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  • Sakina's Restaurant

  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4,571
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,159
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4,164

Sakina's Restaurant breathes new life into an age old story: the emotive tale of an immigrant coming to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi originally performed his Obie Award-winning solo show off-Broadway 20 years ago. This past October, the iconic play was reimagined and produced by Audible for a limited run at Minetta Lane Theatre in the West Village of Manhattan. Recorded for an Audible-exclusive audience, listeners can forgo the price of admission and embark on the cross-cultural journey with Mandvi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining and Insightful

  • By Elaine on 03-03-19

Amazing performance

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

There were moments I couldn't stop laughing. And I, as a first generation Mexican American, related so much to the situations of these characters.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,495

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must hear ... but not for kids!

  • By Dylan on 02-19-19

I honestly couldn't care

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

Many interesting facts and excellent performance by Stephen fry but the majority of the content was surpass boredom for me.

  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,405

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

Great effects.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

It was really short to actually feel the distress and immediate relief they had when giving up their arms for peace in Christmas.

  • Power Moves

  • Lessons from Davos
  • By: Adam Grant
  • Narrated by: Adam Grant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,091

Power is changing. Private corner offices and management by decree are out, as is unquestioned trust in the government and media. These former pillars of traditional power have been replaced by networks of informed citizens who collectively wield more power over their personal lives, employers, and worlds than ever before. So how do you navigate this new landscape and come out on top?  Adam Grant, Wharton organizational psychologist, went to the World Economic Forum in Davos, the epicenter of power, and sat down with thought leaders from around the world, to find out.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disorganized

  • By mike a on 01-16-19

Great idea with important voices

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I didn't really care for many of these chapters, but slme like, robot power, and power reveals gave a new and fresh point of view of Power and how we can use it for the 21 century.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album audiobook cover art
  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,898
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,802

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narrator, lackluster writing

  • By A on 02-11-19
  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album
  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins

I love folsom prison but..

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

But I wasn't so captivated by this story. It gave me a better insight but it did not throw me back.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,348
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,798

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

A wildly gun listen.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

It is just what I love about scripts. SHORT, HILARIOUS AND HEART WARMING. Billy Crystal has spoiled us.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Love Factually

  • The Science of Who, How and Why We Love
  • By: Laura Mucha
  • Narrated by: Laura Mucha
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

For Love Factually, Laura Mucha has interviewed hundreds of strangers, from the ages of 8 to 95 in more than 40 countries, asking them to share their most personal stories, feelings and insights about love. These intimate and illuminating conversations raised important questions. Drawing on psychology, philosophy, anthropology and statistics, Love Factually combines evidence, theory and everyday experience and is the perfect read for anyone who is curious about how we think, feel and behave when it comes to love. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Honest telling.

  • By Frantic Gonzalez on 03-05-19

Honest telling.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

What I mostly liked about this listen was the honesty of Laura Mucha in her search for the real facts behind Love, Lust and attachments. There was no sign of pretentiousness.

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,276
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,274

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exploring strange new worlds

  • By Kingsley on 02-01-19

It was OK..

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

For first time listeners, this is a perfect place to start. I wasn't exactly fascinated by the Sci fi story, though I did like the ending.

  • Two Sisters

  • A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad
  • By: Åsne Seierstad
  • Narrated by: Suehyla El'Attar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Two Sisters, by the international best-selling author Åsne Seierstad, tells the unforgettable story of a family divided by faith. Sadiq and Sara, Somali immigrants raising a family in Norway, one day discover that their teenage daughters, Leila and Ayan, have vanished - and are en route to Syria to aid the Islamic State. Seierstad's riveting account traces the sisters' journey from secular, social democratic Norway to the front lines of the war in Syria and follows Sadiq's harrowing attempt to find them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thrilling and heart-rending true story

  • By Sarah D. on 01-08-19

The best audio book I have experienced

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Incredible story of coming out of war to only finding yourself right back into one. I loved the narrators emphasis. It captured me in a story of our times. A must listen!

  • Vivir para contarla [Live to Tell]

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrated by: Ramsés Ramos
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Las memorias de Gabriel García Márquez: un recorrido por los días de su infancia y juventud en los que se fundó el imaginario que se reflejaría después en sus obras. Vivir para contarla es, probablemente, el libro más esperado de la primera década del siglo, compendio y recreación de un tiempo crucial en la vida de Gabriel García Márquez.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vivir Para Contarla

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-18-18

A Great telling

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

It was good to hear the revealments this master of storytelling gave to us. But I was not fond of the performance. Too slow.