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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,008
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,484
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,301

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Extremely well-written and well-narrated

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

When Tara Westover dares to escape the dangerous and abusive home in which she was raised, she has to question everything she was taught - and learn everything she never knew. Through it all, she never stops loving her family, trying to be the compliant, God-fearing girl she used to be and wishing, beyond what is reasonable, for approval and acceptance from her parents and siblings.

  • The Gelatin Coast

  • A Novel of Misadventure
  • By: Doug Sacrison
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

When a moose is found on a portion of desolate African coastline, numerous people race to either help or hinder his plight. Befriended by a young local boy who vows to be the moose's friend and protector, the pair set off on an accidental adventure across the African wilderness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Stole the Show

  • By Alfie on 02-25-17

Zany adventure story, amazing narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Reminded me of Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen where seemingly disconnected events and a wide array of characters from around the globe eventually come together in a funny and explosive ending. Is there any accent the narrator, Joel Froomkin, can't do? He's amazing.

  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,940
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,297

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey into Alan's self!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

Don't expect humor

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Arkin's personal search for meaning and fulfillment leads him into a decades-long meditation practice and an exploration of non-Western spiritual beliefs and traditions. It was well-written and narrated but the subject matter didn't grab me. I imagine there are people who can/will relate but I'm not one of them.

  • The Queen

  • Aretha Franklin
  • By: Mikal Gilmore
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,771

You know her voice. Now hear her story.

Audible has teamed up with Rolling Stone to produce an uncompromisingly honest Audible Original that honors the life and legacy of the incomparable Aretha Franklin. Aretha’s universal appeal was evident from the release of her first album at age 14 through her nearly 50 Top 40 hits. Yet this intimate biography reminds us that Aretha knew pain as much as she knew glory. It was the blues, residing deep within her soul, that gave way to a voice able to lift millions with a profound sense of freedom, self-worth, and undeniable talent to rise above sorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I learned so much

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-18

More than you really wanted to know about AF

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

The author kind of skims along the facts of Aretha's early life, personality, rise to stardom and her apparent need to disparage other artists in order to stay there. Shocking facts slip by, un-commented on. For instance, AF had her first child at age 12, her second at age 14, and refused to name either father. Might she have been threatened into not telling? But, at this point, who are you going to ask? In that way, this biography seems to skim along the surface of Aretha's life and at the same time feels like more than you really wanted to know about The Queen.

  • Today Will Be Different

  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,181

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action - life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office - but not Eleanor - that he's on vacation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but narration was hit and miss

  • By Laurel Dean on 11-08-16

Or, it might not be.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

The main character, Eleanor, isn't going to win any personality contests - nor does she want to - but all the same, she's likable and sympathetic and I wanted things to go well for her.

  • How to Talk to a Widower

  • By: Jonathan Tropper
  • Narrated by: Eric Ruben
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 260

Doug Parker is a widower at age 29, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity - the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his 16-year-old stepson, Russ - a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. And then there are Doug's sisters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Characters Have Character

  • By Zan on 10-06-13

Moving Story Told with Humor and Understanding

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

Barely able to hold himself together after the death of his wife, 29-year-old Doug finds himself responsible for his 16 year old stepson who badly needs a functional authority figure in his life. Well-written with real, sympathetic characters.

  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,637
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,629

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

Slow and Deliberate

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

A close look at the friendship between two girls from childhood on in Naples, Italy. Although several people raved about this trilogy, I found it a bit slow moving. Plus, the book apparently comes with a list of the many characters and their families. While listening, I sometimes found it hard to keep track of who is who. The narrator is good but she can't seem to decide how to pronounce Lila who is a main character. Sometimes she says "Leela" and sometimes she says "Liila". I found it a bit weird and disconcerting.

  • Dirty Chick

  • Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer
  • By: Antonia Murphy
  • Narrated by: Antonia Murphy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 972

One month into our stay, we'd managed to dispatch most of our charges. We executed the chickens. One of the cats disappeared, clearly disgusted with our urban ways. And Lucky [the cow] was escaping almost daily. It seemed we didn't have much of a talent for farming. And we still had eleven months to go." Antonia Murphy, you might say, is an unlikely farmer. Born and bred in San Francisco, she spent much of her life as a liberal urban cliché, and her interactions with the animal kingdom rarely extended past dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed my @$$ off!

  • By Jeremy on 05-19-15

Not for Vegetarians!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-17

A warm and personal account of an American ex-pat family raising their two children, a developmentally-delayed son and a lively daughter, in a small town in New Zealand. Lots of disgusting animal anecdotes and references to poo - human and otherwise with some instances of laugh-out-loud funny. Great characters.

  • Jewels of the Sun

  • Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Patricia Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,845

Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book - Bad Narrator

  • By Samantha on 07-11-11

My first and last Nora Roberts book

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

Cliche, cliche, cliche. The only reasons I listened until the very end are because a: I paid for it and b: I wanted to see if it could get any worse. Fifty pages into this story about an American woman who, after a sudden divorce, gets away from it all by moving to her grandmother's cottage in a picturesque Irish village, inhabited only by a weeping female ghost(!), I was really hoping for a surprise twist like a murder or at least a mugging - but no luck. When Roberts eventually introduces a puppy character, given to the woman as a symbol of his everlasting love by the gorgeous Irish pub-owner, who she loves but doesn't want to give completely of herself to because she's been so hurt by her ex, I knew all was lost. But, really, I knew it way before that. Also, really cheesy sex-scenes.

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,767
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,212
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,117

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book You'll Read This Year

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-22-15

Genius

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

Picked this up years after reading the 4th in the series. This one doesn't disappoint. Jim Dale is an amazing narrator. The accents he does make listening to the books my preferred method of "reading" Harry Potter.

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