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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,123
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,082
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100,599

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Expecting something else

  • By Betsy S. on 10-15-17

A breath of fresh air

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Thank you Mr. Noah, for sharing your life and world view. Sharp and funny. This is a delightful listen.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Street

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Petry
  • Narrated by: Shayna Small
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to live and raise her son by herself amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. Originally published in 1946 and hailed by critics as a masterwork, The Street was Ann Petry’s first novel, a beloved best seller with more than a million copies in print. Its haunting tale still resonates today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book. Superb narrator. Tacky sound effects

  • By Chiwiz on 11-13-17

A Classic

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Poignant and powerful. This story could very well have been written in a 2018 setting. The struggle is real for a single mother slowly reaching her breaking point under the weight of the "isms"....There but for the grace of God.

  • Strange Weather

  • Four Short Novels
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Joe Hill, Wil Wheaton, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,493

A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • SUCH A WASTE!!

  • By Marcia D. Artherholt on 11-28-18

Who knew?

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Weather could be so scary? First rate performances for strange, creepy tales just right for the season.

0 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,945

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

No, He couldn't

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

And that's what makes this both endearing and humorous take on Hart's life, so enjoyable. I found myself saying several times, "What did he say?" or "Oh no he didn't!" Well done Kevin. Looking forward to a part two.

  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,699
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,511
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,541

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-25-15

Bring on the Gore

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Hilarious and horrifying at the same time. If you think the zombie storyline has been worn thin, try this one, and change your mind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,318

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull for a S.K. book.

  • By raybaker23 on 02-01-19

Will Patton Brings King's Characters to Life

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

No one writes a horror story like King. He sits you down by the hearth, and brings the chills you crave with a touch of humor, you will remember long after the last line is read. Patton's various voice characterizations are a delight! This was well worth the wait. I hope to see these characters revisited in a sequel (or two).

0 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Gathering of Old Men

  • By: Ernest J. Gaines, Sally Darling
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James, Michelle-Denise Woods
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

When Sheriff Mapes is summoned to a sugarcane plantation to find a dead Cajun farmer, he knows who committed the crime. Mapes finds himself powerless, however, when nearly 20 elderly black men confess to the murder. Can justice be served, or will the dead man's brutish father pass judgment his way?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and engaging.

  • By David Robbins on 09-02-08

Wonderfully entertaining. Southern humor,

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Loved it so much I listened three times. Well written and performed. A slice of humanity and history wrapped in humor.