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  • Stories by Heart

  • By: John Lithgow, Ring Lardner, P. G. Wodehouse, and others
  • Narrated by: John Lithgow
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winning actor John Lithgow (The Crown, Dexter, 3rd Rock from the Sun) brings his latest critically acclaimed Broadway performance to Audible. Stories by Heart celebrates the transcendent power of great literature and serves as a touching tribute to Lithgow’s late father, actor and director Arthur Lithgow. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Longing To See Him In Person

  • By Stephen L Moskal Sr on 07-02-18

Lithgow’s personal reflections are the best part.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Of the three stories read, I found two compelling, one not so much. Though all three are certainly well written, and masterly narrated, it is a matter of personal taste if these stories speak to you or not,

I found the best part of the book to be the passages where Lithgow speaks from his heart about his childhood, his parents, especially his dad, and his lifelong appreciation of stories. I wish there had been more of that.

  • Gmorning, Gnight!

  • Little Pep Talks for Me & You
  • By: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 335

Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda’s audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a collection. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I tried out Audible just for this book and I cried.

  • By Lidoshka on 10-16-18

It helps!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

We all need encouragement and validation, Lin-Manuel offers that with love and humor. It’s a small book with a big heart from a huge talent.

  • The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

  • An Oral History
  • By: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

At last, the full story behind Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman's epic romance, including stories, portraits, and the occasional puzzle. How did they do it? They came from completely different families, endured a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect comedy memoir audiobook

  • By Ruthi on 10-03-18

Light, fun, and entertaining. Mostly.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I was looking for something easy and funny and this book fit the bill. Well, it’s not really a book so much as it’s a long conversation between Nick & Meghan. It’s funny, quirky, personal, risqué, and overall a pretty easy listen. But I have to take points off for two things....first that no PDF is included. So those of us who buy the audio book do not have access to the many referenced photographs that appear in the physical book. Gotta say it’s not a lot of fun to have a couple of dozen photos described instead of shown.

Second, the audio book contains a bonus chapter the physical book does not. Evidently in lieu of a photo PDF? Well the bonus chapter that starts after the Epilogue doesn’t live up to the quality of the rest of the book, it was either poorly written or perhaps poorly improvised, and I actually counted the minutes until it was over. It’s unfortunate as the majority of the book is quite entertaining.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,746
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 39,511

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Extraordinary!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I was surprised that only about 20% of the book covers her years in the WH. But I enjoyed the behind the scenes parts of living there that were well covered in that 20%. It is an extraordinary book, well written, by an amazing, accomplished woman.

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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,927
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,709

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Kate on 11-05-18

Reminiscent of old radio dramas

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Tho this production is a bit too similar to the old show Dead Like Me, with a bit of It's a Wonderful Life thrown in, it still stands on its own as entertainment. Funny and heartwarming but also a smidge predictable. Much like an old radio drama there are multiple actors, sound effects, and music. I would have liked the various outcomes to be more surprising, but I did appreciate the humor, and the talented cast of actors.

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  • A Rule Against Murder

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,422

It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they're not alone. The Finney family - rich, cultured, and respectable - has also arrived for a celebration of their own. The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoy Louise Penny's writing

  • By D. Thomas on 03-07-17

The best of the first four

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This one is very different from the three that proceed it. It focuses much more on Chief Inspector Gamache, and his wife, than it does on the folks in Three Pines. And there isn’t the usual distracting sub plot of corrupt officers trying to sabotage Gamache.

I had no clue who the killer was, or how they did what they did, until Gamache told me, making for a thrilling end, to a really excellent mystery. I have heard that each of Louise Penny’s books are better than the last. If that’s true, I’m very excited to read the rest of the series.

  • The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

A year after a grand tour with her brother, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals - avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect will never be enough in the eyes of the sexist administrators. But then a window of opportunity opens - a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes this man can help her, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very fun listen

  • By H. Kravitz on 10-25-18

Quite the adventure and romp

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I so enjoyed the first book...The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I was worried the sequel would disappoint, especially the narration, which was spectacular for the first book.

Well, this book has a different narrator, but one who is very much up to the task of telling this story, from the perspective of this protagonist....Felicity Montague. The tale starts off a bit slow, in a bakery in Scotland. It then picks up quite a bit once Felicity reunites with Monty and Percy in London. After that it’s all sort of perilous, pirate-y, a bit fantastical, and a real page turner.

The oppressive patriarchy of the time period is quite grim, but Felicity is grimly determined to overcome it. The author has a gift for creating very memorable scenes....like the description of Joanna in her Masquerade Ball costume, and the lights playing off of it.....that will stick with you. As will the incredible difficulties of the time period, especially for anyone who isn’t privileged, and most anyone who isn’t privileged and male.

I feel like the fantasy element that is introduced in both books is a bit distracting. Because they aren’t fantasy books. They are historical fiction books with a single fantasy element. But that aside, I love MacKenzie Lee’s style, and I hope there will be a third book in the series. And if there is, I hope all three principal characters Monty, Percy, and Felicity, will be in it, as they are their most interesting selves when they are in each other’s proximity.

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  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,919

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

One of the best productions available on Audible!!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Do yourself a favor and get this title. The story, the setting, the people, the writing, the performance, and the music are just exquisite. Ms Washington tells us of growing up inside the St Agnes Library where her father worked as the live in superintendent from 1969 to 1973. That part of her life is amazing enough. But this short production reaches beyond that and takes us out into the the larger city of New York in the 1970s, a time period fraught with so many issues. And beyond that to South Carolina. Beautiful, magical, heartbreaking, and touching. I hope the author decides to write and perform more works like this. Loved it!



  • Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants

  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Nick Podehl, Eric Michael Summerer, and others
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 762

You said you'd listen to your favorite narrators read anything: Well, this ambrosial new audiobook brings together an acclaimed cast of narrators to read aloud the menus of some of our favorite local restaurants here at Audible headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, as only they know how. You haven't truly lived, or dined, until you've heard Cassandra Campbell capture the emotional nuances of Newark's best Indian-inflected burgers or let Nick Podehl extol the virtues of the pear arugula salad and then seductively steer you toward a plate of creamy mushroom linguini.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute idea! Thanks, Audible!

  • By Wayne on 04-01-18

Great fun!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Perfect morsel with which to whet your appetite for actual food, as well as to sample a variety of excellent narrators.

  • I'd Rather Be Reading

  • The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
  • By: Anne Bogel
  • Narrated by: Anne Bogel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them. I'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads people to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them who they are today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick fun read, for readers

  • By Lili on 09-30-18

Quick fun read, for readers

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I don’t think this book would convince someone who isn’t particularly interested in books, to start reading. But it wasn’t written to that end. No this book is for people who already make books and reading a big part of their lives, and they want to hear from someone who feels the exact same way. It’s like having a long lunch with a friend, 2 hours and 23 minutes, to be precise, because you both can’t stop talking about your favorite reads.

It’s a lovely light read, tho there are a few passages that go on long after a point is made. And the narration is a smidge choppy. But the love and enthusiasm the author has for books, is well conveyed, and if you love reading, I think you will enjoy this book.

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