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  • Pachinko

  • By: Min Jin Lee
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,164

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By erin on 12-11-17

Depressing story.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Struggled to finish it. Only remained a listener because my husband had recommended it. Story had too many unrelated side stories. Seemed that the author was padding the story to make it a longer novel. Too much explicit language and sex scenes. Disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of the Spirits

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Thom Rivera, Marisol Ramirez
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908

The House of the Spirits brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch Esteban is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara, a woman with a mystical connection to the spirit world. When their daughter, Blanca, embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her implacable father, the result is an unexpected gift to Esteban.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrators spoil it

  • By Cookie on 09-27-16

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Once again, my favorite female fiction writer has left me with an unforgettable story and characters that will live with me forever.

Start with Why
    How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
    
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    Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    16,050 ratings
    Overall 4.6
  • Start with Why

  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,746

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspire to find why you do what you do

  • By A. Yoshida on 09-19-13

Love the concept!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

Would you try another book from Simon Sinek and/or Simon Sinek?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like the examples he gives, yet I wish there were more that were not related only to the corporate world. Education would have been a great example.

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

His voice. I really enjoy hearing him speak.

Could you see Start with Why being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not sure

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,677

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

A must read!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

I am left wondering how J.D. Vance gets along with his relatives, especially his mom, after publishing this book. Brutally honest.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Whiter than Snow

  • By: Sandra Dallas
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

New York Times best-selling author Sandra Dallas sets this 1920s tale in a small mining town near Colorado’s majestic Tenmile Range. As nine children walk home from school, a spring avalanche thunders down from Jubilee Mountain—burying everything in its path. This compelling novel of survival, redemption, and faith skillfully reveals the backstory of each family affected by this tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • She did it again!

  • By Anne on 04-26-16

Memorable characters, once again, Mrs. Dallas! l

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

Could not stop listening to the story! I actually lookrd forward to doing housework no find out what would happen next.

  • Centennial

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 50 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener's magnificent saga of the West is an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America's past, the story of Colorado - the Centennial State - is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; and the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great book spoiled

  • By Rick on 02-12-17

fantastic story, poor narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

Colorado is my home. So, how could I not read Centennial? The story is riveting, historically accurate. You learn to love the characters. Just wish Audible had picked a better reader.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • This Present Darkness

  • By: Frank Peretti
  • Narrated by: Jack Sondericker
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358

A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good story horrible recording

  • By Jason on 06-10-13

Great listen by great reader

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

I really enjoyed reading this book when it first came out years ago. listening to it was a real treat.

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,469

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under - maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, brilliantly performed.

  • By Debra W. on 02-04-16

Stunned.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Willl always remember this story.
I feel that I know her. Cathartic in a way.

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 52 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,748

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic in Scope, Simplistic Characters

  • By Rich on 02-04-08

I'm utterly depressed after listening to this!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

I have wanted to listen to Atlas Shrugged for many years now. It's a riveting story but just so depressing especially at the end. Everything is hopeless according to the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,198

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

Must listen to this lecture!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

What a great way to refresh what I learned in college in an deep and engaging way. The professor is a terrific narrator. I hated to have it end!