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  • Book of Numbers

  • By: Joshua Cohen
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heybourne
  • Length: 22 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 25

When the enigmatic billionaire founder and CEO of Tetration, the world's most powerful tech company, is diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, he hires a failed novelist, Josh Cohen, to ghostwrite his memoirs. This tech mogul, known only as "Principal", takes Josh deep into his own mind, and outlines the history of Tetration, which started by revolutionizing the search engine and later ventured into smartphones, computer manufacturing, and the surveillance of American citizens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the reviews. A funny and engrossing book.

  • By Susan C. S. on 07-13-15

The narrator is making this book accessible...

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

If you could sum up Book of Numbers in three words, what would they be?

I am engaged

What does Kirby Heybourne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Accessibility. I'm not sure I could read this book. I bought the book and tried.

Any additional comments?

It 'listens' like music. Great job Kirby!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ghettoside

  • A True Story of Murder in America
  • By: Jill Leovy
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476

Audie Award, Non-Fiction, 2016. On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home--one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I liked it more

  • By Deborah on 03-05-15

The best book I will read this year, I'd bet.

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Ghettoside to be better than the print version?

Don't know

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghettoside?

Skaggs' interrogation.

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Lowman – was your favorite?

Skaggs

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Rivited. I'm on my second read.

Any additional comments?

If you don’t read this book now I predict that you will read it eventually. It will be on the best seller list for a long time and I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t already on some high school or college required reading lists.
Even though it is non-fiction it is a great story. I’m already on my second time through. I’ve seen the interviews with the author and the reviews. They are good but they miss what’s best about this book. Community, justice, family, police, friends......
Reading this book is like walking through a woods that you’ve only read about. It is about you, us. It would never have worked as fiction. Thank you Jill Leovy for everything!



0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

  • Stories
  • By: Etgar Keret
  • Narrated by: Ira Glass, Willem Dafoe, Ben Marcus, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Read by an all-star cast and featuring a bonus story special to the audio edition, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is a one-of-a-kind audiobook.... Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret’s new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most mature work yet, the living and the dead, silent children and talking animals, dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spices of imagination behind the door...

  • By Belinda on 02-25-13

great interview on BOOKWORM (KCRW) BOOKWORM

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

Where does Suddenly, a Knock on the Door rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

BOOKWORM INTERVIEW GAVE USEFUL CONTEXT FOR THE STORIES

What did you like best about this story?

THE READERS WERE GREAT

Which character ??? as performed by the narrators ??? was your favorite?

GOOD READ ALONG-SIDE FRANZEN'S FARTHER AWAY ESSAYS & NATHAN ENGANDER'S WHAT WE TALK ABOUT......ESSAY'S

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

FORGET IT

Any additional comments?

NO

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What It Was

  • By: George Pelecanos
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn's turf, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Have some time? You could do a lot worse.

  • By Gideon on 08-13-12

FINALLY, A GOOD READING OF A PELECANOS.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-12

Where does What It Was rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

I DON''T LISTEN TO THEM IF THEY AREN'T WELL WRITTEN AND WELL READ.

What other book might you compare What It Was to and why?

GOOD STORY. GOOD READER

What does J. D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

I DON'T KNOW, BUT IT WORKS. (I WOULDN'T HAVE READ THE NOVEL).

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

JUST HAD A VERY GOOD 'LISTEN' TO A GOOD STORY. THANK YOU

Any additional comments?

FINALLY A READER I CAN LISTEN TO FOR A PELECANOS. MORE PLEASE!

  • My Reading Life

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Pat Conroy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conroy shares his storytelling

  • By Howard on 11-17-10

If you like Pat's novels this won't disappoint.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-11

Well- read and passionately read. I loved listening to Mr. Conroy's voice. I don't think anyone else could have read this for h im.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 24 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,803
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,418

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable book. Really liked the narration.

  • By R. Spangler on 12-13-10

This was a difficult read (listen)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-11

because of the subject matter. My trust in the author and his good writing kept me going. It wasn't until
the last couple of pages that I recognized I had read a great American novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Every Man Dies Alone

  • By: Hans Fallada, Michael Hofman (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Hans Fallada wrote this stunning novel in only 24 days - just after being released from a Nazi insane asylum. Based on a true story, Every Man Dies Alone tells of a German couple who try to start an uprising by distributing anti-fascist postcards during World War II. But their dream ultimately proves perilous under the tyranny that dominates every corner of Hitler’s Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a difficult masterpiece

  • By Heimo on 04-06-10

Hans thought he had finally written a great novel.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-11

And I think he did.
Remember the time you found yourself so close to death, and you never felt more alive. A feeling that stayed with you for some time. You may have that experience after finishing this book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Ptolemy Grey is 91 years old and has been all but forgotten - by his family, his friends, even himself - as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy's only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life, until he meets Robyn, his niece's 17-year-old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew's funeral.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story- Wonderful Reader

  • By Gail on 01-18-12

THE LAST DAYS OF PTOEMY GREY

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-11

Yes! I just cannot find a Walter Mosley novel that leaves me 'moving right on', to next book. His books leave me thoughtful and reflective. Like every other novel I have read by Mr. Mosley I will be reading this one again. The great readings of his works are essential. Thank you.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Right Mistake

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Ezra Knight
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

From award-winning author Walter Mosley comes the third work featuring hardened ex-con turned street philosopher Socrates Fortlow. Organizing other troubled individuals, Socrates starts the Thursday Night Thinkers' Meeting, in which members discuss "the world and what would be the right thing to do."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saving the best for last

  • By Manifesta on 06-06-15

THE RIGHT MISTAKE

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-11

Walter Mosley does not disappoint. Engaging, provoking, entertaining, current and stimulating. There is no one quite like Mr. Mosley. I think he is a very important American writer.
And always execellent readings, Thank you.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why a classic is a classic

  • By Jerry on 09-29-03

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-11

I never expected to read Dickens again, and I wouldn't have if I hadn't run into this reading.
It is a gift . Thank you Mr. Muller!