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  • The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani, Deepti Gupta
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

 

The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia were never close and barely got along growing up and now have grown even further apart as adults. Rajni, a school principal, is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a 30-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking "good" sister, married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life. On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely ruined by narrator

  • By drakermom on 05-21-19

Wow

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

What a wonderful story of sisterhood and need for feminism!!! I won’t be a spoiler but every family has a dumbass and this one’s name is Shirina.

  • Queenie

  • By: Candice Carty-Williams
  • Narrated by: Shvorne Marks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle-class peers. After a messy break-up from her white long-term boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places...including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Growing up for Grownups

  • By Susan on 03-21-19

Excellent!!!

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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: 03-27-19

I loved this story. It was a compelling tale that looked at the insecurities of Queenie. The author unpacked how child abuse, racism, and the bullshit of life made her so fragile. But through therapy, self examination, and her support system Queenie is becoming the woman she wants to be.

  • Under Fire

  • Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House
  • By: April Ryan, Tamron Hall - foreword
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Veteran White House reporter April Ryan thought she had seen everything in her two decades as a White House correspondent. And then came the Trump administration. In Under Fire, Ryan takes us inside the confusion and chaos of the Trump White House to understand how she and other reporters adjusted to the new normal. She takes us inside the policy debates, the revolving door of personnel appointments, and what it is like when she, as a reporter asking difficult questions, finds herself in the spotlight, becoming part of the story.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Deborah on 09-03-18

Confirmation

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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: 09-19-18

I gained a more respect for April Ryan! She confirmed my feelings about Omorosa Manigault. I feel good that she asked the questions that need to be asked.

  • Unhinged

  • An Insider's Account of the Trump White House
  • By: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Narrated by: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,074
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,837

Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned 15 years - through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history. But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing We Didn't Already Know

  • By Yvonne Lowery on 09-11-18

Underwhelming!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I am not and have never been a Trump supporter! With that said Omorosa is right she the female version of Trump. That makes her one the despicables. This story was sooo self serving. The narration was sub par.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cooking Gene

  • A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South
  • By: Michael W. Twitty
  • Narrated by: Michael W. Twitty
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touchpoints in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes listeners to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important to listen to

  • By Anne on 07-01-18

Beautifully Written

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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: 05-30-18

I loved this genealogical study. I loved the stories of the history of African American cuisine. Bravo!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Mother of Black Hollywood

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jenifer Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jenifer Lewis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,883
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,202
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,180

Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a Midwestern girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire listeners. Told in the audacious voice her fans adore, Jenifer describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and undiagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction. Yet, supported by loving friends and strengthened by "inner soldiers", Jenifer never stopped entertaining and creating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutally honest memoir!

  • By D. Easter on 11-14-17

Wow!!!

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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: 11-21-17

I was surprised by how forthcoming Jenifer is about her life. But her story was therapeutic for the reader. The story resonated with me on so many levels.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,256

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

Great

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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: 05-31-17

The author told this story with integrity. She captured the brutality and dysfunction in slavery all the while showing the plight of women. Yet she showed in horrible situations some families thrived and love still bloomed. It was a beautiful listen.

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  • Bad Monkeys

  • By: Matt Ruff
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105

Jane Charlotte has been arrested for murder. She tells police that she is a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil and that her division is called the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons - or "Bad Monkeys" for short.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strange

  • By ayodele higgs on 05-25-17

Strange

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

A strange strange story but not horrible. It is not as good as Lovecraft Country but I listened.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moloka’i

  • By: Alan Brennert
  • Narrated by: Anne Noelani Miyamoto
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732

The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book!

  • By David on 08-23-12

Wow

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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: 03-26-17

This story was an education. I never knew much about leprosy or the people of Hawaii. I absolutely loved this story.

  • Parable of the Talents

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Patricia R. Floyd, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sisi Aisha Johnson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110

Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity. Assault, theft, sexual abuse, slavery, and murder are commonplace. And a zealous, bigoted tyrant has won his way into the White House. Directly opposed is Lauren Olamina, founder of Earthseed - a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". Persecuted for "heathen" beliefs as much as for having a black female leader, Earthseed's followers face a life-and-death struggle to preserve their vision.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Look Into Our Future

  • By Alysia on 01-27-14

Wow!!!

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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: 03-18-17

I have enjoyed reading all of Octavia Butler's books. Reading this book convinces me she is a visionary. I don't want to be s

1 of 1 people found this review helpful