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  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398

Over the course of a 30-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screens with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Ireland, Wales, and postwar England, he lost his mother at the age of six. In his teens he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a two-man escape act; when his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man act, and thus a career was ignited.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My three least favorite words: "End of footnote."

  • By David H. Lawrence XVII on 06-20-17

Just awful, full of hatred

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I have never in my life heard of anyone who moans more than this creature about his hatred for God.
Couldn’t finish this piece of tripe, returned it before the first chapter ended. On and on he moaned about his absolute non belief in GOD.
Nope, nope nope I am not here for the nonsense.
Don’t believe but if you write a book name it I hate God and anyone with an ounce of the love of God can avoid it.

Just disappointed.
Worst book ever.

  • The Wizard of Lies

  • Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust
  • By: Diana B. Henriques
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history? These questions have fascinated people ever since the news broke about the respected New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion. Many have speculated about what must have happened, but no reporter has been able to get the full story - until now. Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of 3 madoff books

  • By Angela willis on 03-18-13

Shocking

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

It’s important to note: there is nothing new under the sun. This Ponzi scheme was like any other, this book proves how we as humans bow to money, power and social positions. An astounding commentary on greed.
I wonder who was greedier the people who endorsed Bernie, or Bernie himself.
The answer might surprise.
We all have the capacity to be Bernie, what’s more? We are all; given the opportunity greedy.

  • Another Country

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz-musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way. Another Country is a work that is as powerful today as it was 40 years ago - and expertly narrated by Dion Graham.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Expect Sweetness and Light

  • By Barbara on 10-02-10

True life takes

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

I have never read a book so chillingly close to the messiness of real life. Thought provoking, confronting reflections on the lives of people we see walking by everyday.
How complex love,friendship and hate.
Loved it.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Fire Next Time

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Jesse L. Martin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,485
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,463

At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with this eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and Sadly Relevant

  • By Steve M on 03-20-16

The fire

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Beyond excellent
Nothing has changed since the publishing of this book.
Thoughtful read. Honored to read his words

  • Theft by Finding

  • Diaries (1977-2002)
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,631

For nearly four decades, David Sedaris has faithfully kept a diary in which he records his thoughts and observations on the odd and funny events he witnesses. Anyone who has attended a live Sedaris event knows that his diary readings are often among the most joyful parts of the evening. But never before have they been available in print. Now, in Theft by Finding, Sedaris brings us his favorite entries. From deeply poignant to laugh-out-loud funny, these selections reveal with new intimacy a man longtime fans only think they know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A softer, sweeter Sedaris

  • By Pamela J on 05-31-17

A bit boring

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

This book was a let down. Very few of the reflections were amusing. Usually David has something thought provoking to express. Alas in this tome this is not the case. I'd give it a miss.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,713

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

  • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

terrible book

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a better story would have made this a book I would have been proud to read. It dragged, I kept thinking about doing laundry. If you have read a lot of great Science Fiction give this a miss.

What was most disappointing about Douglas Adams’s story?

The story was boring

Which scene was your favorite?

none

What character would you cut from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

no one
let them all die

Any additional comments?

how did the author get paid for this drivel?
I want my money/ credit back and the time it took from my life

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,764
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,847

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

From start to finish, this book grabs you. Entertains you and makes you wonder. It is a triumph.

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: Harold Wiederman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

Chesterton's talent as a mystery writer is displayed in this collection of detective stories, The Man Who Knew Too Much. In each story, the star detective, Horne Fisher, deals with another strange mystery: the vanishing of a priceless coin, the framing of an Irish "prince" freedom fighter, an eccentric rich man dies during an obsessive fishing trip, another vanishing during an ice skate, a statue crushing his own uncle, and a few more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Prince who Knows Paradox Too Well

  • By Darwin8u on 05-25-13

worst purchase ever

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

What disappointed you about The Man Who Knew Too Much?

It was a very slow and un-moving performance, I was too bored

Would you ever listen to anything by G. K. Chesterton again?

maybe

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Harold Wiederman?

no idea, but I would suggest choosing one with a better range of voices

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did like the language used. The words had depth and meaning

Any additional comments?

I want my money back

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Third Heaven: The Birth of God

  • By: Donovan M. Neal
  • Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 190

Heaven stands decimated by war. Lucifer's exile places mankind at the center of the mad angel's plot to overthrow God. Meanwhile, Michael must now take on a mantle of leadership that he did not seek and is tested to see if he is worthy of the title of chief prince. Yet, a conflict eats at him as he wrestles with his sworn duty to Heaven and his obedience to God; torn over a vision of a future revealed by the creator himself - a future that shows the death of God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • relationships

  • By Barbara V on 06-01-16

So exciting

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

'Twas so good to think about the power of the Lord. Book was very fast paced and very moving. Highly recommend

  • The Seamstress

  • By: Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170

Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Hope many more read it!

  • By Katherine on 03-10-15

Over coming loss

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

I wanted to know about the holocaust
I wanted to hear the voices of the survivors.
I don't intend to forget