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Charles V.

lincolnton, NC, United States
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  • Just Above My Head

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience. Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harlem, to the church of his groundbreaking novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, to the homosexual passion of Giovanni's Room, and to the political fire that inflames his nonfiction work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful poignant story

  • By Africa on 12-02-18

A Compelling Chronicle of the Black Experience

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

I chose this book after seeing the movie, If Beale Street Could Talk. I had never read James Baldwin, I am sorry to say. This book popped up and I’m so glad I selected it. It is an account of the black experience set in Harlem during the 50s and 60s, with forays into the Deep South in the beginnings of the civil rights movement. It is beautifully written. Be warned, however, that it graphically and realistically portrays the sexual experience. I have no problem with this but some might. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Living in the Woods in a Tree

  • Remembering Blaze Foley
  • By: Sybil Rosen
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Living in the Woods in a Tree is an intimate glimpse into the turbulent life of Texas music legend Blaze Foley (1949-1989), seen through the eyes of Sybil Rosen, the woman for whom he wrote his most widely known song, "If I Could Only Fly". It captures the exuberance of their fleeting idyll in a tree house in the Georgia woods during the countercultural 1970s. Rosen offers a firsthand witnessing of Foley's transformation from a reticent hippie musician to the enigmatic singer/songwriter who would live and die outside society's rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Poignant Love Story

  • By Charles V. on 02-06-19

A Poignant Love Story

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I listened to this book because I am a Blaze Foley fan. Now I am a Sybil Rosen fan also. This is a wonderful love story of two free spirits and an all consuming passion. Whether you know who Blaze Foley was or not, if you like a beautifully written memoir you'll love this book

  • Trailer Park Wives

  • The Single-Wide Edition
  • By: Denise Gwen
  • Narrated by: Lindsey Corey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Why, oh why, did Anne Marie Whitehall take her own life, swallowing away her pain and her grief with a handful of Nembutal capsules and a bottle of Merlot? Does Samantha Jacobs, the red-haired vixen grinding away on a pole at the Revue know? Or perhaps Deena Cook, harried mother of four and a regular visitor at Children's Services?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trailer Park Train Wreck

  • By Spooky Mike on 07-03-18

Just what I was looking for

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

I was looking for some mindless entertainment and I found it. This book is trashy to the extreme- a hard look into the seedy underbelly of good people living on the edge of desperation. Not very well written or read but entertaining none the less. Unfortunately I listened to all of it before realizing it was one of a series. The story is continued in book two but I am done.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,613
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,870
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,814

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

A Wonderful Listen

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This psychological thriller is quite a ride- full of twists and turns and surprises. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hop on board. You’ll enjoy the trip.

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  • Lucky Boy

  • By: Shanthi Sekaran
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani, Roxana Ortega
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

Solimar Castro Valdez is 18 and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US-Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin's doorstep in Berkeley, California, dazed by first love found then lost - and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Timely Story

  • By Cascadiapnw on 05-13-18

Lucky Boy was Not So Lucky For Me

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

This book is a story of immigration. It has a main plot and two subplots. The author should have skipped the subplots as they were left unresolved anyway and were only incidental to the story. This way the book would have been half as long and not a complete waste of time The best thing I can say about it is that it was the second half of a BOGO offer. Why then, you may ask, did I spend 16 hours listening to it. Just stubborn I guess.

  • The Little Red Chairs

  • By: Edna O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. All that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite prose

  • By Sharey on 05-04-16

A wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

This book is wonderful and the narration is amazing. A long ride but well worth the journey

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,297

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

A disappointing listen

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Nothing worse than a whodunit that doesn’t tell who done it. If you like the thrill of the chase this may be for you. I found it a bit tedious.

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The Home Front: Life in America During World War II
    
    
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    Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    4,067 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,668

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

A Forgotten History

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

This book is wonderful! It provides an insight into WWII that I have never been given. My parents married in 1941 and spent the war in Newport News, Va where my dad worked in the shipyard. I came along in 1949 after they had returned to NC. This audio book helped me relive their early years. It is beautifully produced and chock full or eye witness interviews. I can’t speak too highly of it

  • The Swerve

  • How the World Became Modern
  • By: Stephen Greenblatt
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,151

Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many swerves

  • By A reader on 05-20-12

Fascinating History

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

One would not think a book concerning th discovery and rediscovery of an ancient poem coupled with an historical treatise spanning a millennia could be fascinating, but it is. So much so that I listened twice, back to back.

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,705

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RIVETING!

  • By Tracy P. on 07-13-16

A Magical Book Wonderfully Read

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

This classic novel is gripping and entertaining. Ruby Dee’s narration makes this one of my all time favorites.