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  • Us Against the World

  • Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family
  • By: David Mann, Tamela Mann
  • Narrated by: David Mann, Tamela Mann, Justin Henry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 81

David and Tamela Mann have been married for 30 years, but the singers, actors, and entrepreneurs are just as, if not more than, happily in love as they were in the early days of their relationship. In their new audiobook, the couple will relate the story of their first encounters as teenagers, the importance of communication, and how they’ve been able to keep that spark burning through all these years.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By Nia on 11-14-18

Yes, They Love Each Other!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

In places, the repetitive love sentiments are overly effusive but it's something you bend to accept because these two are so likeable. On the other hand, this is a fantastic marriage manual and the religious aspect, while integral to and prominent in their message, could be removed and there is still a great deal from which to learn and gain inspiration. The Manns' narration is so natural and enthusiastic that this recording sounds entirely impromptu and not at all like a book!

  • Heavy

  • By: Kiese Laymon
  • Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion, and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared

  • By Amy Bannor on 10-30-18

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I am genuinely surprised this won Audio Book of the Year. The book and narration were "okay" but hardly on a level that elevated. I listen to hundreds of audio books a year, from all cultures and viewpoints, so it's not for lack of comparison that I say this.

Be prepared for a lot of victimization, resentment, bad choices, anger, and lack of self reflection. Frankly, the author is not that likable and imparts little wisdom or inspiration from his travails.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Wishin' and Hopin'

  • A Christmas Story
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Wally Lamb
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 189

It's 1964 and 10-year-old Felix is sure of a few things: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he'll never forget. LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone's turntable, and Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the iconic Annette!) is doing his best to navigate fifth grade - easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant surprise

  • By Kathi on 11-16-16

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This was a sweet little story full of nostalgic references and a lovely tribute to Annette. The narration was excellent as well.

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,768

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

This book is a masterpiece accompanied by perfect narration. This is an Audible achievement of excellence.

  • Nervous

  • A Novel
  • By: Zane
  • Narrated by: Nicole Small
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101

Jonquinette has always been nervous around men, but on the weekends her alter ego, Jude, goes on intense sexual escapades. When Jonquinette seeks the help of Dr. Marcella Spencer, the psychiatrist Zane originated in her best-selling novel Addicted, Jude’s response is to go on a sexual rampage. Meanwhile, Jonquinette becomes interested in her new neighbor, Mason, but Jude has no intention of letting Jonquinette fall in love—not when Jude’s having so much fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Look Beyond the Sex

  • By Koko on 12-22-11

Trashy Entertainment, Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

This is no great masterpiece but if your bar is set low and you haven't read many books in your life, this sophomoric effort might be right up your alley and you'd probably find it interesting. Zane's storytelling, lack of sophistication and crudity aside, is actually fairly good. This reminds of that first dirty novel you hide and read in secret when puberty, lol.

I have to deduct a star for this terrible ending that shows a complete lack of understanding of the issues the author addressed. My jaw literally dropped at how she handled this so flippantly.

  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

  • A Novel
  • By: Hank Green
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh, Hank Green
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., 23-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship - like a 10-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor - April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads Online. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world - everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires - and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense media spotlight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grape jelly in the void

  • By Marissa on 09-27-18

Awful

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

Returned. Unless you're 20 or under this book should be extremely annoying. Ridiculous premise and childish narration to match. Sounds like a school aged child's writing assignment.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Empire Falls

  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse. One by one, its logging and textile enterprises have gone belly-up, and the once vast holdings of the Whiting clan (presided over by the last scion’s widow) now mostly amount to decrepit real estate. The working classes, meanwhile, continue to eke out whatever meager promise isn’t already boarded up. Miles Roby gazes over this ruined kingdom from the Empire Grill, an opportunity of his youth that has become the albatross of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely Enjoyable

  • By margaret on 01-23-12

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

This looked popular so I expected more than was delivered. I like Russo but prefer just about any of his other books over this. I never did acquire any interest in this book and couldn't wait for it to end.

  • This Is Me

  • Loving the Person You are Today
  • By: Chrissy Metz
  • Narrated by: Chrissy Metz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,284

In This Is Me, Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave listeners both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy's This Is Me is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays. She embraces the spirit of Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes and shares how she has applied the lessons she learned from both setbacks and successes. A born entertainer, Chrissy finds light in even her darkest moments and leaves the listener feeling they are spending time with a friend who gets it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent - 1 million stars

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-28-18

Just Okay

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This book is mainly self-help, and it's a compilation of literally everything you've heard and read over and over from other SH books, podcasts, memes on social media, talk shows, tapes, and more. Alternating with this tired advice are some personal things Chrissy has chosen to share. One other reviewer wrote that maybe this was too early in Chrissy's life to write this type of book. I couldn't agree more, and that was the main problem with the book. If it weren't for Chrissy's natural voice, like in "This is Us," the book would be a sleeper. She has a very nice voice.

  • Infinite Jest

  • By: David Foster Wallace
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 56 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,054

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listening to this is quite an experience

  • By kurdis teed on 04-25-17

Returned

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I just couldn't get into this book no matter how hard I tried. It took several long attempts. I had no idea what was going on or where it was headed--just a mish mash of random writing.

  • Midnight's Children

  • BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Nikesh Patel, Meera Syal, Anneika Rose, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Saleem Sinai is born on the stroke of midnight on 14th-15th August 1947, at the exact moment that India and Pakistan become separate, independent nations. From that moment on, his fate is mysteriously handcuffed to the history of his country. But Saleem's story starts almost 30 years earlier, when his grandfather, Dr Aadam Aziz, falls in love with a woman concealed behind a perforated sheet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really nice story and great interpretation

  • By Eduardo Guisa on 04-27-18

Superb

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I remember reading this book in college. This excellent production brought back the book as I then imagined it. One of, if not the, best performances of an exquisite book on Audible!