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  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,499
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,415

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Excellent, insightful story.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

If you could sum up The Hate U Give in three words, what would they be?

Best narrator ever!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, Star, was my favorite character because the author ingeniously shows us the frustration and confusion she deals with as she tries to make sense of the double-sided racism in both the black and the white worlds she lives in.

Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

The narrator nailed it with the character Goon. I was surprised that toward the end of the story she had yet another version of "hood speak" that made Goon stand out as the as the bad boy from the "hood" with a big personality and a bigger heart.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Every paragraph in the book seemed to have insight to the confusion and angst of teenage life that the main character, Star, faces on a daily basis. I couldn't wait to find out how she would deal with each upcoming conundrum as she maneuvers along this unusually difficult path from youth to maturity.

Any additional comments?

I had to go back to my computer to see that this story was narrated by only one person. I am amazed at how Turpin made each character come to life. I always knew who was speaking because each voice was so unique to the character. This narrator has some serious talent!

27 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,021
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,016

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Fantastic performance of a great story

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

Reviewed: 12-15-12

What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

The narrator was able to capture each character so well. I never felt like the narrator was changing HIS voice to speak as a different character - it just seemed like it actually WAS a different character was speaking.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

For me it was when the dad heard Jacob cry out in his sleep, and attempted to talk to this "typical" preteen. He displayed such patience by offering comfort despite the lack of response and total disdain from Jacob. Haven't all of us with kids of this age not experienced this?

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

A sense of mystery and intrigue.

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

It was very moving and had a compelling ending.

Any additional comments?

I really liked it.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31,516
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26,710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,341

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fifty Shades of Bad Writing

  • By Susan on 05-04-12

How can this book be so popular?

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

Reviewed: 10-11-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This listen could only be a better listening experience if the book was totally rewritten.

Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

Absolutely not.

Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

The characters were all pathetic. The main character was supposedly smart, and threw out a complex word once in a while to try to prove it, but she was so tediously repetetive in all her thoughts and dialog that I felt she must have actually had a sub-zero IQ. How many times would an intelligent person repeat "Oh MY!" Are there not any other words available with which to express oneself?

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother reading or listening to this story. Other than the sexual content it is written at a first grade level.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Wanted Man

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,563

Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back

  • By Bill on 09-16-12

One of the better Jack Reacher stories.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-12

Would you listen to A Wanted Man again? Why?

I rarely listen to a story more than once.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Reacher, of course, was my favorite character. He is so incredibly intuitive and clever at figuring out mysteries by picking up on everything that could possibly be a clue.

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

I loved the way Hill did Reacher's voice - always reminding me that his nose was broken. And the female voices were so believable as well. I was amazed at how every character had a distinct voice. You could always tell who was speaking.

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

I did chuckle several times, which doesn't happen often for me -which I definintely credit to the narrator's great sense of timing and expression. It really helped draw me into the book. A very entertaining story that unravels well with an exciting conclusion.

Any additional comments?

I totally recommend this Audibe. But (unless I missed it) I never found out how Reacher's nose was broken in the first place.