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  • The Light of the World

  • A Memoir
  • By: Elizabeth Alexander
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Alexander
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

In The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 50. Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the subsequent void, and feeling a reenergized devotion to her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose that describes a very personal and yet universal quest for meaning, understanding, and acceptance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eloquently written, moving and beautiful memoir

  • By Natalie Tomich on 04-22-15

Poignant and captivating

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Elizabeth Alexander graciously welcomes all to share her joys and sorrows as she remembers the life she had with her husband. While this is an inherently sad tale due to the suddenness of losing her husband just a few days after his fiftieth birthday, it is a joyous tribute to the gifts of a life lived fully. Ultimately, this is a book that will uplift and inspire the reader.

  • M Train

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Nothing"

  • By M. Olson on 11-03-15

A delightful journey of loves and life

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

Patti Smith shares her innermost thoughts and intimate details of her life in this book. It is a story that takes the listener around the world and introduces them to eclectic places and people. The narrative rambles quite a bit, but is full of image provoking prose that keeps the listener engaged.

  • The Light We Lost

  • By: Jill Santopolo
  • Narrated by: Jill Santopolo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,495
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,279

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated--perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh.

  • By L. Shoemaker on 08-28-17

Fate, timing, and choices

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

This is a beautiful and painful look at the timeless struggles between fate, timing, and choices. The main character, Lucy, narrates the joys and sorrows of her relationship with Gabe. Many a listener will undoubtedly empathize with the twist and turns that life brings as one agonizes over decisions that impact career, family, friendships, and love. This is a story that will challenge the listener to be more self aware and to communicate a little more honestly with those they love.

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,038

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life Can Be Ugly

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-17

An engrossing unlikely love story

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

This book is for mature audiences due to its details related to domestic abuse, drugs, and sex. The narrative is tastefully done, but explicit. All warnings aside, this story will either repel or completely engross the listener. I was in the latter group and time (and mileage) flew by as I was caught up in the star-crossed love story of Wavy and Kellan. Their story is full of unexpected twist and turns and the ending is never certain until the end. The listener's sense of right and wrong will be tested as this book underscores the need for gray areas and subtly makes the point about why one should not jump to conclusions.

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  • Demian

  • By: Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by: Jason McCoy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth is a Bildungsroman by Hermann Hesse, first published in 1919; a prologue was added in 1960. Demian was first published under the pseudonym "Emil Sinclair", the name of the narrator of the story, but Hesse was later revealed to be the author.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A pre-Great War, gnostic, Jungian bildungsroman.

  • By Darwin8u on 07-13-12

A complex coming of age novel

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

This is the story of a young boy coming of age in the pre World War I era. The listener is quickly and thoroughly engaged in the timeless themes of family, friends, loves, and temptations. Hesse's insights are thought provoking and deserving of continued reflection as history does repeat itself.

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,929
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,902

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
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  • By Wayne on 09-01-17

Fast paced, action packed thriller!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

Extremely well narrated down to the Irish accents. Multiple story lines are well woven with fluid transpositions. Time will fly by as the story unfolds. You won't be disappointed.

  • Knowledge and Decisions

  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

This reissue of Thomas Sowell’s classic study of decision making, which includes a preface by the author, updates his seminal work in the context of The Vision of the Anointed. Sowell, one of America’s most celebrated public intellectuals, describes in concrete detail how knowledge is shared and disseminated throughout modern society. He warns that society suffers from an ever-widening gap between firsthand knowledge and decision making—a gap that threatens not only our economic and political efficiency but our very freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas Sowell's Greatest Work

  • By Doug on 12-08-12

Eye opening, myth debunker

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

A must read by all freedom and liberty lovers. Sowell delves into the dark mysterious world of politics and reveals how politicians and power mongers manipulate the distracted public.

  • The Lonely City

  • Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
  • By: Olivia Laing
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir, and biography on the subject of loneliness told through the lives of six iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring. You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavor to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by thousands of strangers. The Lonely City is a roving cultural history of urban loneliness, centered on the ultimate city: Manhattan, that teeming island of gneiss, concrete, and glass.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thorough interesting research, average story

  • By Lis on 01-31-17

Unexpected and somewhat graphic

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

The Lonely City was an unexpected and not totally welcomed expose of the lives of several famous artists and writers who predominately lived in New York City from the 1960s-1980s. The stories are told by the author who
researches the darker sides of these people in her attempt to understand her own loneliness. The narrative is extremely intimate and graphic at times. An interesting side story that weaves around these lives is a look at the ways technology impacts humans. Unfortunately, this is somewhat depressing as well, but a brutal look at the secondary impacts that result from the variety of devices that are touted as great aides to humans. The various themes of social isolation, prejudices, depression, and of course loneliness make this book difficult to finish. However, it is worth the task for those who are willing to suffer a bit and learn more about the things that are not discussed by most people.

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  • Wealth, Poverty, and Politics

  • An International Perspective
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in the country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income inequality in America. Pundits and politically motivated economists trumpet ambiguous statistics and sensational theories while ignoring the true determinant of income inequality: the production of wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A paradigm shift on the subject of equality

  • By Steven Schardein on 10-02-15

Engaging and myth breaking

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

A must read by anyone seeking to understand the "why" of wealth and poverty. The answers are surprisingly simple and oft-overlooked. The conclusions rightfully challenge the mostly politically motivated solutions which have failed to achieve promised results.

  • Let Your Life Speak

  • Listening for the Voice of Vocation
  • By: Parker J. Palmer
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

Finding one's calling is not just about finding something we can do - it is about finding what we can't not do. "Let your life speak" is a time-honored Quaker admonition to live one's life as witness to the deepest truths one knows. But as Parker Palmer explains, those words can also mean "listen to your life, and let it tell you what your truth is."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep Wisdom in these pages

  • By Julia Davis Coffey on 01-30-11

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Palmer candidly shared his life story, to date. His openness and vulnerability helped engage and provide a connection to the reader/listener. Several tidbits of his shared wisdom struck home and has given this listener much to ponder upon.

The narrator has a pleasant voice and is easy to follow. This book/audible is highly recommended for all who are searching for meaning or purpose to their lives.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful