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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101,476
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 92,278
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,779

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Light and deep

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This makes for a beautiful companion book to President Obama’s books and an equally good standalone book. It is at times a heartfelt coming of age story for a young African American girl from the Southside of Chicago; a romantic tale about a geeky young hot shot law student and his successful Ivy-League educated supervisor; and then a view of politics from the personal side of the Obama’s life from their earliest races to their last. I found it light and deep at the same time. Michelle’s narrating is perfectly delivered as well - I’m glad I listened to it!

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,786

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not my Favorite King story

  • By Ronald Garey on 02-11-19

I am a crying man

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I'm writing as a long-time fan of Stephen King and this is one of his best. It's the size of "The Dome" but has the cohesive power of one of his shorter novels. It's probably his most sensitive since "Lisey's Story" -- my absolute favorite King novel -- but obviously more historical. Being that I have much less time to read these days, I really appreciated being able to listen to this one, especially as told by this reader. Craig Wasson had a hard job conveying so many different characters with different accents but he did amazingly well. Listen but be prepared for a long and emotional journey.

0 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,392

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Liar in 3D

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

A well written, easy-to-consume, behind-the-scenes view of the first half of 45’s Presidency. I was surprised to feel by the end that Trump is more than just a two-dimensional character as seen on television; he’s a fully fleshed-out Liar as spelled out in profanity-laden technicolor. The performance of this reader is good, with just enough acting to differentiate the different characters without distracting from the matter-of-fact story telling. The story is great - if only Woodward would write a sequel in less than two years about the end of this living nightmare.

  • Mozart in the Jungle

  • Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
  • By: Blair Tindall
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

In a book that inspired the Amazon original series starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Malcolm McDowell, oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long professional career as a classical musician, from the recitals and Broadway orchestra performances to the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth in the backbiting New York classical music scene, trading sexual favors for plum jobs and assignments in orchestras across the city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, but with long pedantic sections

  • By M. S. Cohen on 01-17-16

Odd mix

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I am a professional composer and have been looking forward to reading this book for some time. Overall, I found the book to be an odd mix of caddy behind-the-scenes descriptions of debauchery and a history lesson of the modern classical age. While I could see that the writer was trying to draw that comparison between her life and the history of the institutions around her, it feels as if there are two different books crammed into one. The story is compelling, though. If you can get past the performance of this obnoxious reader, I think it is still worth listening to. The performance reads as if she's smiling through every sentence, not aware of the meaning of the words she's speaking. It would have been much more interesting to have the author read it. Also, if you're here from the TV show, you will find a similar spirit, but nothing close to the actual story of that spin-off.

  • 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 122,541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 113,376
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 112,834

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nonchalant comments about animal abuse

  • By Liesel Wallace on 06-11-19

Learned and Laughed

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

To be completely honest, I was on the fence about Trevor Noah from what I've seen of his performance on the Daily Show. He's always seemed on the verge of breaking out and never really delivering to me. But after listening to his book, I see the depth in him that was missing for me. I learned how South Africa worked and didn't work in its time of apartheid, and how Noah was stuck in an in-between world. His stories are beautifully written and told in a simple language that doesn't just go for laughs, but for the gut punch of truth. There's also a surprising element of religion and spirituality throughout thanks to his Mother - the end had me in chills in that regard. I've seen his comedy special since writing this review and I see him differently now, I see the whole package. Highly recommended!

1 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,172

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

Colorful, simple and honest

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

I’m no chef but while listening to this, I was transported to the kitchens and tables of his childhood, upbringing, and multiple culinary adventures to briefly share in his love of food and antics. Bordain as a writer is what he respected in a chef - colorful, simple and honest, and his delivery here is just as good as all of his cooking shows. Thank God he left us all this great material, a true gift of life and love.

  • Beethoven

  • Anguish and Triumph
  • By: Jan Swafford
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 39 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Jan Swafford's biographies have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world's most iconic music.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Huge book - musical reader appreciates best

  • By Don Middleton on 01-20-15

A solid musical biography

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

The writer successfully ties biographical events in well with Beethoven’s creative output. For musicians, the musical analysis only goes skin deep. For the layman, it is probably too complex unless you have some musical background already. I’d suggest listening to the pieces while going through each chapter, otherwise, much of the analysis would be pointless. The performance of this reader was effective but a bit monotonous after the 20th hour of his 1950’s anchorman delivery. Some of his pronunciation is odd as well (how did no one correct “pianoforte”?). Even still, it was a fun and informative listen.