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  • Miracle Boy Grows Up

  • How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity
  • By: Ben Mattlin
  • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Ben Mattlin lives a normal, independent life. Why is that interesting? Because Mattlin was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a congenital weakness from which he was expected to die in childhood. Not only did Mattlin live through childhood, he became one of the first students in a wheelchair to attend Harvard, from which he graduated and became a professional writer. His advantage?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • powerful

  • By Melanie on 12-14-16

powerful

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-14-16

this is a powerful work, not only about someone who discovered his identity as disabled and eventually flourished in it, but also a way of helping others do the same. much gratitude.

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,944

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever

  • By Molly-o on 12-25-11

a rare gem

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Reviewed: 11-28-16

the combination of intellectual finesse and full-bodied characters gives this novel an exceptional quality of enjoyment. the reader is well-spoken and creative in her enactments. a pleasure from start to finish.

  • The Brothers Karamazov [Naxos AudioBooks Edition]

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 37 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a titanic figure among the world's great authors, and The Brothers Karamazov is often hailed as his finest novel. A masterpiece on many levels, it transcends the boundaries of a gripping murder mystery to become a moving account of the battle between love and hate, faith and despair, compassion and cruelty, good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Spiritual and Philosophical Tour-de-Force

  • By Rich on 02-27-16

diverse character voices

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Reviewed: 11-06-16

the narrator does an excellent job of acting out the diverse characters of the story, bringing it to life. I appreciate that he uses feminine voices for the female characters. I am not sure if it is the fault mainly of the story or of his acting, but it would be nice if the female characters were to occasionally speak in a more dignified, even slightly less hysterical manner. even when their lines are outlandish, it may be that precisely this outlandishness makes an exaggeratedly flustered tone all the more aggregious. all in all, the narration is work of art in its own right.