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  • The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Ambreen Razia
  • Narrated by: Ambreen Razia
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,616

You’ve heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl, but what about a Hounslow Girl? Definition of a Hounslow Girl: a young Muslim woman who wears hooped earrings with her headscarf and grapples with traditional values while hustling her way through urban London. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a bold and provocative one-person play, written and performed by Ambreen Razia. From the joys of traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, this is a comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age, told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim girl. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard coming of age with Islamic slant

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Sound is garbage

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

Reviewed: 02-19-19

I'm sure this was a great story, unfortunately I was unable to follow the story because of the recording. I almost quit 15 minutes in. It sounded as if it was recorded by an amateur. The narrative pace was too fast, the ambient background noise distracting, and because of this I had trouble understanding what was happening.
As a Yank, I couldn't follow the slang, and because of the poor recording style, was unable to look it up.

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,727
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,127

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

Loved it until the end

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

A great fantasy story. Well written and paced. But the epilogue disturbed me. The author, IMO, encouraged violence.

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • A Novel
  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,148

Britt-Marie can't stand mess. She eats dinner at precisely the right time and starts her day at six in the morning because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. But at 63, Britt-Marie has had enough. She finally walks out on her loveless 40-year marriage and finds a job in the only place she can: Borg, a small, derelict town devastated by the financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem

  • By Sara on 05-12-16

Another Great Book

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I put off buying this Audible because I'm not a sports fan. And the synopsis mentioned football.
Football is only a minor plot. The characters are so alive. The children accept Britt-Marie, even though she is a nag bag.
Throughout the book I would find myself laughing, then crying. We find Britt-Marie has a past, one that molded her future.
I love books that beg to be finished, but the closer to the end, the less you are ready for it to be over. For me this book accomplished that.

  • The Colors of All the Cattle

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the city council, Mma Ramotswe is at first unsure. But when she learns about the proposed construction of the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Jean on 11-15-18

Precious at her best

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Why can't the whole world have a Precious Ramotswe for every 1,000 citizens? The common sense she shares is a balm.

  • A Tale for the Time Being

  • By: Ruth Ozeki
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ozeki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900

In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story beautifully read

  • By Karen on 01-30-14

MANY DRIVEWAY MOMENTS

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Ruth Ozeki takes us through so many emotions in this wonderful book. And yes, I will be buying the printed version so I can see the footnotes, if they don't disappear.
I never stopped thinking about the what ifs. And in a way the book reminded me of Dean Koontz "From the Corner of His Eye" .

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,924
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,110

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Not sure if the is a good book. narration was poor. The volume was either screaming loud or whisper soft. No inflection in the voice. Gave up and moved on.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,455

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-12-18

Excellent Story

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

The story line of this book is so accurate. Unfortunately, the story line of this book is accurate. As a child, I grew up much like the main character, albeit in Oklahoma, and with younger siblings. The situations the characters faced brought back deep emotions for me. There were numerous times I was crying so hard I couldn't catch my breath. Followed shortly after by anger I thought was long buried. That is how well the story is written.
The pictures painted through the author's words had me feeling the beauty and the ferocity of Alaska.

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  • Girls Burn Brighter

  • A Novel
  • By: Shobha Rao
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them. They are poor. They are driven. And they are girls. After her mother’s death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to take care of her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn't feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond the arranged marriage her father is desperate to secure for her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Color Indigo

  • By Smith's Rock on 04-05-18

Conflicted About Ending

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

First, this story is a rough read. Very well written, but the atrocities inflicted on the characters is hard to read. Even though we read daily about these crimes committed on women, it never makes it easier to hear the stories, whether fiction or fact.
I rate audio books on driveway moments. Those times when I stay in my car to get a few extra minutes from the book. And there were MANY driveway moments in this book. The story kept my attention, and my mind never wandered from the excellent writing.
Now on to the ending. If you read reviews of this book, there are many who hated the ending. I was one of those, at first. But then, two days after finishing, I don't hate it one bit. I just can't get this book out of my mind.
Give this book a shot. If you liked "A Thousand Splendid Suns" you will like this book. Very well narrated, well paced, and tons of driveway moments.

  • Citadel of Love

  • By: Pratibha Ray
  • Narrated by: Samir Sharma
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Based on folklore, legends and myths, and backed by meticulous research, Citadel of Love is set in Odisha of the 13th century - considered the state’s golden age, when the Konark temple was being built under King Narasimha Deva’s patronage. A modern-day foreigner, Charles, arrives with his fiancée to study the Konark region. As he discovers palm leaf manuscripts and records tales that were handed down generations, he begins to have strange experiences.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Narrative

  • By rottndachs on 07-20-18

Terrible Narrative

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I couldn't get through 2 hours of this book because of the narrator. There was no inflections in his voice. His accent so thick I couldn't distinguish the character names. Just a bland narration. I really loved the synopsis of this book, and will try it in written form.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,535

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

We'll done

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Very nice story of gods and goddesses. Although not what I consider a driveway book, it was a good story.