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  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

  • By: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!

  • By CyndiLooWho on 05-24-12

What an entertaining story about a father and son!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-12

Would you listen to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son again? Why?

Yes I would but I usually only read books once but maybe in time I would again

What other book might you compare Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son to and why?

Rob Lowe's "Stories I only tell my friends" although his is not with his family it is about the same era and times.

Which character – as performed by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez – was your favorite?

I love the way they sound so much alike at times it is like the same person reading the book all the way through....I do think Martin Sheen should do more books I enjoy the way he reads

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

There were quite a few and from both of them

Any additional comments?

If you love memoirs this is definitely one you should read

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Born Free

  • The Complete Story
  • By: Joy Adamson
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Born Free, first published in 1960 (and immortalised in film by Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers), tells the story of Joy Adamson's relationship with Elsa the lioness, raising her from a young cub and later releasing her into the wild. Here is Adamson's inspiring saga for a new generation of listeners to discover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By sandy besso on 08-21-17

Entertaining and enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 06-27-12

Would you listen to Born Free again? Why?

Yes it would a story that I would listen to again

What other book might you compare Born Free to and why?

Part of the Pride by Kevin Richardson

What does Joanna David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I like the tones and inferences that she uses it really feel like you are there living the story, that's not easy to do when you are just reading words on a page

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

When Elsa died I had a few tears it was sad

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeptical at 1st, Enjoyed every moment

  • By paul on 10-31-10

A real masterpiece-----I couldn't stop listening!!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, listen to it or read it but it's definately a must, the story is fantastic.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and the way both races are portrayed is so apt for the era it was set.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's the voices that make it real, you know when the maids are talking and the employers it makes it so much easier to listen to and follow and just plain believable.

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

Yes when the daughter realises just how sick the mother is, she always portrays her as annoying and only interested in the trivial things but realises that there is more to her but only when she finds out just how sick she is.

Any additional comments?

Just listen to it or read it.....you'll be happy you did.

  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

  • Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe
  • By: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war - a rare achievement for any Afghan woman - Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Listen

  • By Susan on 09-20-12

I was hooked from the first 5mins

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

Reviewed: 03-28-12

What made the experience of listening to The Dressmaker of Khair Khana the most enjoyable?

I enjoy hearing about the life these girls had to lead and how they found a way to live withing the endless rules that had been placed on them...it was good to hear triumph over the odds.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kamila, the way she approaches things and deals with what comes to her is wonderful.

What does Sarah Zimmerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I find the readers voice entrancing and she keeps you focused on the story and you want to hear more.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried through the book, the girls had their moments but the descriptions of what happed to some was heartbreaking for me and unlike who told the story I wasn't there so imagine how they felt.

Any additional comments?

It is well worth a listen I found the whole thing uplifting so now if I think I am having a tough time I just remember what they lived through and I can see I am not really doing it tough.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Kevin Khatchadourian killed several of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a teacher, shortly before his 16th birthday. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, the story of Kevin's upbringing. A successsful career woman, Eva is reluctant to forgo her independence and the life she shares with Franklin to become a mother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • what a pity it was abridged!

  • By francesca on 04-02-14

I didnt bother to finish it

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

Reviewed: 03-20-12

I was disappointed with this book, I found it was really of no interest to me yet was looking forward to it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Torn Apart

  • The Heartbreaking Story of a Childhood Lost
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T Collins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Cory Friedman was an ordinary fun-loving little boy. That fateful March morning in 1989 started just like any other, but later that day, he started to feel very different, and the course of his life was set to change.

It started with an irresistible urge to shake his head, and before long, his body became a volatile, explosive, and unpredictable force. Overtaken by physical urges, tics, and compulsions, the bright young boy started to feel and look like a puppet on a string.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hello Corey

  • By Anonymous User on 10-20-17

this is an amazing story and very inspiring

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

Reviewed: 03-20-12

Where does Torn Apart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think this would have to be a favourite of mine.

What other book might you compare Torn Apart to and why?

Another book called

What does Kevin T Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think it's the way he read it and the way the he made you feel as though you were really being told the story face to face.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried at different places in the book...the journey is incredible

Any additional comments?

If you listen to at least one persons story of

  • Wasted

  • By: Mark Johnson
  • Narrated by: Steven Mackintosh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

With searing honesty, Wasted documents Mark's descent into the very depths of addiction and criminality. Homeless and hooked on heroin and crack, no one, least of all Mark, believed he would survive. And yet he somehow found the strength to pull through, and now runs his own thriving tree-surgery business, employing and helping other recovering addicts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's like you're there with him

  • By lisa sharpe on 12-06-17

Triumph over tragedy

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

Reviewed: 12-13-11

I was hooked from the first words spoken. This story is amazing how this person overcame a horrific start in life I am sure needs to be heard or read by many so they know they are not alone and that it really is possible. Do yourself a favour and have a listen you wont be sorry even though Mark doesn't read this the man that does makes you think that you are listening to Mark and are there with him telling you the story viewing his life through Mark's eyes.

  • My Life So Far

  • By: Jane Fonda
  • Narrated by: Jane Fonda
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

My Life So Far is a powerful account of an extraordinary woman. Oscar winner, controversial political activist, groundbreaking fitness guru, wife, mother, lover, philanthropist; just some of the roles Jane Fonda is known for. In this candid book, written by Fonda herself, there are messages for women of all ages as she holds a mirror up to her own life but lets us see ours reflected there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing lady and story

  • By Alana on 11-18-11

An amazing lady and story

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

Reviewed: 11-18-11

I loved this book, not only did it change the way I think about her but a number of topics she touches on in the book , she read it well and you just hear the talent in her voice. I think that the way she tells the story is heartfelt and honest and she really did this for her benefit as much as for ours to hear it. An amazing story from an amazing legend of screen and life!

  • The Blind Side

  • Evolution of a Game
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching and Informative

  • By Chris on 10-12-09

An amazing story

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

Reviewed: 11-18-11

This was a great story that needed to be told. I enjoyed hearing about the struggles and hardships that were endured. The only thing I found hard to listen to was the actual talk about NFL as I am Australian I would liken this to someone from the USA listening to a story about an Australian cricket legend... this aside I did learn about the game and the story itself kept me interested the whole way.

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

A wryly funny and moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.

Teen idol at 15, international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-1970s Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A surprisingly brilliant book

  • By Björn on 11-18-12

Amazing Amazing Amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-11

I was so sorry that this book ended... I loved the whole thing from start to finish. Forget acting Rob your impersonations are fanbloodytastic....that is the only thing I would say that I think you would miss when you read the physical book. Well narrated, interesting and although he talks about himself and talks about all the right people he never over does it doesn't feel like name dropping. He has alot more to live and I am sure there is more in his career to write about down the track...I will be ther first to get a copy.