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  • The African Experience: From 'Lucy' to Mandela

  • By: Kenneth P. Vickery, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth P. Vickery
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

The story of Africa is the oldest and most event-filled chronicle of human activity on the planet. And in these 36 lectures, you'll explore this great historical drama, tracing the story of the sub-Saharan region of the continent from the earliest evidence of human habitation to the latest challenges facing African nations in the 21st century. By learning with these lectures, you'll finally be able to bust myths and correct potential misunderstandings about Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Africa Found!

  • By Logical Paradox on 03-12-14

Never use one word when 200 will do

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I'm so interested in this topic, and so disappointed in this book. Rather than a history, it's the professor musing on things like identity and kinship, talking about the emergence of agriculture, and so forth -- occasionally using African examples. But it's really his thoughts on anthropology (and his hyper-careful tiptoe-ing around race) rather than a history of Africa.

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,703

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Bill from Florida on 05-29-07

Deeply felt, mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I know nothing about everyday life in Afghanistan and this book introduced me to so many people and how their lives wind around world events. I fell in love with the characters and can only wish the book would never end.

  • Memorial

  • A Version of Homer's Iliad
  • By: Alice Oswald, Eavan Boland (afterword)
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Matthew Arnold praised the Iliad for its "nobility", as has everyone ever since - but ancient critics praised it for its enargeia, its "bright unbearable reality" (the word used when gods come to earth, not in disguise but as themselves). To retrieve the poem's energy, Alice Oswald has stripped away its story, and her account focuses by turns on Homer's extended similes and on the brief 'biographies' of the minor war-dead, most of whom are little more than names, but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably - and unforgotten - in the copiousness of Homer's glance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful poetry

  • By Nicole J. Munro on 05-12-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

A clever idea brilliantly executed -- a poetic interpretation of the Iliad. The glimpses of the characters are so sharply drawn I could not have felt closer to them.

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  • Eaters of the Dead

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135

The year is A.D. 922. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Baghdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who are journeying to the barbaric North. He is appalled by their Viking customs - the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness...their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But it is not until they reach the depths of the Northland that the courtier learns the horrifying and inescapable truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time well spent

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-07-17

Time machine to Neanderthal days

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

So compelling a story and the era is so vividly portrayed. I thoroughly enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek "archaeology" and faux scholarly disputes as well.

  • Joan Rivers' 100 Greatest Jokes

  • By: Player Publications
  • Narrated by: Abby Elvidge
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

If you loved the controversial comedy of Joan Rivers, get ready to laugh out loud! Joan Rivers' 100 Greatest Jokes is a collection of Rivers' most razor-sharp punchlines, expanding her entire career. Although, the world lost Joan Rivers in 2014, her legend lives on in this hilarious keepsake. Joan Rivers' 100 Greatest Jokes is the perfect audiobook. So sit back, grab a cocktail, and enjoy a hilarious evening with the queen of comedy!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good way to spend 18 minutes

  • By TofuGirlSF on 09-01-18

Good way to spend 18 minutes

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

No doubt more enjoyable if told by Joan Rivers herself, but this was still fun.

  • The Thief

  • By: Fuminori Nakamura, Satoko Izumo (translator)
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141

The Thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly that sometimes he doesn't even remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him; nameless faces from whom he chooses his victims. He has no family, no friends, no connections.... But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him when Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his life and offers him a job he can't refuse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well, it is short.

  • By Kyle on 03-30-12

Almost good

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Marred by dreadful narrator, who has the same tone of urgency throughout, and badly mispronounces Japanese words at times. WHY OH WHY can't Audible stick to narrators who can pronounce non-English words correctly? It's offensive!

This is a story of a pickpocket who is a very interesting character, but the story is only intermittently interesting. Still, his outlook on life will stay with me for a long time.

  • Nine Years is the Exact Right Amount of Time to Be in a Bad Relationship

  • An Essay from Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me
  • By: Bob Odenkirk
  • Narrated by: Bob Odenkirk
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

An essay from Things I've Learned From the Women Who've Dumped Me.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly unfunny

  • By TofuGirlSF on 09-01-18

Utterly unfunny

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Okay it's only 10 minutes but it's all awful. Not funny. Borders on offensive. SKIP IT.

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  • A Fine Balance

  • By: Rohinton Mistry
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Praise for the Narrator as much as the Writer

  • By Karen P. Smith on 05-10-09

Lived several lifetimes listening to this book

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

This book follows the lives of Indians from many different stations of life over many years. Knowing so little about India, it was wonderful to see not just a brief glimpse into someone's life at one point, but to see how lives can evolve in a world so different from that in California.

I wish I had the grit, endurance, and forward-looking attitude towards life that so many of the characters have.

  • Summer of the Big Bachi

  • By: Naomi Hirahara
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

In the foothills of Pasadena, Mas Arai is just another Japanese-American gardener, his lawnmower blades clean and sharp, his truck carefully tuned. But while Mas keeps lawns neatly trimmed, his own life has gone to seed. His wife is dead. And his livelihood is falling into the hands of the men he once hired by the day. For Mas, a life of sin is catching up to him. And now bachi - the spirit of retribution - is knocking on his door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mystery with its roots in WWII

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-10-15

Great atmosphere, setting but weak story

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I loved all the characters and their houses and their lives and what they ate and drank and their cars and how they talked to one another. Like Mas Arai, I'm Japanese American and I felt like I was jumping back into the world of my childhood.

If only the story were stronger!

  • I, the Sun

  • By: Janet Morris
  • Narrated by: Chistopher Crosby Morris
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

This is the saga of the Hittite King Suppiluliumas, and rings with authenticity and the passion of a world that existed 1400 years before the birth of Christ. They called him Great King, Favorite of the Storm God, the Valiant. He conquered more than forty nations and brought fear and war to the very doorstep of 18th Dynasty Egypt, but he could not conquer the one woman he truly loved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Researched and Fantastic Performance.

  • By Rev. Zombie on 07-08-15

Tried and tried but . . .

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I am so interested in this period of history but after a few hours I just couldn't get into this book!

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