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  • No Land's Man

  • A Perilous Journey through Romance, Islam, and Brunch
  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 942

If you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from. In No Land's Man Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and Thoughtful

  • By The Reading Date on 11-06-14

Sweet, funny and touching story!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

His story is a beautiful story of perseverance and the gift that humor gives those who have rough times. Very insightful as to the immigrant experience. Well read and great story telling. I listened in one day because I didn’t want to stop.

  • Dubliners (Harper Audio Edition)

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Patrick McCabe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

James Joyce revolutionized twentieth-century writing with his "stream of consciousness" technique. While ingeniously innovative and experimental, he was also a keenly precise chronicler of the people, places, and sounds of his native Dublin. In Dubliners, a cast of 15 internationally famous stage and screen actors perform stories that make up a brilliant journey over a human landscape that captures the bleakest of despair to the most blinding of epiphanies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Stories, Poor Performance

  • By Deirdre on 12-30-11

Wonderful performances!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This is my first time with Joyce. Some of the stories were really interesting and made me think about his intentions. A few stories I had trouble with because I disliked the characters so much. I listened to many of the stories twice because the endings left me needing to reread and understand better. The writing is so often incredibly beautiful. I particularly liked The Dead and A Painful Case. They were really interesting to think about. All performances were fantastic.

  • Call Me American

  • A Memoir
  • By: Abdi Nor Iftin
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi, Abdi Nor Iftin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When US marines landed in Mogadishu to take on the warlords, Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans, who seemed as heroic as those of the movies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Nicole Nation on 06-29-18

Incredible book!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Beautifully written true story. It has heart and the story is compelling. His story is truly inspiring. The obstacles he is challenged by are things we Americans never imagine. This young man is vulnerable honest writer and his story is gorgeous. It’s the most lasting book I’ve read all year. By lasting, I mean it’s meant something to me and his story has stayed with me. Whenever someone asks for a new book suggestion this is the one I suggest. Please read!

  • 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 109,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100,693

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • On and On and On and On

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-15-17

Gorgeous work!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

I completely enjoyed this book. I'm so glad he read it himself. It's warm, funny and sad. He has insightful comments on race and human nature that he understands and can express so well because of his unique life experience. I was so sad when it was over. Too short. Way too short. Write another, Trevor!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Autoimmune Solution

  • Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases
  • By: Amy Myers
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Over 90 percent of the population suffers from inflammation or an autoimmune disorder. Until now, conventional medicine has said there is no cure. Minor irritations like rashes and runny noses are ignored, while chronic and debilitating diseases like Crohn's and rheumatoid arthritis are handled with a cocktail of toxic treatments that fail to address their root cause. But it doesn't have to be this way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can be condensed to 10 pages

  • By Andy on 02-05-18

Worst book ever.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

This is an incredibly annoying infomercial. If I could give no stars, I would. Narcissistic self promoting marketer. Awful awful woman. I might actually ask for my money back. Was I clear about how much I disliked this book?

13 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Boys in the Trees

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carly Simon
  • Narrated by: Carly Simon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974

Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster; her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters, performing folk songs with her sister, Lucy, in Greenwich Village; to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the number-one song "You're So Vain".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgeous and Sad

  • By Adele on 11-30-15

50/50

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

My sister and I listened to this together while we worked. We found it extremely annoying when the background music was playing while she was talking. It was very difficult to hear her talking through the music. The story was interesting, it definitely takes you back to another time. I don't usually listen to autobiographies so I'm not sure how to judge this one. It was interesting enough I suppose. I thought she read very well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,689
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,702

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Couldn't stop listening to it!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

Wonderful story! The very best thing about this audible book was the performances of the actors. Incredible job!!!!!! The best performances I have ever experienced through listening to a book. I was sad when it was over because I knew it would be a while before anything that good would come again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Difficult Conversations

  • How to Discuss What Matters Most
  • By: Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
  • Narrated by: Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,525
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

Holiday gatherings can be stressful times for families, and occasionally the conversation around the holiday table can get heated. Difficult Conversations shows you a way out of this dilemma; it teaches you how to handle even the toughest conversations more effectively and with less anxiety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Start - Powerful book

  • By Arthur Held on 04-25-03

This book changed me.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

I have always thought that I was a super thoughtful and reasonable person when it came to handling a conflict. I prided myself on how well I could talk through problems. It was one of the things I liked best about myself. I have learned so much from this book. I was so wrong about myself! What a cool thing to discover that you can be so blind and wrong about yourself and that you can do so much better at something so important. This book has changed me. It teaches attitude changes. It's smart. Really really smart! I have told everyone I love to read it. 4 stars for performance because one of the three readers is not a great speaker. She is a bit awkward. At first it's hard to listen to her, but you get use to her and it becomes a non issue.