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  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,620

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

First time listening to a favorite

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Jane Eyre is my favorite book, and I've reread it several times, but I had never listened to it in audio. When I saw that a new edition with Thandie Newton narrating was being released, I decided to buy it and give it a listen. I'm not sure if I would recommend the audio version to first-time readers of Jane Eyre, but it definitely was a pleasant experience rereading it in audio. Newton did all the different regional English accents very well. And I was impressed with how she slowly aged Jane's voice as the story progressed. At the beginning of the book, when Jane is still a child, she kept her voice in a higher register, then very gradually deepened it to a more "adult" sounding voice. Would recommend to fans of Jane Eyre, but if you've never read it, I recommend starting with the print book. Especially if the language is new/different, because the audio may be too fast to comprehend.

  • Little Women

  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: C. M. Hébert
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

This favorite book for children, based on the author's own youthful experiences, describes the family life of the Marches in a small New England community. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are raised in genteel poverty by their loving mother, Marmee, while their father serves as a chaplain during the Civil War. The story explores their domestic adventures, their attempts to increase the family's income, their friendship with the neighboring Laurence family, and their later love affairs and destinies as women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good reading of a classic

  • By Kenneth on 03-31-09

Some Issues with narrator, but still loved it!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I first listened to this edition of Little Women through my library's app and decided to buy a copy on Audible after figuring out I could get it for very cheap with the whispersync deal. As a couple of other reviewers have noted, the narrator, C.M. Herbert, whispers too much. I only noticed it when she was doing Beth's voice, but it was disappointing because I missed quite a bit of Beth's dialogue. Even with that disappointment with the narration, I still loved the book. I thought Herbert (when she wasn't whispering), sounded like a librarian. I felt like I was a kid again at story time. Overall, a good listening experience, and I'm glad I have a copy in my Audible library now, so I can listen again!

  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,646
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,604

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I recommend this to EVERYONE

  • By Emma Bennett on 12-11-17

I recommend this to EVERYONE

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

I first noticed Why We Sleep on Audible's homepage under "New in Non-Fiction" and clicked on it simply because I saw it was narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Steve West. The subtitle "Unlocking the power of sleep and dreams" makes this sound like it would be full of watered down science and generic advice about getting a good night's sleep or interpreting your dreams. That is NOT what this book is, thankfully. Matthew Walker presents study after study explaining why we need sleep for every aspect of our lives (to prevent disease, to help remember things, to look more attractive, etc.). I was fascinated for all 14 hours of this book. I've recommended it to every person I know, because the content of the book is just so IMPORTANT. The next time I hear someone say, "Oh, I only need 5 hours of sleep a night," I will tell them how wrong they are and shove this book in their face. Seriously, everyone needs to READ THIS BOOK!!! Our society holds some really erroneous beliefs about sleep, from how much you should be getting a night, to whether you really have insomnia (you probably don't). Walker addresses everything you ever wanted to know about sleep and more in this book. I will be listening to this again soon.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great until the ending

  • By Shane A. McGarry on 10-23-17

Excellent Writing and Narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

This was one of those audiobooks that I'm really glad I listened to instead of reading in print. I think Steve West's voice is amazing, and it really adds to the listening experience. I have never read anything from Laini Taylor before, but will probably try out her Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy after reading this. Her writing is beautiful and colorful!

The only negative critique I have for the audiobook is that the editing was off in parts. Sometimes phrases or words would repeat. At first, I thought it was intentional, like someone saying "Help" repeatedly, but then it happened several times throughout the book and it didn't seem to fit. I think it was just poor editing. It happened often enough to notice it, but not enough for me to be seriously annoyed.

Anyway, I highly recommend this audiobook as the narration and writing are both superb!

