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  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,055
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,649

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

SKIES!!!

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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: 03-26-18

There are not that many books that can transport you to a place and keep you there against your will. I was unable to put this book down, constantly guessing at what happens next. It is now 6:09am and I haven’t slept a wink because I couldn’t stop listening. This book will move you to tears, inspire awe and wonder. I want MORE!!!

  • Beyond the Messy Truth

  • How We Came Apart, How We Come Together
  • By: Van Jones
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

In Beyond the Messy Truth, Jones offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change. Tough on Donald Trump but showing respect and empathy for his supporters, Jones takes aim at the failures of both parties before and after Trump's victory. He urges both sides to abandon the politics of accusation and focus on real solutions. Calling us to a deeper patriotism, he shows us how to get down to the vital business of solving, together, some of our toughest problems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never hated anyone before

  • By Joanna Bugajska on 11-17-17

A fair, balanced view on the issues that affect us

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Well worth the read. Van Jones offers his personal view on the issues that affect us today and attempts to give a moral view rather than a political view for the solutions and a way out of this madness!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80,133
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 80,074

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Absolutely a must read

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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: 11-07-17

The Narrator uses her voice and tone to flesh out the characters and bring them to life. Bravo!

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,628
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,291

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

Amazing!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

This book is filled with great insights that may seem heavenly to some and heresy to others. Definitely worth they brain cells!

  • The Liberal Redneck Manifesto

  • Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark
  • By: Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester
  • Narrated by: Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,214

Smart, hilarious, and incisive, the Liberal Rednecks confront outdated traditions and intolerant attitudes, tackling everything people think they know about the South - the good, the bad, the glorious, and the shameful - in a laugh-out-loud funny and lively manifesto for the rise of a New South. Home to some of the best music, athletes, soldiers, whiskey, waffles, and weather the country has to offer, the South has also been bathing in backward bathroom bills and other bigoted legislation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for all Americans

  • By E. Cote on 11-13-16

A very eye opening read.

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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: 04-30-17

As a black male who knows very little about life in the south this was a crash course. I feel I have become a better version of myself through my experience with this book. Thank you guys!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 95,593
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88,543
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88,127

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

I laughed, and cried, and laughed and laughed!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-16

I was born and raised in Jamaica and Trevor's life seem to parallel mine. He is so young and has already lived such a colourful life. The Hero of the story is Patricia, Trevor's mother. This is by far my favorite book of all time! Thank you, thank you thank you!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dreamland

  • The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
  • By: Sam Quinones
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,347

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America - addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Truth Finally Told

  • By Perkyanne on 04-09-16

Riveting and eye opening!

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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: 12-15-16

Narrator does a very good job in keeping pace and creating tension with every passage especially at the end of each chapter. Just when I thought I would stop at the end of a chapter and save the rest for later the writer hooks you and keep your interest. The reader will find herself thinking where she was at the moments in history that are brought to life by the author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Elijah Wood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,689

A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration

  • By Michael Balzoa on 03-11-11

Elijah Wood is amazing!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-16

I searched the Internet because I cannot believe accent was coming out of his mouth. I finished this in a couple days. Bravo.

  • In the Middle of Somewhere

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 1
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Robert Nieman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in - not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel's relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he's a city boy through and through, and it's clear that this small town is one more place he won't fit in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Expressive and poignant. An all-time favorite.

  • By Dianne T. on 04-16-16

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

Absolutely sensational! I find myself caring deeply for the characters. Good luck in Getty this one out of your system.

  • Every Little Step

  • My Story
  • By: Bobby Brown
  • Narrated by: Bobby Brown, Lisa Renee Pitts, T. J. Storm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041

Bobby Brown has been one of the most compelling American artists of the past 30 years, a magnetic and talented figure who successfully crossed over many musical genres, including R&B and hip-hop as well as the mainstream. In the late 1980s, the former front man of New Edition had a wildly successful solo career - especially with the launch of Don't Be Cruel - garnering multiple hits on the Billboard top 10 list as well as several Grammy, American Music, and Soul Train awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY...

  • By Orsayor Simmons on 06-17-16

Powerful! The naked Truth!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

This book is riveting! Listening to this book and hearing the authenticity in Bobby Brown's voice brought me to tears and I'm a grown man. I find myself remembering the media version of the accounts of his life and felt my jaw drop several times in revelation of the truth.