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  • Heavy

  • By: Kiese Laymon
  • Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion, and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared

  • By Amy Bannor on 10-30-18

Every American should read this

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-16-19

I am so impressed with Kiese Laymon's honesty, ability to be vulnerable, skill with words, and strength of spirit. As a white American woman I learned a whole lot about racism and white supremacy from this book and I am very grateful for the lesson. I know he wrote it for his people, for his mother and for himself, but I really believe that every person in the US should read it.

  • The Fire Next Time

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Jesse L. Martin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,564
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,143
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,116

At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with this eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and Sadly Relevant

  • By Steve M on 03-20-16

James Baldwin at his best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-20-19

James Baldwin was one of the best thinkers and writers in US history, and the narrator does an excellent job retaining the intellectual force and emotional power of Baldwin's writing.

  • Barracoon

  • The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404

In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview 86-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage 50 years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States. In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "must hear"

  • By D. Welch on 05-09-18

Crucial slice of history

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Fascinating true story with a stunning performance. Much of the Introduction can be skipped unless you are very interested in the life and work of Hurston.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74,802
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68,178
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 67,792

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Absolutely beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I always liked Michelle Obama, but now I love her! She is brilliant, humble, thoughtful and generous with her time and attention. I wish she liked politics and could run for POTUS!

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,898

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

Shocking but beautiful.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Terribly shocking but also beautiful and thought provoking. Carey Mulligan does an amazing job with this rather difficult genre (monologue play as an audio book). The playwrite's take at the end is also quite interesting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Marshmallow Test

  • Mastering Self-Control
  • By: Walter Mischel
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230

In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life - from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a sweet solution pill, but still can be swallowed.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-17-15

Fascinating science in an enjoyable format

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I have long known about the marshmallow test but not Mischel's life's work or how it can help me to achieve my goals. I am grateful for the information!

  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,883

It’s always hard to make the crowd laugh - especially when joking about war, PTSD, and mental health. Strong Ending follows three military veterans as they attempt to turn their most painful stories into laughs by participating in a stand-up comedy boot camp. After joining the military, deploying to combat zones, and coming home fundamentally changed, Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth challenge themselves to share their stories on stage and perform original stand up-comedy about their experiences for a packed house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Member Selection so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

Uplifting program

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Inspiring story with good editing and powerful vignettes of courageous military veterans Thank you Audible Originals!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 8,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,440

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

Gorgeous story and moving performances

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-18

Washington's story is both unique and common to many African Americans. It is therefore a perfect story, performed from the heart.

  • The Center Cannot Hold

  • By: Elyn R. Saks
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

Professor of psychiatry Elyn R. Saks writes about her struggle with schizophrenia in this unflinching account of her mental illness. In The Center Cannot Hold, Saks draws readers into a nightmare world of medications, a misguided health-care system, and social stigmas. But she would not be defeated. With a strength and force of will that most can only imagine, Saks reclaimed her life and went on to achieve great success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Schizophrenia Inside Out

  • By Pamela Harvey on 07-23-09

Wonderful book, fantastic narrator, bad editing

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

This story is very engaging (though to be honest it could have been edited down quite a bit in my opinion) and I really love the narrator Alma Cuervo, but the editing is very annoying - micro-second breaks between chapters so you have no time to absorb the last major event before being hurtled into the next.

  • Elevating Child Care

  • A Guide to Respectful Parenting
  • By: Janet Lansbury
  • Narrated by: Janet Lansbury
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

Janet Lansbury's advice on respectful parenting is quoted and shared by millions of listeners worldwide. Inspired by the pioneering parenting philosophy of her friend and mentor, Magda Gerber, Janet's influential voice encourages parents and child-care professionals to perceive babies as unique, capable human beings with natural abilities to learn without being taught; to develop motor and cognitive skills; communicate; face age appropriate struggles; initiate and direct independent play for extended periods; and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fluffy but Useful

  • By Carolyn on 04-20-16

Excellent parenting advice!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-18

I can't wait to try out RIE parenting with my first child. I feel so grateful to have found this!