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  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,440

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

Boring

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Sorry, but this was boring and the rider felt self aggrandizing. I quit after a half an hour.

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,482

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

Meh. Too dry and long.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

A great biography reads like a novel. Unfortunately, this one does not. I finally made it all the way to Khan's death. I was feeling proud of myself until I realized I was only halfway through the book. Frustrated and feeling entitled to choose my own recreational reading destiny, I stopped listening to this one. Good thing I bought it on sale! (Yes, I could return it via Audible's return policy, but I didn't think it was worth it since I did learn something in the first half and I bought it for very few dollars.)

  • The Leaving of Things

  • By: Jay Antani
  • Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Vikram is not your model Indian-American teenager. Growing up in late 1980s Wisconsin, he is rebellious, adrift, and resentful of his Indian roots. But a disastrously drunken weekend becomes a one-way ticket back to the homeland for Vikram after his outraged parents decide to pack up the family and return to India.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Young Adult Entry Marketed for Adults

  • By Sara on 12-05-15

YA book. Fine for teens but lacking for adults.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

YA book. Fine for teens but lacking for adults. Narrator's tone felt much better at 1.25 speed.

  • My Promised Land

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
  • By: Ari Shavit
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554

Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too important to be ruined by its narration!

  • By James on 10-13-14

Bitter narrator ruined it

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

What would have made My Promised Land better?

I think having a narrator who didn't seem like he was on the verge of slugging me or drinking himself into oblivion would have helped. At first I thought I hated the book for being repetitive and lecturing but then I realized a big part of the problem was the narrator's exasperated, judgmental tone.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ari Shavit again?

Probably not, but maybe if there were were a different narrator.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

Anyone. Sorry, Mr. Boehmer. Usually I applaud narrators but I quit this book twice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration with the author and narrator, as well as frustration with the political situation.

Any additional comments?

I'm a lefty so it wasn't the politics that bugged me.