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  • Mudbound

  • By: Hillary Jordan
  • Narrated by: Ezra Knight, Kate Forbes, Joseph Collins, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May this South never rise again.

  • By Betty on 03-25-12

Excellent writing

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

The change of character perspectives by chapters gives the reader additional insights and develops the relationships between characters and the readers in a way that would not be able to be achieved in another way. Hillary Jordan commands her prose in a fashion that speaks to all audiences of any background, age, gender...
I read this for work originally, (high school English teacher) it was so masterfully written I have incorporated it as a choice reading option for my students, many of whom has read and love it.

  • Make Something Good Today

  • By: Ben Napier, Erin Napier
  • Narrated by: Erin Napier, Ben Napier
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 49

From Ben and Erin Napier, the stars of the hit HGTV show Home Town, comes Make Something Good Today, a memoir that lets us all know that great love stories are possible, big things can bloom in small towns, and there is always magic in the ordinary if you know where to look for it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kismet

  • By Jackie White on 10-20-18

Erin and Ben are incredible

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I love the show Hometown, the way Erin and Ben Napier are one hundred percent invested in their town and making the lives of those who build and make in the USA a better place. Their faith in God, devotion to one another and uplifting spirits are the breath of fresh air that will bring anyone spirits to life. I listened to their narration of their own stories as I was refinishing an antique piece of furniture that needed a new outlook on life, the perfect compliment.

  • Eunice

  • The Kennedy Who Changed the World
  • By: Eileen McNamara
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for the White House and the Senate, his Stanford-educated daughter Eunice was tapping her father's fortune and her brothers' political power to engineer one of the great civil rights movements of our time on behalf of millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Now, in Eunice, Pulitzer Prize winner Eileen McNamara finally brings Eunice Kennedy Shriver out from her brothers' shadow.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying Narrator

  • By Triple A on 05-24-18

Eunice is a powerhouse!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

The most influential, dynamic and diligent Kennedy was Eunice. She was a mover and a shaker; she made it all happen. Her feisty spirit, her tireless crusading and her complex relationships are inspirational and empowering. I held onto this book in my wish list for far too long and I should have listened to it the day it was released.

  • Little Bee

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Cleave
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

Little Bee, the young female refugee from the Nigerian delta, must master the Queen's English and the Queen's England if she is to escape her past and make a life in the UK after two years in a refugee detention center. The novel opens on the day Little Bee is released from the center with no identification papers and only the address of an English couple, Andrew and Sarah, whom she once met on a Nigerian beach. All three of their lives were horribly changed by that meeting on the beach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Little Bee

  • By debbie ortiz on 08-05-16

Breath of Fresh Air

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Chris Cleave brings a fresh take on a classic genre. I read this book for work, (high school English teacher) and the almost eleven hours flew right by, well crafted, dynamic characters and strong narration.

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,804
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,831

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I tried to like it

  • By lavalleem on 10-07-18

I tried to like it

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I read this for work, I am a high school English teacher, I never had to read it for college and I am a fan of the dystopian genre. This Cormac McCarthy was dreary and bleak. If this is his view of the future, lets all hope he is wrong. The narration was well done.

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  • Cymbeline: The Arkangel Shakespeare

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Sophie Thompson, Ben Porter, Jack Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline, is persecuted by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, and by Cloten, the Queen's doltish son. Disguised as a boy, she sets out to find her husband, the banished Posthumus. On her journey, she unwittingly meets her two brothers, stolen from the court as infants. Posthumus, meanwhile, has been convinced by the villainous Iachimo that Imogen is unchaste and agrees to a test of her faithfulness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Has its moments but it has a lot less than I hoped

  • By Darwin8u on 12-21-17

Strong of the lesser known plays of Shakespeare

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I am on a quest to read/listen all of Shakespeare's plays. Cymbeline was next on my list, it amused me at just the right time. The drama and the writing are impeccable as always, the performance of the actors are superb, which is the rule of thumb for all ArkAngel Productions.

  • Matriarch

  • Queen Mary and the House of Windsor
  • By: Anne Edwards
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110

The life of Princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. From a family of impoverished nobility, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Did not want this to end!

  • By Susan Nall Sheehan on 07-16-17

Queen Mary and her strength, WOW

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I have studied the modern Windsors before, this was the first time I had spent time on Queen Mary as more than Queen Mother. Wow, her strength, insight and resilience is what has made the House of Windsor. Corrie James gave a fabulous narration, the 16+ hours flew right by and I was sad to have it end.

  • Sister Carrie

  • By: Theodore Dreiser
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

A magnificent portrayal of 1890's America and the harsh realities of a dog-eat-dog world, Sister Carrie lies at the forefront of American Naturalism. When poor young provincial woman Carrie Meeber arrives in Chicago, she little expects to be catapulted from lower-class woman to prominent Broadway actress. Passive and yielding, she lets circumstances coerce her into action and by good fortune she arrives at fame. It is in Chicago that Carrie meets a successful businessman, Hurstwood, who helps her establish her name. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its been on my list for a while

  • By lavalleem on 10-07-18

Its been on my list for a while

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Sister Carrie has been on my to read list for a while and the audio version was the way I could manage it. The performance by Laurel Lefkow is stellar, the evolution of the character is developed with the vocals. The writing of Dreiser makes it the American Classic that we know it to be.

  • M. Butterfly

  • By: David Henry Hwang
  • Narrated by: John Lithgow, B.D. Wong, David Dukes, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

John Lithgow and B.D. Wong here recreate their original roles from the Tony Award-winning production. Inspired by an actual espionage scandal, a French diplomat discovers the startling truth about his Chinese mistress.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great play, but you need to know it first

  • By Calliope on 06-22-13

Fabulous Performance by John Lithgow and B.D. Wong

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Madame Butterfly comes to life with perfect balance of drama and comedy, irony and truth. Wonderful performance by a stellar cast.

  • Medea

  • By: Euripides
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Medea is an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BC. The plot centers on the actions of Medea, a former princess of the "barbarian" kingdom of Colchis, and the wife of Jason; she finds her position in the Greek world threatened as Jason leaves her for a Greek princess of Corinth. Medea takes vengeance on Jason by murdering Jason's new wife as well as her own children, after which she escapes to Athens to start a new life. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narrator makes this story work

  • By cosmitron on 08-02-18

Classic told well

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

When you need a quick refresh on some of your Greek Mythology look no further. The performance is clear, the myth accurate.