  • Understanding Japan

  • A Cultural History
  • By: Mark J. Ravina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark J. Ravina
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,669

In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents these 24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture. Professor Ravina, with the expert collaboration of the Smithsonian's historians, brings you a grand portrait of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and informative

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-04-16

Too much history, not enough culture

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

There were several aspects of this lecture series that I really enjoyed, but the negative outweighed the positive. The lecturer, Mark Ravina was very enthusiastic. He seemed to be very knowledgeable of Japan’s customs, culture and history. If Ravina were to ever write a book about Japanese culture or his personal travels and experiences in Japan, I would read it. Unfortunately only five out of the twenty-four lectures were memorable for me: Understanding Japan through Ancient Myths; Aspects of the Japanese Language; Early Japanese Buddhism; Japanese Family Life; and Japanese Foodways. All the other lectures were too heavy on the politics and history for my liking. If this had included more information about modern Japanese culture and what it’s like to live there, I think I would have enjoyed this more. I am not a history buff, so I kind of zoned out during some of the lectures that were more historical than cultural. I ended up listening to a few of the lectures twice because I didn’t get anything out of them the first time around. And even after two listens, some of the lectures still didn’t stick.

I’m surprised that Audible didn’t include a course guide or, at the very least, a glossary of people, places, and terms.

This was not a bad listening experience, so don’t be turned off by my low rating. It just wasn’t exactly what I wanted or expected. I even considered abandoning it around Lecture 10, but decided to power through. In the end, I don’t regret listening to the entire thing, as a couple of my favorite lectures were numbers 20 and 21.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,902

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read This if You're Very Sick and/or Thinking About Ending Your Life

  • By Derek on 07-21-15

Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Half of this is a holocaust memoir. The other half is psychology theory. Yet, it didn't feel disjointed or unrelated. I thought Frankl did a decent job connecting his sufferings in a concentration camp to the theory of logotherapy. Parts of it got repetitive, but that turned out to be helpful while listening to the audiobook since I sometimes didn't fully understand a concept the first time hearing it. If I had read this in print, I would have just re-read a particular paragraph if I was struggling with it.

I agree with Frankl when he says “Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.” He repeats variations on this theme throughout the book. A few reviews claim this book is no longer relevant, which I don't think is true. Americans today are guilty of pursuing happiness as the ultimate goal in life (YOLO!!). Which is pretty backwards, in my opinion. And it's impossible to be happy all the time, anyway. Suffering is inevitable. I think once you accept that not every day is going to the best day of your life, things get easier. And most of us at some point question our purpose in life.

Another point that Frankl emphasizes is that the meaning of one man's life is different than another man's. He says that his patients will ask him, "what is the meaning of life?" But there is not one answer that applies to every person. I think this concept can be extended to happiness. Happiness doesn't look the same on everyone. What makes me happy won't necessarily make you happy and vice versa.

I only gave this 3-stars because I didn't think logotherapy was explained as well as it could have been (he explains the theory but not the implementation, such as how a logotherapy session with a patient might actually play out). And I don't necessarily agree with all of the philosophy he describes. Since I can't underline passages or dog-ear pages in an audiobook, it's difficult to remember and pinpoint exactly which parts were contradictory to my own values or viewpoint. Perhaps after a second listen, I'd be able to explain myself more fully. All I can say for now is that there were a few times I thought, "I don't know if I'd agree with that." I'd still recommend reading this, whether you like to read about the holocaust or you have an interest in psychology or philosophy.

Lastly, Frankl overused the phrase "to be sure." Which isn't a huge deal, but I think it should have been edited out.

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,862
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,618

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Necessarily for Knope Fans

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

Excellent narration by Amy herself!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

Sometimes I laughed. Sometimes I zoned out and forgot I was listening to a book and should be paying attention. Mostly I was entertained and thought Amy's voice was awesome. I wish she could read all of my books for me. This was my first try at listening to an audiobook and I have to say it was successful. But I don't know if I would have enjoyed Yes Please nearly as much if I had read it on my own. That's why I gave the story only 3 stars, because the content sometimes just wasn't that interesting. However, Amy's performance gets 5 stars, so overall, 4 stars.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful