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  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,115

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

Spritual. Adventurous. Thrilling. Tragic. Hope

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I was a fan of the film but this book lives inside of me. I find myself thining of bits and parts of it months after listening to it the first time. It is spiritual, hopeful, adventurous, frightening, thrilling, and mysterious. on a purely personal note, I've been sailing with my 34 pound orange tabby and I constantly find myself opening cat food cans and thinking how grateful I am not to be diving for and wrestling sea turtles to keep him fed. God bless Pi and Richard Parker. And God bless Yann Martel for this fabulous modern day clasdic!

  • Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

  • The Mowgli Stories
  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680

Audie Award, Excellence in Production; Audie Award, Audio Drama, 2016. The magical storytelling and unforgettable characters in Ben Doyle and Richard Kurti's audio adaptation of this children's classic have been brought to life by many well-known voices from British film, TV, radio and comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kipling at its best!

  • By Sarah Cresap on 06-08-16

My Favorite Childhood Book for Adults! Thrilling

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

This is one of my absolute favorite childhood books! I'm nearly 50, don't have kids, and wasn't sure it was the best purchase. I was NOT disappointed! Rudyard Kiplings authentic words theatrically performed. I could listen to this over and over again. I needed something light, short and entertaining. This was thrilling & fun!

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,478

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Relatable. Readable. Interesting & Entertaining.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I stumbled upon this and was drawn to the description , "...the ferocious pull of motherhood - and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.".

I was drawn to the description of this book because of it's personal familiarity. I spent my early childhood in the stable suburbs of the Midwest and have spent decades of my adolescence and adult life travelling endlessly and moving constantly with my artist mother........ "silverware packed in cups, packed in bowls, packed in the skillet, packed in a grocery sack behind the backseat. .........leaving what they couldn't take with them behind .". Mia and Pearl are so close to my mother and myself that my judgement on this book is entirely self-centered. What I can say is that it is a purely authentic and accurate account of the life of gypsy artists. It's also very accurate of my memory of my own early childhood in the upwardly mobile Midwest suburbs.

Mostly, I found this very entertaining. Chock full of diverse and likable characters. A couple of afternoons well spent. The reader was SUPERB!!! Beautifully written! I look forward to more.

  • The Scarlet Letter

  • By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Hester Prynne settles in a little town in Puritan-era Massachusetts while awaiting her husband's arrival from England. Hester becomes pregnant, exposing her sin in the eyes of the townsfolk. Her penalty: wearing an embroidered A on her bosom for the remainder of her life. When Hester's husband arrives in the town anticipating a joyous reunion with his young wife, he instead begins a cankering quest to uncover the father of Hester's child.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By c. barr on 02-10-17

Timeless American Classic Brought to Life

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

A timeless American classic brought to Life! Everything about this Audible version brings the pages to Life. The only thing I would change is that I would have preferred to have listened to a female reader on this particular work. This is not at all a criticism of the reader. This is an incredibly well performed production. Ultimately though, it is a female story and the male reader threw me a curve for the first several chapters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Until I Find You

  • A Novel
  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 35 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 199

When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant church organist and profligate womanizer, is always a step ahead, has always just departed in a wave of scandal, with a new tattoo somewhere on his body from a local master or "scratcher".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, annoyingly read

  • By Katharina on 04-30-06

A Favorite for a Lifetime...

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

To start with, Arthur Morey' s narration was spot on! I will look for more of his work after this. I am a huge John Irving fan. I love his honesty and candor. He has a very gritty, raw way of storytelling. My mother first read this book and recommended it to me saying that his exploration of the history of tattoo art fascinated her. It fascinated me too but, that and so much more. This was a refreshing departure for John Irving. His lead character, Jack, spends a lifetime traveling Canada, the United States, Europe and the Netherlands in search of more than he realizes throughout his journey. The writing allows the reader or listener to travel with him and in his search, we explore our own journeys. It is honest, brash, compelling story telling - one of Irving' s finest.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Birth of Venus

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Dunant
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-06-04

Artfully Imagined History - Poetically Crafted

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

Reviewed: 12-02-13

I first read this book in hardcover years ago and it's been a favorite from the very first page. Sarah Dunant has a gift for diving into earlier centuries and drawing those characters into modern comprehension while seducing the reader into a time warp of another place and time - taking them on a historic adventure of art, history, politics, religion, love, strife, and life. Every word is a delicacy to savor. The journey is unforgettable. I love the Audible version. kathe Mazur's narration is sublime.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Testament of Mary

  • By: Colm Toibin
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,711

Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • from a non believer...

  • By Taormina60 on 09-27-13

A Hauntingly Beautiful Memoir

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

Reviewed: 11-05-13

What a hauntingly beautiful rendition of this biblical tale. Colm Tobin channeled the spirit of Christ's mother at the most pivotal, defining moment of her life and that of Christianity. Meryl Streep delivered a flawless monologue of a hardened, lonely widow questioning her fractured spirit. I will listen again and again.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,921

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By Prisca on 04-30-10

Thoughfully Written, Well Researched....Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-13

I'm listening to this book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. I've had numerous friends the past few years dealing with a variety of forms of cancer and I found it while searching book titles on the subject. I'm not sure I recommend it as reading if you are dealing with the issue or are close friend or family but it is a true story of monumental historic value for scientific research, ethics, and human consequence. The breadth, depth, and scope of the story of the events, of the life an ordinary woman who has left an extraordinary impression on science is truly monumental. I'm only half way through it and I'm not certain if I think it's more triumph or tragedy but I do think it's highly recommended reading material.

I am a huge fan of the writing of Dava Sobel because she tells the historic stories of science from a truly human perspective and tells them in the form of biography that reads like a well written novel. Rebecca Skloot is equally gifted. It's a thoughtfully written and researched account. If you are interested in science or if you are not. If you believe in Western medicine, or if you don't. It is a thought provoking tale. I think it would be great reading for middle and high school students as well, with the exception of a couple of chapters that are sexually explicit and parents may want to censor.

  • Galileo's Daughter

  • A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
  • By: Dava Sobel
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

Galileo Galilei was the foremost scientist of his day. Though he never left Italy, his inventions and discoveries were heralded around the world. His telescopes allowed him to reveal the heavens and enforce the astounding argument that the earth moves around the sun. For this belief, he was brought before the Holy Office of the Inquisition, accused of heresy, and forced to spend his last years under house arrest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eppur, si muove

  • By Jean on 09-30-13

Compelling

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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: 10-20-13

"Galileo's Daughter" is one of the most compelling works of history I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Dava Sobel is equal parts poetic and science in her writing and she has a unique gift for intertwining the human stories with their scientific purpose, without missing a beat on the politics. This is really a profound work. I've read it, I've listened to it, and I'm sure I'll listen to it again and again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Call Me Ted

  • By: Ted Turner, Bill Burke
  • Narrated by: Ted Turner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and groundbreaking philanthropist, Ted Turner is truly a living legend, and now, for the first time, he reveals his personal story. From his difficult childhood to the successful launch of his media empire to the catastrophic AOL/Time Warner deal, Turner spares no details or feelings and takes the reader along on a wild and sometimes bumpy ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Under-hyped

  • By loix on 12-21-08

Brilliant! Funny! Honest! Candid! Provocative!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Call Me Ted to be better than the print version?

We've been working all weekend and listening to Ted Turner's autobiography, "Call Me Ted". Brilliant, candid, thoughtful, forthright, and truly exhausting. It is a fascinating read (or listen!). I've always been a huge fan of him but I am truly in awe. It's a great read - particularly to anyone with an interest in business.

What did you like best about this story?

That this provocative man is so candid in the telling of his life story.

What about Ted Turner’s performance did you like?

That it was Ted Turner himself. Listening to this was like having him in the room.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His life is such a compelling page turner. I iwouldn't say there is one particular part of the book that gripped me so much as just wanting more and more and more with every new development.