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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,028

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Fascinating book

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

Loved listening to this book but I'm not even sure I get the full meaning of it. It's almost like NG wrote it deliberately so that the book means to the reader what gods mean to their believers or even the non-believers like me - whatever you see there is what it is. Couldn't put it down!

  • The Missionary Position

  • Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
  • By: Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Mallon (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor. In his measured critique, Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresa's reputation be judged by her actions - not the other way around. With characteristic élan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christipher goes where everyone is afraid to go.

  • By J. Blackwell on 01-09-13

An absolutely fascinating "must read"

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

A most compelling, thoroughly researched and well presented accurate account of the institution of religion. Well done!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,929

On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the John Grisham I know

  • By William Moritz on 11-01-15

Just terrible

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

If all I wanted to do was hear about how stupidity in a client can aggravate a good lawyer, I would just talk to my colleagues over a drink. This book does nothing for me and I suspect the potential stupid client won't get the message either. I'm disappointed!

  • The Girl in the Spider's Web

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18,422

In this adrenaline-charged, up-to-the-moment political thriller, Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back. The troubled genius hacker and crusading journalist thrilled the world in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So thankful we still have Lizbeth!

  • By AudioAddict on 09-04-15

Couldn't out it down

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

Some of the foreshadowing was too simplistic and gave details away when they might have been held back for better effect. However, the overall story was as great as the first 3. Amazing job, in my opinion. I didn't want to part with it when it ended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,105

Discover magazine recently called Richard Dawkins "Darwin's Rottweiler" for his fierce and effective defense of evolution. Prospect magazine voted him among the top three public intellectuals in the world (along with Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky). Now Dawkins turns his considerable intellect on religion, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming, smart, and unpretentious

  • By Blake on 06-04-13

The best read if my life

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

Intelligent, passionate and honest. Easy to read and east to follow because that's what the message is. The narration reflects all the beauty of the book in the best possible way. Everyone must read this book. It must be taught in school in grade 4.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Big Girls Do Cry

  • By: Carl Weber
  • Narrated by: Teresa Floyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

In this sequel to Something on the Side, two Rubenesque beauties kiss the Big Apple goodbye and launch a new chapter of the Big Girls Book Club in Richmond, Virginia. But this time, the size-14-and-over ladies’ club is welcoming a chunky (and very male) player into its ranks—and plus-size shenanigans are sure to follow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Carl Weber

  • By Dream on 10-20-11

The worst piece of garbage!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

The only praise this author gets from me is to the effect that you've got to have some talent to write a whole book full of characters, none of whom have a single redeeming quality. Can you imagine a book where you are not happy or sad or anxious for anyone? Well, here's an experience for you. No plot, no real story line, no character development. Just the worst of trailer trash. No reason at all why all these people had to be plus size unless that was just insult to injury. If course, not to mention that I can't imagine any black person being grateful for being associated with this crap! I want my money back!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Island Beneath the Sea

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarit - known as Tt - is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tt finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent listen

  • By Stevon on 06-27-10

Couldn't put it down!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-15

As usual, no disappointment here. Terribly compelling, historically informative and beautifully told! The narrator reads beautifully! My only disappointment is that it's over.

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  • Half of a Yellow Sun

  • A Novel
  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Adichie’s brilliant historical novel follows the fortunes of five characters living through the tumultuous 1960s—a time when the Biafran-Nigerian War raged in southern Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration of a captivating story

  • By MB on 08-16-12

Horrifyingly human - mandatory reading

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

Reviewed: 09-28-12

Beautiful, ugly, horrifying and to be permanently etched in your head. Should be mandatory for every white person, especially if you've ever thought that something going on too far away from your own world can be scary for just a minute but forgotten before your next meal. Robin Miles does some sort of magic with her reading of this book and the author is to be praised for the amazing job of being able to write something so real. I can't remember the last time I was this impressed with a book.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Cousin Bette

  • By: Honore de Balzac
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

The Bette referred to in this magnificent novel's title is Lisbeth Fischer, an excruciatingly cunning poor relation who both depends upon and nurses a terrible grudge against the family of her beautiful cousin, Adeline. That family is slowly being ruined by the uncontrollable sexual appetites of Adeline's husband, Baron Hulot - appetites that will, in time, give Cousin Bette opportunity to exact her vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator!

  • By Tambi on 12-03-06

Doing justice to Balzac

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

Reviewed: 09-10-12

Johanna Ward reads this book beautifully! She clearly has excellent control of both French and English and it shows! Thanks!

  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

I wouldn't read it again

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

Reviewed: 08-28-12

A strange kind of book. Well intentioned, obviously wanting to hit all the right nerves of social justice issues but not really hitting the spot - ever. I found it kind of irritating, to be honest. Never had that feeling of "gotta listen to the end". I'm not a writer but Laura Moriarty must have skipped a few classes herself, or just doesn't have that ability to kick the reader in the stomach.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful