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  • Well, That Escalated Quickly

  • Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist
  • By: Franchesca Ramsey
  • Narrated by: Franchesca Ramsey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Franchesca Ramsey didn't set out to be an activist. Or a comedian. Or a commentator on identity, race, and culture, really. But then her YouTube video "What White Girls Say...to Black Girls" went viral. Faced with an avalanche of media requests, fan letters, and hate mail, she had two choices: Jump in and make her voice heard or step back and let others frame the conversation. After a crash course in social justice and more than a few foot-in-mouth moments, she realized she had a talent and passion for breaking down injustice in America in ways that could make people listen and engage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good read!

  • By Shelsie Smith on 06-12-18

PDF

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Loved the narrator and story, but she mentioned an accompanying PDF. None was offered; hence the one star.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Primordial

  • By: David Wood, Alan Baxter
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

When eccentric billionaire Ellis Holloway hires renegade marine biologist Sam Aston to investigate the legend of a monster in a remote Finnish lake, Aston envisions an easy paycheck and a chance to clear his gambling debts. But he gets much more. There is something terrible living beneath the dark waters of Lake Kaarme and it is hungry. As the death toll mounts, Aston faces superstitious locals, a power-hungry police chief, and a benefactor's descent into madness as he races to find the legendary beast of the lake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creature feature!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 09-19-17

Good story; horrible narration.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

The story was good, but the distraction was the Bostonian accent sometimes used for the Australian??? At other times, there was no accent at all. It sometimes pulled you out of the story.

  • 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 93,001
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86,161
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85,754

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

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17

Wonderfully written and narrated story. Lots of information about South Africa I didn't know. Poignant, yet hilarious!

  • The Last Black Unicorn

  • By: Tiffany Haddish
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Haddish
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,656
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,027

Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays - it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting...

  • By The2ndhorseman on 12-24-17

Heart-wrenching and Funny!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-17

Very honest, open book. Funny and inspiring. Even a bigger fan of Tiffany Haddish now.

  • Mother Night

  • Myths, Stories and Teachings for Learning to See in the Dark
  • By: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, published in 34 languages and one of the most far-reaching artist-psychoanalyists of our time, teaches that in archetypal imagination, "Mother Night is the quintessential medial woman, the woman who can walk in two worlds... 'the one who knows' and who can reveal solid ways of living and unleashing creative life in both worlds."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Voice

  • By Serendipity on 09-09-15

Get a New Narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-10

This is another sad example of an author who should not read their own work. Her coma-inducing tone and frequent, useless pauses take away from what she is actually trying to say. I can't listen to her. The content sounded pretty interesting, and if Audible offered it with another reader, I would get it. I just cannot listen to Pinkola Estes.

7 of 70 people found this review helpful

  • Fluke

  • Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Bill Irwin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663

Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals - until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite Me.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story, as usual!

  • By Jill on 07-16-09

No Love for Irwin

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-09

I bought this book because I thoroughly enjoyed "Fool" by this same author, but the horrible, awful, emotionless reading by Bill Irwin killed it for me. Parts that should have been funny could not even warrant a chuckle because of the disservice Irwin does to this book. I will never buy anything he reads again. I will give Moore's work a second chance, never Irwin. It's a let down for the author and especially the listeners.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Vicious Circle

  • By: Mike Carey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ("good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead). But his friend, Rafi, is still possessed; the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him; and he's still dirt poor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good sequel. This one doesn't disappoint.

  • By Cliff on 10-18-13

Bad Sequel

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-09

I was not impressed with this sequel. I thought the narration was comprised of too many of cliches and pointless information. The protagonist was more often than not a hapless, yet very lucky idiot. I began to become very indifferent to his plight. Kramer does a wonderful job with the "Wheel of Time" series, but is awful with this one. Perhaps a narrator who can do a passable British accent?? This book was not enough to leave me longing for Book III, even with the obvious cliffhangers.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

  • A Year of Food Life
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening

  • By Sydney on 11-12-07

Another Narrator Please!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-08

Kingsolver is another example of why authors should not read their own books. I have to turn the volume down very low because her voice annoys me so much. The fact that she is more concerned with trying to sound a certain way than getting her ideas expressed are obvious. I haven't yet made it past the first hour. I may have to buy the paperback and scratch the audiobook.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mistress of the Art of Death

  • A Novel
  • By: Ariana Franklin
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good story wonderfully set

  • By Jami E. Nettles on 02-17-07

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-07

I rarely replay audiobooks, let alone just a few weeks after I have finished it, but this book is so incredibly wonderful, suspenseful, and well-read that I am now on my third listen. It's that great! I hope and pray that there is a sequel in the making. I can not recommend this book enough. Get it for yourself or give it as a gift, either way, it will bring you much pleasure.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bones of the Barbary Coast

  • A Cree Black Thriller
  • By: Daniel Hecht
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

In this third novel of the Cree Black mystery series, a friend and homicide inspector asks Cree to help investigate a human skeleton recently unearthed in the foundation of a fine Victorian home, apparently the bones of a victim of the 1906 earthquake. The bones have intrigued the forensic anthropology team at UC Berkeley with their peculiar anatomical deformities. They call the skeleton "Wolfman". Who was the Wolfman?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Expected...

  • By D. Engle on 12-09-06

Big Departure

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-06

This book was hyped as another "Cree Black Thriller," yet in reality, all it turned out to be was a story, and a bad one at that, with Cree Black in it. The first two books in the series had a spooky, supernatural element to them. This book does not. The book takes places in two time periods, so the story is seen from the viewpoint of two different women. There is also NO supernatural element. The story took forever to get to anything interesting, and even the more interesting parts bored me senseless. I wish I could get my credit back. This book resembles nothing of the first two in the series. It's like Cree went on vacation and took us along for the ride. Who cares!!!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful