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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86,140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78,406
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77,959

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

Michelle Obama's story in her own words

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

Mrs Obama reads a compelling and remarkable story, without any pretensions; her honesty and humility stand out. The story is less interesting as her accomplishments are discussed, but given the appalling people who are now in power, this is both necessary and understandable.

  • The Threat

  • How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
  • By: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Narrated by: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,499
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,222
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,210

On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy." In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The FBI & DOJ

  • By Greb on 02-19-19

Great insight and information about the FBI

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Although McCabe's primary purpose in writing The Threat is to air his own story, he also does a great job of educating the reader about the nature and purpose of the FBI. Some of the detail seems unnecessary but the story needs telling. Donald Trump comes off as the ignorant narcissistic thug he truly is.

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  • The Guilty Ones

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons. DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past. Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances. What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Joy Ellis!

  • By Wayne on 03-04-19

Thriller with an ensemble cast

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

Joy Ellis has written another nail-biter which the versatile Richard Armitage brings fully to life. The plot twists strain credulity but the characters make it seem real, thanks to Armitage's performance. Well worth a listen!

  • The Hiding Place

  • A Novel
  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang - the betrayal, the suicide, the murder - and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn't have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe's sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault. Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horror with a touch of wisdom

  • By Elizabeth P. Fowler on 02-09-19

Horror with a touch of wisdom

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

This is a wildly implausible story transformed into a very good one owing partly to clever writing, but mostly to the superb performance of Richard Armitage. It's good enough to make me want to hear CJ Tudor's next novel, whatever it may turn out to be, as long as Richard Armitage performs it!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Ambreen Razia
  • Narrated by: Ambreen Razia
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,631
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,618

You’ve heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl, but what about a Hounslow Girl? Definition of a Hounslow Girl: a young Muslim woman who wears hooped earrings with her headscarf and grapples with traditional values while hustling her way through urban London. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a bold and provocative one-person play, written and performed by Ambreen Razia. From the joys of traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, this is a comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age, told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim girl. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard coming of age with Islamic slant

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Tale of a Muslim teenager from west London

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This story is written and performed by the author with great energy and spirit, and has a ring of authenticity. The rapid and almost desperate style (London street dialect) might be a bit hard for US listeners to follow but UK audiences should love it.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,854

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Michael Lewis talks about the weather

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Lewis's real agenda is the disastrous consequences of the Trump anti-science agenda. Good portraits of several scientists.

  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,320

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A PERFECT narration of an English classic!

  • By Wayne on 09-03-17

The best possible 'David Copperfield' audiobook

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

This is the most extraordinary performance imaginable, of this long and beloved work of Dickens. Richard Armitage copes with a boatload of characters, all with different voices, and makes the complicated and convoluted Dickensian writing seem straightforward! This unabridged version is of course very long, but the listener is greatly rewarded. How much more wonderful it is to listen to the magical Armitage, than to have to grind through Dickens' prose! A miraculous audiobook.

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  • Romeo and Juliet: A Novel

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

It's a story you think you know: the age-old tale of "star-cross'd lovers"; two families at war; a romance, so pure and absolute, fated for a tragic end. It's a story so thoroughly embedded in our culture, and so frequently retold. Yet, nothing captures the spark, the possibility, and the surprise of Shakespeare's work quite like this....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Story and The Voice

  • By Abiwim on 12-14-16

A most realistic and uplifting Romeo and Juliet

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Author Hewson reprises his 'take' on a Shakespearean play, with an ironic twist, just as he did in his version of 'Hamlet.' It is greatly enhanced by the stellar and riveting performance of Richard Armitage, who outdoes himself by handling all voices, including (and especially) the women's voices; his rendering is miraculous for an actor with such a rich baritone voice. The listener is taken back to the Italian Renaissance and introduced to a Juliet who is bound by the conventions of her era, but yet transcends them. A marvelous story!

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,482
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,397

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

Ta-Nehisi Coates presents the black viewpoint

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

This is an absorbing book, well written and read by the author. It is an illuminating and compelling statement of what it is like to be black in our times, in America. Essential reading for just about everyone; he has a pessimistic outlook and it is impossible to disagree with him.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,904
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,990

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

Norse Mythology: Gaiman's take on Nordic legends

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Neil Gaiman is an excellent performer and this may be his best narration yet. Though he is not a trained voice actor, he varies his style for his characters. This is an excellent introduction to these myths, told by a great storyteller.