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  • Swing

  • By: Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
  • Narrated by: Kwame Alexander
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

When America is not so beautiful, or right, or just, it can be hard to know what to do. Best friends Walt and Noah decide to use their voices to grow more good in the world, but first they've got to find cool. Walt is convinced junior year is their year, and he has a plan to help them woo the girls of their dreams and become amazing athletes. Never mind that he and Noah failed to make the high school baseball team yet again, and Noah's love interest since third grade, Sam, has him firmly in the friend zone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and important read especially for boys

  • By The Mrs. on 11-07-18

Powerful and important read especially for boys

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I. Loved. This. Book. The two main characters, Noah and Walt, are each exceptional in their own ways. The threading of jazz through the book made my boys curious about it.

My one criticism is the performance. There simply wasn’t enough of a distinction btwn Walt and Noah as read by Kwame.

  • 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 6,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,932

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

“I am the story.”

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

The story felt so familiar to me.

Maybe it was the name Washington. (I attended Washington Elementary school K-2 and had a crush on Freddie “Boom-Boom” Washington from Welcome Back Carter as a young child.) Maybe it’s the pain of a childhood raised in the South and wounds carried like luggage into the big city. Maybe it was how she sought answers in books and how a library was her sanctuary and books were her friend. Or maybe it’s the way she became adept at navigating a majority world as a minority woman.

Then it makes sense. “I am the story.” That’s why it feels so familiar. Our experiences are shared and yet different. Beautifully written and presented.

  • How to Be Everything

  • A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up
  • By: Emilie Wapnick
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a familiar question we're all asked as kids. While seemingly harmless, the question has unintended consequences. It can make you feel like you need to choose one job, one passion, one thing to be about. Guess what? You don't. Having a lot of different interests, projects and curiosities doesn't make you a "jack-of-all-trades, master of none". Your endless curiosity doesn't mean you are broken or flaky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GET THIS BOOK

  • By Anonymous User on 03-07-18

I finally have a name for this “thing”

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I heard Emily’s ted talk and I’m happy she wrote this book. I’ll keep it on heavy rotation when I need affirmation that being multi-passionate doesn’t make me flakey. Rather, it keeps me interested in life.

  • The Thing About Jellyfish

  • By: Ali Benjamin
  • Narrated by: Sarah Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory - even if it means traveling the globe alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The thing about jellyfish

  • By Hockey24 on 10-17-17

Heart touching and brain building

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This book should be required reading. It addresses grief in a brilliant, relatable way. My kids were so intrigued by jellyfish that they went to YouTube and leaned Jamie is real!

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,432
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,754

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

What took me so long to read this gem?

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Jeremy Irons did absolute justice to the beautiful words of this book. My spirit was fed by this story. I will read it over and over and over again.

  • 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 6,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,089

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

Oh. Em. Gee.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The words dance from the page, the story enthralls, and the message touches the heart. Readers cannot help but care about these characters. Kudos to the brilliant author. Your book will touch lives.

  • Iron Man: The Gauntlet

  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Tony Stark is known throughout the world as many things: billionaire, inventor, Avenger. But mainly for being the invincible Iron Man. Just when Tony is about to add his pizzazz to an international ecosummit in Ireland, someone close to him forces him to question his role in making the world a more dangerous place with his high-tech weaponry. But Stark doesn't have much time to reflect before an old enemy presents him with an even greater challenge: the assassination of all the ecoministers...and Iron Man himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My 10 y.o. Twins loved this book

  • By The Mrs. on 02-08-18

My 10 y.o. Twins loved this book

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

This book had equally excellent performance and storyline. My boys put this in their top 10 reads of the year which say a lot.

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  • Minecraft: The Island (Narrated by Jack Black)

  • An Official Minecraft Novel
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Jack Black
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

The first official Minecraft novel! In the tradition of iconic adventures like Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, the number one New York Times best-selling author of World War Z tells the story of a hero - stranded in the world of Minecraft - who must unravel the secrets of a mysterious island in order to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Max Brooks and Jack Black does it get any better..

  • By Dave Norris on 07-22-17

Must read for parents who just don't get their kids' obsession with Minecraft

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

I'll admit it. Talk of mods and joining in Minecraft were lost on me. There didn't seem to be a way to win or an actual point to the whole damn thing. Because I wanted to encourage my boys' interest in reading, I took the plunge.

I get it now. Still no Minecrafting on school nights but on the weekends all bets are off.

  • A Night Divided

  • By: Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Narrated by: Kate Simses
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 485

. With the rise of the Berlin Wall, 12-year-old Gerta finds her family divided overnight. She, her mother, and her brother, Fritz, live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can't help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors, and her friends are prisoners in their own city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful historical fiction!

  • By Lane on 09-15-15

Incredible Story

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

This book was enjoyed by adult and child alike. I enjoyed this book with my 10 year old twin boys and my 8 year old daughter. Perfect for a summer road trip.

Gut wrenching, heart touching and thrilling all at the same time. We cared deeply about this family cheering them on towards freedom and wanting desperately to be together again.

  • Tribes

  • We Need You to Lead Us
  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810

Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes - and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why YOU can and should lead a tribe of your own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Gale S. on 11-02-09

My first Seth Godin book definitely but not my last

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

The title is a little misleading. This book is truly about effective leadership and is full of examples of movements started by effective leaders. Should be required reading for anyone looking to make a difference in the world.