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  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,724

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Wow - wow - wow - don't miss it.

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

This will haunt you for a long time. A monologue read by a haunting voice. Starts off quite British, funny and profane but oh does the story build. About a marriage and children but I will say no more

  • My Patients and Other Animals

  • By: Suzy Fincham-Gray
  • Narrated by: Suzy Fincham-Gray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The pursuit of a childhood dream has taken Suzy Fincham-Gray on a journey in veterinary medicine from pastoral farms on the English-Welsh border to emergency rooms in urban American animal hospitals, with thousands of stories collected along the way. In this unforgettable literary debut, she writes about some of the most emotionally challenging and rewarding cases of her career. Like many physicians, Fincham-Gray tends to see her patients at often life-or-death moments. While dramatic, these stories expand into deeper explorations of our complex, profound relationships with the animals in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, compelling!

  • By Danielle Simone Brand LeMond on 05-08-18

Fascinating insight by a specialist vetinarian

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

This is a fascinating book - read by the author. It is different from most other writing by vets as the stories are not superficial but in some depth but still understandable for the layman. She is open and honest about her own doubts and difficulties. I have owned many dogs but I now see the veterinarian side quite differently. I was hooked and it was hard to interrupt when my dog walks were over.

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,895

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Powerful beyond words

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

Wow, wow, don't miss this book. I read it first and was so mesmerized I wanted to hear it read to me to savor it again and in more detail. It is beautifully read. This is a powerful emotional book about 4 young men who meet at college and then we follow them through the years as they make their careers and marriages, etc. The focus is on Jude (he will always haunt you) and his secret, dark past and how it affects all their loves. The friendships, the intimacies are breathtaking. It is a long long book but delicious all the way. I highly recommend it.

50 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • The Captive: Remembrance of Things Past - Volume 5

  • By: Marcel Proust
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Remembrance of Things Past is one of the monuments of 20th-century literature. Neville Jason’s widely praised abridged version has rightly become an audiobook landmark and now, after numerous requests, he is recording the whole work unabridged which, when complete, will run for some 140 hours. The Captive is the fifth of seven volumes. The Narrator’s obsessive love for Albertine makes her virtually a captive in his Paris apartment. He suspects she may be attracted to her own sex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Hans G. Despain on 09-08-12

At last a way to listen to this great classic

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

Reviewed: 04-25-14

Somehow I have never gotten around to reading Proust. I always intended to, so when I saw it was available on Audiobooks I decided to finally do it. I actually expected it to be somewhat tedious and I planned to just read the first of the seven books just to get a taste. Well, to my surprise I was totally engrossed in it and eventually did all seven books. Gorgeously written - such magnificent prose. And the characters - they will stay with you forever. And the beautiful French names. Haunting. I highly recommend this book and the other seven too. You won't regret it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Charterhouse of Parma

  • By: Henri Beyle Stendhal
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 19 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

In the coming-of-age story, we follow a young Italian nobleman, Fabrizio Valserra, Marchesino del Dongo, on many adventures, including his experiences at the Battle of Waterloo, and romantic intrigues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing novel finally available on audio!

  • By Grant on 03-23-14

A classic you don't want to miss

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

Reviewed: 04-25-14

This is another classic I never got around to reading and finally Audiobooks made it possible for me to finally get to it. I thought it started a little slow but oh how it developed. It was hard to stop my walks and turn off my iPod. I walked extra just to keep listening. It is a French author writing about an Italian hero and I enjoyed the comments about the two different cultures. The beautiful Italian names will ring in my head forever. Don't miss it.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Life and Work of Marcel Proust

  • By: Neville Jason
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

This, the first audio-biography of Marcel Proust, tells the story of one of the world's most original and admired literary geniuses. From his youth in the salons of Belle Epoque Paris, we follow his progress through to his later years when, as a near recluse, he writes through the nights in his cork-lined bedroom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine intro to Proust

  • By Kirk McElhearn on 10-19-06

An Excellent overview of Proust

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

Reviewed: 04-25-14

After listening to all 7 books of Time Lost I wanted some historical perspective on Marcel Proust - how much was autobiographical. This short book was excellent and gave me a better understanding of him and his writings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Death in the Family

  • By: James Agee
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Decades after its original publication, James Agee’s last novel seems, more than ever, an American classic. For in his lyrical, sorrowful account of a man’s death and its impact on his family, Agee painstakingly created a small world of domestic happiness and then showed how quickly and casually it could be destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully read!

  • By Mark Dillon on 07-24-17

A rural family struggles with death

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

Reviewed: 07-10-13

Written back in the first half of the 20th century, this slow moving but powerful story tells of a rural family facing a death of one of its members. It starts out very slowly but soon it completely hooked me and I found it hard to put down. Not a whole lot happens but it is nevertheless completely absorbing and true to life. I highly recommend it.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Boy

  • A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction
  • By: David Sheff
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107

David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping Story

  • By Bev K. on 05-06-10

A powerful story of meth addiction

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

Reviewed: 07-10-13

This is a beautiful and engaging book about a family’s tortured history with meth addiction. Actually, it is several books in one: first, the mesmerizing story of their young teenage son’s falling into a life of addiction and the horrible consequences and long struggles for recovery; then the author has done extensive research on addiction and particularly meth addiction and so he gives us a great deal of that; and then just the daily life of his family over the years. For a family struggling with addiction, it will all be very helpful but for the (fortunate) rest of us it could be trimmed down a bit. For example, the very detailed and lengthy descriptions of their daily family life – when we are dying to get back to the addition story. Nevertheless, it is engrossing and well written and well narrated. It certainly expanded my insight into such issues and I truly admire this family.

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,211

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

A delightful read!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-13

This is a delightful book and just wonderful to listen to. It is the memoir of a midwife in London of the 1950s. It is hard to believe that before the National Health Service came into being in the late 1940s and made free healthcare available to all, maternity care for the poor was practically non-existent in Britain. But by the mid 1950s nurse midwives were bicycling around the projects of London giving prenatal (the Brits call it antenatal) care and handling home deliveries, or even hospital deliveries for complications. Each story is more delightful or amazing than the others. My only complaint is that I never wanted it to end. The author, an experienced nurse, signs up for midwife training and thinks she is being sent to a hospital but instead it is a community of nuns who lovingly care for their patients and train other nurses to become experienced midwives. Britain was still recovering from the privations of WWII and there was an immense shortage of housing. Poor families lived in incredibly crowded and primitive conditions. Many of the old condemned buildings did not have running water for each flat but were still full of families because there was nowhere to move them. Into this comes all the drama of birth and death and family and money issues and even racial issues (Britian was just beginning to get immigrants of different racial backgrounds). It is just beautifully written, beautifully narrated (the Cockney voices will haunt me) and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • A Novel
  • By: Milan Kundera, Michael Henry Heim (translator)
  • Narrated by: Richmond Hoxie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 920

A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals—while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and good, stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence we feel “the unbearable lightness of being."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love, Politics, and Strange Bedfellows

  • By Mel on 07-01-12

Heavy Reading but worth it.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-13

I have always wanted to read this book but put it off over the years. I knew it would not be light reading and since I am definitely a speed reader, I knew I would be tempted to skip some of the philosophical stuff and concentrate on the plot. So having it read to me was ideal – no speed reading (oh, except that on my iPod I could speed it up, but I never did!). This is a well-known and highly reviewed book by the Czech writer Milan Kundera. He uses the stories of two couples to inject his philosophical musings about Prague in the 1960s and 1970s particularly during the period of the 1968 Russian invasion and the damping effect it has on Czech society and on our couples in particular. The main character, Tomas, is a womanizing surgeon who goes from one lover to the other until he stumbles on Tereza who totally confuses him. He doesn’t give up his other affairs but she has a definite hold on him. The author compares the ideas of “lightness” – we have one life to life and this is it – to “heaviness” – life is an unending cycle of repeats. It is much more complicated than that, of course. Despite the “coolness” of the narrative, you get attached to the characters as you follow them from youth to aging and see the deadening effect of totalitarianism on individuals and effects their choices have. It is very definitely worth reading and because it is not light reading, it is an excellent book to have read to you. I am very glad I finally know what it is all about.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful