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  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,287
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,610

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Engaging and Well Performed

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

This book surprised me. It was a freebie or I would never have read it. I'm not interested in murder, suspense or mystery novels, yet Lindy Nettleton caught me with her voice and character interpretation. I enjoyed the multi-POV story telling, character development and suspense.

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,883
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,921

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

Deep Engaging Wisdom with Humor and Immediacy

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I love Brene Brown and highly recommend The Power of Vulnerability to everyone.
Braving the Wilderness took me by surprise in that it is just as important for people to hear/read since she focuses on the current U.S. political and social climate.
Brown once more provides important insights on social issues and behavior with passion, courage and intelligence so each of us can brave the wilderness and forge a more secure and kinder society.

  • The Velveteen Rabbit

  • By: Margery Williams
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 80

"When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become real." First published in 1922, Margery Williams' enchanting story about a toy rabbit is a classic of children's literature. This gentle rendition comes alive through Meryl Streep's soothing narration and George Winston's beautiful music score. Ages four and up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting story

  • By Mandy Leppard on 12-11-16

Timeless Classic!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

One of my favorite stories given even more warmth and richness through Meryl Streep's voice and character voices. Stunning story of love and redemption for all ages.

  • Yes We Can: The Speeches of Barack Obama: Expanded Edition

  • By: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Expanded from the original, Yes We Can! offers highlights from speeches by Barack Obama and includes his entire inaugural address as an added bonus. For this collection, speeches were chosen to showcase President Obama's powerful, inspiring rhetoric of hope and change and to represent his stands on issues such as climate, energy, service, and the Iraq war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Obama

  • By Alex on 12-08-17

Greatness Recorded!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Unless you hate Obama, you'll likely love hearing his stirring articulate appeal for a more compassionate country and accountability for our own lives and actions and vision of the world and possibility for all.

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  • Being There

  • By: Jerzy Kosinski
  • Narrated by: Dustin Hoffman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,465

Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darkly Funny

  • By Ilana on 07-15-12

Timeless!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

The movie was so good I'd never considered reading this until Audible offered it as a promo. It's well worth a credit or buying.
The writing is rich and honed and Hoffman's restrained yet emotive voice is perfect for the narration.
The book is so much better than the film adaptation (I know this is usually the case, but it was a great movie). I highly recommend BEING THERE and have already re-listened to it and will continue to do so for the writing and carefully observed story.

  • The Infinite Field of Possibilities

  • Viewing Change Through a Kaleidescope
  • By: Angeles Arrien
  • Narrated by: Michael Toms
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In the context of 9/11, anthropologist, educator and award-winning author Angeles Arrien shares her deep wisdom and invites us to explore the significance of change and how to view it in our lives in creative and practical ways. Arrien suggests that the great journey of life is made up of phases and changes, and that there are always signals and signposts to guide us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Angeles Arrien with Timeless Wisdom

  • By Lizbeth on 06-23-18

Angeles Arrien with Timeless Wisdom

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Though seemingly dated, the al-Qaeda attack in 2001 dramatically changed life in the United States. This kind of horror continues to require our attention and response in various forms. Cultural anthropologist and shaman, Angeles Arrien offers deep wisdom, intelligence and compassion in this conversation with Michael Toms. Well worth listening to both for their conversation but also because she is a model for the art of active listening.

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,777

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Erez on 05-29-08

Exceptional Listen

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

As a feminist in a culture that has sexualized a twelve-year-old as the predator, I was resistant to read this; however, Jeremy Irons' voice drew me in and I'm so glad.
Nabokov's LOLITA is oppositional to the common lurid cultural references and movie's depiction/bastardization of this extraordinary book. Dolores Haze is not the sexually manipulative girl alluded to in the culture and film, but instead the object of Humbert Humbert's erotic obsession. Nabokov's exquisite writing intelligently captures Humbert's increasing conflict between his obsession and the cultural mores that prevent his fulfillment.
I highly recommend this book especially with Irons' narration.

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,743

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

As Wonderful Now As When Originally Published!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

And as wonderful for adults as YAs.
The writing, story and pace make this timeless and Rob Inglis is a perfect narrator for this classic.
A brilliant scholar, Tolkien mines ancient European folktales and retells them in a compelling modernistic style, much like Neil Gaiman does. THE HOBBIT offers memorable characters in a world and story well worth hearing again and again.

  • Braiding Sweetgrass

  • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many thanks for this gift

  • By Jessica Mayer on 01-04-17

Science, Storytelling & Spirit Beautifully Woven

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Kimmerer has a rich soothing voice as she recounts the juxtaposition of indigenous wisdom and European arrogance as well as history and life's timelessness. I highly recommend this book for the sound, the information, and the heart and spirit it conveys. Wonderful listen and rich enough to hear repeatedly.

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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
  • Narrated by: John C. Reilly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,149

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Anon on 06-04-18

Exceptional Storytelling and Writing

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Years ago I said to a friend, “You have two copies of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST.”
“You can’t have too many copies of CUCKOO’S NEST.”
She was right. I’m just sorry I didn’t read it the day she said that so I could have read it many times before hearing Riley’s performance, which breathes ever more life into one of the most electrifying books written.
I’d avoided reading it because I thought it would be too sad. The story is but the writing is as good as writing gets: compelling, layered, original, hypnotic and imaginative. It’s inspiring from a human level and inspiring for a writer.
And the performance and it’s worth two credits.