Born a Crime is considered to be
the Audible listen that embodies everything that makes an audiobook so special: humour, a captivating story, and an endearing narrator. Stop reading this review, and just listen to it already. – Tori, Audible Editor
Richard Wagamese is a stalwart in Canadian publishing, and
Indian Horse might be his best novel. An aging Ojibway man reflects on his life; from being taken from his family as a child, to rising through the ranks of youth ice hockey, facing racism and hatred at every stage. First Nations narrator Jason Ryll fully embodies the complicated persona of Saul Indian Horse, and really brings this tale home. – Tori, Audible Editor
Claire Danes breathes new life into this Canadian literary classic, and embodies the central character of Offred that so many have come to know and love. This version also features a new interview that answers some of the burning questions that have perplexed readers since the book's initial release in 1985. – Tori, Audible Editor
Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented....
A star-studded cast of
166 (!) narrators is led by heavy hitters Nick Offerman and David Sedaris, who create an audio experience unlike any other. Family, love, war, and death are the central themes of this massive production that will completely immerse you. – Tori, Audible Editor
Many have come to know and adore Michelle Obama from afar as the first black First Lady of the United States, and this up-close-and-personal memoir reveals how she became the internationally beloved figure she is today. Narrating in her honest and humourous style, Michelle tells a life story for the ages that **must** be listened to. – Tori, Audible Editor
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo Sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? Listen to find out more....
This is the history of humans and how we fit into the world, in the most interesting and accessible way possible. Yuval Harari is a master of taking large and complicated scientific topics and making them easy to understand, and this is his magnum opus. – Tori, Audible Editor
This collection of life coaching sessions from an expert at the top of her field focuses on the stories of her clients, each with a different set of problems. Mel is truly skilled at drilling down to the source of an issue, and proposing long-lasting solutions. She is incredibly honest and grounded, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with her approach. – Tori, Audible Editor
You might expect to see the first novel in the *Harry Potter* series on a best-of list, but it's truly the seventh that is the crescendo of a literary storm that took over the world. I'd be mistaken if I didn't credit narrator Jim Dale, who serves up a master class in developing hundreds of unique voices in a performance that will be enjoyed by listeners of all ages. – Tori, Audible Editor
''There is a beauty to Pat’s writing that defies description,'' says best-selling fantasy author Brandon Sanderson of Patrick Rothfuss' debut and first in the *Kingkiller Chronicle* series, *The Name of the Wind*, and I wholeheartedly agree. You will also admire the lushness of Rothfuss’ prose, and then realize that he has pulled off an incredible feat: a first novel with an intricate, addictive story in addition to masterful construction. – Sarah, Audible Editor
Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give us meaning. She found that leaders all ask the same question: How do you cultivate braver leaders and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?Dare to Lead answers this....
Brené Brown's words are the perfect antidote to the ennui that seems to permeate our professional lives at one point or another, and *Dare to Lead* is a prime example of her unique mix of scientific insight and humanizing empathy. In this self-narrated self-development jewel, Brown shows us what it means to be true leaders in our fields—and what she reveals will surprise you, enlighten you, and ultimately change your life. – Sarah, Audible Editor
Diana Gabaldon's blockbuster time-traveling romantic adventure has captured the hearts of readers; and more recently viewers, for many years. Look no further for a romance that will immediately transport you next to a crackling fire in the 18th-century Scottish Highlands, wrapped in a cozy Fraser tartan throw. – Tori, Audible Editor
A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz
Douglas E. Hughes
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
5 out of 5 stars
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In the spring of 1944 gendarmes forcibly removed Tibor “Max” Eisen and his family from their home, brought them to a brickyard, and eventually loaded them onto crowded cattle cars bound for Auschwitz-Birkenau....
This shocking WWII memoir will both gut you and bring you hope as Hungarian Jew Max Eisen survives the Holocaust, then struggles to find his way in the world after liberation. Narrator Douglas E. Hughes delicately takes on Eisen's story, embodying his unique spirit of honesty and hope in the face of extreme adversity. Hughes also skillfully navigates Hungarian pronunciations, lending an authenticity that elevates Eisen's story to the next level. – Tori, Audible Editor
Author Tara Westover was raised by survivalists in the woods with no formal education until age 17. Despite this, she went on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. This is a nearly unbelievable story of family hardship, tireless self-improvement, and the power of education. – Tori, Audible Editor
Donna Tartt comes out with one book approximately every 10 years, and each of her three magnificent novels is worth the wait. But *The Goldfinch* is in a class all its own. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this is the most earnest and compelling portrait of childhood grief that I've ever listened to. The characters, especially those of Boris; the protagonist's hedonistic best friend, and Xandra, the spray-tanned step-mom-from-hell, are truly unforgettable. – Sarah, Audible Editor
*Just Kids* is my absolute favourite memoir. As the ''punk poet laureate'', Patti Smith imparts a beautiful, rhythmic performance of her story of growing up in the bad old days of New York City with best friend and acclaimed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Her love for Mapplethorpe, and her passion for art, music, and writing come through with every word spoken. – Sarah, Audible Editor
When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will....
Louise Penny is a dominant force in the Canadian mystery genre, and you don't need to start at Book 1 in her acclaimed series to appreciate her mastery. In *Kingdom of the Blind*, the legendary Chief Inspector Gamache is once again faced with a troubling crime in a small Quebec village. He must face both present demons as well as those from his past if he is going to solve the case in Three Pines. – Tori, Audible Editor
There's a reason We Are Legion (We Are Bob) was named Audible's Best Science Fiction Book of 2016: Its irresistibly irreverent wit! Bob Johansson has just sold his software company for a small fortune and is looking forward to a life of leisure....
I'm not a sci-fi person, and I love this book. The narration is what really catapults this listen into a genre-breaker; it sucks you into a story that is action-filled, and incredibly funny at the same time. – Melissa, Member Engagement
A classic coming-of-age tale that every young Canadian should listen to, this new edition is narrated by London, Ontario native Rachel McAdams. Her vivacious, yet tender delivery is the perfect vehicle for the story of the precocious Anne. – Sarah, Audible Editor
Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger....
Listening to this book is like sitting down in a cozy armchair and drinking a hot cup of tea next to the fire. I'll never tire of Roald Dahl's whimsical stories, and this tops my list because of Douglas Hodge's absolutely delightful narration. – Tori, Audible Editor
You may balk at the 35-hour runtime, but trust me: this is a classic for a reason. From the iconic first line of ''Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,'' Maggie Gyllenhaal's skillful narration convinces us that *Anna Karenina* is one of her very favourite books—and I couldn't agree more. – Sarah, Audible Editor