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  • The Book of Polly

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathy Hepinstall
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

Willow Havens is 10 years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to chase varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors - and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young, modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late 50s when Willow was born, so Willow knows she's here by accident, a late-life afterthought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The incredible Jenna Lamia!

  • By Mary Smiroldo on 05-09-17

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Where does The Book of Polly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10 I laughed several times throughout

Who was your favorite character and why?

Polly

What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

Jenna made the novel come alive, I read it because she narrated it

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

Here comes Polly! Age is nothing but a number

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,153
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,072

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Freakin Amazing!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

I loved the story and Bahni Turpin is amazing!! I hope some non minorities read or listen to this book cuz it's real! What African Americans and other minorities have been going through for decades. Sad that I'm 2017' the story line could've happened in 1960 and could and does still happen today. I could picture the characters and Bahni makes them come alive. Why are there angry minorities, cuz the sh** in this book is still life for many and no one cares. The USA is not the land of opportunity for all, only for some and been that way since the beginning. Read or listen to this book and open your mind.

  • Every Thug Needs a Lady

  • By: Wahida Clark
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

After taking us through the rugged, thug-filled lives of Jaz, Kyra, and Angel, Wahida now takes us into the drama-filled life of their best friend, Roz, aka Tasha. She is sexy, beautiful, and torn between her desires to distance herself from the streets and the magnetic attraction to the irresistible and thuggish Trae Macklin, who acknowledges that mature women are a turn-on. Women come and go for a thug who is more about his business over everything else, yet Trae surprisingly falls head over heels for his business partner's woman, Tasha.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really held my interest

  • By tereasa on 05-23-16

Too much erotic stuff for me..

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I like this series and love the narrator but too much sex for my taste.. it didn't add to the story line and I had to push myself to get through it. Not my favorite book but that's me.. maybe I am a prude.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Shade

  • The Hood Rat Novels, Book 6
  • By: K’wan
  • Narrated by: Kim Johnson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Every little girl dreams of a happy ending to her story - a home, children, and a man who loves her enough to share his life and last name. When Billy's longtime boyfriend, Marcus, finally pops the question, it's one of the happiest moments of her life. Billy calls on her childhood friends, Reese and Yoshi, to stand with her on her special day. Several years have passed since they'd last come together, and unresolved issues have driven a wedge between the women.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why is she still narrating???

  • By Lakayla eady on 10-19-16

Narrator no bueno

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

First of all, the narrator should've been told how to pronounce names.. She pronounced "Shy or Shai" as "Shaaayy" the whole story, drove me nuts. The story was strong and I'm a fan of K'wan but you have to love the hood stories to appreciate his books!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Section 8

  • A Hood Rat Novel
  • By: K'wan
  • Narrated by: Napiera Groves
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Taught by her drug-addict mother to get hers by any means necessary, Tionna's heart is cold, but she holds a warm place in it for Duhan, the father of her two sons, her on-again-off-again boyfriend since they were teenagers, her knight in shining armor. But with Dunham behind bars and everything she loves seized, she finds herself starting over in the same neighborhood that she swore she'd never return to.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator was the worst!!

  • By Charisse on 06-07-16

Not best narration

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

The narrator sounds like she was drunk or hella tired especially towards the end of the book. Story was good.. But definitely Hood

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Color Purple

  • By: Alice Walker
  • Narrated by: Alice Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130

Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a story!

  • By Nothing really matters on 06-12-14

Wonderful; everything you thought and more!

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

One of my favorite movies and this book is even better! Im usually skeptical about author narration but Ms. Walker did a great job.

  • A Piece of Cake

  • By: Cupcake Brown
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned 20.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing , Brutal, Inspiring

  • By Kim on 07-02-10

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-22-15

I luv this narrator, but not even she could help me to like the story. I just thought it took too long to get to the point.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mudbound

  • By: Hillary Jordan
  • Narrated by: Ezra Knight, Kate Forbes, Joseph Collins, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May this South never rise again.

  • By Betty on 03-25-12

wow our history is sad!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

a mesmerizing story that could have happened and because of that, it's sad! Racist America just more hidden in some parts in 2015. well developed characters and excellent narration. some parts difficult to listen to because it's reality!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lovely Bones

  • By: Alice Sebold
  • Narrated by: Alice Sebold
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 816

When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place where she finds herself. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief. This story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching narrative about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story - Poor Narration

  • By Kimberly on 05-07-10

I loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

Better than movie and I loved the movie. loved the author narration good inflection in her voice, easy listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,380

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful southern historical fiction

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-27-15

Heart breaking but wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

I loved it, felt emotion knowing this narrative was true for slaves. Such an ugly American history that people should NEVER forget

1 of 2 people found this review helpful