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  • The Time It Never Rained

  • By: Elmer Kelton
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

For decades, Charlie Flagg has eked out a living by raising cattle and sheep on his modest Texas ranch. Hardworking and old-fashioned, he distrusts federal programs that claim to help struggling farmers and ranchers. But as rainless years continue and others sell their souls for federal handouts, Charlie finds himself under increasing pressure to compromise his principles - and surrender his freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of best audio books I've ever read

  • By NEIL SCHMITT on 10-16-09

Great Narration, Good Story

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

Reviewed: 03-22-19

This was George Guidall's best narration yet. It definitely augmented the story, which was a bit slow but eventually drew me in.

  • Under Asian Skies

  • Australia to Europe by Motorcycle - an Enthralling Journey Through One of the World's Most Colourful and Diverse Regions
  • By: Sam Manicom
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

In Sam’s second book, Under Asian Skies, you'll find yourself immersed in an enchanting mix of drama, majesty, laughter, mystery, love, and his usual disasters. Sometimes a traveller's plans simply don't work out as intended, but for Sam every mishap is the beginning of a unique adventure; silver linings do exist. You'll travel on a journey across the vastness of Australia, through the twists and turns of New Zealand, and on up into the exotic lands of Southeast Asia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Bridge Between Humanity and Adventure.

  • By Jim Foreman on 07-21-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

This book was more about his bike Libby, repairs and transport permits, than about a personal adventure with anecdotes about human feelings and characters. I was very bored. I don't care about someone's motorcycle diary!

  • I Contain Multitudes

  • The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • By: Ed Yong
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521

Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin - a "microbe's-eye view" of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undoes what you've learned from the headlines

  • By Tristan on 10-14-16

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

This was a very interesting, informative book that made a deep impression on me. You'll look at life differently when you're more aware of the micro cosmic whole of nature! I'm so glad I listened to this.

  • Anatomy of a Miracle

  • A Novel*
  • By: Jonathan Miles
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Rendered paraplegic after a traumatic event four years ago, Cameron Harris has been living his new existence alongside his sister, Tanya, in their battered Biloxi, Mississippi, neighborhood where only half the houses made it through Katrina. One stiflingly hot August afternoon, as Cameron sits waiting for Tanya during their daily run to the Biz-E-Bee convenience store, he suddenly and inexplicably rises up and out of his wheelchair.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Some good moments,

  • By RueRue on 08-29-18

Expected it to be better.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

Only a small portion of this book was actually interesting, to my disappointment. Lots of fluff and filler.

  • Teacher Man

  • By: Frank McCourt
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and fun

  • By Linnea on 01-01-06

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I really enjoyed this very unique book enhanced by McCourt's easily-understood Irish accent and affable personality.

  • The Baker's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen P. Kiernan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,516

Only 22, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at 13, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Help is really on the way

  • By Georgia on 07-15-17

Same Old

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

I wanted to give this four stars but it was just too much like several other books of this period and didn't contribute much different. I grew bored. Heard it all already.

  • Petey

  • By: Ben Mikaelsen
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

When Petey Corbin is born in 1920, no one knows about cerebral palsy. After struggling to care for her frail infant who is often racked by seizures, Petey's mother reluctantly places him in an asylum. There, he is labeled an idiot and ignored. Few people look beyond his twisted body to see the intelligence in his eyes. Then another young resident, Calvin Anders, arrives in Petey's ward. As he learns to understand Petey's garbled sounds, Calvin becomes his spokesman and best friend.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • As a longtime carer...

  • By Sharey on 02-18-19

As a longtime carer...

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

for someone with severe CP, there was an equal balance of good and cringeworthy in this book. That said, it is NOT an appropriate introduction to this disability for children! While the details of the disability were very familiar, the presentation of this information was terrible. To dwell on personal hygiene particulars and liken them to a baby was one example of how lacking in respect for the dignity of the person was continually in view. Likewise, repeated references to the disabled as idiots and disgusting, while used as contrast, is a very poor choice of introducing respect as a given. Sure, there may be a very small group of ignorant people, it should not be suggested as the NORM before one gets better educated. Children should be given appropriate, respectful information without including ideas they might otherwise never entertain. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR EDUCATORS!

  • The Good Nurse

  • A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
  • By: Charles Graeber
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good Nurse gets it right

  • By jc on 05-28-13

It is "Cullen" not "Cohen"

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

If you Google Charles Cohen, as narrated, you will find a real estate developer. Only by adding "killer" did I find the correct last name. That aside, I remember the reporting of this and had a very different impression than I did after hearing this book. Charles Cullen, like all true murderers, did crimes out of self-interest not compassion. Even the kidney donation was a ruse to garner him possible entry into heaven and secure public favor.

Excellent book that nonetheless did get a bit slogged down by details in the middle and irritating mispronunciation of the killer's last name.

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  • Excellent Women

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,026

Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Waters Run Deep

  • By Sara on 04-13-16

Solid Thumbs Down

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I really tried to stick with this boring, wordy, stuffy and pretentious book where nothing happened, hoping it would improve so my money would not be totally wasted--mistake! I can't imagine anyone could possibly find this drivel interesting or clever.

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers

  • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
  • By: Katherine Boo
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,586

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Antidote for Shantaram

  • By Dr. on 06-14-12

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I enjoyed this book. With many of the elements and flavor of Shantaram, it was very enjoyable book. That said, Shantaram is ultimately incomparable, and this author could not match the intrigue, adventure, and character depth of Shantaram. Still, a good listen.