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  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,053

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Chirpy Sappy Stereotypical Predictable . . . Bad!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

For starters, not all Irishmen are alcoholics, and not all Irish families have too many kids! I thought this thing was for kids and thought I would not let my kids get anywhere near it. Then to find out this is adult contemporary fiction, oh, please! And eighteen thousand people thought it was pretty good? Where are their heads? Have they read Kingsolver, Doerr, Gabaldon, Dumas, Austen, Steinbeck, Wharton, Zafon, the Brontes, Bryce Courtenay or Thomas Mann?

I'm out of here.

  • The House of Broken Angels

  • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly 100, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader in a single weekend. Among the guests is Big Angel's half-brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not death, and Not borders

  • By Clodhopper on 05-01-18

We Are All Broken Angels at a Great Fiesta!

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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: 11-23-18

This is Great Literature and the perfect narrator. The book went slow for me at first, with people hanging out, going places in hot cars, lots of different names and relationships. I stayed with it and was well rewarded. The house in the story belongs to Big Angel and his wife, Perla. It is Big Angel's 70th and last birthday, as he is slowly dying of a terminal disease. Mr. Urrea obviously writes from his own life, as he has an American mom, and his dad was murdered. Mixed heritage and shocking losses occur in the book with speculation on who really knows Spanish, who really understands all the English around them. And then there's Spanglish -- great fun!

The story covers only a few days but clearly goes back and forth to tell how all the lives have progressed. The book is full of delicious insights into the characters. How does a man find out that some of us ladies don't wash our faces in the shower! The scene with the war veteran in the car with his son driving -- having combat flashbacks while on drugs -- oh, dear! I was paralyzed, just listening to get through it. Were those complete sentences? What just happened? An impressionist word painting? This classic will take me several more listens. Note that it is not necessarily about beautiful people living in gorgeous houses, making wild crazy money and wild crazy love. It is more about real life human beings interacting, cooking, cleaning, caring for the old man, remembering other times.

I could not tell if the English content of the book filled in for the Spanish because I understood nearly all the Spanish. Don't complain that you deserve a translation. Get the print book and look up words. Or start trying to learn our second language. I came through schools in Bakersfield with Mexican kids, and the USAF sent me to Spain. Now my church has a pastor from Mexico and a Mass in Spanish. Padre Mauricio's English is better than mine! I would not miss an Easter Vigil lasting several hours when he baptizes, confirms and marries a number of people, switching languages as necessary, a stack of towels up front, people going back and forth, little kids falling asleep. This book gives me more insight into these beautiful people described as insular and why they should not try to conform to my UK-gringo-Puritan-Cherokee-Texas-Kansas take on the world. This book is a treasure.

  • The Journey Beyond Enlightenment

  • The Next Step in Your Personal Transformation
  • By: Stuart Wilde
  • Narrated by: Stuart Wilde
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Journey into an incredible spiritual terrain unknown to all but the most adventurous seekers. In The Journey Beyond Enlightenment, internationally-acclaimed author and "spiritual warrior" Stuart Wilde will show you how to access and enter what he calls the Mirror World - a hyperdimensional reality that exists beyond the constraints of time, space, and intellect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very engaging

  • By Danita Banko on 11-13-16

COMFORTING AND LIFE-CHANGING

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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: 10-31-18

This is for me the deepest of Stuart's books. It is a nice listen at first. Then when I was in personal crisis, repeated listens absolutely saved my soul. I don't believe this book is in print.

  • Silent Power

  • By: Stuart Wilde
  • Narrated by: Stuart Wilde
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Stuart Wilde gives you a lot to ponder on this unabridged audiobook. His underlying philosophy is that there is a silent power within you, an inner knowing that grows because you understand its infinity. It teaches you hour by hour and day by day. It is silent...but it is also so powerful. Reach inside and find it!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unfortunate Suprise

  • By Bradler on 01-24-10

Pretty Good BUT NOT THE BOOK SILENT POWER!!!

