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  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,527
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,169
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29,057

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

It's all that and a bag of chips

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book is deserving of all of the awards it has garnered. It is a timely exploration of the every day life of people living in neighborhoods where the entitled never roam. The main character lives in both the "white" world and the "black" world, giving us a unique look at not only the differences but the similarities between the two. This is done in the context of an engrossing story that never gets too preachy. Bahni's Turpin's work with the characters and emotions of this piece is a brilliant accompaniment to Ms. Thomas's well written prose. This book should be required reading across North American schools with a view to increasing understanding and awareness across society.

  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,458

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like this...

  • By Jonathan Soyt on 02-28-18

Great story; great narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I never hesitate to recommend anything read by Robin Miles. One of the best narrators on the planet.

What did you like best about this story?

The strength and resilience of people in general and women in particular.

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Audie Award-winning narrator Johnny Heller is Huckleberry Finn in this brand-new edition of the classic American story. Huck's understanding of the world around him evolves as he and Jim, a runaway slave, travel the Mississippi River. A coming-of-age journey for both Huck and listeners alike for over 100 years and counting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Johnny Heller knocks another one out of the park!

  • By Dawn on 04-16-16

Johnny Heller knocks another one out of the park!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

Would you listen to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn again? Why?

Yes, I probably will someday, simply because it is a classic and Johnny did such an amazing job with it.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the language and the style. It's all so simple and lazy and down home. You have to get over the use of the "N" word and the treatment of blacks though. It is a relic of the time in which it is written and historically accurate but is still difficult to take.

Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Absolutely. I am a huge Johnny Heller fan. He has been brilliant in every thing that I have ever listened to him in and this title is no exception.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy any other version of this audiobook. Johnny's performance is simply the best.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Old Man and the Sea

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Donald Sutherland
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,290

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a Classic

  • By Dave on 07-01-08

Expected So Much More

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they were interested in reading the book then I would simply because there aren't any other choices of narrator.

What aspect of Donald Sutherland’s performance would you have changed?

I expected so much more from Donald Sutherland, especially given all of the "5" ratings that he has been given for this book. I am convinced this rating must be a knee jerk reaction based on his name. I believe it COULD have been great as his voice is perfect for this title. I was excited that he was the one reading it - until I listened. He did not apply his vast talent to this narration, IMHO. Had he done so, it would have been a much, much better book.

Any additional comments?

This recording is far below today's standards with page turns and odd breaths/sounds/mouth noises being left in. If you can find another narration read by a decent narrator, chose that one instead.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Good House

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Leary
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,208

The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book, Hildy is a great character!

  • By Rhonda Morrison on 01-31-13

One of the best listens this year

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

Reviewed: 05-25-14

What does Mary Beth Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mary Beth Hurt is a master storyteller. I couldn't stop listening. Her characters were quirky, funny and totally believable.

Any additional comments?

Ann Leary's "The Good House" is a great read with lots of little twists and turns. She has created a town of rich, diverse and interesting characters. A really fun listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fiends

  • By: John Farris
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

In the frozen pit of blackest hell, Death sleeps. Ravishing beyond words, evil beyond our darkest dreams of Satan, Her eyelids flutter. Rising from Her pit, She wakes her vampire brood - and frees them from their ancient graves. No, no one is safe, no one - from the unwashed Children of Eve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Icelandic terror comes to Tennessee!

  • By Shieldslinger on 02-20-14

Novel story and characters

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

Reviewed: 03-13-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed the story so it was time well spent. The concept was fresh and new - at least to me.

Would you be willing to try another book from John Farris? Why or why not?

Yes. His writing style is easy to listen to and the plot lines are well fleshed out.

Would you be willing to try another one of Chet Williamson’s performances?

I had some issues with Mr. Williamson's performances. One of the things that bothered me was the presence of gasping breaths. Whether to remove or reduce the breaths is a subject of much debate and I may be overly sensitive but I don't want to hear any loud breaths unless the story demands it, for example if someone is running. Learning better breathing skills or editing down the breaths would make for a much nicer listen. In addition, I would have liked to have heard more emotion in the narrator's voice. More stress, more terror, more joy, etc.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably. There was a lot of suspense in the book which would make for exciting viewing and the special effects required would be interesting to see.

  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,800

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Always a Sedaris fan, but this isn't his best

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Too funny!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-14

If you could sum up Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls in three words, what would they be?

So amazingly good

What did you like best about this story?

David Sedaris is able to take the everyday and wring every little bit of humor out of it.

What does David Sedaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

David's tone and attitude add a multitude of layers to the stories.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Oh What A Life

Any additional comments?

Love, love, love David Sedaris. You cannot go wrong with this book.

  • Age of Context

  • Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy
  • By: Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 419

Social media is but one of five converging forces that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know these other forces already: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we'll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant. The resulting convergent superforce is so powerful that it is ushering in an era the authors call the Age of Context.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent, quick read

  • By Brian Tamburello on 02-21-14

Interesting Stuff

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This book was really enlightening in terms of where we've been, where we are and where we're headed.

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

Jeff's narration of this title was easy to listen to, well paced and intelligent.

Any additional comments?

If you want to get a clear understanding of the state of our digital world, this book is a worthwhile listen.

  • Hush

  • By: Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 441

It's criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap's job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunt her dreams more than the killer who took her son's life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy's greatest nightmare. The Madonna Murderer has returned to fulfill his calling. This time Ivy understands the killer, and will face her greatest fear to stop him from killing again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and deliciously creepy

  • By Diana DC on 10-09-13

Not a cookie cutter

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

Reviewed: 02-08-14

If you could sum up Hush in three words, what would they be?

interesting, suspenseful, fresh

What other book might you compare Hush to and why?

Hush is a crime drama much like many others but the storyline is quite fresh and UNLIKE any other I've personally read.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I found Ms. Beresford's narration to be stiff and slow in the beginning but she seemed to warm up to the story so that by about the middle of the book, I was able to lose myself in the book and forget about the narration.

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy stories involving psychopathic killers, this will be an enjoyable read for you.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Invisible Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Ralph Ellison
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,628

Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterfully written; perfectly narrated

  • By Imhokhai on 03-04-13

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 01-11-14

What made the experience of listening to Invisible Man the most enjoyable?

Joe Morton gives a brilliant performance. One of the best narrations I have ever had the pleasure to experience and I have listened to a lot of audiobooks.

What other book might you compare Invisible Man to and why?

Perhaps some elements of The Warmth of Other Suns insofar as the descriptions of life in the south and Harlem in the early to mid 20th century.

What does Joe Morton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

From a technical point of view, I was completely taken with Joe's work. He put so much life into his characters that I am driven to compare the text to the narration to see if what he does with the work was written into the text or just the magic that he brought to this book.

Any additional comments?

The story is very engaging. I can't recommend this audiobook enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful