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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

  • A Novel
  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Told through the eyes of Tish, a 19-year-old girl in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin's story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and is imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions - affection, despair, and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator did her thing, I love it!!!

  • By Vicky on 03-22-16

Soaring and painful

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This book is so powerful and yet so simple. Young love in the context of the painful truth of being Black in a country that hates you for BEING at all.

JB is masterful at keeping hope alive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman He Loved Before

  • By: Dorothy Koomson
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Libby has a nice life with a great job, a gorgeous husband, and a big home by the sea. But she's becoming more unsure of Jack's feelings for her - and if he is over the mysterious death of Eve, his first wife. When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. Eventually Libby stumbles across some startling truths about Eve. As she begins to unearth devastating secrets, Libby becomes frightened that she too will end up like the first woman Jack loved...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ingrossing!

  • By Sherry L. Wright on 06-01-14

My new fave author and narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Wow! This is my first book by Dorothy Koomson and now I'm going to read them all. I found the book because of the narrator...did I mention "wow" yet? The book is romantic, a bit spicy, smart and a tad scary but not too much of any of those characteristics.

The author keeps the interest without going overboard with the storyline.

Excellent!

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,355
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,327

From number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, comes her newest audiobook, Nine Perfect Strangers: Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amid all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these 10 days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration was good on my end

  • By Anna on 11-29-18

What..the WHAT?

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

I love this author's work and have listened to every one. I waited eagerly for this book and admittedly was thrilled to see it was so long (I could knit an entire shawl while listening) until I started it. I can't say want was more disappointing, the story or the narration. I kept hoping it would redeem

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • John Woman

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

At 12 years old, Cornelius secretly takes over his father's job at a silent film theater in New York's East Village. Five years later, as his father, Herman, lives out his last days, he shares his wisdom with his son, explaining that the person who controls the narrative of history controls their own fate. After his father dies and his mother disappears, Cornelius sets about reinventing himself as Professor John Woman and spreading Herman's teachings. But some are attempting to influence the narrative of John Woman, and they might know something about the facts of his hidden past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Walter Mosley Delivers

  • By Mark Edens on 09-12-18

Smart, but long

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I love the complexity of the book but the last couple of hours dragged a bit. I liked it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thereby Hangs a Tail

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954

While Bernie continues his struggle to pay the bills, Chet - with his sharp nose and even sharper teeth - keeps bringing down the perps. Told from Chet's perspective and featuring the humorous ramblings of a dog, Thereby Hangs a Tail is another winner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed out loud throughout this book

  • By Deborah on 02-19-10

Dog Tails are the cutest

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I like this series and love the narrator. Great easy reading. Enjoy the pets perspective and Bernie is not quite as good a detective as Chet. Fun listen.

  • 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 105,963
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98,173
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97,708

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
  • Sounds similar to my poor white youth in 1950's US

  • By Mary on 08-06-17

Drama, comedy and social commentary

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I LOVED this book. I read it for my book club and while I found it funny in the beginning, I didn't take to it immediately. I put it down and picked it up after being side tracked by some legal thrillers and I'm really glad I kept going. His story is painful and real and he manages to make is accessible to the reader. Did I mention I LOVED it?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,769
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27,663

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Painfully Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 09-14-17

This is one of the best books I've read in a long while. A true and honest voice filled with character and curiosity, the story speaks to the resilience of humanity even when things seem hopeless. Both heart wrenching and funny the author and narrator give you a wide range of emotions to experience.

  • Chasing Justice

  • A Matt Royal Mystery
  • By: H. Terrell Griffin
  • Narrated by: Steven Roy Grimsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Matt Royal is going back to the courtroom. He has agreed to defend his good friend and wife of Longboat Key's police chief. Abby Lester has been charged with the murder of Nate Bannister, an unlikeable, shady character. He was found shot to death in his downtown Sarasota condo, and the evidence points to Abby as the killer. Matt cannot refuse Abby's pleas for help, despite having retired from the practice of law several years earlier. Now he must face a hotshot prosecuting attorney with a record of 22 wins and zero losses in murder trials.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first Matt Royal legal thriller...

  • By Wayne on 03-24-16

Narrator is excellent!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

I love legal thrillers. This is my first book from this author and there are some pros and cons.

Complex storylines make the book interesting but the flow is disrupted by the pieces miraculously falling together. This beach bum, mushy, gushing with love lawyer is easy to like as is his girlfriend/detective. Their perfect relationship is a cute backdrop but a couple of times a bit too cute.

There is a lot of detail about the location and I found that enjoyable.

The author REALLY explains every detail in the courtroom interaction which felt like a bit more than I needed and made the book longer than necessary (although I LOVE long audiobooks).

Continuity in the recording was bumpy a few times (double recording of specific lines) but the narrator really makes the story. Excellent voice acting and all of the characters are believable.

There was really only one exchange that felt so over the top in the dialogue that it stands out as almost syrupy. J.D. provides a blow by blow description of Matt's life and questions how he was able to overcome and become so amazing! I thought I would have to SWOON!

All in all it is a good listen and the narrator truly makes this book a joy to listen to.

I'll listen to more of the series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fall

  • A Novel: Dismas Hardy, Book 16
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

Late one night, a teenage African American foster child named Tanya Morgan plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco's Stockton tunnel. But did she fall...or was she pushed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love these guys.

  • By Richard Delman on 01-17-17

Whining!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

The story was okay. I liked that Wyatt Hunt had a role. The daughter story line wasn't appealing to me. I was annoyed with the whining and the lack of forethought after all, she was an attorney who watched her dad and uncle for many years before practicing so some of the dialogue was simply silly. Finally, the narrator is completely offensive when trying to create diverse voices. Just stop.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,969

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Shocked, appalled and very pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 12-26-14

I really enjoyed this book. First time with this author and narrator but it won't be the last. The author's ability to deal with very tough topics in a way that gives readers the room to have strong emotions without wanting to walk away was AMAZING to me. The narrator was excellent!