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Stuie left us a lot to work with and think about. I have two copies of the wonderful print book of this title. This recording was made after 2001 when he and his friends saw the morph! This should never have been sold as a reading of the book! If you just love Stuart Wilde (as I definitely do), then spring for this little recording, but also read the book because they are different! If you have only one credit, I'd recommend the Journey Beyond Enlightenment. Well, everything he does is bloody marvelous. I had an epiphany with Journey recently, after many listens! He has a well maintained website and more recordings available at Quiet Earth. Some of them are a bit light-hearted, off the cuff. So first get everything here at audible if you're a real disciple. . . . Power is being misused around the world at all levels. Sensitive people who have good hearts are getting hurt. All the look at me ego on social media is not the way. Stuart shows how an upside down quiet way is the correct way to win in life and reach the side door: at the back of the line in old clothes and a bad haircut, helping an old man carry his stuff . . .

  • Elmet

  • By: Fiona Mozley
  • Narrated by: Gareth Bennett Ryan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

In this atmospheric and profoundly moving debut, Cathy and Daniel live with their father, John, in the remote woods of Yorkshire, in a house the three of them built themselves. John is a gentle brute of a man, a former enforcer who fights for money when he has to, but who otherwise just wants to be left alone to raise his children. When a local landowner shows up on their doorstep, their precarious existence is threatened, and a series of actions is set in motion that can only end in violence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Strains credibility

  • By DM on 01-06-18

Young Author First Novel Masterpiece

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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: 07-20-18

This young author has tremendous talent. A second listen helps because chunks of text that properly belong at the end are inserted throughout the book, a nice artistic touch which gives insight into the character of Daniel. I listened three times, discovering more each time. Somehow, despite the seaminess, corruption and violence, I found love and value, intelligence, a great world of hope for growing kids. We have outlier communities in the U.S., possibly in the mountains of northern California, for example. In the last century we have had people who wanted to do everything from scratch, do it their way, and home school. Most of us are under the thumb of some brute. The book helped me through a month of abusive senior subsidized housing inspection involving what amounted to 7 days total of almost house arrest waiting for inspectors, making nice to the corporate hierarchy.
The narrator was quite perfect. For the women’s voices, he WAS a woman! My people are mostly from the British Isles, and I’ve had a lifetime of the good UK books, audio books, Masterpiece Theatre TV, etc. He certainly got the right nasty intonation for the Price boys. Skillful and subtle, a pleasure to listen to, he WAS Daniel.
The violence in the book is not gratuitous and is no worse than that in Steig Larsson’s Girl Who books. I loved the respect for wildlife, trees and plants. I loved all the description. I probably missed hints at the adult relationships before the kids were born. The ending was okay by me. I figure they’ll meet up on the other side, and the bad guys always pay in the end, even if we don’t get to see it. You have to love a brother who cuts colored paper for holiday decorations and bakes holiday cakes. You have to admire a woman who can roll her own cigarettes and strangle her would-be rapist. In this country we look at the cars and clothes and – increasingly – teeth and haircuts. We don’t expect our trailer trash to read books and know things. God, I love this book! Be happy and keep writing, dear Fiona!

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  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons

  • By: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Executed by the Nazis for his complicity in a plot to assassinate Hitler, Dietrich Bonhoeffer remains with us today through his writings - far-reaching ripples of deep thought, passionate words, and unflinching character. Including biographical insights, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons spans Bonhoeffer's 17 years as a preacher. This collection of vintage sermons and writings searches out the power and mystery of the Christmas season: its joyous riches and its implications for our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sermons About Enduring and Waiting

  • By Sara on 12-11-14

Wrong Narrator, Other Problems

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I've lived in Germany and played keyboard for a small Christian Science congregation. That was some time ago so that older members who testified had lived through World War II. Sweet people working hard on their lives! I also listened to the audible biography of Bonhoeffer and was much affected by it. He came from a bright, upscale family with high standards and much love. This was a Christian martyr! So I tried to listen to these sermons at Christmas time and could not. Like sawdust. Now I try again and notice how pleased with himself the narrator sounds. Something is wrong. I suspect he does not really "get" the deepest points Bonhoeffer is trying to make! The other reviewers are right; I agree with them completely. Now I must clarify that I converted to Catholicism and nonetheless love Christian teaching from whatever denomination. And now I am midway in the listening and Bonhoeffer is glorifying Mary's lowliness!!! Oh, dear, no! Mary was beautiful and splendid and virtuous and very young and God chose her! She was perfect for His purpose! She had not had time to get into trouble. She was watched over by family and her fiance. A mid-century German may see Mary as lowly; I think God does not. And here I have to stop, much as I love and respect Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Let's not be glorifying humanly perceived lowliness! With a better narrator, I might have been able to hang in there.

  • Villette

  • By: Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

Hailed as Charlotte Brontë’s “finest novel” by Virginia Woolf, Villette is the timeless semi-autobiographical tale of Lucy Snowe. Left with no family and no money, Lucy goes against her own timid nature and travels to the small city of Villette, France, where she becomes a school teacher in Madame Beck’s school for girls. During her stay, she falls in love—twice—and discovers an independent, inner strength rarely seen in women of her time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You need to be a Bronte fan to enjoy this story

  • By Kristin on 09-07-14

A Real Downer Even Read By Davina!

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I'm only a third of the way through and truly suffering, even with my favorite narrator reading. I understand this narrator's excellent French just fine. I've visited the cramped and gloomy Bronte home in England. Easy to see why they were all so sick! It is Davina Porter who gives voice to all 8 of the thousand-page Outlander novels. I never imagined this great novel would be intolerable even with her reading. When the sick and lonely heroine blunders into a Catholic church and actually goes into the confessional and admits she is Protestant, she is very well received by an elderly French priest. He offers to help her, but she does not receive his offer well. She is a thorough bigot! Oh, phooey! So why doesn't she pray her own prayers and read her own Bible! This passage with Lucy Snowe and the priest contrasts nicely with lovely passages in the Outlander books in which Claire is keeping watch in church or walking in a monastery garden and discussing with a brother the challenges of time travel, or praying for her husband's recovery. Davina Porter captures the accents and the male voice, but that heroine is Catholic and there is great love in the Outlander books and very little in Villette. Many thanks to reviewers who pointed out that we never find out what happened to Lucy! I see no payoff to all this suffering. Maybe it's time for a complete re-listen to the Outlander books. Oh, boy!

  • A Little Princess

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Virginia Leishman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 612

Ten-year-old Sarah Crue lives life like a princess until tragedy strikes, taking away her fine clothes and privileges. Without her velvet and silk and French maids, she's no longer the envy of all the girls at Miss Minchin's London boarding school, and even has to live in the school's attic, working for the students who were once her friends. Will Sarah's spirit remain unbowed? Follow her through her trials and triumphs in this unforgettable tale beloved by children the world over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Credit Worthy Narration

  • By File Squirrel on 08-29-09

Powerful Princess Practice

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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: 06-12-18

The narrator was marvelous for this book. I was in rather a crisis when I began listening, and I found it immensely uplifting. I looked up the author, who also wrote The Secret Garden. Burnett was interested in the beginnings of New Age religious thought including Unity and Christian Science, Religious Science and such marvelous teachers, eventually, as Louise Hay. The founders of these faiths studied the Bible and the career of Jesus. Even today people are asking "What would Jesus do?" We are still wondering how He performed those amazing healings in the Bible. So critics can make fun of positive thinking and magical thinking, but if even the tiniest speck of inspiration can leaven an entire life and lift a person, I say bring it on! This is a children's book for everyone. It is not preachy and not religious. It simply tells how the child heroine went from fortunate to miserable and back to fortunate. She had a sweet nature to begin with. And she continued to act like a princess, even dressed in rags. Recently I enjoyed and reviewed a similar book which was a true story: Bryce Courtenay's Jessica. Her mother lied, stole her baby, and covered up and even had her committed to a mental institution where Jessica smiled and helped the other inmates to heal and was such a force for good that one good thing led to another and she was eventually released. And so with our little fictional girl, Sara. Many of us are suffering under stupid nasty people on power trips, tightening rules just for fun, bullying and playing favorites, lying and cheating in so many ways. So I enjoyed seeing the head of the terrible school made uncomfortable and in danger of losing her business. Even when there are no diamond mines to pay off, "possibility thinking" or creative envisioning can help nearly all of us to improve our lives. As for the voice of Becky, of course she was low class and spoke with a Cockney accent. The narrator did this very well. So many of us are quitting FaceBook as the ego trips, abuse and rudeness reach new heights. I tend to not have a ready answer, which is probably best. Then that night I can't sleep. If listeners can discuss how a princess would act in the face of some outrage, this will be very helpful for everyone, strengthen our boundaries and calm our sleep. Listen twice!

  • T Is for Transformation

  • Unleash the 7 Superpowers to Help You Dig Deeper, Feel Stronger & Live Your Best Life
  • By: Shaun T
  • Narrated by: Shaun T
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977

In T is for Transformation, Shaun T unveils the 7 transformational principles that guided his progress through life and that are at the core of his incredibly successful workouts. T is for Transformation is a motivational master class as Shaun shows you how to become more flexible and resourceful, give everything you've got, and, most importantly, trust and believe in your path to success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helped me realize I’m worth so much more then I allow

  • By Joseph Dennis on 11-17-17

Gotta Love This Man, His Message and Example

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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: 05-09-18

More than a pretty face, Shaun finished college and has worked very hard thus far thru an amazing life. He has a lot to offer whoever has the ears to hear. I can't imagine anyone but Shaun reading his words. He manages to be extremely well-spoken and sound friendly without also sounding prissy. I am nearly twice his age, a new devotee of physical therapy for arachnoiditis -- bad headaches from bad posture -- no, I'm not scared of spiders! So it's shoulders way back, and I do my push-ups and planks against the shower wall. Even a little exercise done consistently is a powerful thing! . . . This book is full of ideas for making one's total life situation better, analyzing what is and what can be. Thank God he had a loving home to run to! Thank God he didn't wimp out in rehearsals! Thank God for Shaun! . . . Jordan Peterson -- available here on audio -- has a chapter in his "12 Rules" about why people so often don't do what they're told and what is good for them, like taking medicine, doing the PT, choosing good food, etc. As Shaun is a champ motivator and encourager, I think this would interest him. On Stockton Street in San Francisco's Chinatown, there is a teeny-tiny narrow clothing shop. They had to cut their banner and hang it on two levels:
Line one: JUST D
Line two: O IT
Yup, that's it! I will listen again. Get the book!

  • Bless Me, Ultima

  • By: Rudolfo Anaya
  • Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 614

As Tony follows his own path toward adulthood, he relies on the wisdom of Ultima, a magical healer, to forge his unique identity. With hundreds of thousands of copies in print, Bless Me, Ultima has been called the most widely read Mexican-American novel in the English language. Richly evocative, it has earned its place among the classics of modern literature, even drawing favorable comparisons to Herman Melville's legendary Moby Dick.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Modern classic - but prepare to think

  • By Mark W. Bohrer on 02-28-15

Bilingual Treasure!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

At first I wondered why so much of the book is in Spanish. I understand the Spanish, but what about other listeners? Did the translator slack off? No, the book was written like this, and a Spanish translation is available. The author was born in the USA and spoke Spanish at home. As the book is a masterpiece, beautifully written, it is well worth the trouble to get a print copy and a Spanish dictionary and look up the Spanish. Then listen again to Robert Ramirez's beautiful narration. It's not too slow! It's quite perfect. . . . The first two hours gave me some long thoughts about the Mexican kids I grew up with in Bakersfield, California, Alfonso Valdez carrying his flute every day, Elvira's sparkly earrings and sparkly eyes. Then being stationed in Madrid, working in San Francisco beside a great mix of people. And now collecting hugs in the library, hearing Spanish at church, I hesitate to use my doubtful Spanish because I know their English is as good as mine -- or better! Still, on meeting strangers, admiring a baby, asking the whereabouts of Padre Mauricio, a few words can help a lot. Whatever the second language, our understanding of the spoken word is many times better than the words we can come up with. . . . In this book, I love how the wise little boy is observing very adult events and growing in love and respect toward the wise old woman, Ultima, who comes to live with his family. She is a healer; she knows herbs and healing and spells. Some would call her a white witch, doing good works, all love. AND NOW I WILL ASK FOR A REFUND BECAUSE DESPITE LONG WORK WITH AN AUDIBLE TECHIE, THIS BOOK JAMS MY IPOD USING FORMAT 4. I WILL HAVE TO GET THE PRINT BOOK. !Que lastima!