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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,991

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This narration and story quietly pulled me in, got me emotionally involved -- sad but caring and admiring the main character who can seem simple but has such insight and depth -- her fortitude, her intelligence, her connection with nature and wildlife. Beautifully written, kept me guessing, brought me to tears at the end.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,013
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,900

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Thought provoking; Ms Westover shares her story with balance, with reasoned observations and thoughts about everyone’s behaviors, including her own. Such strength and perseverance. It’s one word closing captures her journey.

  • The Space Between Us

  • By: Thrity Umrigar
  • Narrated by: Purva Bedi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Best-selling author Thrity Umrigar won the Nieman Fellowship and earned a finalist spot for the PEN/Beyond Margins award with The Space Between Us. Set in modern-day India, this evocative novel follows upper-middle-class Parsi housewife Sera Dubash and 65-year-old illiterate household worker Bhima as they make their way through life. Though separated by their stations in life, the two women share bonds of womanhood that prove far stronger than the divisions of class or culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story that stays with you

  • By gardener97 on 04-25-15

Thrity Umrigar is a born storyteller

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I read this book when it came out. Recently listened to The Secrets Between Us (sequel about the servant, Bhima. Also, excellent). And, immediately listened to The Space Between Us, enjoying it as much the second time as the first. Excellent narration. Umrigar never disappoints -- such a compelling story with characters I cared about. They share stories revealing the cores their lives as servant and employer, caring about each other while their education, economics and culture in India mean one lives with much and one lives with little. As women many of their experiences are similar.

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,767

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened?

  • By Celina Resendez on 10-21-17

Trying to Understand

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I am glad I listened to her book; for me, insightful & forthright. Time is already and will continue to reveal the multitude of ways the 2016 election is a travesty.

  • All Who Go Do Not Return

  • A Memoir
  • By: Shulem Deen
  • Narrated by: Shulem Deen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world - only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at 18 is arranged, and several children soon follow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An eloquent and fascinating look into a secretive world

  • By pacia on 04-29-17

A Difficult Journey

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

For me this was a detailed look at lives I know very little about, Mr. Deen's story of being raised an orthodox Hasidic Jew in New York, his questioning of his faith in young adulthood as he learns more about life outside of his community, the closed treatment of much of his family and the religious community. While he had much to lose as he chose changes in his life that effect his marriage, his children, his friends, he explores and moves forward in the only way that seems true to himself. The book left me wishing him well, wishing him close relationships, and maybe renewed relationships with those who no long accept him.

  • Between Breaths

  • A Memoir of Panic and Addiction
  • By: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vargas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

From the moment she uttered the brave and honest words, "I am an alcoholic," to interviewer George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth Vargas began writing her story, as her experiences were still raw. Now, in Between Breaths, Vargas discusses her accounts of growing up with anxiety - which began suddenly at the age of six when her father served in Vietnam - and how she dealt with this anxiety as she came of age, to her eventually turning to alcohol for relief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely , beautifully written ūüėô

  • By S Waters on 11-16-16

Strength and Fortitude

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Interesting, brave sharing of her story from childhood, her career, her marriage, her alcoholism and journey to sobriety.

  • Personal History

  • By: Katharine Graham
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 30 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

In this best-selling and widely acclaimed memoir, Katharine Graham, the woman who piloted the Washington Post through the scandals of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, tells her story - one that is extraordinary both for the events it encompasses and for the courage, candor, and dignity of its telling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Life Told with Honesty, Humility, and Humor.

  • By Kalutha on 01-01-18

What a Life

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Well narrated. Very interesting memoir with family background, her entire life, story of the times as well as her family & The Washington Post.

  • Life in Motion

  • An Unlikely Ballerina
  • By: Misty Copeland
  • Narrated by: Lisa Rene√© Pitts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

As the only African-American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious 13-year-old to become a ground­breaking ballerina. Life in Motion is a story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Has Copeland heard this narration? Has Audible?

  • By Debbie on 08-02-15

Against All Odds

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Narrator was a bit slow and enunciated a bit too much for me. Interesting memoir not only of her personal life, but of her journey to become a premier ballerina. Ms. Copeland has worked very hard to reach her goals and position at ABT; which she pointed out often and which I might do if I had gone through all she has personally and as a black dancer reaching for what few have been able to attain. Bravo to her

  • The Secrets Between Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Thrity Umrigar
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Bhima, the unforgettable main character of Thrity Umrigar’s beloved national best seller, The Space Between Us, returns in this triumphant sequel - a poignant and compelling novel in which the former servant struggles against the circumstances of class and misfortune to forge a new path for herself and her granddaughter in modern India. Poor and illiterate, Bhima had faithfully worked for the Dubash family, an upper-middle-class Parsi household, for more than 20 years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most amazing story and narration ever!

  • By A on 08-29-18

Beautiful Novel from Storyteller Extraordinaire

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Loved the narration of the audio version. Another wonderful book from this engaging author. Ms. Umrigar writes beautifully, capturing the intricacies and complications of human emotions and relationships, of the divides and blindnesses of social strata and castes, giving dignity to those who have to live with less. We return to the life of the servant, Bhima, from "The Space Between Us" in modern day India and follow her journey along with her granddaughter's and those that enter their lives. Theirs is a hard life shaped by events of decades before. As their lives intertwine, their strengths and life's stories are shared, they see differently and accept what they might not have ever thought acceptable, their hearts reopen and they make their lives better for themselves and those around them. Tears for me at the end with a beautiful closing sentence.

  • Wildflower

  • By: Drew Barrymore
  • Narrated by: Drew Barrymore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,424

Wildflower is a portrait of Drew's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences of her earlier years. It includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross-country road trip, saying good-bye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hold the shrieking !

  • By Dawne on 11-27-15

Refreshing, Fun Read

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Drew Barrymore is a delightful narrator and shares her story in a forthright, insightful, sometimes humorous style.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful