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  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202

In this intimate, haunting, literary memoir read by the author, an American icon tells her story for the first time, in her own gorgeous words - about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Life Story of Sally Field's

  • By Doris Anna Wright on 09-20-18

Moving and honest

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

What an amazing life! Sally Field suffered horrid abuse and yet made us see a lovely perky lady. She struggled to achieve greatness in her acting craft and succeeded beautifully. Now she is adding writing and story telling to her many talents. Bravo Sally!


  • If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

  • Relating to and Communicating with Others, from the Boardroom to the Bedroom
  • By: Alan Alda
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

The beloved actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the science of communication and teaches listeners to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate mind-reading abilities. With his trademark humor and frankness, Alan Alda explains what makes the out-of-the-box techniques he developed after his years as the host of Scientific American Frontiers so effective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Useful and pleasant

  • By 22Wonderful on 06-12-17

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

A useful discussion of communication - what works and what does not. The role of empathy and improvisation both improve communication and understanding. A must read for anyone who speaks or writes on technical topics. Excellent examples from both medical and scientific fields really illustrate how to improve.

  • Purple Hibiscus

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father’s expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Msafiri on 10-11-11

Captivating story

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Loved this story of growing up in Nigeria with all it's highs and lows. the characters come alive and carry the reader along the path.

  • Star Mage

  • The Enslaved Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: R. K. Thorne
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Reunited safely in Panar, Miara, Aven, and their friends have conquered more obstacles than they thought possible. But the problems for Akaria and its free-mages are only beginning. Meanwhile, the Dark Master is closer than ever before to his goals: destroy the star mage and his magic, recapture those who've escaped, and seize all of Akaria for himself. With the true, terrible potential of magic unleashed, no one can predict what destruction will be wrought.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good for a while...

  • By Apjansing on 07-30-18

Wonderful end to the saga

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

RKThorne had kept me glued to story and wanting more. There is such wonderful creativity in this series. Love forward to new books from this author.

  • Harry Clarke

  • With Bonus Performance: Lillian
  • By: David Cale
  • Narrated by: Billy Crudup, David Cale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

A sexually charged and wickedly funny thriller starring Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the titular cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Live Theater at Home

  • By Linda R. Harrington on 04-14-18

Great concept

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

To hear the play as a recording was wonderful. Billy Crudup was perfect. Then the additional play Lilian done by the author - also fantastic. Finally the discussion afterwards brought new dimension to the production. I just loved it all

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  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,747

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • But No....

  • By Josh on 11-04-14

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Great to get more details about Ari and the world beneath. Beautifully descriptive and creative

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,073
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44,122

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

Wonderful second book

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Love this saga. Gets better and better. Creative and mesmerizing, this tale leads the reader on a path of discovery.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 199,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,479

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Hope the movie is as good

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

Loved it - especially all the old technology, movie, comics, etc. references. Great fun. Good dive into memories.

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,482

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal book!

  • By A. Potter on 01-16-16

Moving Philosophy of Death

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

A beautifully written account of trying to understand a death that cuts short a brilliant career in surgery. This book looks at the brain as a physical organ and a metaphysical creation. Hard to read after the death of someone close.

  • Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra

  • By: Anne Rice, Christopher Rice
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am hungry for more......

  • By Michelle M. Durante on 11-23-17

Been waiting for a sequel to Ramses and here it is

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Loved the story, but found the narrator hard to listen to at times. Anne still rules!

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