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  • Stamped from the Beginning

  • The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • By: Ibram X. Kendi
  • Narrated by: Christopher Dontrell Piper
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 566

Some Americans cling desperately to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society, that the election of the first Black president spelled the doom of racism. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America - more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, tiring narration.

  • By Jan on 06-21-17

missing the Important epilogue

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

why oh why does this happen/ why is the epilogue not included? i just read[ most of] it on amazon's "look inside"/

still an important and vital book/

  • Graceful Exits

  • How Great Beings Die (Death stories of Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, and Zen masters)
  • By: Sushila Blackman (compiler and editor)
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah, Dawn Harvey, Emily Zeller, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Death is a subject obscured by fear and denial. When we do think of dying, we are more often concerned with how to avoid the pain and suffering that may accompany our death than we are with really confronting the meaning of death and how to approach it. Sushila Blackman places death - and life - in a truer perspective, by telling us of others who have left this world with dignity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and translated in audio.

  • By j.j.martin on 03-01-18

narration you get for $1.95

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

death poems by " great beings" FYI/ great beings die pretty much the same way not-so-great-beings in human form die/ that said these poems and little stories of passing are excellent/ can't say same for the mangled pronunciations of the numerous narrators/ is it so hard to find someone who knows how the various Chinese/ Japanese and Indian names should be pronounced? oh well/ you get---sometimes--what you pay for and at $1.95 i really am not complaining--well not much/

all that said there is still much to learn much to ponder here/

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Unknown Henry Miller

  • A Seeker in Big Sur
  • By: Arthur Hoyle
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Henry Miller was one of the most distinctive voices in twentieth-century literature. Better known in Europe than in his native America for most of this career, he achieved international success and celebrity during the 1960s when his banned "Paris" books - beginning with Tropic of Cancer - were published here and judged by the Supreme Court not to be obscene. Until then he had toiled in relative obscurity and poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In-depth on the 2nd major phase of Miller's career

  • By Jeremy Hatch on 12-12-17

why aren't narrators taught how to pro-nounce

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

well if i had recalled that the same Mr Yen had narrated "spillover" i still would have bought as i consider Henry Miller one of the last centuries most important---and fascinating authors.

that said it is painful while the narrator slows down and tries to accentuate a usually mispronounced name or place/ this was produced by our own "audible studios'--come on audible--someone help these narrators....

that said, the book is excellent so far but i take it slowly/ see reviews for " spillover" for similar narrator problems/

  • Spillover

  • By: David Quammen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia - but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story with a few slow moments

  • By K on 05-11-14

fine book

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

Reviewed: 09-06-13

excellent important book and the narrator fits the book quite well---until he comes to pronounce Chinese names----he did fine in " other parts of the world" --- why didn't his director help him pronounce Chinese city names/

it really makes one go ouch when listening/

but a fine book nevertheless/

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,040

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

INCOMPLETE/ this audio is missing 6 pages/

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

Reviewed: 05-02-13

What made the experience of listening to Life of Pi the most enjoyable?

the fact that i had the book and could READ the missing 6 pages--the authors vital note/

i bought this almost 10 years ago and mentioned the missing parts to both audible as well as the publisher--high brow audio/ and what did they do--nothing/ without the note you are all missing a most important part/ i advise you to look at the book before you begin to listen/

  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist

  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Satya Bhabha
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting. Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite investment firm. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not about Fundamentalism in its usual sense.

  • By Paula on 08-25-11

great book but audio is missing....

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

Reviewed: 11-23-12

Where does The Reluctant Fundamentalist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of the best/

What about Satya Bhabha’s performance did you like?

pitch perfect

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

great ending--lets you add in your own thoughts as to what happened/

Any additional comments?

excellent novel of south asia/ good film by mira nair too/ HOWEVER be aware that 5-8 minutes of this audio are missing from the audiobook--the last part of chapter/track 3/like " life of pi' which is also missing a most significant part/

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Toward a True Kinship of Faiths

  • How the World's Religions Can Come Together
  • By: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Narrated by: Richard Gere
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

No person today is untouched by what happens in the rest of the world. With this historic development, the Dalai Lama understands that the essential task of humanity is to cultivate peaceful coexistence. But this has long been problematic with religion, and while previous conflicts over religious differences may have been significant, they did not threaten the very survival of humanity. Now, when extremists have access to powerful technologies, a single spark could ignite a powder keg of frightening proportions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please Listen to This Book

  • By Elizabeth on 07-27-10

someone help Richard Gere's pronunciation/

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

another excellent book from HH the Dalai Lama/ a much needed discussion on world religions and the need for them to join together rather than be at odds with each other/

however, where was the director to assist Richard Gere--he mangles too many Indian names and places/ his reading is--- alright but not inspiring/ and he doesn't mutilate too often nor too badly/

thus it is not too painful to listen and i do enjoy it and am learning/

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • River of Smoke

  • By: Amitav Ghosh
  • Narrated by: Lyndam Gregory
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those aboard the Anahita, an opium carrier heading towards Canton?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent narrator/ wonderful novel/

  • By Alan on 09-29-11

excellent narrator/ wonderful novel/

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

Reviewed: 09-29-11

now we must await the final volume in this wonderful panorama of a novel by Amitav Ghosh/

can be read without having read the "sea of poppies' but best to read that one first/

  • Be Love Now

  • The Path of the Heart
  • By: Ram Dass, Rameshwar Das
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

In Be Love Now, Ram Dass shares what he has learned in his remarkable four-decade-long spiritual journey. Through timeless teaching stories, compelling and often humorous personal anecdotes, and soul-stirring insights, Ram Dass tracks the stages of his own awakening in his trademark down-to-earth style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great one from Ram Dass but for the reader

  • By Evelyn on 05-01-12

Ram Dass great/ narrater close to terrible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-11

having followed ram dass for almost half a century, this book is a must. however i would rather have found the book as the narrator is bad~~he mangles many of the indian terms, city names as well as people's names~~~~. In addition it felt to me that he was just reading and did not himself understand what he was reading. Oh well....If the book is close by i would recommend you buy it instead.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Justine: The Alexandria Quartet

  • By: Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by: Jack Klaff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book meets terrific narrator

  • By alan on 04-02-11

wonderful book meets terrific narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-11

An excellent~~superb book and the narrator is one of the best.

That said i must also inform all those who purchased this title in the few months after it came out in october to ask audible for the version which is now available and is 9 hours 55 minutes and NOT the 8 hour 55 minute one[ only just taken down last week] which is missing part 4 of the book!!!

without the ending one is missing much of the story and would have difficulties continuing with the quartet--which i strongly recommend.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful