LISTENER

N. Barnes

  • 37
  • reviews
  • 49
  • helpful votes
  • 59
  • ratings
  • 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 5,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,028

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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

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

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

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!

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

  • The Corpse Washer

  • By: Sinan Antoon
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Young Jawad, born to a traditional Shi'ite family of corpse washers and shrouders in Baghdad, decides to abandon the family tradition, choosing instead to become a sculptor, to celebrate life rather than tend to death. He enters Baghdad's Academy of Fine Arts in the late 1980s, in defiance of his father's wishes and determined to forge his own path. But the circumstances of history dictate otherwise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgeous story with talented narration

  • By N. Barnes on 03-11-18

Gorgeous story with talented narration

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I already want to listen to this story again! I learned about war in Iraq from an intimate perspective and also thoroughly admire the author.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 95,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88,906
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88,489

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Eye opening, touching and funny memoir

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Trevor Noah's story is very unique and he narrates it with passion, humility, humor and wisdom. I couldn't stop listening and received a lot of valuable life lessons along the way.

  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

  • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035

In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

  • By Charles on 07-22-15

Extremely valuable advice with engaging delivery

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

I learned so much about brain science and gained a lot of practical insight about how to take care of mine. Professor Medina has a wonderful lecture style that is fun, jocular and memorable. He shares his opinions but is always clear that they are opinions only, and brings in recent scientific literature.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,471

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

Outstanding performance

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

This story was very engaging, but even more I love Adjoa Andoh's narration with a variety of authentic accents.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,032

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Very moving memoir with important life lessons

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

Although I am not a complete fan of Vance's narration (I'm quite picky) I do prefer when authors read their own work, and when the book contains such intimate detail as this one that is all the more important. I am not a hillbilly but I do share some life experiences with the author. I admire his honesty and willingness to be vulnerable. The memoir ends with a very intelligent analysis on what the US working class needs.

  • Trigger Warning

  • Short Fictions and Disturbances
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,969

In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction--stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013--as well as "Black Dog", a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Triggered Me to Stay Up Late and Listen

  • By Jan on 02-10-15

More delights from Neil Gaiman

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

To be honest I actually prefer his novels but I know that Gaiman is a fan of short stories, and these are great. They're a bit more creepy than I usually prefer, but most won't give you nightmares. I'm particularly sensitive and was not affected - at least not that I noticed!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,079

Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "The Universe is in us!"

  • By Kristi R. on 01-05-15

Another great set of lectures from de Grasse Tyson

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

I love learning about astrophysics from Neil de Grasse Tyson. He's so entertaining and intelligent.