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  • The Communist Manifesto

  • By: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
  • Narrated by: Jakob Stone
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

The Communist Manifesto summarizes Marx and Engels' theories concerning the nature of society and politics and class struggle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quick introduction to the seeds of Communism

  • By cosmitron on 09-10-18

Good narrator for this classic work

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

The narrator did a really nice job with Marx's classic Manifesto. He spoke in a clear tone, was (appropriately) quick in his pace, and used a very serious voice that matched the content of the book well. While listening to this audio book I felt as if I could have been sitting at a Daily Worker's meeting listening to it's members discuss serious business....with this narrator as the group leader. This would be a nice version of Communist Manifesto for a student preparing for an upcoming exam on the work...would move a lot more quickly than the traditional paper/bound version and would probably be more interesting. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Learn Beginner Spanish Bundle: The Ultimate Spanish for Beginners Bundle: Lessons 1 to 30

  • From the Original Learning Spanish like Crazy Level 1
  • By: Patrick Jackson
  • Narrated by: Paul Rodriguez, Juan Noble, Jessica Ramos-Collins
  • Length: 20 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Take your Spanish to the next level. Learning Spanish like Crazy will empower you to step on the gas and peel rubber, taking you from beginner level - or even absolute beginner level - all the way to Latin American conversational Spanish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What I really like about this audiobook

  • By Drew R. on 11-16-18

Pretty good for new Spanish speakers

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

Okay, so this wasn't the most wildly entertaining book I've read this year, but it's still a great book to have in your audio collection. Narrator did a great job and the author's lessons are organized, succinct, and approachable. If you're an audio book lover and you aim to learn (or polish up) your Spanish than this is a good place to start! I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Potholes and Magic Carpets

  • By: Joy Mutter
  • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The main action takes place in rural Kent and London. It looks at the dramatic incidents, challenges, and temptations in the past and present lives of four couples of varying ages, professions, and sexual persuasions, all linked by either blood or friendship. The negative, selfish, sometimes violent, natures of some of the characters in Potholes and Magic Carpets wreak havoc on the innocent. A tale of not so simple folk.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, but enjoyable nonetheless

  • By Ad n' Audie on 12-26-18

Strange, but enjoyable nonetheless

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This unusual work of fiction captured my attention from start to finish in part due to the author’s storytelling talent and in part (surely unintentionally) due to its odd construction. The stories had a disjointed quality to them – the flow from one story to the next wasn’t entirely smooth. However, that never once really bothered me. I was content just to move from story to story. It’s sort of like hanging out with a friend or colleague who you know is totally odd, but you enjoy their company in spite of that oddness (and in some part because of it, if you’re being honest with yourself). I didn’t love how the author left some gaping potholes in her plot (ha, bad pun intended) whilst tying up other stories a bit too neatly at the end, but none of that bothered me enough to color the entire reading experience negatively. I thought the narrator did a great job here and I think this author could really shine with just a little more polish. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare

  • By: E. Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Anne Hancock
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Famed author E. Nesbit ( The Railway Children) brings 20 of Shakespeare's plays to life in language that children can understand. They are entertaining narratives that describe the Bard's main characters and often intricate plots. Each story provides a concise overview for anyone about to experience a Shakespeare play for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shakespeare for Elementary Ears

  • By Myztikal on 06-10-18

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this audio book. It’s really very soothing and as such is great to fall asleep to. But more than that, this book hits on every major Shakespeare story and tells each one in a highly approachable manner. I guess you could describe the style here as reminiscent of Cliff Notes, but with an end goal of enjoyment/better understanding of each story (vs. an exam for which the original concept of Cliff Notes was created). Narrator did a great job here and despite the fact that I was very familiar with at least half of these stories I still felt like I got a lot out of reading this book. Would highly recommend to anyone interested increasing their familiarity with Shakespeare’s body of work. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • White Death

  • By: Christine Morgan
  • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

The blizzard hits out of nowhere, screaming across the Great Plains like a runaway train. Frostbite and hypothermia wait for anyone caught without shelter. For the hardy settlers of Far Enough, in the Montana Territory, it’s about to get worse. Something else has arrived with the blizzard - something sleek and savage and hungry. Wild animal or vengeful spirit from Native American legend, it blends into the snow and bites with sharper teeth than the wind. It is called the wanageeska. It is the White Death. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Excellent

  • By Tatiana on 08-01-18

magical realism + horror + historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

White Death is a very cool novel. It combines elements of magical realism with horror with historical fiction and gives the reader a real look at how fragile pioneer life was for the brave people who pushed Westward. In this particular story the threat was fictional, but it struck me as metaphorical in a sense as well. They had very little protection against severe weather and they were so dependent upon each other for survival…if someone or something went off the rails it wasn’t out of the question for half of a town to be wiped out. One of my favorite things about this book is how the author intertwines several different (but related) stories and then provides a reader with a rundown of what became of each character at the end. As always Matt Godfrey is an absolutely fantastic narrator, particularly for the horror genre, and he’s done a stellar job bringing this book and it’s many interesting characters to life. I have left my unbiased review here of my own accord.

  • The Flood

  • Unicorn Daze, Book 2
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Laura Hesse
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Gus the Unicorn takes young Jessie on an adventure to meet Father Time inside the Great Veil and Noah just moments before the Great Flood. Jessie learns what happened to the unicorns and why we don't see them in the world today. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story 👏

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 09-08-18

Her voice is so soothing

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Laura Hesse's books for children are so sweet. Her audiobooks literally sound as if a beloved family member is reading to your child. Her voice is very soothing and my three-year-old loves to fall asleep to whatever adventures Gus the unicorn gets up to. This is another fun installation in the adorable Gus the Unicorn series…highly recommend for your little fantasy fiction lover, especially around bed time. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • A Watched Pot

  • By: Mr. Blue
  • Narrated by: David Morley Hale
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Graham is trying his hardest to save his marriage. When his wife, Cressida, invites two new friends over for dinner he offers to cook even though he has no experience with vegan food. Something troubles Graham about the couple, but he can’t quite put his finger on it. He takes a journey into Facebook to find a terrible truth which creates a sinister consequence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A short entertaining read

  • By cosmitron on 10-04-18

A great little story...

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Now this is an author who knows how to tell a short story. Characters were compelling and well developed for such a short span of time to have spent with them. The bits about dietary choice arrogance and obnoxious social media behavior had me laughing out loud and made me appreciate the ending even more. The narrator has an elegant voice and does a great job with this story. I would certainly be interested in checking out more from this author and this narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Sharpe Point

  • Maycroft Mystery Series, Book 4
  • By: Lisa B. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Retired from teaching, rookie investigator Deena Sharpe wants justice for the wrongly accused. She also wants to impress her new boss. But when she trips over a dead body in the church’s haunted house, the police try to pin it on one of their clients. Can Deena defend a person she thinks may be guilty?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Ashley Hedden on 09-16-18

Such a fun series to follow

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The Maycroft cozy mystery audio books narrated by Kelley Hazan mix the right amount of charm, quirk, spooky murder mystery, and well, coziness to make this a series you'll want to follow. Prime example from the opening chapter of this installation in the series... The main character bakes a cake under the strict supervision of her persnickety mother in law (a master baker) to bring to a church Halloween cake walk. Wacky events unfold (which they are want to do in Maycroft) and a large man falls dead atop the cake. As the character is explaining the situation to her husband and mother in law later that evening her mother in law questions how badly the deceased's head squished the prized cake and whether or not it (the cake) could have been salvaged. If lol moments like that don't sell you on the series than the fact that Hazan delivers these memorable lines with a fantastic array of voices should. Thank you to Ms. Thomas, Ms. Hazan, and audiobook boom for the complimentary copy of this book. I have left my unbiased review here of my own accord.

  • Sharpe Turn

  • Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series, Book 4
  • By: Lisa B. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

When a famous author agrees to teach a writing course at the library, amateur sleuth Deena Sharpe eagerly signs up. But on the second day of class, the author's wife dies in a car crash, and the police suspect foul play. Is it a hoax to teach his students about plotting a murder mystery? Not likely. Deena dives into the investigation when a friend is accused of the crime. With her brother's help, she must clear their friend's name and stay out of trouble with the town's newest detective. As if that weren't enough, it's her husband's birthday and her pushy mother-in-law is coming to town. What's a Southern gal to do?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen

  • By lynda on 12-11-17

The Sharpe books really grow on you...

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

This is my 2nd Sharpe cozy mystery series book by Lisa B. Thomas, narrated by Kelley Hazan and I've found that the series has really grown on me. I think the key thing for me has been the narrator...she is absolutely fantastic at capturing voice nuance and really makes you feel like you're a fly on the wall listening to suburban housewives engage in petty squabbles, typical awkward moments between in-laws in middle America, an average people trying to go about the business of living whilst not-so-average things occur all around them. Kelley Hazan animates those quirky ancillary characters beautifully as well...this time around it was the main character's brother's cantankerous old friend. The things he said and that hilarious voice he said them with...the whole situation had me laughing out loud on a few occasions. These books are fantastic at the bedside as there's truly a soothing quality to the stories themselves (I suppose there's a reason they're called "cozy") and to Hazan's voice. I believe these books are good enough to rival the famous Diane Mott Davidson Goldie Bear Cozy Mystery audio books (also beautifully narrated). Thank you to Ms. Thomas, Ms. Hazan, and audiobook boom for the complimentary copy of this book. I have left my unbiased review here of my own accord.

  • The Unicorn & the Dragon

  • Unicorn Daze
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Laura Hesse
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The ghost of Sir Lancelot helps Jessie and her unicorn friend, Gus, stop a dragon from destroying the Great Plains and even time itself. Jessie discovers how to release the power of the magical Karkadan horn to do good, and Gus finds the courage to live up to being the son of the unicorn king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one 🐲

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-07-18

The new surprise bedtime fave in our household!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This book appears to be a self-funded independent project in which the writer herself narrates the audiobook. Her unpolished style isn’t necessarily what adults are looking for in an audiobook but it is PERFECT for little kids! My son loves this audiobook because he said it “sounds like mommy reading it”. In fact, it is a much bigger hit in our household than other classic children’s tales that are professionally narrated because those narrators fail to capture his attention. The Unicorn and the Dragon literally sounds like it’s being read by a mother or a grandmother to her own loved ones. I love it because the story itself and the narrator sooth my little one off to sleep. He’s got a library of audiobooks to choose from and lately he’s been asking for The Unicorn and the Dragon every night. So glad to have stumbled upon this cute story. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.