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  • The Moor's Account

  • By: Laila Lalami
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America--a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. In 1527 the conquistador Pnfilo de Narvez sailed from the port of Sanlcar de Barrameda with a crew of 600 men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernn Corts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific read evoking 16th century New World life

  • By William on 11-04-15

I loved this story

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I love historical fiction done well. I know much of this is fiction from the author’s imagination since Mustafa did not actually leave a written account. I assume she combined parts of the known account with her imagination of Mustafa’s account. I think she did a very believable job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Unremembered Girl

  • By: Eliza Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,101

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It's all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather - a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric - from ruin. But they have no idea they've become the obsession of the girl in the woods. Andoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family - something she's known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can't resist the temptation to get close.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Simpsons on 11-14-17

Interesting enough

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

The story kept me interested to the end. The narration was ok. His voice was a little rough to listen to; on a scale of 1 - 10 of being pleasant with 10 being most pleasant I would rate it a 7.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Strongbox

  • By: Maureen O'Hagan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

In this tantalizing true mystery of a stolen life, an acclaimed reporter and an identity theft investigator follow a series of incredible revelations about the actual identity of a wife, mother, and friend turned perfect stranger. Days after Lori Ruff’s suicide, her family discovered her hidden strongbox containing stunning evidence that her entire life had been invented. Her real identity was buried so deep it would take five years to unearth. Who was Lori Ruff?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth is stranger than fiction. Very interesting.

  • By Delah on 08-12-18

Truth is stranger than fiction. Very interesting.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Truth is stranger than fiction. Very interesting. Well read and well researched. Definitely worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Time Out

  • By: Claudia Rowe
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

The riveting true story of the crime, punishment, and transformation of a Seattle boy who came of age inside the adult prison system and who, once on the outside, rebuilt a new life as a man. After twenty years of incarceration, little was familiar to newly released Willard Jimerson. His once-gritty city was a technology hub. An African American was president. And with a six-inch screen, he could access a vastly changed world. From Claudia Rowe comes the story of the life Willard took and the life taken from Willard, the story of everything he had to regain and was yet to discover.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Its a good story but very dull writing.

  • By turner on 10-09-18

Very inspirational

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

This book gave me a lot to think about. I’m
Glad i listened to it. It’s interesting to hear about the things people do and the paths those choices take them on.

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Her best! For me, anyway.

  • By Episteme on 08-09-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Wonderful story. Great narration. Highly recommend. I am a senior citizen who doesn’t usually listen to fantasy but I greatly enjoyed this. Not just for YA. I also enjoyed her book “Uprooted”.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 102,090
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94,569
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 94,129

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I expected more...

  • By Dany Avila on 12-06-18

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Whether you are a fan of The Daily Show or not I believe you will enjoy this book. Trevor’s stories of growing up in South Africa taught me things I didn’t know. His natural ability with accents and languages were a bonus. His mom and their relationship almost brought me to tears. I highly recommend this book. It’s filled with thoughtful facts and opinions about race relations.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stay with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayobami Adebayo
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: Polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage - after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures - Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time - until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably Powerful!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 08-28-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

Very interesting plot from the beginning. Very good narration. No slow areas. I listened on my morning walks and it helped me look forward to walking in the morning. I would recommend this.

  • The Franchise Affair

  • By: Josephine Tey
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No way out

  • By Janice on 10-05-17

Loved the story and narration

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

I highly recommend this book. The story is very interesting. A "whodunnit" of sorts with very likable characters. The narrator is quite good. It was a fun story. No blood and guts. More of a cozy tea and scones kind of listen.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,979

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You for a New Narrator

  • By Patricia on 02-01-12

It was ok but then I'm an adult

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

It was ok but then I'm an adult. The narrator did well. I didn't know it would have a spiritual slant not that I'm against that. It was a little slow in some parts and I thought some parts might be over younger ones heads.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tea Planter's Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Dinah Jefferies
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

International best-selling novel set in 1920s Ceylon, about a young Englishwoman who marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he's keeping terrible secrets about his past, including what happened to his first wife, that lead to devastating consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Continual lack of communication/honesty = heartbreak

  • By Elizabeth C. on 02-04-18

Boring, Slow, Uninteresting

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

This story dragged. Some of it was a stretch to believe. The writing seemed a bit uneven. The female lead was a bit too weak and naive for me. Some of the voices the narrator gave some of the female characters were hard to listen to ... too overdone. Too high pitched or too theatrical.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful