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Past Selections from Oprah


The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

  • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
  • By Ayana Mathis
  • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Adam Lazarre-White
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(866)
Performance
(746)
Story
(748)

A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.

allison says: "For me...So So"
The Twelve Tribes of H...
3.8 ( 866 )

Ruby: A Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
  • By Cynthia Bond
  • Narrated By Cynthia Bond
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(919)
Performance
(804)
Story
(801)

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city - the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village - all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

Timothy Huff says: "Disturbing"
Ruby
4.0 ( 919 )

The Invention of Wings: A Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
  • By Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(13713)
Performance
(12364)
Story
(12368)

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
The Invention of Wings
4.6 ( 13713 )

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
  • By Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(15660)
Performance
(13668)
Story
(13710)

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
Wild
4.3 ( 15660 )

A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations

  • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 39 mins)
  • By Charles Dickens
  • Narrated By Frank Muller
Overall
(5)
Performance
(3)
Story
(3)

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." So begins this classic, one of the most beloved novels of all time. Charles Dickens brings the French Revolution to life through such vivid characters as Charles Darnay, the Old Doctor, Sydney Carton and Lucy Manette. The action peaks with the storming of the Bastille, the dreaded symbol of government authority. And the blade of La Guillotine falls again...

Tony says: "Great Literature and Great Narration"
A Tale of Two Cities &...
4.4 ( 5 )

Freedom: A Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
  • By Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated By David LeDoux
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(4438)
Performance
(2071)
Story
(2078)

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

R. Spangler says: "Enjoyable book. Really liked the narration."
Freedom
3.7 ( 4438 )

Say You're One of Them (Selections)

  • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
  • By Uwem Akpan
  • Narrated By Robin Miles, Dion Graham
Overall
(96)
Performance
(25)
Story
(25)

Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few listeners will feel they've ever encountered Africa so immediately. The eight-year-old narrator of "An Ex-Mas Feast" needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school. Even when his 12-year-old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds, his dream can't be granted.

Roy says: "Beautiful Disturbing Prose"
Say You're One of Them...
3.6 ( 96 )

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

  • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
  • By David Wroblewski
  • Narrated By Richard Poe
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(3080)
Performance
(959)
Story
(964)

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

Ella says: "Just OK"
The Story of Edgar Saw...
3.8 ( 3080 )

A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
  • By Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(6932)
Performance
(4581)
Story
(4528)

Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
A New Earth
4.6 ( 6932 )

The Pillars of the Earth

  • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
  • By Ken Follett
  • Narrated By John Lee
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(20289)
Performance
(12112)
Story
(12164)

Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

Gina says: "Epic story to be read by all!"
The Pillars of the Earth
4.6 ( 20289 )

Middlesex

  • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
  • By Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
Overall
(8359)
Performance
(4333)
Story
(4368)

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

Ella says: "Not exactly what I expected"
Middlesex
4.3 ( 8359 )

The Road

  • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
  • By Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(11309)
Performance
(7467)
Story
(7491)

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

Jim "The Impatient" says: "ARE YOU CARRYING THE FIRE?"
The Road
4.2 ( 11309 )

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

  • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
  • By Sidney Poitier
  • Narrated By Sidney Poitier
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(594)
Performance
(262)
Story
(260)

In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

Gail Kelleher says: "bravo!!!"
The Measure of a Man
4.1 ( 594 )

Night

  • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
  • By Elie Wiesel
  • Narrated By George Guidall
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(4970)
Performance
(3471)
Story
(3502)

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

Jacobus says: "A quality production of a gripping tradegy"
Night
4.6 ( 4970 )

A Million Little Pieces

  • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
  • By James Frey
  • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
Overall
(1000)
Performance
(383)
Story
(389)

By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

trish says: "My fury got to me. My fury got to me...etc."
A Million Little Pieces
3.7 ( 1000 )

The Sound and the Fury

  • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
  • By William Faulkner
  • Narrated By Grover Gardner
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(901)
Performance
(586)
Story
(590)

First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason.

Bryan says: "Perfect!"
The Sound and the Fury
3.9 ( 901 )

As I Lay Dying

  • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
  • By William Faulkner
  • Narrated By Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, and others
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(786)
Performance
(546)
Story
(545)

At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member, including Addie, and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

Kristina says: "Faulkner's As I Lay Dying review"
As I Lay Dying
3.9 ( 786 )

The Good Earth

  • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
  • By Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated By Anthony Heald
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(3737)
Performance
(2730)
Story
(2747)

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

Ryan says: "Wow"
The Good Earth
4.4 ( 3737 )

Anna Karenina

  • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
  • By Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated By Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1662)
Performance
(1533)
Story
(1524)

Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

J. Stirling says: "Not to be rushed but to be savored"
Anna Karenina
4.4 ( 1662 )

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
  • By Carson McCullers
  • Narrated By Cherry Jones
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1092)
Performance
(637)
Story
(636)

Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.

Michael says: "Beautiful Prose and Perfect Narration"
The Heart Is a Lonely ...
3.9 ( 1092 )

Cry, the Beloved Country

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
  • By Alan Paton
  • Narrated By Michael York
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(1248)
Performance
(862)
Story
(860)

This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

Jacobus says: "A word painting: gripping, breathtaking & moving"
Cry, the Beloved Country
4.2 ( 1248 )

Sula

  • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
  • By Toni Morrison
  • Narrated By Toni Morrison
Overall
(372)
Performance
(279)
Story
(285)

Two girls who grow up to become women...two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret.

Karen says: "Good against evil and a riotous story to boot"
Sula
4.1 ( 372 )

Fall On Your Knees

  • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
  • By Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • Narrated By Nikki James
Overall
(126)
Performance
(73)
Story
(74)

The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives, even destroy them.

Cynthia Maloney says: "One of the best stories I've come across"
Fall On Your Knees
3.7 ( 126 )

A Fine Balance

  • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 29 mins)
  • By Rohinton Mistry
  • Narrated By John Lee
Overall
(1017)
Performance
(679)
Story
(682)

In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

Karen P. Smith says: "Praise for the Narrator as much as the Writer"
A Fine Balance
4.4 ( 1017 )

The Corrections

  • ABRIDGED (9 hrs)
  • By Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated By Dylan Baker
Overall
(788)
Performance
(229)
Story
(236)

The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century - a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

Charles says: "A memorable book; flawless narration"
The Corrections
3.5 ( 788 )

Cane River

  • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
  • By Lalita Tademy
  • Narrated By Shari Belafonte, Jo Marie Payton, Edwina Moore
Overall
(331)
Performance
(165)
Story
(160)

They were women whose lives began in slavery, who weathered the Civil War, and who grappled with the contradictions of emancipation through the turbulent early years of the 20th century. Through it all, they fought to unite their family and forge success on their own terms.

Betty says: "Cane River"
Cane River
4.0 ( 331 )

Icy Sparks

  • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
  • By Gwyn Hyman Rubio
  • Narrated By Kate Miller
Overall
(213)
Performance
(92)
Story
(95)

A funny, sad, and transcendent story of a young girl growing up in Appalachia. The New York Times Book Review called this Oprah Book Club selection "vivid and unforgettable."

Alene says: "Icy made me warm."
Icy Sparks
3.7 ( 213 )

We Were the Mulvaneys

  • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
  • By Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated By J. Todd Adams
Overall
(151)
Performance
(44)
Story
(46)

The Mulvaneys are blessed by all that makes life sweet: a hardworking father, a loving mother, three fine sons, and a bright, pretty daughter. But an incident occurs on Valentine's Day, 1976 - hushed up in the rural town of Mt. Ephraim, New York and never spoken of in the Mulvaney home - that rends the fabric of their family life.

Moire says: "Doesn't ring true"
We Were the Mulvaneys
3.6 ( 151 )

House of Sand and Fog

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
  • By Andre Dubus III
  • Narrated By Andre Dubus III, Fontaine Dollas Dubus
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(706)
Performance
(316)
Story
(322)

In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.

Lisa says: "Astounding characterizations, and wonderfully read"
House of Sand and Fog
3.8 ( 706 )

Drowning Ruth

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
  • By Christina Schwarz
  • Narrated By Blair Brown
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(783)
Performance
(274)
Story
(273)

Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.

Steven says: "Drowning Ruth"
Drowning Ruth
3.8 ( 783 )

Open House

  • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
  • By Elizabeth Berg
  • Narrated By Becky Baker
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(249)
Performance
(96)
Story
(98)

In this superb novel - an Oprah Book Club selection - a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening up her house to strangers and her heart to the simple miracle of possibility.

