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  • 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 112,480
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 104,169
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103,671

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

Incredible

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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: 03-18-19

This is the most riveting and well-performed memoirs I’ve ever read. Trevor Noah speaks in several languages and accents, and this brings his story to life. Hearing about life in South Africa first-hand is an engaging experience, filled with humor and poignancy.

  • Obsidio

  • The Illuminae Files, Book 3
  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Carla Corvo, full cast
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza - but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Live a life worth dying for

  • By Jessica M. Henn on 03-17-18

Love the Style!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

This series has the coolest narration style! Almost reads like how I imagine old timey radio shows would have been with the full cast of characters — except with very modern storytelling, compelling characters, and a plot that keeps moving forward. Illuminae took me a few chapters to get used to the storytelling but once I was in, I loved the entire series!!

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58,631

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Rosario Dawson rocks as this awesome female lead!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

I really enjoyed that this novel had a very strong female lead who was equal parts bad ass and relatable mistake-maker. The pacing was good with interesting chemistry science info as well as a compelling story line. Everyone will want to visit Artemis after reading this book.

  • Alien Night on Union Station

  • EarthCent Ambassador Series, Book 2
  • By: E. M. Foner
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Five years after the events of Date Night on Union Station, Kelly has settled into married life and her job as the EarthCent ambassador. The only fly in the ointment is that most of the aliens on Union Station refuse to talk to her. But a mysterious new game is sweeping the galaxy, changing the balance of power between species and bringing game-savvy humans front-and-center.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You're missing out if you don't already own this!

  • By Matthew on 06-19-17

Sadly not as good as the first

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

I really loved the first book in this series. I once again loved the setting and was captivated by the characters. However the plot just wasn’t there for me on this one. I like the setting so much though that I may try the third and see if it comes back around with a good story.

  • Date Night on Union Station

  • EarthCent Ambassador Series, Book 1
  • By: E.M. Foner
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

Kelly Frank is EarthCent's top diplomat on Union Station, but her job description has always been a bit vague. The pay is horrible and she's in hock up to her ears for her furniture, which is likely to end up in a corridor because she's behind on rent for her room. Sometimes she has to wonder if the career she has put ahead of her personal life for 15 years is worth it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you can read this, buy this book.

  • By Matthew on 05-04-17

Great for a light 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: 12-10-17

I don’t do a lot of light reading generally — but this book was a pleasant surprise! It was funny and entertaining. I loved the setting and the characters. Perfect for a long drive.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,913
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,430
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,262

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Don't be intimidated by science!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

I couldn't put this down! If you feel intimidated by the sciencey stuff -- don't be! The main character is so down to earth and genuine it balances out any reservations you may have about scientific concepts being over your head. This book was SO GOOD I was making excuses to keep listening!

  • What Falls Away

  • By: Mia Farrow
  • Narrated by: Mia Farrow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Told with grace and deep understanding, as well as humor, Mia Farrow's exquisitely written memoir goes beneath the surface of her amazing life, with all its drama, success, and pain, and exposes the inner workings of a mind and spirit for whom truth, compassion, and faith are essential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!!!

  • By Frank Abignale on 01-08-14

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

Even if you don't really know who Mis Farrow is, you're sure to know some of her friends! This was a gripping look at the life of someone who never knew any life but Hollywood from childhood, but is a sincerely is a nice person.

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  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,520

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

A Book for Book-Lovers

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

The narrator was incredible. His voice was truly the voice of a loving Death, sharing the story of a girl he admires.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

Hope in the face of Sadness.

Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but I wish to now!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried. This book was so moving. One of the rare encounters with the human condition that makes you really FEEL something when hearing the narration of the novel. I can't express how great this was.

Any additional comments?

Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,285

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the Movie!

  • By Heather Feuerhelm on 03-31-12

Lovely

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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: 02-17-15

I was captivated by Henry and Claire's story. The author provides vivid descriptions that bring the reader right into Henry and Claire's lives. A wonderful blend of science fiction and love story.

  • 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 15,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,767

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

Inspirational!

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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: 02-04-15

This is a fictional story based in history, and is gripping and inspiring! Rich characters being this story to life, with themes of friendship, justice, and equality. This book deserves all acclaims!