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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 92,867
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86,033
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85,627

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

I Love Trevor Noah

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

What made the experience of listening to Born a Crime the most enjoyable?

While Trevor Noah is incredibly funny, his intelligence shines though. His story of living through the area of apartheid in South Africa was inspirational.

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

Both

  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,710

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By C. B. Schindel on 08-23-15

An okay read

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you love historical fiction, you will love anything from this area. The story, however, was a little unbelievable. It was hard for me to believe the main character went from indifference to completely supporting the "cause" with his talents.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,232

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK

  • By Dana on 07-11-18

Another Great Story from Celeste Ng

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Little Fires Everywhere to be better than the print version?

A great story of two completely different family dynamics; conformance versus non-conformance, living up to expectations versus stepping outside the lines. A must read that I couldn't put down.

If you could take any character from Little Fires Everywhere out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take out Mia because her character was so understanding, loving and empathetic; wise beyond her years.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,984

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Long, Hard Slog Through Endless Despair and Heartache

  • By Morro Schreiber on 04-11-18

Great Story of Family and Community

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

What made the experience of listening to The Great Alone the most enjoyable?

A wonderful story with unpredictable twists and turns. I formed a mental image of each character, especially the main character.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the community supported each other.

Which scene was your favorite?

I'd love to say, but it would give away the plot (no spoiler alerts here)

  • Killing Kennedy

  • The End of Camelot
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,554

More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing of Substance New

  • By Patti on 09-21-14

A Great History Lesson

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Whatever you may feel about Bill Reilly and his politics this, as well as "Killing Lincoln" is a wonderful reflection during a most turbulent time. He adds historic detail as to what what going on in the world at the particular time. His narrations are great and I hope he writes more.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Dog's Purpose

  • A Novel for Humans
  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,526

After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best dog book ever!

  • By Blythe on 08-27-10

If You Love Dogs, You'll Love This

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

If you could sum up A Dog's Purpose in three words, what would they be?

I Loved It

What other book might you compare A Dog's Purpose to and why?

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" is a similar story which was narrated by the beloved pet who had insight into almost everything that was going on, but no way to communicate their concerns.

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

Definitely

Any additional comments?

For all of us who has wondered what must be going on in the mind of our pets, it's a heartfelt and comical exploration into the life of man's best friend.

  • I Am Malala

  • How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
  • By: Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by: Archie Panjabi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,227

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than expected...

  • By Jan on 10-10-13

A Must Read for Every Woman

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Where does I Am Malala rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks highest among all the books I have ever read. It is sad to realize that in the 21st Century, there are women and girls that have to fight for the right to be educated and by pursuing their dreams, can lose their life.

What other book might you compare I Am Malala to and why?

I would compare this book to "Reading Lolita in Tehran." Again, the fundamentalist regimes that ban women from pursuing education is something that should be brought to light.

Have you listened to any of Archie Panjabi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I had never listened to any of Archie Panjabi's other performances, but the narration of this particular book was wonderful, giving life to all the characters.

  • The Worst Hard Time

  • The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,986

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating History

  • By Sara on 02-02-14

A Great Read

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you listen to The Worst Hard Time again? Why?

I would definitely read this book again. It tells a story of the 1930's dustbowl era as a "perfect storm" of events that lead to this time. From the push to inhabit the land, to the demand for wheat in WWI and it's eventual collapse and finally, the drought that ravaged the land

What other book might you compare The Worst Hard Time to and why?

I would compare this book to Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman. The rush to inhabit the land of the midwest, from the lending practices to the advertisements of "dry farming," and the eventual market crash is not unlike the 2008 housing crisis. As a business major, I found many comparisons of the two events.

Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor and Ken Burns (introduction) – was your favorite?

I admired all the characters.

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

The story was so compelling and held my interest, I wish I could have read it all in one setting.

Any additional comments?

If you read this book, you see where history has repeated itself time and time again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

  • An Indian History of the American West
  • By: Dee Brown
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202

Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the 19th century uses council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions. Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to Listen To, Difficult to Hear About

  • By J.B. on 04-12-16

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 07-08-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It's sad that history doesn't tell the full story of the American Indian. While I didn't particularly care for the narrator, I felt the story very eye-opening. I especially like that each chapter begins with notable events in history.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Lincoln

  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,223

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History Made Interesting

  • By Daniel on 04-11-12

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 07-08-13

If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

Whether or not you agree with Bill O'Reilly's politics or not, this is a suberb book. Very well written with lots of historical facts.