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  • The River of Consciousness

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren, Kate Edgar
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

A collection of essays that displays Oliver Sacks' passionate engagement with the most compelling and seminal ideas of human endeavor: evolution, creativity, memory, time, consciousness, and experience. The River of Consciousness is one of two books Sacks was working on up to his death, and it reveals his ability to make unexpected connections, his sheer joy in knowledge, and his unceasing, timeless project to understand what makes us human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important but Less Interesting

  • By Michael on 11-16-17

Little Dry <br />

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

The material covered in this book is not as compelling to me when compared to the riveting storytelling of previous Sacks work. I pushed through in order to give it a good shot.

  • The Horse and His Boy

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565

On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By CocoHunt on 03-02-16

Good Escapism for Grown Ups Tired of Reality

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

It was good for me at the time. The book is still worth listening to when you need a predictable story where Good overcomes evil. If I listened with kids, I would want to explain the context of things here because we are pretty far removed from mid 20th century england and the magical time of which the story takes place.

  • Prince Caspian

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,442

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia, the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lynn Redgrave Surprised Me!

  • By Stephanie L. Thompson on 09-07-14

Good Escape from the Daily Grind

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I was so tired of the news that I have been escaping into books for young people. You know, where good conquers evil and everything works out in the end. This is one of those stories. I appreciated knowing there would be no tricks or unreliable narrator etc and it fit the bill. I still think it is worth reading with children and discuss issues of class and royalty, and wartime suffering (children of england during WWII being sent to the country) that had occured. All the assumptions in the text are pretty far removed from today's children, especially in the US.

  • The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Ambreen Razia
  • Narrated by: Ambreen Razia
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,757
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,598

You’ve heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl, but what about a Hounslow Girl? Definition of a Hounslow Girl: a young Muslim woman who wears hooped earrings with her headscarf and grapples with traditional values while hustling her way through urban London. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a bold and provocative one-person play, written and performed by Ambreen Razia. From the joys of traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, this is a comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age, told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim girl. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard coming of age with Islamic slant

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Walk in another's Shoes

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

This is a bit gritty and hard to listen to for me personally because of the accent and rapid fire delivery. I was in agony throughout this coming of age tale. It felt very authentic but I would have rather seen it performed live. An audio version was too painful without seeing the facial expressions and body language of the artist. Maybe I am too sensitive for this type of book. I am married into a pakistani family from the "outside" and found the unguarded dialogue very interesting.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,455

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

hmmmm

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I guess it is very holiday-ish to tell stories of transformation of grump to cheerful, connected old man. I am tired of the poor, isolated rich man and his foolishness. I stuck it out, but not thrilled. It was a freebie but would have rather heard another story.

  • The Odyssey

  • By: Homer, Emily Wilson - translator
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version - the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman - this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By A. Ketbi on 12-02-18

Tremendous even the Second Time Through!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Superb translation & narration! I am so glad this was done by audible and executed so WELL!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,422
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,239

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Kate on 11-05-18

First rate Heartwarmer

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I am so glad I took a chance on this! I will remember it a long time!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,340

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but the volume was all over the place

  • By Charles Johnson on 12-17-16

Thoroughly Enjoyable Escape

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The performance by Michael York in 1950 is breathtaking. I could get snarky & sarcastic about how unrealistic the story is blah blah but if I kept that voice at bay, it was a marvelous adventure!

  • The Magician's Nephew

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,008
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,310
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,319

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible children's series

  • By Jason on 05-14-05

Kenneth Branagh is a marvel!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

He brings this story to life with his immense acting talent. Delightful escape from reality!

  • 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 7,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,847

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

Lovely & uplift & just right story!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This was a gem! I'm so glad I was given this memorable story of Sharon Washington's childhood.