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  • M Train

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Nothing"

  • By M. Olson on 11-03-15

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

If you could sum up M Train in three words, what would they be?

Genius, Compelling, Beautiful

What other book might you compare M Train to and why?

Bob Dylan's Chronicles, because both Chronicles and M Train skip around in their chronology, both are extremely well-written, and both are a fascinating glimpse into the lives of very talented poets/musicians.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's impossible to choose just one.

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

Is it life imitating art, or art imitating life?

Any additional comments?

M Train is one of the best-written memoirs in the English language. And with Patti Smith narrating the audiobook, it just doesn't get any better than this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Johnny Cash

  • The Life
  • By: Robert Hilburn
  • Narrated by: Charles Pittard
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

The definitive, intimate, no-holds-barred biography of Johnny Cash. People don't just listen to Johnny Cash - they believe in him. Although part of his life has been told on film, there are many compelling layers to his story that have remained hidden - until now. Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Steven L. on 10-13-15

Excellent Story, Horrible Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

What did you like best about Johnny Cash? What did you like least?

The story was fantastic, and I learned a lot about Johnny Cash that I didn't know previously. On the down side, the narration was flat.

What did you like best about this story?

Details about Johnny Cash's personal life.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was flat and boring. This is the worst job of narration that I've ever heard, and I have over 200 audiobooks.

Could you see Johnny Cash being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes. I don't have any idea who the stars should be.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • It's a Long Story

  • My Life
  • By: Willie Nelson, David Ritz - contributor
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

This is the unvarnished, complete story of Willie Nelson's life, told in his distinct voice and leaving no moment or experience unturned, from Texas and Nashville to Hawaii and his legendary bus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Enjoyable Listen

  • By Patrick on 05-19-15

Best Audiobook I've Listened To For A Long Time

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

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

Yers, because the story is so fantastic, and the narration is excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Willie Nelson, of course.

What does Christopher Ryan Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He reads it in a similar way to the way I imagine Willie would read it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, very much so.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Four Loves

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: C. S. Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

 In this remarkable recording, C. S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the 20th century. In a resonant, baritone voice, Lewis explores the nature of the four Greek words that are translated love in English: storge (affection), philia (friendship), eros (sexual or romantic love) and agape (selfless love).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful Views on Love

  • By William on 01-30-05

Not His Best Book, But Great Hearing Lewis' Voice

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

What made the experience of listening to The Four Loves the most enjoyable?

Hearing Lewis read the book himself!

What other book might you compare The Four Loves to and why?

I really can't think of one at the moment.

What does C.S. Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Again, hearing Lewis read the book himself.

What did you learn from The Four Loves that you would use in your daily life?

Finding different ways to love.

Any additional comments?

As a Classical Greek minor, I was a little disappointed that Lewis (a Greek scholar himself) only discussed four words for love in Greek. There are at least seven that I'm aware of. Despite this flaw, however, I highly recommend this audiobook, even though I'm an Atheist. :)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Surprised by Joy

  • The Shape of My Early Life
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

In this book, C.S. Lewis tells of his search for joy, a spiritual journey that led him from the Christianity of his early youth into atheism and then back to Christianity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Deep, but longer than necesssary

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-08-13

Very Compelling And Enjoyable Listening

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

What did you love best about Surprised by Joy?

Hearing the details of Lewis' early life and his almost accidental conversion to Christianity.

What other book might you compare Surprised by Joy to and why?

Lewis' "A Grief Observed," as both give you insight into Lewis' life: one his early life and conversion, the other his crisis of faith and grief over the death of his wife.

What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cosham is a very excellent reader, and his inflections and overall delivery exude his thorough familiarity with the text. For me, this made listening to the audiobook a superior experience to my just plodding through the text on my own.

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

Lewis' comment regarding finding a friend: something like, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one!"

Any additional comments?

A must for Lewis lovers.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • C. S. Lewis

  • Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 38 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

This is an extensive collection of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis that have been brought together in one volume for the first time. As well as his many books, letters, and poems, Lewis also wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of literature and storytelling. In this essay collection we find a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Here is the missing Table of Contents

  • By R. Valerius on 06-14-16

All You'll Ever Need As Far As Lewis' Essays Go

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

What made the experience of listening to C. S. Lewis the most enjoyable?

Lewis' fine mind, even though I disagree with him as an Atheist.

What did you like best about this story?

See the above comment.

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

Yes. It was another Lewis audiobook, I think. He is a consistently excellent reader.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but it is *way* too long to do that.

Any additional comments?

C. S. Lewis is the greatest Christian apologist of the 20th Century.... hell, of *any* century. Whether you're a Christian who agrees with him or an Atheist like me, you'll appreciate his great intellect and fine use of the English language.

49 of 53 people found this review helpful

  • Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!

  • More Magical Tales from the Author of 'God, No!'
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156

Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, he curses

  • By Marc on 11-16-12

Again, Funny & Unwaveringly Honest

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

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

Yes, both my atheist friends & my religious friends, because it is way funny & brutally honest.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The mixture of humor & truth, just like the first book, "God, No!"

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

Yes. I listened to "God,No!" Both audiobooks are five stars across the board.

If you could give Every Day is an Atheist Holiday! a new subtitle, what would it be?

The Real Truth, Whether You Like It Or Not

Any additional comments?

Again, not for the faint of heart.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • God, No!

  • Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,645

From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More memoir than theology

  • By Paul on 12-29-11

Funny & Unwaveringly Honest

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

Reviewed: 03-23-14

What did you love best about God, No!?

The mixture of humor and truth.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Penn Jillette! He is extremely funny and unwaveringly honest.

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

Yes, I've listened to the sequel to this audiobook. I'd say that both audiobooks are five stars across the board!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I *wanted* to, but it was too long to do that, as I ran out of amphetamines. LOL!

Any additional comments?

This is not for the faint of heart.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,429

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

The Best Book Ever

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

Reviewed: 08-26-13

Where does Angela's Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in the #1 position!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that, although the story contains an immense amount of suffering, tragedy and sorrow, there is also such great love and hope.

What about Frank McCourt’s performance did you like?

I *loved* the fact that this book was read by Frank McCourt, the only one who could read properly, really. For example, when he recounts the songs his father would sing, Frank McCourt actually *sings* the songs, rather than just reading the lyrics.

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

A film *has* been made of this book! If you don't own it on DVD, you should get it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • JPS Tanakh

  • The Jewish Bible, Audio Version
  • By: The Jewish Publication Society
  • Narrated by: Michael Bernstein, Theodore Bikel, Bruce Feiler, and others
  • Length: 61 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 138

Regarded throughout the English-speaking world as the standard English translation of the Holy Scriptures, the JPS TANAKH has been acclaimed by scholars, rabbis, lay leaders, Jews, and Christians alike. The JPS TANAKH is an entirely original translation of the Holy Scriptures into contemporary English, based on the masoretic (the traditional Hebrew) text. It is the culmination of three decades of collaboration by academic scholars and rabbis, representing the three largest branches of organized Judaism in the US.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audio version needs a "Table of Contents "

  • By Winifred on 08-20-12

Great translation!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-13

What made the experience of listening to JPS Tanakh the most enjoyable?

The talent of the readers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Moses, because he was a multi-faceted personality.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Again, Moses.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was built up spiritually.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful