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Los Angeles, CA, United States
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  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,172
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,190

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

A must !!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-10

This is such a well done audible that I could not stop listening. Typically I listen on my iPod during my commute, but I had to bring it in the house to keep listening. The story was excellent, the voices... they acted the lines, in such convincing voices to tell such a compelling story !!! Very well done

  • Life Is Short but Wide

  • By: J. California Cooper
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Like the small towns J. California Cooper has so vividly portrayed in her previous novels and story collections, Wideland, Oklahoma, is home to ordinary Americans struggling to raise families, eke out a living, and fulfill their dreams. In the early 20th century, Irene and Val fall in love in Wideland. While carving out a home for themselves, they also allow neighbors Bertha and Joseph to build a house and live on their land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never Disappointed!

  • By Marlene on 12-01-09

I was disappointed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-10

I was so excited when one of J. California Cooper's book appeared on Audible. I couldn't wait to listen to what I thought would be another great deeply moving piece. I was sadly disappointed.
First, it was entirely too long and drawn out. By the time the two main characters got together, I was exhausted.
Secondly, the story was trying to portray a family in a place over a long period of time. The author used dialogue to do much of this, that seemed contrived.
Lastly, the ending was like reading a page torn out of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
I would not recommend this one.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Kite Runner

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,435

Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Goodness, What a Audiobook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Andrew Covington on 11-02-07

Powerful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-10

This powerful autobiography is extremely well-written, compelling and very easy to listen to. I highly recommend this audiobook.

  • The Beatles

  • The Biography
  • By: Bob Spitz
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Put Away Your, Hunter Davies

  • By James on 12-05-05

O-bla-dee;O-bla-dah... Life goes on...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-09

This audio was very well done. This audible tells a version of the Beatles' story which explains the genesis, the genius and the genocide of the group and the interpersonal dynamics. If you idolized John as your favorite Beatle, this account may have you reconsider. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and highly recommend it.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Roots

  • The Saga of an American Family
  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,220
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,172

Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive! DO NOT WIKI THIS BOOK!

  • By avoidthelloyd on 09-17-14

Roots... On Solid Ground

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-09

This epoch is worth every moment of listening. So much history that was very well narrated.
This one kept me rivited even after having seen the mini-series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Laurence Olivier
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

First published in 1886, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, is a psychological fable for our time. It draws on intuitive knowledge of the nasty complications of the human mind (which Shakespeare used so well in his tragedies). Here, Sir Laurence Olivier unfolds the story as precisely and pedantically as it was written.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Strange Case....

  • By Akida on 02-05-09

The Strange Case....

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-09

This one was overly dramatized and a bit corny...
I would pass, unless I really needed to know the story.

  • Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life (33 1/3 Series)

  • By: Zeth Lundy
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

In the autumn of 1976, when Stevie Wonder unveiled Songs in the Key of Life to the world, it was immediately apparent that this was an album of considerable genius and undeniable scope: a double album with a bonus EP, no less, written and recorded by a superstar who had challenged himself to somehow squeeze life itself onto those vinyl grooves. Here, Zeth Lundy tells the compelling story of the album's background, creation and enduring influence.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Lost Keys

  • By Akida on 02-04-09

Lost Keys

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-09

This author had a WONDERFUL topic that he destroyed with too many words. Please redo this after reading Stunk and White's Elements of Style.Additionally, this author did not recognize that Stevie Wonder's audience loves him for his ability to say so much, so well, so succinctly. Don't even try this one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • No Crystal Stair

  • By: Eva Rutland
  • Narrated by: Donna Washington
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Ann Elizabeth Carter grew up in the segregated Atlanta of the 1920s and 1930s, part of the black privileged class, the much-loved daughter of a doctor, and the granddaughter of a slave. She was a charming, confident young woman with a well-planned life ahead of her. Then she upset all those plans when she fell in love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This book really is not a Crystal Stair

  • By Akida on 02-04-09

This book really is not a Crystal Stair

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-09

This book had great appeal initially, but developed into a trite and predictable story. The abridged version was choppy, particularly at the end when you realize that the daughter goes from elementary school to Stanford in 1 chapter.
I would not recommend this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Conversation with the Heart

  • The Path to Extreme Freedom
  • By: Lise Janelle
  • Narrated by: Lise Janelle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

By beginning a conversation with the heart, an individual can develop a deeper understanding of the path to true fulfillment and joy. Three key steps to instantaneously increasing the sense of self-worth and contentment are described in detail, and the reader is counseled to find small perfections in everyday events, quell negative reactions and conditioned reflexes, and discover the female principle which guides the heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Most Wonderful Spiritual Guide

  • By morton on 12-08-08

Get ready to be honest with yourself

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-09

This audible book is not for the faint of heart. Get ready to take a deep hard look at yourself in light of those things that are driving you...
This audible book is narrated by a French Canadian with a heavy accent that endears you to her as she help you take a deeper look inside of yourself.

  • The Audacity of Hope

  • Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
  • By: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,147

In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Fellow Conservatives, Give This A Listen

  • By Dallas D. Lobdell on 02-12-15

O BA MA!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-08

Senator Obama is not only easy to look at, he is easy to listen to! I am very proud of this work. It outlines his platform and how he as fashioned his life as a family man and stateman.
Excellent and informative

2 of 8 people found this review helpful