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  • Heavy

  • By: Kiese Laymon
  • Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion, and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared

  • By Amy Bannor on 10-30-18

OMG. What an outstanding audiobook!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-16-18

Could not stop listening. Kiese Laymon narrates his book with such passion and love, it is impossible to take the earbuds out. Heavy is one of the--if not THE--best memoirs I have ever read. THIS is a must-read.

  • Disobedience

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

In a cramped synagogue in north-west London, the eminent elderly rabbi passes away. On the other side of the Atlantic, his estranged daughter, Ronit, hears of her father's death and returns to London for the funeral. She has not returned home in 15 years. Ronit looks forward to a week or two of revisiting old friends, perhaps settling old scores. But she finds the community she grew up in a more confusing place than she'd anticipated.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overall it was ok, I guess... Not really.

  • By Stephanie Qualia Gomes on 03-02-17

Outstanding

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Reviewed: 06-25-18

Loved it. Beautiful story, beautiful narration. Still thinking about it long after it ended. Highly recommend.

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,423

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

Outstanding narration

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Reviewed: 06-01-18

Michael York's work in narrating Aldous Huxley's classic book is unparalleled. Outstanding to listen to.

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,849

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

Best book ever

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Reviewed: 05-02-18

This book is outstanding. And the narration is outstanding. Just off the charts. Highly recommend.

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,607

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ishiguro's McGuffin

  • By Sylvia on 08-24-05

Outstanding

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Reviewed: 02-01-18

Great book. Great narration. Highly recommend. A dystopian classic , moving and original. Loved it!

  • Ladder of Years

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kelly Lintz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

"Baltimore woman disappears during family vacation" declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and three almost-grown children, she has vanished without trace or reason. But for Delia, "walking away from it all" is not a premeditated act, but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another interesting, dysfunctional, family

  • By Mary E. Mcgibbon on 09-03-16

My Favorite Book

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Loved reading, and now listening to, this phenomenal book by the unsurpassed Anne Tyler. Outstanding!

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  • The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

  • Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian
  • By: W. Kamau Bell
  • Narrated by: W. Kamau Bell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you've read about him in The New York Times, which called him "the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years." Or maybe from The New Yorker fawning over his brand of humor writing: "Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • White Woman Raising a Black Son

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-20-17

Outstanding

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Reviewed: 05-29-17

I loved every minute of this book. Kamau's sweet, funny, yet strong and powerful voice makes his storytelling come alive. This book is about comedy, family, racism, friendship, Kamau's life journey and more. It is hilarious and compelling. I highly recommend it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful