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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 23,900
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,226
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,144

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

Astonishing Good!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Great story! Fantastic narration!! Timely and nuanced! I loved it!! So glad to have finished this before the movie!!

  • Knit the Season

  • A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel
  • By: Kate Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Knit the Season is a loving, moving, laugh-out-loud celebration of special times with friends and family. The story begins a year after the end of Knit Two, with Dakota Walker's trip to spend the Christmas holidays with her Gran in Scotland, accompanied by her father, her grandparents, and her mother's best friend, Catherine. Together, they share a trove of happy memories about past Christmases.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration distracting from characters

  • By Susan Bailey on 08-20-15

just okay

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-10

I enjoy these characters but there is too much reliance on Georgia's character in the story's plot. The characters are strong enough and interesting enough that Georgia is more distracting. I want to hear about the other characters lives more. This was okay but not an essential read in my opinion.

  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,314

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Linda on 02-01-03

Stunning-I couldn't stop listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-09

I was immediately drawn into the wonderful, gripping story!! It was so real, so vividly written, and beautifully narrated. The story line is compelling and the written is so descriptive. It is a great novel -- I loved this book. It is the best book I have listened to or read in a long time.
I also have to say that it is incredible that a man wrote this book. What a great story. I got totally lost in it. You are tempted to believe it is an actual memoir, then have to remind yourself it is a work of fiction. Amazing!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Breakthrough

  • Politics and Race in the Age of Obama
  • By: Gwen Ifill
  • Narrated by: Gwen Ifill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Drawing on interviews with power brokers like Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and many others, as well as her own razor-sharp observations and analysis, Gwen Ifill shows why now is a pivotal moment in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting

  • By Batgirl8999 on 02-28-09

Very Interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-09

This is a fascinating account of the modern incarnation of African American politics. I enjoyed hearing about the tensions between old and new generation politics, the interviews with African American political families, and Ms Ifill's thorough analysis of it all. Who knew there were so many trailblazers all around the country?

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Magnolia

  • By: Norma L. Jarrett
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Although Summer and Misa secretly share the same family curse, each handles it differently. And then, one rainy night at a family reunion, an argument and an accident trigger a chain reaction that unravels years of family secrets and misunderstandings. Norma L. Jarrett pens this inspirational Essence Book Club Pick about two feuding sisters who struggle to reconcile differences and renew their faith in God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book - Inspirational

  • By Dominique on 11-13-07

Very enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-08

I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to get used to the narrator's style, but once I did, I really got into the book. The story line is interesting and the characters are well-drawn. I found myself chuckling at certain parts of the book and my heart warmed in others. A great read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Delicious

  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

Cal Buchanan needs a top-flight chef to take over his failing Seattle restaurant, The Waterfront. He can afford to hire the best in town, the only problem is that the best happens to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DELICIOUS

  • By Gloria on 09-10-07

Delightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-08

This was a delightful book to listen to. I listened to it over the holidays. It was a romantic, heartwarming escape. I also enjoyed the narrator. She gave the characters distinctive voices that added to the listening experience. I'll be downloading other books by this author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nanny Diaries

  • By: Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Funny and Great Characters

  • By D. Houston on 01-26-05

Entertaining, yet sad

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-07

This is a witty, well-written story that provides a peek into life of well-to-do families and how differently parenting is handled by these families. The narration is great, making it a book I really enjoyed listening to. At the same time, it is a sad story. As a child psychologist and a mother, I really felt for the children in the story.