Iris says: "Open House"
Open House
3.6 ( 249 )

The Poisonwood Bible

  • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
  • By Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated By Dean Robertson
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(6401)
Performance
(4885)
Story
(4925)

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

RELAINE says: "A long time coming..........."
The Poisonwood Bible
4.4 ( 6401 )

While I Was Gone

  • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
  • By Sue Miller
  • Narrated By Blair Brown
Overall
(51)
Performance
(37)
Story
(36)

In the summer of 1968, Jo Becker ran out on the marriage and the life her parents wanted for her, and escaped, for one beautiful, idyllic year, into a life that was bohemian and romantic, living under an assumed name in a rambling group house in Cambridge. It was a time of limitless possibility, but it ended in a single instant when Jo returned home one night to find her best friend lying dead in a pool of blood on the living room floor.

ZoeyMomma says: "Don't waste your time..."
While I Was Gone
3.2 ( 51 )

The Bluest Eye

  • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
  • By Toni Morrison
  • Narrated By Toni Morrison, Ruby Dee
Overall
(164)
Performance
(80)
Story
(82)

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.

deidre says: "Terrible Abridgement"
The Bluest Eye
4.1 ( 164 )

Gap Creek

  • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
  • By Robert Morgan
  • Narrated By Jill Hill
Overall
(152)
Performance
(64)
Story
(67)

Gap Creek is a powerful and touching story of a marriage at the turn of the century. For Julie and Hank, life grinds ever on without pause or concern for hard work. From devastating floods to encounters with intoxicated grifters, they survive the disappointments and triumphs of their new life together. An Oprah Book Club Pick. Browse more Oprah selections.

David says: "Life today is so easy..."
Gap Creek
3.8 ( 152 )

Vinegar Hill

  • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
  • By A. Manette Ansay
  • Narrated By Debra Monk
Overall
(35)
Performance
(22)
Story
(21)

It is 1972 when circumstance carries Ellen Grier and her family back to Holly's Field, Wisconsin. Dutifully accompanying her newly unemployed husband, Ellen brings her two children to Vinegar Hill, the home of her in-laws. It's a loveless house suffused with the settling dust of bitterness and routine. Calculated cruelty is a way of life there, preserved and perpetuated in the service of a rigid, exacting and angry God.

Lisa says: "Slow.... Sad... Slow..."
Vinegar Hill
3.5 ( 35 )

Tara Road

  • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
  • By Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
Overall
(1020)
Performance
(487)
Story
(495)

When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

B. W. says: "Material good - quality, not-so-much"
Tara Road
4.2 ( 1020 )

Mother of Pearl: A Novel

  • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 29 mins)
  • By Melinda Haynes
  • Narrated By Nana Visitor
Overall
(128)
Performance
(65)
Story
(62)

Mother of Pearl is populated by wonderfully rich and original characters. The paths of Even Grade, a black man who grew up an orphan, and Valuable Komer, a white girl who is the daughter of the town whore, cross through Joody Two Sun, a seer, who becomes Even's lover. Both Even and Valuable are seeking the family, love, and commitment they never had, and their search ultimately takes both of them to places they never dreamed they'd go.

Nana says: "Narrator problem??"
Mother of Pearl
3.8 ( 128 )

White Oleander

  • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
  • By Janet Fitch
  • Narrated By Oprah Winfrey
Overall
(355)
Performance
(136)
Story
(136)

In this gripping first novel, a young girl, orphaned when her mother murders an ex-lover, endures the shuffle of a foster child's life. Oprah enjoyed her book club pick so much that she narrates the audiobook edition!

Browse more Oprah Picks.

Tracy says: "White Oleander"
White Oleander
3.9 ( 355 )

The Reader

  • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
  • By Bernhard Schlink
  • Narrated By Campbell Scott
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(814)
Performance
(404)
Story
(411)

When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover--then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

Ella says: "Dysfunctional"
The Reader
4.1 ( 814 )

Midwives

  • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
  • By Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated By Kate Burton
Overall
(284)
Performance
(218)
Story
(219)

The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor.

Patti says: "Why Abridged"
Midwives
4.0 ( 284 )

I Know This Much Is True

  • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
  • By Wally Lamb
  • Narrated By Ken Howard
Overall
(515)
Performance
(369)
Story
(366)

In the long awaited follow-up to the highly praised novel She's Come Undone, Dominick Birdsey must come to terms with himself, as well as with the schizophrenic twin brother he has spent his life both protecting and resenting.

Douglas says: "Disappointing"
I Know This Much Is True
4.0 ( 515 )

Black and Blue

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
  • By Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(173)
Performance
(130)
Story
(130)

When 19-year-old Fran married Bobby Benedetto, she never dreamed that she would find herself in an abusive relationship. Every time her New York City policeman husband hit her, she would think of convincing reasons to stay. Now, with her 10-year-old son in tow, she is running for her life.

Carol T. Carr says: "Another Quindlen Jewel"
Black and Blue
3.8 ( 173 )

Breath, Eyes, Memory

  • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
  • By Edwidge Danticat
  • Narrated By Robin Miles
Overall
(96)
Performance
(57)
Story
(57)

Twelve-year-old Sophie Caco is removed from her impoverished Haitian village and sent to live in New York with her mother, a woman she barely knows. There she learns about a terrible truth that shadows her family. With the Oprah's Book Club Selection Breath, Eyes, Memory, Danticat contemplates the paradoxical coexistence of sublime beauty and terrible suffering in her homeland.

Ann says: "Excellent story but narrator ruined it for me"
Breath, Eyes, Memory
4.0 ( 96 )

A Virtuous Woman

  • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
  • By Kaye Gibbons
  • Narrated By Kaye Gibbons, Terry Beaver
Overall
(76)
Performance
(28)
Story
(29)

When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was twenty and he was forty. She was a carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life.

Paula Beck says: "Simply Delightful"
A Virtuous Woman
3.8 ( 76 )

A Lesson Before Dying

  • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
  • By Ernest J. Gaines
  • Narrated By Lionel Mark Smith, Roger Guenveur Smith
Overall
(323)
Performance
(207)
Story
(208)

Jefferson is an innocent and unwitting party to a deadly liquor store shoot-out in the 1940s. As the only survivor, he is tried and convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, a university-trained teacher at the plantation school, is persuaded to visit Jefferson in his cell. Wiggins is torn between staying in his native Cajun community or moving on. The 2 men gradually form a bond as they jointly discover the simple heroism of resisting - and denying - the expected.

James says: "Just like the old Sears radio hour"
A Lesson Before Dying
3.8 ( 323 )

Songs in Ordinary Time

  • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
  • By Mary McGarry Morris
  • Narrated By Sandra Burr
Overall
(74)
Performance
(41)
Story
(40)

Songs in Ordinary Time is set in the summer of 1960 - the last of quiet times and America's innocence. It centers on Marie Fermoyle, a strong but vulnerable woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for the dangerous con man Omar Duvall.

Amazon Customer says: "Don't waste your time."
Songs in Ordinary Time
3.3 ( 74 )

The Heart of a Woman

  • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
  • By Maya Angelou
  • Narrated By Maya Angelou
Overall
(196)
Performance
(145)
Story
(143)

The Heart of a Woman sings with Maya Angelou's eloquent prose and is filled with unforgettable vignettes of famous people, from Billie Holiday to Malcolm X. Even more central is Maya Angelou's chronicle of the joys and the burdens of being a black mother in America and how the son she has cherished so intensely and worked for so devotedly finally grows to be a man.

Palmira says: "Loved it."
The Heart of a Woman
4.6 ( 196 )

The Book of Ruth

  • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
  • By Jane Hamilton
  • Narrated By Angela Jayne Rogers
Overall
(118)
Performance
(74)
Story
(73)

Growing up in a world of physical and emotional poverty, Ruth believes her shrewish mother's assessment of her - that she is dimwitted and worthless. When she marries an emotionally unstable ne'er-do-well, her troubles only multiply. Her job at the dry cleaners can't afford her little family the luxury of moving out of her mother's house. As the incessant bickering between her troubled husband and her abusive mother reaches a violent climax, Ruth must find a way to survive.

C. Byrnes says: "It Enters Your Soul"
The Book of Ruth
3.8 ( 118 )