women as a certain way and men as another. Never taking the time to be consciously aware of the relationship you truly have, but instead following the ideals that someone else set up.

This book is eye opening and very humbling. It is a must read for women who are single but looking and also for women who are currently married or even divorced.

Just as you read the instruction manual for an important product purchase, you should try to learn what a man is, his characteristics, traits and how he operates. Both you and he will feel blessed in the relationship when you do so.

Thanks Dr. Laura!

  • Make Your Bed

  • Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
  • By: William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,112

On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the YouTube video

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Truly Life Changing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This book will change your life. If you're not ready for the information (I.E. haven't learned little lessons yet, still desire to avoid full awareness living, etc.) it may not make a lot of sense.

But when you're ready, this little book will become an amazing teacher.

Thank you Admiral McRaven.

  • Manifesting Love

  • Call Forth Your Soulmate
  • By: Kathryn Alice
  • Narrated by: Kathryn Alice
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

This audiobook sets a powerful intention of opening up your life to the love you long for in your heart. Manifesting Love has helped thousands to bring in their soulmates. Manifest your soulmate. Break down barriers you have to accepting love in your life. Release your fears of being close, of being hurt. Call forth love with this powerful process. Wisdom, tools and a guided meditation that is highly effective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple and encouraging!

  • By Amanda on 01-16-14

Excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Great book. I intend to listen many times. I believe in this type of work. I know my soulmate is out there looking for me, as I am looking for him!

  • I Can't Think Straight

  • By: Shamim Sarif
  • Narrated by: Lisa Ray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Tala is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young woman who is dating her best friend. Spirited Tala and shy Leyla could not be more different from each other, but the attraction is immediate. I Can't Think Straight explores the clashes between East and West, conventions and individuality, creating a humorous and tender story of unexpected love and unusual freedoms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lesbians of the Middle East

  • By Me & My Girls on 05-27-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Loved the story and the movie. I loved that Lisa Ray narrated the book. My only complaint is that it sounded like she was chewing gum or had something in her mouth while reading. I tried my best to ignore it, as I otherwise loved her voice and narration. Also, there is a point in the book where music starts playing. It doesn't match the context in the book. Otherwise was excellent.

  • The Power of Different

  • The Link Between Disorder and Genius
  • By: Gail Saltz
  • Narrated by: Gail Saltz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

A powerful and inspiring examination of the connection between the potential for great talent and conditions commonly thought to be "disabilities", revealing how the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths. In The Power of Different, psychiatrist and best-selling author Gail Saltz examines the latest scientific discoveries and profiles famous geniuses who have been diagnosed with all manner of brain "problems".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NPR interview

  • By Anonymous User on 05-01-18

Made me feel okay to be me!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

please pass this book around to your friends. it will help save lives. we are okay, just different.