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  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,550

Winner, The Man Booker Prize, 2015 Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant!

  • By Philip on 01-30-16

Read the hard copy book. The performance sucks

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

Reviewed: 10-26-14

How could the performance have been better?

The performance detracts from a good book. The people reading have very fake Jamaican accents and its very distracting and sounds foolish. This problem is detrimental to an otherwise great book.

19 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Peace from Broken Pieces

  • How to Get Through What You're Going Through
  • By: Iyanla Vanzant
  • Narrated by: Iyanla Vanzant
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890

Best-selling author Iyanla Vanzant recounts the last decade of her life and the spiritual lessons learned—from the price of success during her meteoric rise as a TV celebrity on Oprah, the Iyanla TV show (produced by Barbara Walters), to the dissolution of her marriage and her daughter’s 15 months of illness and death on Christmas day. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Iyanla shares why everything we need to learn is reflected in our relationships and explains the strength and wisdom she has gained by supporting others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Listening

  • By Cynthia on 03-18-13

Very engaging

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

Reviewed: 08-27-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Peace from Broken Pieces to be better than the print version?

Yes, especially because its autobiographical and the author tells her story in her own voice - she does a really good job. Typically I don't like when an author reads his/her own book, but in this case its really well done.

What other book might you compare Peace from Broken Pieces to and why?

Can't immediately think of one...

What does Iyanla Vanzant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have all her books in print but got turned off of her when I could not find alignment with advice she offered to the public and reports about her life that leaked to the media. Now I understand and really appreciate her. It brings to the fore something I have always told myself, "watch the message and not the messenger." In this case, anyway, the messenger has been rehabilitated making the book an interesting and engaging read. Iyanla again has my attention.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Rising triumphant to the foot of a new mountain.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Autobiography of a Yogi

  • By: Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,533

When Autobiography of a Yogi first appeared in 1946, it was acclaimed as a landmark work in its field. The New York Times hailed it as "a rare account". Newsweek pronounced it "fascinating". The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Yogananda presents a convincing case for yoga, and those who 'came to scoff' may remain 'to pray." Today it is still one of the most widely read and respected books ever published on the wisdom of the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spiritually Uplifting -- and entertaining!

  • By D on 12-27-04

Just really fascinating and inspirational

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

Reviewed: 07-11-12

Would you listen to Autobiography of a Yogi again? Why?

Yes, as a matter of fact I have already listened to this audio book no less than six times. I find it inspirational and really interesting, and I am encouraged to take on my life on a whole new level - its resulted in me really exploring other spiritual books and teachings, take up yoga as a practice, and engage in an inquiry of my purpose on earth.

Have you listened to any of Ben Kingsley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I think the narration here is superb - excellent really.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definately - the book is fairly long, but I could not get enough of it. I have even gone to get the hard copy, the kindle version, and some other writings of Yogananda.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A People's History of the United States

  • 1492 to Present
  • By: Howard Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
  • Length: 34 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,501
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,800

A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Amateur hour in the production booth

  • By Thomas on 11-09-10

Very poorly read

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

Reviewed: 09-08-11

This is a very good thesis, but so poorly read, its painful.
One can even hear the narrator making unedited commentary within the body of the story. He often sounds like he is tired and out of breath. I think they were very stingy and cheap to have this man narrate the book...I feel like I wasted my money because I cannot listen to another sentence from the inept narrator. -0 stars...
I really wish I could return this audio book...REALLY POORLY NARRATED.

82 of 100 people found this review helpful

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  • Saint Francis of Assisi

  • By: G.K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

This biography of St. Francis examines the life of a pure artist, a man whose whole life was a poem. Yet St. Francis also acknowledged the mystic responsibility to communicate his divine experience. Chesterton examines the existence of the pure and the mystic artist in one man. The result is an understanding of St. Francis in both body and soul, two essential aspects because the Saint saw religion as a kind of love afair; both spiritual and material.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic biography of St Francis

  • By Adam Shields on 04-26-14

Boring narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-07

The narrator's voice is so boring and his style of reading so slow that I was unable to get into hearing the book. What a waste of money!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful