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  • Sakina's Restaurant

  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1,577

Sakina's Restaurant breathes new life into an age old story: the emotive tale of an immigrant coming to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi originally performed his Obie Award-winning solo show off-Broadway 20 years ago. This past October, the iconic play was reimagined and produced by Audible for a limited run at Minetta Lane Theatre in the West Village of Manhattan. Recorded for an Audible-exclusive audience, listeners can forgo the price of admission and embark on the cross-cultural journey with Mandvi.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Immigration and the American Dream

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

Pass.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I must be uncultured, because I only found one line in this whole thing funny.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • A Novel
  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,033
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,007

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (German for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism - but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A hopeful perspective on a harrowing time

  • By melyssa57 (A Page Before Bedtime dot com) on 10-10-18

A good listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I really enjoyed this book. The only thing I can "complain" about is that there were obviously 2 narrators, and they at times changed back and forth mid-sentence.

  • Stiff

  • The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,555

For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful and En'gross'ing

  • By Joel on 05-28-05

Good

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

Solid read/ listen. Full of humor and interesting information. Would definitely read more by this author.

  • A Curve in the Road

  • By: Julianne MacLean
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,367

Abbie MacIntyre is living the dream in the picturesque Nova Scotia town she calls home. She is a successful surgeon, is married to a handsome cardiologist, and has a model teenage son who is only months away from going off to college. But then one fateful night, everything changes. When a drunk driver hits her car, Abbie is rushed to the hospital. She survives, but the accident forces secrets out into the open and plagues Abbie with nightmares so vivid that she starts to question her grip on reality. Her perfect life begins to crack, and those cracks threaten to shatter her world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very meh

  • By Auda on 11-05-18

Glad I bought it on sale.

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

I spent the vast majority of this book rolling my eyes. The plot was predictable and I was able to guess every supposed twist. The main character was annoying; she was over dramatic and the "woe is me" attitude that never died down was almost enough to make me return the book. The only reason that I finished it was because I have a compulsion to finish whatever I start.

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  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,997
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,968

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • glad it was free, sad I used a free credit.

  • By River on 03-02-19

Pretty rough

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

The storyline was okay. It seemed like plot twists were forced and not well developed. Some of them were just unnecessary. The music and "creepy" childrens rhymes were, to be honest, annoying, and struck me as the choice of an adolescent.

  • Funny Story

  • The Incomplete Works of Topher Payne
  • By: Topher Payne
  • Narrated by: Shelly McCook, Nicolas Tecosky, Amanda Cucher, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Award-winning playwright and essayist Topher Payne selects his favorite scenes, essays, and stories, many available in print for the very first time. Delight in this hilarious and often surprisingly sweet world populated by Payne's signature brand of well-intentioned sociopaths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • These stories are more than just funny!

  • By Holly on 06-17-15

Meh

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

It started off amusingly enough, though I didn't particularly think the skits were all that funny. The further into the book you get, the darker it gets. Skits about Terry Shaivo and school shootings... I assume they weren't supposed to be necessarily funny, but there seemed to be an attempt at dark humor. It's not that I didn't appreciate the life lessons I think he was going for, but it's not quite how it was marketed and not what I signed up for in buying the book.

  • Bridge of Clay

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Markus Zusak
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge - for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it time.

  • By Kenneth W. Cole on 11-14-18

Performance killed the story

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Bleh. I should have played a sample clip before adding this one. I quit after about 25 minutes because the narrator (author) was so awful. He was so monotone and made his reading seem like such a chore. The story did actually seem like I would enjoy it, but I could not get past that narration. Very disappointing.

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  • No Land's Man

  • A Perilous Journey through Romance, Islam, and Brunch
  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 963

If you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from. In No Land's Man Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and Thoughtful

  • By The Reading Date on 11-06-14

Meh

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Mildly entertaining. Didn't care for the performance; his speech is loud and pressured. I only got through about half before I deleted it.

  • Miracles & Mayhem in the ER

  • Unbelievable True Stories from an Emergency Room Doctor
  • By: Dr. Brent Rock Russell
  • Narrated by: Al Kessel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

In Miracles and Mayhem in the ER, Dr. Brent Russell shares true-life stories of his early days as an emergency room doctor. Contemplative and oftentimes hilarious, Dr. Russell leads the listener through the glass doors and down the narrow halls of the ER where desperate patients, young and old, come to get well. Occasionally heart wrenching and always fast-paced, Miracles and Mayhem in the ER will have listeners holding their breath one second and celebrating the next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • HIghly Recommended!

  • By KP on 12-22-15

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Really wasn't anything special. The narrator was generally good, but the accents he gave a lot of people sounded like he was trying to make them seem intellectually disabled. The book itself had as much of the content focused on the author's many outdoor adventures as it did on actual stories of his experience in the ED. . He seemed to try to bulk up the volume of the book by using a LOT of metaphors, including what it was like to drive in traffic. Several of the stories were entertaining, but I wouldn't recommend this to someone with experience in emergency medicine