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  • The Testament of Mary

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,629

Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from a non believer...

  • By Taormina60 on 09-27-13

Moving story of Mary, Mother of Jesus

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This story was a very moving account of what Mary went through, thought, and felt during the adult life of her son and after his death. The story brought her to life in a very real and intelligent fashion. It was exactly what I would imagine a mother would feel watching her son go through the last days of his life. It was not sensationalized, just very, very real. Excellent book. Meryl Streep's performance was excellent. Her performance was very understated but powerful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Learn Languages & Learn French

  • 2 Books in 1! A Simple and Easy Guide for Beginners to Learn any Foreign Language & A Fast and Easy Guide for Beginners to Learn Conversational French
  • By: Oliver Robichaud, Wayne Chung
  • Narrated by: john fiore
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Are you looking for the best way to learn French? Well, look no further. This audiobook is, simply put, the best on the market for learning French. Why do I say that? Because this audiobook does what language audiobooks should do - teach you the mechanics of the language, not a bunch of tourist trap phrases that you’ll forget the second you leave the country. If audiobooks don’t do that, then they make the critical mistake of going into far too much detail and managing to bore you half to death by virtue of the fact that they’ve spent hours going on about three different kinds of articles. I don’t do that either. What this audiobook does do, and does very well in fact, is set you up with the knowledge that you want and need of French in a very short time frame, so that you can blast through this audiobook and already feel like you’re set up for success.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great “get me there” info, but better to see it in print

  • By Joe Buerk on 05-30-18

Garbage. Complete and utter waste .

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

If I could give this a negative star amount I would. It is nothing but the author rambling on and on. No practice is available, NOTHING but the author listening to himself speak.

  • The Sellout

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,695

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality: the black Chinese restaurant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book, fantastic narrator!

  • By Bonnie B. on 07-27-15

The Sellout

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Incredible. Will make you laugh, cringe, cry, think, and continue to do so long after reading.
The reader's performance was excellent also.

  • Cocaine Blues

  • By: Kerry Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,503

It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A series that just gets better

  • By Barbara on 02-01-11

Light fun

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Very light fast book. Great reading of the book. Chose this after watching the television series.

  • Up from Slavery

  • By: Booker T. Washington
  • Narrated by: Noah Waterman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449

Booker T. Washington fought his way out of slavery to become an educator, statesman, political shaper, and proponent of the "do-it-yourself" idea. In his autobiography, he describes his early life as a slave on a Virginia plantation, his steady rise during the Civil War, his struggle for education, his schooling at the Hampton Institute, and his years as founder and president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which was devoted to helping minorities learn useful, marketable skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality Check!

  • By Mickens on 06-08-16

Incredible Man

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

This was a very uplifting story of a brilliant, hardworking, unselfish, and generous human being. The actual building and development of the Tuskegee Institute was very interesting and movz

  • 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 113,104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,738
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 104,239

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

Great autobiography

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

Well written and read. Very interesting autobiography. Important in understanding of the history of South Africa and its people .

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  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,168

With Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami gives us a novel every bit as ambitious and expansive as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which has been acclaimed both here and around the world for its uncommon ambition and achievement, and whose still-growing popularity suggests that it will be read and admired for decades to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!

  • By bleadof on 10-04-16

Kafka on the Shore

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Excellent .Very well developed main characters. I didn't want the book to end. Performance of the two narrators was wonderful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Buried Giant

  • A Novel
  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,834

"You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..." The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The beauty of the reveal

  • By Pete on 03-17-15

Buried Giant

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

I loved it. It was very powerful and moving, possibly the best book that I have "read" this year. Excellent performance also.