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  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,055
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,944

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Audible Editors Were Right!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

I thought I would love this book, and then the raves from the Audible editors made me click "buy." This book is worth so much more than the full purchase price. It could be the story behind so many stories today - another policeman acquitted of behaving wrongly in the death of an unarmed black person. This is an eye-opening and mind-expanding insight into what might be the story behind the story. The characters are credible and well-drawn. Bahni Turpin breathes life into every one of them. Wow! Thank you to Angie Thomas and Bahni for giving us Star's story.

  • Pachinko

  • By: Min Jin Lee
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,634

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By erin on 12-11-17

Historically interesting, but...

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Narrator had sweet voice but not suited to story. Into the book, some profanity and descriptions of sexual encounters were either not credible or seemed that way because of the narration.

28 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Inside the O'Briens

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Skipp Sudduth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

Joe O'Brien is a 44-year-old Boston police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, a proud father of four children in their 20s, and a respected, seasoned law enforcement officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As a person at risk for HD

  • By Stephen Rasmussen on 04-18-15

What? That's how it ends!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

If you want to live Huntington's Disease, this book is it. The characters are nicely drawn and very sympathetic. I cared about them and I learned a lot about this dreadful disease. But, as some of the other reviewers have mentioned, I felt I was left hanging regarding one of the main issues at the end of the story, and many of the other characters lives seemed to stop too abruptly. I felt unsatisfied when the book ended, and wanted more than more of the same information about the horrors of HD. There was plenty of that in the book.

  • The Far Pavilions

  • By: M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 48 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931

When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind." From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M. M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich, and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heroism, adventure, sadistic cruelty, and love.

  • By Velan on 02-19-13

Perfect escape novel!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-16

I read this book many years ago, and mainly remembered that I loved it. It seemed like the perfect way to leave the world of knee replacement surgery, and it was! This book transports one to another world, full of danger, real suffering (as opposed to recovery from surgery) and romance. The author conjures up an alternate universe, and the fabulous narrator takes you there. This is a book, but it is also an incredible experience. (Note: Because it is so long, I finally had to download it in format 3 to make sure I got the whole thing, but that worked fine.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

  • By: Phaedra Patrick
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,620

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater-vest; waters his fern, Frederica; and heads out to his garden. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sweet, predictable novel of widower's quest

  • By Mark on 01-05-18

A joyful and heartwarming experience!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

I loved every minute of the time I spent with Arthur Pepper, his family and friends! James Langton did a marvelous job of bringing all the characters to life as he narrated this delightful, fascinating novel. Phaedra Patrick has created a one-of-a-kind novel, so thoughtful, absorbing and full of gentle adventure. Thank you Audible for this wonderful experience.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

  • By: William Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,620

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with deeper meaning

  • By SydSavvy on 12-31-15

Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

This is a whimsical story that effortlessly rings true! Just imagine - and in this case, you can! Simon Prebble is brilliant.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,987

Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-30-11

Marvelous!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

The story was beautifully told, full of twists and turns, yet the plot was easy to follow and kept me wondering until the end. Juanita McMahon is an incredible narrator! She manages many different voices beautifully, and the character's emotions shine through her words.

  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,712
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,891

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful southern historical fiction

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-27-15

The Bad, the Ugly and the Beautiful!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-15

This is the best book I've listened to in a long time! The injustices (to put it mildly) suffered by the slaves are well portrayed, as are the narrow attitudes of the Southerners. As a listener, I felt sad and outraged. But, good things happen in the book, too. There are some very fortuitous turns of events, that left me wanting to cheer. Bahni Turpin is magnificent in all her roles, she is the most versatile narrator I know. Torn apart by her own problems (but these get better later) she was such a loving nurse and companion to Lisabeth, that I fell in love with Bahni Turpin, too.

  • An Old Captivity

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Young pilot Donald Ross has little in common with the Oxford don who has employed him on an expedition to the Arctic - and still less with his beautiful but stubborn daughter, Alix. But once the three of them reach the treacherous shores of Greenland, their destinies are inextricably bound by the events that unfold there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nevil, Were You Called To Dinner?

  • By Susan on 01-07-14

Disappointing for a Neil Shute fan...

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

Reviewed: 06-09-14

I loved "A Town Like Alice," and "Pied Piper," but did not feel the same enthusiasm for this book. Especially in view of the realism of the book, the ending was just too fantastical to be credible. I was really fond of the characters and hoped to enjoy an understandable happy ending with them. The premise of the story is very interesting, but a lot of time, probably necessarily, but a bit dull, is devoted to checking the weather and finding good landing sites. However, I'm not discouraged and have already purchased another book by this excellent author!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,711

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

Beautiful example of historical fiction!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

This was really a breathtaking novel - monumental historical events (abolition and the beginnings of the women's rights struggle), told in a way that made for a compelling listen and filled some gaps in my knowledge about what was going on in the early 1800's, in America. I was filled with anger about the way things were, and so grateful for the early pioneers that made change possible. We have come a long way, even though there's more to be done. At the end of the novel, Sue Monk Kidd made a fine explanation of where her story deviated from historical fact (actually, not very much.) It was very gratifying to see that included. The narrators were superb, and made the story shine into life!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful