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  • Honor and Polygamy

  • By: Omar Farhad
  • Narrated by: Tom McElroy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Heartbreaking and timely novel by Afghan-American author follows one man's journey from New York to the clutches of the Taliban and into an unintentional polygamist union. Honor and Polygamy is far from simply a captivating fiction story, but is also a brilliant commentary on the United States' situation with Afghanistan. Farhad expresses his views on both the political and the cultural sides of Afghanistan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent captive story

  • By Alethia on 10-31-18

excellent captive story

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Reviewed: 10-31-18

Excellent story. A ton of truth. The character was ever evolving. The author was sensitive to cultural emotions.

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,261

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

Irish reality

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Reviewed: 10-31-18

The narration was wonderful. The story being told just like a boy would sea it was absolutely hilarious.

  • North of Normal

  • A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both
  • By: Cea Sunrise Person
  • Narrated by: Cea Sunrise Person
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

In the late 1960s, riding the crest of the counterculture movement, Cea's family left a comfortable existence in California to live off the land in the Canadian wilderness. But unlike most commune dwellers of the time, the Persons weren't trying to build a new society - they wanted to escape civilization altogether. Led by Cea's grandfather Dick, they lived a pot-smoking, free-loving, clothing-optional life under a canvas tipi without running water, electricity, or heat for the bitter winters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • what a life

  • By Dr. on 04-12-18

Great Memoir

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Reviewed: 09-21-18

Such a descriptive and child like memory. The words are captivating. This is a favorite.

  • Church of Lies

  • By: Paul T. Brown, Flora Jessop
  • Narrated by: Eve Bianco
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

"My name is Flora Jessop. I've been called apostate, vigilante, and crazy bitch, and maybe I am. But some people call me a hero, and I'd like to think they're right too. If I am a hero, maybe it's because every time I can play a part in saving a child or a woman from a life of servitude and degradation, I'm saving a little piece of me, too. was one of twenty-eight children born to my dad and his three wives."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique & raw story, best FLDS memoir

  • By Alexandra on 08-24-16

Strong heart

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Reviewed: 09-18-18

This book flew by for me. Narration was great. The story was gripping. Thank you for sharing this story of your life.

  • A Piece of Cake

  • By: Cupcake Brown
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned 20.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing , Brutal, Inspiring

  • By Kim on 07-02-10

Brutally real

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Reviewed: 09-17-18

The details are brutal but completely real. This memoir takes you into a very intense place. I say YEA for stamina.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,596
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,731
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18,633

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Haley on 05-27-18

Thank you for journaling

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Reviewed: 09-07-18

Incredible story. The journal entries were intriguing. The honesty of detail was painful but so well shared.

  • Girl Unbroken

  • A Sister's Harrowing Story of Survival from the Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho
  • By: Regina Calcaterra
  • Narrated by: Rosie Maloney, Regina Calcaterra
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 381
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 355

They are five kids with five different fathers and an alcoholic mother who leaves them to fend for themselves for weeks at a time. Yet through it all, they have each other. Rosie, the youngest, is fawned over and shielded by her older sister, Regina. Their mother, Cookie, blows in and out of their lives "like a hurricane, blind and uncaring to everything in her path". But when Regina emancipates herself as a minor and escapes, her siblings are separated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving memoir

  • By Kate Ortman on 02-22-17

So engrossing

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Reviewed: 08-31-18

If you want to share the struggles and toughness of a young woman, then read it. I have read both sisters books. They are both amazing strong people.

  • Etched in Sand

  • A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island
  • By: Regina Calcaterra
  • Narrated by: Regina Calcaterra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841

In this story of perseverance in the face of adversity, Regina Calcaterra recounts her childhood in foster care and on the streets and how she and her savvy crew of homeless siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse. Regina Calcaterra's emotionally powerful memoir reveals how she endured a series of foster homes and intermittent homelessness in the shadow of the Hamptons, and how she rose above her past while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderfully told story

  • By JPisme on 08-23-14

very real. very descriptive. very moving

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Reviewed: 08-19-18

very real. very descriptive. very moving. I alleviate the pain she worked through. thank you

  • The Captured

  • A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier
  • By: Scott Zesch
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

On New Year's Day in 1870, 10-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comanches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years living in a cave, all but forgotten by his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kidnapped - 10 Year Old Adolpy Korn

  • By Roy on 09-08-10

Fantastic

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Reviewed: 05-08-13

Where does The Captured rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The amount of research that went into writing this book was extensive. Thank you for sharing this information. The hideous merge of teh two nations is devastating.

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  • Thin Ice

  • Coming of Age in Canada
  • By: Bruce McCall
  • Narrated by: Bruce McCall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In this subversively funny memoir, the acclaimed New Yorker humorist and Canadian expat Bruce McCall tells what it was like to grow up in Simcoe, Toronto, and Windsor, Ontario, crammed into shabby and close quarters with a family that was dysfunctional before the word had even been invented. Bruce McCall’s father was an inaccessible tyrant. His mother drank to blunt the effect of her husband’s rages and to dodge the duties of taking care of six children.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting angry outlook

  • By Alethia on 05-08-13

Interesting angry outlook

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Reviewed: 05-08-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the true to life attitude of an angry child, teenager, and young adult. Not always angry but a little bitter. This seems true for many of us. But what a soft story of the poor brothers and sister. Thanks Bruce.