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  • Sakina's Restaurant

  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1,367

Sakina's Restaurant breathes new life into an age old story: the emotive tale of an immigrant coming to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi originally performed his Obie Award-winning solo show off-Broadway 20 years ago. This past October, the iconic play was reimagined and produced by Audible for a limited run at Minetta Lane Theatre in the West Village of Manhattan. Recorded for an Audible-exclusive audience, listeners can forgo the price of admission and embark on the cross-cultural journey with Mandvi.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Immigration and the American Dream

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

I loved this story

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

So nice to be delighted and fully entertained for every minute of this performance. The reader was fabulous and so likeable, relateable and real. The stories were fun and I encourage everyone to take a bite out of this quite delicious apple of a book. Bye bye. Bye bye bye bye...read the book and you will know what that means.

  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,676
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,635

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • glad it was free, sad I used a free credit.

  • By River on 03-02-19

fun read

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

i didn't love the book but did enjoy it. the right lenght, good pace good shading of characters and good story line. not too long so worth thr read!

  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,832
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,803

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey into Alan's self!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

A Nice Story

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I have to write 15 words or I can't submit Most irritating thing about the site

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Manhattan Beach

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,606

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Narrative of a Girl Diver

  • By WillowGirl313 on 10-30-17

Loved the texture of the characters in this book

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

I really enjoyed this book. Nothing super memorable about.it but a pleasant read and love character driven books. The history about the war was interesting and I live near the Queen Mary so fun to hear about how amazing she was in her time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,429

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

An absolute delight from.beginning to end

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

What's not to love about this small gem. Fabulous narration and lovely story reminding us that we all have our own unique stories to tell.

  • The Persian Boy

  • A Novel of Alexander the Great
  • By: Mary Renault
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 19 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

The Persian Boy traces the last years of Alexander's life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas. Abducted and gelded as a boy, Bagoas is sold as a courtesan to King Darius of Persia, but finds freedom with Alexander the Great after the Macedon army conquers his homeland. Their relationship sustains Alexander as he weathers assassination plots, the demands of two foreign wives, a sometimes mutinous army, and his own ferocious temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History Brought to Vivid Life

  • By Carol on 02-08-15

Such a Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Interesting from the beginning and.loved the mixture of history and beautiful words!.that paint a picture of life in another time and place.

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,885

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

The performance in this read was rich and engrossing and the story moved along and I liked the factual info at the end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wallflower in Bloom

  • By: Claire Cook
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it's just not her own. She's the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, new-age-guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be as gatekeeper to Tag at his New England seaside compound. Then Deirdre's sometimes-boyfriend informs her that he is marrying another woman, who just happens to be having the baby he told Deirdre he never wanted.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I could not finish this book

  • By Lauren Orr on 09-29-18

I could not finish this book

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

The inane conversation between the main character in the book were so irritating I had to stop reading. Almost three hours into the.book and so far nothing has happened and the constant whining of the main character was unbearable.

  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

Ugh!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Thought the book was Ok. Liked it but didn't love.the story. Not a bad book but not a great book.

  • The Taster

  • By: V. S. Alexander
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

In early 1943, Magda Ritter's parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs strafing Berlin. Young German women are expected to do their duty - working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children. After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler's mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Führer's food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ!!!!!

  • By Sara on 02-10-18

interesting story.

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

This book was just ok. Interesting story but not emotionally gripping when it should have been. Not.emotionally.invested in anyone. Ending to tidy and not credible.