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  • Becoming Wise

  • An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living
  • By: Krista Tippett
  • Narrated by: Krista Tippett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time. The heart of her work on her national public radio program and podcast, On Being, has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of an interview clip show

  • By Adam Shields on 08-26-16

The book is a blessing

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

What did you love best about Becoming Wise?

Because the book is really a collection of interviews held together by the skeleton of prose by Krista Tippett, the fact that the original interviews themselves were actually in the presentation. I also loved that so many different perspectives were presented.

What other book might you compare Becoming Wise to and why?

I can't think of anything to which I might compare this, certainly nothing that affected me as deeply.

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

At first I didn't think I would like her narration but about twenty minutes in, I was captivated by her honestly and gentleness with her conversations.

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

A mystery unfolding

Any additional comments?

I think this books was just about perfect and I was so happy to meet many of the people Krista has met throughout her career.

  • The Natural Speaker

  • The Art of Going from Fear to Fearless and Leaving Them Speechless - Simple Steps That Will Change Your Life!
  • By: Yael Eylat-Tanaka
  • Narrated by: John Christ
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4

Public speaking is something we all do every day - when we talk to friends and family, when we speak on the phone with colleagues or superiors, and of course, when we make formal presentations. Yet most of us think of public speaking exclusively in terms of formal speeches and the ubiquitous stage fright that must accompany such performances.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Less than happy with this one

  • By Salt Lake Joan on 05-17-16

Less than happy with this one

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

Reviewed: 05-17-16

What would have made The Natural Speaker better?

The reader basically just reads the Toastmaster Manual and throws in a few other comments. I got about 3/4 of the way through and went on to my next book (Art and fear) which is really good.What a disappointment.

What could Yael Eylat-Tanaka have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It would have been better either by telling the truth about the content or living up to the billing related to the title

Would you be willing to try another one of John Christ’s performances?

The reader for this was not bad and yes, I would try another.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Because I was already familiar with Toastmasters, I could find nothing redeeming but for someone who was not, perhaps he or she might be motivated to join it or an organization like it.

Any additional comments?

I am just very disappointed by advertising that made it seem so much more than it was.

  • The 7th Woman

  • By: Frédérique Molay, Anne Trager (translator)
  • Narrated by: Daniel Jokelson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

There's no rest for Paris's top criminal investigation division, La Crim'. Who is preying on women in the French capital? How can he kill again and again without leaving any clues? A serial killer is taking pleasure in a macabre ritual that leaves the police on tenterhooks. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky - a super cop with a modern-day real life, including an ex-wife, a teenage son and a budding love story - races against the clock to solve the murders as they get closer and closer to his inner circle. Will he resist the pressure?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Even Paris can't save this one

  • By Sylvia on 03-22-17

Major Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 12-20-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't imagine anyone who would enjoy this book.

What could Frédérique Molay and Anne Trager (translator) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write a decent book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Jokelson’s performances?

No.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There wasn't a single thing about this book that was enjoyable and the reader was pretty bad as well.

Any additional comments?

The plot was poor and the dialogue was was like dogs barking. The supposed love story was adolescent and unmoving.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory of Old Jack

  • By: Wendell Berry
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Bringing the earthiness of America's past to mind, The Memory of Old Jack conveys the truth and integrity of the land and the people who live it. Through the eyes of one man can be seen the values of Americans strive to recapture as we arrive at the next century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Appreciation of Life

  • By D. Farnham on 04-28-09

Magical Writing

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

Reviewed: 11-06-13

What did you love best about The Memory of Old Jack?

I loved the slow and easy pace of the story. It took a little while to grab hold but once it did, every day it would draw me in and rock me in its beautiful language.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Memory of Old Jack?

When Jack's wife died and they finally had a moment of closeness and understanding with each other after a lifetime of quiet unhappiness.

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

Having heard Wendell Berry speak, Paul made me believe that it was the wonderful author doing the reading.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I entered so deeply into this world that it took me days to want to read anything else.

