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  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,532
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,113

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 02-21-15

Enthralled with the story. So happy to be stuck in traffic just so I could listen a little longer. Loved it.

  • The Thank You Economy

  • By: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Narrated by: Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818

The Thank You Economy is about something big, something greater than any single revolutionary platform. It isn't some abstract concept or wacky business strategy—it's real, and every one of us is doing business in it every day, whether we choose to recognize it or not. It's the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gary is fun, but the book is a bit shallow

  • By Scott T. Hards on 02-28-12

"social media"

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

Reviewed: 07-23-11

I listened to this book to advise my boss on why our social media is not working. I am glad I listened and definitely gained knowledge. I think this is a great book for the small business owner to read/listen and rethink the approach taken to Facebook and Twitter and others.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Passion of Artemisia

  • By: Susan Vreeland
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Set against the glorious backdrops of Rome, Florence, and Genoa, and Naples, peopled with historical characters and filled with the details of the life of a 17th-century painter, The Passion of Artemisia is the story of Gentileschi's struggle to find love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not exactly a biography

  • By L. Worthington on 01-04-04

historical dramatization

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-11

I like Susan Vreeland's writing style and subjects. I look at Gentilschi's art differently now.

  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

  • By: Amy Chua
  • Narrated by: Amy Chua
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 835

All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Provocative for all parents

  • By Michael Blumstein on 01-15-12

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 07-23-11

This book is a great read/listen for anyone but especially for first generation adult children. I found many similarities in upbringing. I liked the overall story and I also liked Amy Chua as the narrator.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,505

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not funny, boring and could not wait for it to end

  • By Robert on 08-10-11

so funny

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

Reviewed: 07-23-11

I love Tina Fey and really only knew a little about her from TV. This book gives the fan the insight as to why she is so funny. I love the personal stories about her upbringing.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Reliable Wife

  • By: Robert Goolrick
  • Narrated by: Mark Feuerstein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 486

When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reliable Wife

  • By Katydid65 on 04-30-09

Go ahead, get it

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

Reviewed: 07-23-11

For months I had floundered on whether to get this audiobook. I would see it in airports and think just get it. Finally I listened and it was a great story with a very surprising ending. The narrator was excellent too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bel Canto

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,680

Ann Patchett’s award winning, New York Times best-selling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Pratchett’s other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Opera Has Charms to Soothe the Savage Guerillas

  • By Mel on 03-01-13

Wow

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

Reviewed: 07-23-11

what a story...I have definitely felt like many of the characters and I loved how the characters were developed.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Magician's Assistant

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Karen Ziemba
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,322

When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine - who was also his faithful assistant for 20 years - learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Patchett Has It

  • By Pamela Harvey on 06-10-08

Great story

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

Reviewed: 07-23-11

I just recently discovered Ann Patchett and I love her writing style. This was a great story.

  • Brand New You

  • Become the Best Version of You! With a Little Help from our Experts
  • By: Tony Wrighton, Michael Heppell, Glenn Harrold
  • Narrated by: Tony Wrighton, Michael Heppell, Glenn Harrold
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,767
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,362

Are there aspects of your life you would like to change?Do you want to feel like the best version of yourself? Brand New You is designed to make you feel motivated and inspired to take the steps you need to change your life and achieve your goals.Brand New You is brought to you by Audible and our team of experts

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get it. I mean its even Free!

  • By Thomas on 09-15-11

Really that is it!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-11

I kept waiting for something to happen and nothing ever did. I liked the message but was disappointed at the limited content.

  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,293

In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Dina on 06-24-04

Everyone is dysfunctional

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

Reviewed: 07-23-11

So funny and a great listen. I love listening to any of his books.