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  • Wench

  • A Novel
  • By: Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  • Narrated by: Quincy Tyler Bernstine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 354

Tawawa House in many respects is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. The main building, with its luxurious finishes, is loftier than the white cottages that flank it, but the smaller structures are better positioned to catch any breeze that may come off the pond. And they provide more privacy, which best suits the needs of the Southern white men who vacation there every summer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and disturbing, an amazing debut...

  • By Donna on 02-15-11

CAPTIVATING and HEARTBREAKING TRUTH about SLAVERY

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

A Beautifully narrated and Artiscally written novel that makes you visualize the events, smells, tastes and emotions of the era. It honestly tells the horrors of slavery and the necessary bonds formed among enslaved women. A rich, rich, rch and Heartbreaking story. ..

  • The Litigators

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,071

The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Grisham, entertaining

  • By Jbug on 10-29-11

Story set in Chi-Town with New York Accents?

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

Reviewed: 04-22-12

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

I love all things John Grisham. I've been a fan ever since I was on a flight traveling to Memphis many years ago, when I was still an undergrad, and an elderly "Southern Bell" sitting next to me gave me a--fresh off the press--1st edition she'd just completed, called "Time to Kill." She told me I must read this book, because it was "faaaabulous dahlin'" and the author was going to be "famous one day." How prophetic...

The Litagators fulfilled my expectations. However, the narrator would have been perfect if the characters were from New York. I had to remind myself over and over that the characters were supposed to be Chicagoans, specifically Southsiders...I was born in Chicago and grew-up on the Southside. I bleed Chicago White Sox, and long for the old Comisky Park...So I can say without a doubt, the characters did not speak Chi-Townease...

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Litigators?

Even after the firm finally got a big payday at the end, Wally displayed that old longing when he heard the ambulance sirens,

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Characters sounded like New Yorkers...This Chicago White Sox fan did not appreciate feeling like she was sitting in the Yankees bull pen...metaphorically...

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

Laugh, Smile, SMH...

Any additional comments?

Keep them coming JG...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Something on the Side

  • By: Carl Weber
  • Narrated by: Vicki Sands, Kim Brockington, Shari Peele, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

Carl Weber is the New York Times best-selling author of Baby Momma Drama and Player Haters. To be a member of the Big Girls Book Club, there's just one requirement: be a size 14 - at least.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Fayette Latrice on 10-30-08

Speechless

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-11

To say that the characters in this book are one dimensional would be an overstatement. Each character has less than a half of a dimension. If they are not talking about sex, they are having or thinking about it. The characters are super obsessed with sex...and most of them equate sex and commitment, or the lack thereof, with love. I'm far from being a prude, but this book left me speechless--and not in a good way. I could not imagine an entire group of friends and/or family members who govern their entire lives based on their sexual appetites—all decisions are libido driven. Each character is rendered helpless, when aroused. Give me a break! If the characters are not talking about sex, they are having or thinking about it. This book is worthy of a place on the shelf of some XXX book store. It is obvious that it was written from a male's perspective and fantasies, because the female characterizations are just not real...Don’t waste your time; if porn is your thing, rent a video…

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Awakening

  • Vampire Huntress Legends
  • By: L. A. Banks
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

There is a vampire war brewing in the underworld and at the center of it all is Damali Richards, spoken word artist and Vampire Huntress. But she is not just any Vampire Huntress, she is the millenium Neteru: a woman so potentially powerful that the vampire world is about to invoke a bloody battle that threatens to spill over onto her streets in order to posses her. It's just a matter of who will get to her first.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book...Terrible Narration

  • By PJ Winston on 02-24-10

Great Book...Terrible Narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-10

This is a priceless series from beginning to end. I was so excited to see that the first two books in the series were on Audible. However, after my first listen I wanted to throw my mp3 player out of the window. The narration is just not up to par and actually makes the listen difficult. Hillary Huber does not come close to capturing the urban genre and feel of the characters. She sounds like a cross between Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Can we please replace Hillary Huber with Bahni Turpin or Lisa Renee Pitts...Narration can make or break an audio book. Had it not been for the fact that I'm an avid fan of this series and have read every book, I would have given it one star, just because of the narrator. However, I've given it four stars instead of the five it deserves...Please use someone else for the remaining books....Please, please, please.....

22 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Namesake

  • By: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Narrated by: Sarita Choudhury
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,171

The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Coming of age story

  • By Everett on 03-17-04

Beautifully Written, Beautifully Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-07

I'm amazed when individuals criticize literature written about and read from a cultural perspective. I found this a beautiful portrayal of the experiences of two immigrants from Calcutta and their American born children. I was able to internalize the struggle of keeping one's own culture alive, while adapting in a totally different culture, and what happens when one lives between two worlds--desperately needing to define his cultural identity--not quite feeling totally comfortable in either. In addition, the reader drew me into the book with her voice and intonation, moving from a pronounced Indian accent to having very little accent--when appropriate. I'd highly recommend it.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • First Lady

  • By: Carl Weber
  • Narrated by: various
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Carl Weber is the New York Times best-selling author of such fan favorites as So You Call Yourself a Man. The First Lady is the tale of a preacher's wife who learns she's dying and vows to find her husband another woman. There is no shortage of ladies who want her man, but will she be able to find a suitable replacement among the conniving church women?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Carl Weber Rocks!

  • By Scottie in TX on 06-12-07

Too Unrealistic

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-07

This is seriously unrealistic...Women characterizations written from the male point-of-view, male fantasy...The Bishop too naive to have moved up to the rank of Bishop, and every woman is a "good woman" and "good christian." I hate to see what a bad woman and bad christian look like...

  • I Say a Little Prayer

  • By: E. Lynn Harris
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Chauncey Greer is the owner of Cute Boy Card Company, a thriving company in Atlanta. As a teenager, he was a member of a popular boy band, but left in disgrace when word got out that he and his band mate D were more than good friends. Chauncey is a free spirit, on the brink of 40 with a body admired by both men and women.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Writing

  • By Rhonda on 06-20-06

Terrible Writing! Just Bad!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-06

I really do not where to start; the writing is just bad. Even though E. Lynn Harris tells an interesting story, the trite character descriptions, superficial references to material items, and tedius decriptions of a character's every movement make listening to this book extremely difficult. You just want to say, "Get on with the story, why don't you! How insignificant was that!" I could not imagine if I had to sit down and read the book; I'd want to slit my wrist. But, the most fustrating thing I find about the writing is that the characters are decribed as food items. For example, one character was decribed as having the skin color of a "toasted croissant." It seems that Harris loves describing characters as mocha colored, almond colored, honey colored, dark chocolate. These descriptions are the best this writer can conceive in terms of decribing his characters and obviously are his definition of beauty, not to mention his obsession with characters having honey green or grey eyes. I find this is so sad, because it is 2006, yet he still has the "light skinned, hazel eyes, and good hair," as the true definition of African American beauty, mentality. However, aside from his plantation ideology, the writing is just bad.

Because this author spends so much time on trivial descriptions, he makes what could be a good story boring and never completely develops the story. As a result, the ending is drier than "burnt toast."

4 of 7 people found this review helpful