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  • Atomic Marriage

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Diane Lane
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,028
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,011

All marriages are hard. Many of them fail. Brock Lewis, an evangelical businessman turned self-published author, has the answer. Follow his international bestselling book’s 12-point “Atomic Doctrine” - make eye contact with your spouse? Always! Use the bathroom in front of them? Never! - and you, too, can build a marriage that thrives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but lacking any real oomp at the end

  • By Kingsley on 01-04-19

Felt rushed & incomplete...

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I felt as if the book could have been given more opportunity to "unfold"...but then again, maybe it being rushed was the point to begin with!

For me, it felt like there was "something missing"; something more that still needed to be said.

The narrator's work was awesome! I enjoyed the varied accents & I didn't have to wait for the character to be announced to know who was presently speaking.

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,021

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

When words come to life!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

This book was EXCEPTIONALLY written! The words danced off the pages and came alive in my imagination. I found myself, on more than one occasion, closing my eyes and imagining the scene set before me by the author. As if I were physically present in each encounter; a companion in the lives of Roy & Celestial!

As for the story...I loved every bit! The heart-wrenching just as much as the heart-warming. Stories such as these seem so far fetched; as if "something like that would never happen to me!" But it could!!! It could happen to anyone...many a men & women are serving jail sentences for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. And worse, for being the wrong race! This story is necessary for then, for now, for as long as brown skin remains a "threat"...merely by existing!

Sean's vocal variation was amazing! At some points in the story I had to pause and ponder as to whether there were more than 2 narrators.

Job well done to all!

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,331

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

What a GRIPPING tale!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Dennis Kelly made me cry in traffic!
As if trying to meander through after-work peak-hour traffic wasn't bad enough; today I had to do it with blurry vision from tear stained eyes!

I wept for all the woman whose reality was depicted in this book; I wept for all the men whose reality was depicted in this book; I wept, because even though I know this could  be a reality I or someone I know could encounter in this lifetime, I have NO IDEA how to prevent it.

Why are our men so angry? Why is violence so "near" to them? Why do they inflict such atrocious pain in an effort to mask their fears? What is it that makes the brothers, fathers, family members, spouses, friends...that we love turn into absolute monsters? We need answers to these questions because only then, will we be able to help and hopefully purge this plague.

Side note: I usually struggle to decipher narrators with an accent, regardless of the origin of the accent, purely because I may not be accustomed to that particular accent. In this instance however, I could clearly hear every word. The narrator did an absolutely stellar job!

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,919

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

We need more stories like this!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

This story is one that each of us need to tell! The story of how we "evolve" from juvenile naivety to the maturity that allows us to eventually SEE our parents. See their sacrifices; see their hopes & dreams for us; see that, even if they may have sometimes hurt us, their intentions were only ever for our very best!

Thank you Sharon for sharing your story with us!

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  • We Should All Be Feminists

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91

'I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently....' What does feminism mean today? In this personal, eloquently argued essay - adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers listeners a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible piece

  • By Anonymous User on 09-20-17

This should be a school textbook!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I loved every minute of this book...going back to listen to it a few more times after this!

It's saddening that we still need this message in the 21st century, but there is no better person to teach us that message than Chimamanda. Here's to hoping that there are many, maaany more texts like this to come...patriarchy mentalities, in both men & women, is a disease we need to eradicate...and FAST!

  • Ep. 2: Motherless Women

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,350

[Contains mature themes] A couple with two small children are at physical and emotional odds in their relationship. One has given herself over entirely to the children, while the other struggles to find her place within the family dynamic. Esther helps them reframe each of their roles in terms of what they uniquely contribute.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful therapist

  • By Jeanne F. on 06-07-17

Astounding!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

This is the MOST enlightening of all the episodes I have listened to! To know that matters of disconnection when children are born into a relationship is not just a "woman vs man" issue, but a "personality" issue has been one of the most eye-opening lessons I have learnt to date! This session teaches us that no matter the dynamics of a relationship, it still needs 2 people to come together and find the "middle" to create a happy and successful partnership!

  • Ep. 1: I've Had Better

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,676

[Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Response to the bitter comments...

  • By Ashley on 06-15-17

Amazing content!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

If married couples were to listen to content like this BEFORE things went pear-shaped, a lot of hurt and pain would be avoided in relationshops.

  • Ep. 7: I've Had 100 Conversations with You in My Head

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 240

[Contains Mature Themes] Free for a limited time to Audible members. After a discovery in her doctor's office, a woman realizes her husband has been unfaithful. While betrayed and angry, she still feels a desire to stick it out for the sake of the kids. He, meanwhile, is desperate to find a way back to her. Esther takes them back to their upbringing's and the years before the infidelities to find a place of mutual compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Attempting to recover from infidelity

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 07-05-18

Marriage lifeline!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

WoW! If only people facing these same challenges would listen to Esther, I sincerely believe more marriages would find complete healing and restoration! AMAZING WORK!!!

  • Ep. 6: You Can Be Right or You Can Be Married

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

[Contains Mature Themes] Free for a limited time to Audible members. They’ve been together for more than a decade, but this isn’t the first time they’ve separated. Stuck in a cycle of explosive escalations, a husband and wife want to make it work but can’t break their habit of going for the emotional jugular. Esther encourages them to start their conversations differently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best episode so far!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-04-18

These podcasts are AMAZING!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Gosh! These sessions are opening my mind to how marriages go soooo horribly wrong even when 2 people really want it to go right! the information here is GOLD!!! Thank you Esther.

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  • Ep. 3: Ms. Entitlement And Mr. Sacrifice Out on a Date

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

[Contains mature themes] Free for a limited time to Audible members. An on-again, off-again couple in their fifties, dating in a post-divorce landscape, are struggling with different world views, priorities and sexual interests. Recognizing that their polarized dynamic takes the fun out of spending time together, Esther guides both towards less rigid perspectives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasure vs duty

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 07-03-18

Enlightening!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Relationships can be so complicated; a maze of emotions and experieneces. These talks help to decipher them.