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  • Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life

  • By: Harold S. Kushner
  • Narrated by: Harold S. Kushner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 65

From the beloved author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, deeply moving and illuminating reflections on what it means to live a good life. Distilling the wisdom of an extraordinary career, this profoundly inspiring yet practical guide to well-being is truly the capstone to Kushner's luminous oeuvre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reminds your heart that life just is

  • By Jessica on 03-12-18

Enlightenment

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Thank you Rabbi for these 9 important lessons. I will try to remember what you’ve taught me in these hours of listening and live my life accordingly. There were wise words for those who doubt and those with faith. Those who despair and they who are happy. As aren’t we all these at one time or another?

  • Into the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,912

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Mel on 05-07-17

Overhyped just like her first book

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

I enjoyed listening but there was no mystery. I knew the big question answers early on and she didn't answer some of the small questions. I felt disappointed when it ended. The readers were good but I expected more from the writer.

  • The Painted Veil

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450

First published in 1925, The Painted Veil is an affirmation of the human capacity to grow, change, and forgive. Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful but shallow young Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to a remote region of China ravaged by a cholera epidemic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What An Unexpected Delight!

  • By Cathy on 10-22-08

Sacred words. Beautifully read. Moving story.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Every word is so perfectly written. Poetry. The characters came alive in the narrator's voice. I laughed, I cried, I wrote down quotes. An exquisite book with so many memorable and vivid

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,549

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

A long winding road well worth taking

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

Reviewed: 04-29-16

Beautifully written, beautifully read. Loved the reader's pronunciation of words and character voices. Even though I figured out part of the mystery early on there were still enough twists and turns to keep me spellbound and anxious to hear all of it. I loved going back and forth in time and getting the story from several points of view. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves mysteries. You won't be disappointed.

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  • The Omnivore's Dilemma

  • A Natural History of Four Meals
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,963

"What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great presentation of a moral dilemma

  • By MCRedding on 02-07-09

Important information that you should know

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

A little dated now but still very important information about the way we eat and how our food comes about. Loved hearing about the "grass" farmer. It's going to change how I look at food and what I eat from now on. The reader mispronounced some words and was slightly monotone but it's a long book and I made it through.

  • I'll Give You the Sun

  • By: Jandy Nelson
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,102

Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As Bright as 1000 White Hot Suns

  • By FanB14 on 09-26-14

Should have been edited for reading

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

Reviewed: 11-17-15

Too many he said, she said, he asked, etc. should have cut those. Performance suffered from terrible Spanish accent mispronouncing Oscar. Story a bit trite but can see appeal to young adults. Especially those questioning their sexual orientation.

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,530
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,972
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,907

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leaves me breathless each time

  • By Mel on 07-13-14

Sissy Spacek makes this great

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. It's better than reading the book. I tried to read it because it's so famous, but I found it difficult. Listening to Sissy Spacek read it made it into a performance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of To Kill a Mockingbird?

The children walking home from the school pageant was probably one of the most memorable moments of the book.

Have you listened to any of Sissy Spacek’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've sought out books that she reads. Coal Miner's Daughter (Loretta Lynn's story) and her own book about her extraordinary ordinary life. Everything she reads is golden. And her own book was unbelievably well written and interesting. She's got a terrific voice, is a fantastic actress and very well suited to reading books for audio. I could listen to her voice all day long (and I have!).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A little girl's view of her early life

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  • A Walk for Sunshine

  • A 2,160-Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail
  • By: Jeff Alt
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure. This entertaining journey includes bears, bugs, blisters, captivating characters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Alt walked more than five million steps in tribute to his brother, who has cerebral palsy and lives in a home called Sunshine. This trail adventure has inspired an annual event that has raised more than $200,000 for Sunshine. It includes hiking tips for the whole family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Enjoyable Adventure!

  • By Pamela M. on 11-11-14

Good read for trail collectors

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

If you could sum up A Walk for Sunshine in three words, what would they be?

put you there

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk for Sunshine?

when he brought residents from the Sunshine Center out to walk

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

realizing that his brother would never be able to share in his walk, and yet feeling that he was connected to him providing inspiration was lovely

Any additional comments?

I've read many books about walking long trails. The reasons that people walk are always interesting. This was the first I read about someone raising money for a great cause that was completely personal to him. He described his walk vividly so that I felt like I took every step with him. This is important to me because I aspire to walk one of these long trails but so far have just been reading about them.

  • My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

  • By: Sissy Spacek
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 213

In her delightful and moving memoir, Sissy Spacek writes about her idyllic, barefoot childhood in a small East Texas town, with the clarity and wisdom that comes from never losing sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging along with two older brothers and absorbing grace and grit from her remarkable parents, who taught her that she could do anything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming and lovable

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-12

She's a writer in addition to her many other talents!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

She acts. She sings. She writes. Sissy Spacek can do everything. Well. Loved her book. She told all the stories I wanted to hear. I love her voice. Would listen to her read anything. Loved her reading of TKAM. She seems like she's a real person and a good mother. I admire her. Will now watch and enjoy all of her movies again knowing more about how each one was made.

  • Eaarth

  • Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
  • By: Bill McKibben
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very important and interesting read

  • By Ira on 07-19-10

Everyone need to read this!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

It'll depress you to hear how we've messed up our old planet but we need to do what we can not to make it worse. I feel energized and ready to make some changes. Everyone else should too! My only complaint about the reading is the attempts to affect accents when quoting others. I'd say better to get someone who can do that or just don't try. It detracted from the performance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful