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  • Kindred

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Kim Staunton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,307

Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes she's been given a challenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simply written, but full of wisdom

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-14-17

Good but not her best

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I love Octavia Butler’s creativity and her writing. She tells an engaging story. This book was good, but not her best.

  • Year of Wonders

  • A Novel of the Plague
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 825

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story- Awful Narrator

  • By Diana Dunn on 07-12-12

Mixed results

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

The historic event is fascinating as are the customs of the times. The author read her own book which I normally like but this author has a lisp, a sibilant s sound , which I found most distracting. I thought the book needed to end when the plague epidemic ended. The last bit read line a romance novel, which I do not read.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,828

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Compelling storyline

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Interesting interweaving of present and past, history and fiction. The present story is too contrived and too predictable.

  • A Thousand Miles to Freedom

  • My Escape from North Korea
  • By: Sebastien Falletti, Eunsun Kim
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,983

Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child, Eunsun loved her country...despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the countrywide famine escalated. By the time she was 11 years old, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun too was in danger of starving. Finally her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Much New Here, but Courage and Hope to Spare

  • By Gillian on 03-25-16

Interesting story. Poor writing

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

Fascinating tale of hardship and survival. The story of one North Korean family: their life under a communist regime, their escape from it and building a new life.
Unfortunately it's poorly written and not edited. Many lines are repeated verbatim and the narrative falls flat

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yellow Star

  • By: Jennifer Roy
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

In 1939, the Germans invaded the town of Lodz, Poland, and moved the Jewish population into a small part of the city called a ghetto. As the war progressed, 270,000 people were forced to settle in the ghetto under impossible conditions. At the end of the war, there were about 800 survivors. Of those who survived, only twelve were children. This is the story of one of the twelve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A young adult biography worthy for adults

  • By i. Ski on 06-20-14

Wish it was better

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

Reviewed: 09-21-15

The story is interesting but the telling if it in the voice of a five year old failed miserably.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,756

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

Great in parts

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

The writing is good, the voice of the narrator is excellent. Her observations of being black in America as observed by a non American black are superb. The story line however is bumpy and uneven.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Carol Rifka Brunt
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • story of a selfish awful family of people

  • By Beth Anne on 12-09-14

Too precious

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

This could have been a great story. It was instead full of cliches and read in a child's voice.
Sadly

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Haj

  • By: Leon Uris
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 21 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 572

Leon Uris retums to the land of his acclaimed best-seller Exodus for an epic story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness. The Middle East is the powerful setting for this sweeping tale of a land where revenge is sacred and hatred noble. Where an Arab ruler tries to save his people from destruction but cannot save them from themselves. When violence spreads like a plague across the lands of Palestine - this is the time of The Haj.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sweeping saga of Arab/Israeli conflict

  • By DIANE on 06-13-14

Uris should be ashamed

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

Reviewed: 02-09-15

This wonderful story teller has created a pitiful portrait of Arabs. Uris can't get past his own biases and they stick out blatantly in his portrayal of the Arabs.
Tragic; he needed to let someone else tell this story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The World We Found

  • By: Thrity Umrigar
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Best-selling author and PEN and Beyond Margins Award finalist Thrity Umrigar’s acclaimed novels “resonate with rich prose and vibrant depictions of India” ( Booklist). In The World We Found, Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta - once friends at the University of Bombay - reconnect 30 years later when Armaiti is diagnosed with cancer. Coming together, all four women are forced to reexamine their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but performance not so much!

  • By Alisha on 09-13-15

Almost. not quite

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

Reviewed: 07-08-13

If you could sum up The World We Found in three words, what would they be?

It took me a while to get into the nook; I found the writing more " telling" me than showing me about the characters, but then I became engaged. I liked the characters, the plot was okay but a bit trite. The writing was spotty, very predictable and cliché ridden at times. The ending was too predictable and too tired. I was very hopeful in the middle of the book that I'd like it the rest of the way through but the ending let me down.

Did Soneela Nankani do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The characters were the best part of the novel.

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  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 33 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

Considered by some to be the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina contains two plots: the tragedy of Madame Karenina, in love with a man who is not her husband; and the story of Konstantine Levin, a sensitive man whose personal philosophy is Tolstoy's reason for writing about him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic, classically read

  • By D. Littman on 07-04-05

Lousy audio

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

Reviewed: 01-09-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Great novel, poor recording.

What didn’t you like about Nadia May’s performance?

This recording is a transfer from a cassette tape. There are echoes, times when the tape recording is stretched and at least one place where the new cassette is announced. It is not the quality I expect from audible.