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  • Rules of Civility

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,248

On the last night of 1937, 25-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a yearlong journey....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narrator for this intriguing book.

  • By Cherie Walker on 08-28-11

wonderful

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

story was well written.
performance by reader was excellent.
most of the Washingtonian rules of civility are still a propos.

  • Father by Choice

  • BWWM Romance Novel
  • By: Jamila Jasper
  • Narrated by: Skylar Lace
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The night Blue Summers met Damon, everything seemed to be going wrong. Falling into his arms was easy - too easy for a girl who had sworn off men for good. Blue discovers that Damon is her biggest political rival, but getting rid of him won't be so easy now that she's carrying his child. As the run for office gets tougher, Blue finds it hard to deny that her feelings for Damon are getting as hot as the race itself.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Father by. Choice

  • By Katrice Collins. on 10-31-18

disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

unfortunate terrible book. started Interestingly with a drunk mother who abused her daughters. this side of the story read never explored. too much unnecessary details about sex. disappointing story. not well read either.

  • 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 14,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,212

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • don't get the hype

  • By emankcin on 07-01-18

great book

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I loved it! well written and well read by the Sean Crisden and Eisa Davis.

  • Jane

  • By: Michelle N. Onuorah
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Jane Daugherty has survived what can only be described as the childhood from hell. She has vowed to build a new life, and at 24 years old, she is fulfilling this vow, successfully working as the youngest tenure-track professor at the University of New York. Jane's life takes an unexpected turn when she is reunited with the childhood friend she protected in foster care. Alexa Masterson introduces Jane to the family that adopted her, a family that includes her older brother, Aiden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice surprise

  • By BKC on 07-11-18

interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

very interesting book. the story wasn't rushed.
the characters appeared real. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,434

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Truly great performance. Some of the best voices

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

This is a legendary novel that has great pacing and is deserving of the accolades it has received over the decades. The real reason to listen, however, is the fantastic group of voices!

  • Tears We Cannot Stop

  • A Sermon to White America
  • By: Michael Eric Dyson
  • Narrated by: Michael Eric Dyson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242

Fifty years ago Malcolm X told a white woman who asked what she could do for the cause, "Nothing." Dyson believes he was wrong. In Tears We Cannot Stop, he responds to that question. If we are to make real racial progress, we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Invite this man in and listen closely

  • By Catherine S. Read on 02-03-17

Excellent read and Strong Timely message

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

This is a book designed to grab your attention, and it kept mine throughout. I have a fairly high level of education, and I think the intended audience of the book is well educated whites. Frankly, this is appropriate, as educated whites are in the best position to act to support an inclusive society. I also think educated whites should all know better. The author narrates the book, which is full of elegant and flowing language. Sometimes, I think he read too quickly, not allowing the reader to absorb some of the key concepts. This is really my only criticism. Put in some pauses, Mr Dyson!

The book spans a great deal of contemporary issues related to the racial divide, and does a nice job of brining in the historical context when needed. His book list near the end of the book is truly essential reading. Use this book as your introduction to the racial divide and the suffering of black Americans. Then, DO keep reading.

As Dyson points out at the end of the book, the current election of Donald Trump should be considered a call to action. This book is the resource to use.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful