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  • Gather ‘Round the Sound

  • Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe
  • By: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5,767
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,073
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5,069

2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT WAS THAT!

  • By Phillip on 12-12-17

Mixed Review

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

i really liked the documentary about zip code 12345.

The Dickens story didn't have anything to do with the holidays.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,059
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56,913

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

Wait for the Movie Instead

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Meh. Sophomore slump. Interesting world building, but most of the characters were pretty stereotypical. I felt like I was reading the script for a blockbuster action film. I hope in his next book Weir goes back to his creativity and genius the inspired The Martian.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Upstanders: Season 1 (FREE)

  • By: Howard Schultz, Rajiv Chandrasekaran
  • Narrated by: Michael B. Jordan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

What are Upstanders? Let's start with this: They are the opposite of bystanders. They are problem solvers and protestors, students and parents, professionals and civic leaders. Some fight injustice; others fearlessly challenge the status quo. They are ordinary people who are making extraordinary differences in their communities and beyond. From Salt Lake City to Memphis to Baltimore, Upstanders remind us that participation in civic life has no bounds - and that we can all be the change we wish to see in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Lasse on 11-09-17

Refreshing Alternative to the News

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

In these days when the media can't seem to cover anything but depressing news, its refreshing to hear about people doing good things.

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,495
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,810
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,803

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Great Characters & Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Thanks #Audible20 for getting me to step outside my genres. Hang on for last chapter!

  • Butterflies in November

  • By: Audur Ava Olafsdottir
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

After a day of being dumped - twice - and accidentally killing a goose, a young woman yearns for a tropical vacation far away from the chaos of her life. Instead, her plans are thrown off course by her best friend’s four-year-old deaf-mute son, thrust into her reluctant care. But when the boy chooses the winning numbers for a lottery ticket, the two of them set off on a road trip across Iceland with a glove compartment stuffed full of their jackpot earnings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Quiet, Enjoyable Book

  • By Betsy on 11-12-17

A Very Quiet, Enjoyable Book

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Low-key Icelandic novel. Well narrated to convey the dry humor of the story. Good characters.

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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 29,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27,778
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27,672

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

Best Book I've Read This Year

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Please read this! Wonderful characters make this very important story readable, personal & even humorous at times. This was the best book & best narrative I've read in 2017.

  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Sherman Alexie
  • Narrated by: Sherman Alexie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314

When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie responded the only way he knew how: He wrote. The result is this stunning memoir. Featuring 78 poems and 78 essays, Alexie shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine - growing up dirt poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • True connection

  • By Tom on 07-20-17

A True Storyteller, Please Listen in Audio!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Sometimes I hesitate about a book when the author narrates it. Not so here! Sherman Alexie's storytelling absolutely made this book. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (named for the Patsy Cline song) is one of my top reads - and listens - of the year. Please, please, please read the audio version of this book! It was meant to be heard aloud. If you're familiar with Alexie's writing, this book is not like his other ones. It's not a humorous book; in fact, it's painfully intimate. It's his memoir of growing up in poverty on the Spokane Indian Reservation, with alcoholic parents He wrote book after his mother died as both a tribute to her and as a way to come to terms with their complicated relationship. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me was painful to listen to, and I didn't want it to end.
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  • One More Thing

  • Stories and Other Stories
  • By: B. J. Novak
  • Narrated by: B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,834

B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It gets better, and better, and better, and better

  • By David Shear on 02-07-14

I Enjoyed This Odd Book

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

Quirky collection of...what? Short stories, imaginative wanderings? Maybe it's for you, maybe not. Great narration.

  • Clay’s Quilt

  • A Novel
  • By: Silas House
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Clay’s Quilt was a Book Sense '76 Pick and was nominated for the Southeastern Booksellers Book of the Year and the Appalachian Writers Association Book Award. Clay Sizemore loves his home in Free Creek, but he longs for more. Since the death of his mother when he was four, he has felt the absence of family. His father left, and he has no siblings. But finally, through the love of others, he is able to create a place of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book

  • By christen on 05-03-18

Fantastic author, perfectly narrated

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

2nd time through Clay's Quilt this year. Silas House writes beautifully & narrated by one of the best.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,111

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Beautiful.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-16

This is one of the best books I've read this year, one of those novels you dont want to end. The narrator took some getting used to, but his style grew on me. The audiobook might have benefited from 2 narrators, though, one for each character.