Any additional comments?

I would love it if audible offered more of Berry's non fiction such as "What Matters- Economics for a renewed Commonwealth" and "Bringing it to the Table".

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Burial Rites

  • A Novel
  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hauntingly beautiful and tragic tale

  • By Bonny on 01-14-15

A rare gem

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

Reviewed: 11-06-13

What made the experience of listening to Burial Rites the most enjoyable?

I love stories set in a cold stormy location and ones that allow me to look at my own reactions to things I have not previously considered. I knew there would be little happiness but the storytelling and the language was a complete treat.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Burial Rites?

For me it was the fact that the author found and used records that were ambiguous at best and constructed a story that told a different truth than the verdict the courts imposed. Their world was so hard and joyless but I was never depressed by it.

What about Morven Christie’s performance did you like?

Perfect pitch and pace for this story.

If you could rename Burial Rites, what would you call it?

Another Truth

Any additional comments?

I will happily read anything Hannah Kent writes.

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,998
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,004

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

Poorly executed story

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

Reviewed: 06-26-13

I loved the first chapter. Then everything fell apart for me and never came back together again. While the author covered a lot of ground in the story, the character development was exceedingly flawed. The great grandaughter was the worst though all of them just picked up character traits like one would collect lint, without rhyme or reason. I think the author tried to make good points about the development of Texas and I just wished those points had been wrapped in a better story. I had intended to get American Rust but didn't bother after this disappointment.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Writing the Western Novel

  • By: Elmer Kelton
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Sink into the easy Texas drawl of celebrated Western novelist Elmer Kelton, the son of a Texas cowboy and a five-time Spur award winner. In this live workshop recording he'll share insights about writing in a genre that doesn't always receive the respect it's due. Kelton discusses literary prejudice against Westerns, suggests ways to find a fresh slant and create unusual characters, and reviews trail drive novels. Some of his over 2 dozen novels are: The Day the Cowboys Quit, The Time it Never Rained, and Eyes of the Hawk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent source, well recorded.

  • By Igo on 01-04-14

Another wonderful experience

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

I feel so lucky that these presentations have been captured by Audible and made available to writers everywhere. One reviewer said of his books that it was like going fishing. What a great way to spend an afternoon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elmer Kelton Tells the Truth

  • By: Elmer Kelton
  • Narrated by: Elmer Kelton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Here are four of this famous author's speeches, recorded live. Known for his award-winning fiction, Elmer Kelton is highly sought after as a keynote speaker. His vast knowledge of, and passion for, the subjects he uses as backdrops for his novels is evident in these finely-crafted, humorous talks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spend time with someone you want for a friend

  • By Salt Lake Joan on 05-15-13

Spend time with someone you want for a friend

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

I love hearing about the world Elmer Kelton inhabited. He is so genuine that I really do wish I could have known him. You may not learn how to write but you will get to how he experienced life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Guns

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,257

In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Started well

  • By Gary M. Watson on 12-22-17

Good for you, Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

After reading King's memoir on writing, I thought I would give this a try and it was fantastic. What a bright, articulate man he is and so enjoyable to listen to.

19 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • If You Want to Write

  • A Book about Art, Independence, and Spirit
  • By: Brenda Ueland
  • Narrated by: Pat Carroll
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

In her 93 remarkable years, veteran freelance writer, memoirist, and writing teacher Brenda Ueland published some six million words. She once said there were two simple rules that she followed absolutely: to tell the truth, and to not do anything she didn't want to do. Such integrity both distinguishes and defines If You Want to Write, her best-selling classic that first appeared in the late 1930s and has inspired thousands to find their own creative center.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most inspiring book

  • By Ronnie on 04-20-08

Thank you life, for the gift of Brenda Ueland

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

I have her original book, thanks to Anne Lamott's recommendation but now the audible version makes everything complete. I can listen to Brenda's inspiring words whenever I have a minute and they not only change the way I write but the way I live. The narrator is absolutely fantastic. Thank you, thank you.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful