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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 76,570
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69,765
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69,365

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

Awesome

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I wanted to read this book however, listening to our forever First Lady read her story was so much more.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,592

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Suspense

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-11-18

This was a great suspense novel..highly recommended. I was shocked when the story line changed.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Small Great Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,870
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,909

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than 20 years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Sabrina on 11-01-16

A well told story of truth.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Outrage, disgusts, hurt, anger, fear, and finally righting a wrong. We all need so much healing and work.

  • Allegedly

  • By: Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn't say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary, and the jury made it official. But did she do it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, GREAT narrator, ending a bit unreal.

  • By Gary on 03-12-17

very intriguing story

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-11-17

this was a very intriguing story. I wonder how much is true or made up.

  • Sister of Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sabra Waldfogel
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998

When two Union soldiers stumble onto a plantation in northern Georgia on a warm May day in 1864, the last thing they expect is to see the Union flag flying high - or to be greeted by a group of freed slaves and their Jewish mistress. Little do they know that this place has an unusual history. Twelve years prior, Adelaide Mannheim - daughter of Mordecai, the only Jewish planter in the county - was given her own maid, a young slave named Rachel. The two became friends, and soon they discovered a secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By M. Ryder on 06-20-16

Another great book and the narrator was awesome.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-17

This book was recommended to me and I truly enjoyed it. great choice thank you

  • Finding Amos

  • By: J. D. Mason, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Bernice L. McFadden
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Three daughters, connected only through their relationship to Amos, a now elderly ex-musician struggling with Alzheimer's disease, find their lives intertwining as a car accident reunites them at Amos' bedside - bringing some long-buried issues to light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Soulful

  • By D. Stokes on 11-11-15

good listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-16

the story was a good one and rings similar to many women. I enjoyed listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • White Oleander

  • By: Janet Fitch
  • Narrated by: Oprah Winfrey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery-but their idyll is shattered when Astrid's mother falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. White Oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, bad audiobook.

  • By John on 03-08-11

Book Club selection

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-15

Would you consider the audio edition of White Oleander to be better than the print version?

This was a book club selection and I was more interested than I thought I would be. Had to get through the first chapter or so to get to the meat of the story. Good read

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Johnny Fry

  • A Sexistential Novel
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Percy O'Hara
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

When Cordell Carmel catches his longtime girlfriend with another man, the act he witnesses seems to dissolve all the boundaries he knows. He wants revenge but also something more. Killing Johnny Fry is the story of Cordell's dark, funny, soulful, and outrageously explicit sexual odyssey in search of a new way of life. It marks new territory for the best-selling author of Devil in a Blue Dress and countless other books; it will surprise, provoke, inspire, and make you blush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long way from Easy Rawlins

  • By Andrew on 04-26-15

Surprising story

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-27-15

I had no idea what to expect. thus book was suggested by a friend. WOW

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,515

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By Prisca on 04-30-10

What are we agreeing to when we visit the doctor?

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to be better than the print version?

This book brought tears and gratefulness to tragic story for a family but progress to a nation medically. However, I can't help but wonder would this had happened if Henrietta was a white women? Why was it alright and why did it take so long for her to acknowledged?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Deborah, she was a little girl who lost her mother and a grown woman who struggled because of that loss.

  • 72 Hour Hold

  • By: Bebe Moore Campbell
  • Narrated by: Pamella D'Pella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

In this novel of family and redemption, a mother struggles to save her 18-year-old daughter from the devastating consequences of mental illness by forcing her to deal with her bipolar disorder. New York Times best-selling author Bebe Moore Campbell draws on her own powerful emotions and African-American roots, showcasing her best writing yet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting book on mental health...

  • By Kevin on 11-27-05

Secrects we keep

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Reviewed: 06-08-15

If you could sum up 72 Hour Hold in three words, what would they be?

This book is very enlightening and the best keep secret in the African American community. There is so much mental illness in our families, communities and generations that we swept under the rug and still today do not know understand why a family member behaves the way they do. This book shed some light on what needs to be done and the hard choices that need to be made..