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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 82,972
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76,942
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 76,589

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

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.

  • Stay with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayobami Adebayo
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

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 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

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 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,464

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 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

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

  • The Couple Next Door

  • A Novel
  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,203

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all - a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Plot twist overload

  • By RueRue on 10-12-16

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 08-27-16

Do not waste your credit. Really really bad. The main female character is weak, whiny and really, really stupid. The entire plot is stupid. Just say no and keep searching for something better. I have always, until now listened to books at regular speed. This book I listened at 1.5x or 2x (mostly 2x) just to hurry and get through it. As I was saying, this book has a very weak female main character (which I hate). For a book with a strong female main character, I highly recommend "City of Women" by David R Gillham or "The Fair Fight" by Anna Freeman.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Gillian Anderson
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 982

Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens, the spot where she and her deceased husband declared their love for each other, she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger. Mr Rayburn witnesses it all, and he'll have to fight his own incredulity regarding the supernatural and his gut feeling that the disturbed young woman is telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Like the Old Form

  • By John on 09-27-16

Enjoyed this. Excellent Narration.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

Gillian Anderson's narration of this story really shines. The story itself is good but I believe her narration takes it to a whole other level. I
Highly recommend.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Corners

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103

When his father dies, Carl Martin, a philosophy graduate and struggling novelist, inherits a house in a trendy London neighborhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake number one. Mistake number two was keeping his father's bizarre collection of homeopathic "cures" that he found in the medicine cabinet, including a stash of controversial diet pills.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Love Good Mysteries on 05-20-16

Great book! Love Ruth Rendell

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

Reviewed: 12-16-15

This is another great book by Ruth Rendell. A psychologically interesing listen (not scary) with lots of quirky characters (the best kind!). Ruth Rendell does it again. Check out some of her other books if you haven't already.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,567
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,321

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups (With Terrifying Trees)

  • By Dave on 09-08-16

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-15

I'm not a fantasy fan but this is an exception. I love a book with a strong female lead and Agnieszka definitely qualifies. The character development is first rate. The narrator delivers the story in a halting dialogue that may take a little getting use to for some however overall I think it works.

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than I expected

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 07-25-15

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

I loved this book from start to finish. It was a tiny bit fantasy, a bit of slapstick, some poignant parts... It kind of reminded me of a Katherine Hepburn / Cary Grant movie. Not any one in particular but fast moving and funny and really good. The narrator was magnificent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful