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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 33,903
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,343
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,233

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

Bahni's reading is brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

This book is extremely powerful and it's made even more powerful by the voices Bahni Turpin gives Angie Thomas's characters. It's an important book for America right now.

  • The Crucible

  • By: Arthur Miller
  • Narrated by: Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr., and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 705

In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In the ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor, The Crucible mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged Version

  • By Michael G. Stoffel on 05-07-12

great acting! but it's abridged

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

like other reviews say, this is abridged. don't buy if you're reading along, but if not it's well done.

  • The Polygamist’s Daughter

  • A Memoir
  • By: Anna LeBaron, Leslie Wilson - contributor
  • Narrated by: Anna LeBaron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 345

"My father had more than 50 children." So begins the haunting memoir of Anna LeBaron, daughter of the notorious polygamist and murderer Ervil LeBaron. With her father wanted by the FBI for killing anyone who tried to leave his cult - a radical branch of Mormonism - Anna and her siblings were constantly on the run with the other sister-wives. Often starving and always desperate, the children lived in terror. Even though there were dozens of them together, Anna always felt alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Rachel Bruce on 06-05-17

powerful story in the author's own voice

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I have heard about various cults in the news in the last couple decades, but to read about it from the perspective of one of the children who suffered is powerful. Anna's story is real, redemptive, and impactful. To hear it read in her own voice adds a special touch.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,499

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

great narration, interesting story

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I listened to this book because I really liked The Martian. Andy Weir doesn't change his style in this new book, and the story is more complex but equally scientific and human. While Jazz isn't ever really fighting for a higher purpose than money, it seems, the story is exciting and interesting and rooted in hard science.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,666
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198,161

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

so good!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Wil Wheaton was the PERFECT narrator. so engaging and intense! It's a movie for your ears.

  • Talking as Fast as I Can

  • From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
  • By: Lauren Graham
  • Narrated by: Lauren Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,710

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls - the first and second times - and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Talking as Fast as I Can

  • By NO SPIN on 12-02-16

wonderful and sentimental

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

What a special book! A beautiful blend of wisdom and experiences and memories and emotions. and how amazing to hear it in her own voice.

  • May I Have Your Attention Please?

  • By: James Corden
  • Narrated by: James Corden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 997

As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of you, doing something to make you laugh, cry, shout, or giggle uncontrollably. At the age of 4, he grandstanded throughout his baby sister’s christening, standing on a chair in front of the whole congregation, pulling faces and cracking everyone up. Despite himself, the vicar was impressed. And from then on he couldn’t get enough of the spotlight, even when it always seemed to avoid him. Throughout his teens, he and his Dad trudged up and down towards London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Rachael Skinner on 06-29-16

Charming, honest, and insightful

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

What other book might you compare May I Have Your Attention Please? to and why?

I know what books I would not compare it to. I was expecting a book in the vein of the humorous memoirs/autobiographies of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, etc. However, this book was much more serious, thoughtful, and autobiographical, which was refreshing. James Corden provides a complete narrative of this point in his life, messes and all. I only hope that he adds a few chapters or writes another book in light of his increasing fame.

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  • Moby-Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,678

Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Had No Idea Melville Was So Funny

  • By Dave on 05-09-12

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

Much better than I expected--largely because of the excellent, dynamic engaging narration in this audiobook. :)