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Melanie Persaud

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  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • Written by: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utter hilarity from start to finish

  • By Czernovog on 2018-08-18

So much fun!

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-25

Here’s an example of how the word on the page coupled with a talented voice can make the story whole. I can’t imagine reading this and enjoying it so much! It’s insane fun where the mundane details of work and a corporation are sent up in the most refreshing way that’s to the author’s insight. Add the narrator’s comic timing, voice work and obvious enthusiasm and the whole thing flies along irresistibly at a breakneck pace! I’m getting the next one!

  • Becoming

  • Written by: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,031
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,014

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Kendra Hastie on 2019-02-02

So good!

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-03

It’s like having 22 hours with someone you want to know. Takes courage to reveal all that she did. She gives us her own history, insight into her relationship with her husband and daughters and behind the scenes at the Whitehouse. And in doing so, she will make us all stronger. I think that’s her plan—especially to those of us who have ever felt marginalized or oppressed. You will feel good at the end of your time with Michelle Obama and who doesn’t need that?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Washington Black

  • Written by: Esi Edugyan
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

When two English brothers arrive at a Barbados sugar plantation, they bring with them a darkness beyond what the slaves have already known. Washington Black - an 11-year-old field slave - is horrified to find himself chosen to live in the quarters of one of these men. But the man is not as Washington expects him to be. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde - naturalist, explorer, inventor and abolitionist - whose obsession to perfect a winged flying machine disturbs all who know him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By Louise White on 2018-11-13

A stretch

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-25

I know this is a celebrated book and I wanted to love it. The adventures of a slave from boy to man is appealing. I will say I found the plot meandering and I didn’t understood the ending and I feel that there was a whole lot of cobbling bits together for it to make sense. Worst of all the accents of the performer are poorly done—the Scottish accent being virtually unrecognizable and at such a critical moment in the story! I wish audiobook producers would hire better directors. The performers and the listeners would benefit.

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  • Provenance

  • Written by: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world before they are lost to her for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for any sci-fi lover.

  • By Julianna on 2018-01-29

All those accents!

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-10

The narrator ‘s lush voice gives a lot of texture to a marvellous “stepping in to one’s light” story that has the interwoven plots of interspecies power struggles and questions about the veracity of history. Lush voice for a lush story. Unfortunately, the narrator chooses to highlight each character with an accent that is readily identifiable from today’s planet. I’m not sure why or how all these people would come to have these particular accents. There’s no rationale for it in the book. She’s very good at it but it becomes downright annoying and distracting. Better direction needed.

  • The Mindful Athlete

  • Secrets to Pure Performance
  • Written by: George Mumford, Phil Jackson - foreword
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Michael Jordan credits George Mumford with transforming his on-court leadership of the Bulls, helping Jordan lead the team to six NBA championships. Mumford also helped Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom and countless other NBA players turn around their games. A widely respected public speaker and coach, Mumford is sharing his own story and the strategies that have made these athletes into stars in The Mindful Athlete: The Secret to Pure Performance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is a book about spirituality!

  • By Keith Cruz on 2018-04-17

Used as a sleep aid

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

Reviewed: 2018-10-06

Some books aren’t meant to be audiobooks. The audio format brings to light the repetition of examples used by the author as well as clunky repetitive phrasing. Also, please Narrators, learn your pronunciations. Buddha is easier on the ears than Boooda. This Narrator’s Voice was so calming and the material repetitive and dry so I confess I used it to help me fall asleep.

  • Uprooted

  • Written by: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Read!

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-09-18

Just read this one.

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-01

Riveting story that was made less so by unnecessarily slow halting narration. At many points the narrator sounded like a seven year old reading the words on the page for the first time. It was like only four words could be spoken before she paused. Not sure if this was a stylistic choice but it was annoying and detracted from my enjoyment of the overall experience. The story is superb however and so I persevered. Just read this one.

  • How Change Happens

  • Written by: Duncan Green
  • Narrated by: Christopher Preece
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Human society is full of would-be "change agents", a restless mix of campaigners, lobbyists, and officials, both individuals and organizations, set on transforming the world. They want to improve public services, reform laws and regulations, guarantee human rights, get a fairer deal for those on the sharp end, achieve greater recognition for any number of issues, or simply be treated with respect. Striking then, why so many universities lack programs for social activists, to which students can turn for advice and inspiration.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t finish

  • By Melanie Persaud on 2018-03-10

Couldn’t finish

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

Reviewed: 2018-03-10

While I’m certain there’s valuable content here, it’s very dense. The narrator goes far too quickly in an impassioned tone. I’m not sure how he can go so quickly. The effect is sound and fury signifying nothing.

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story with horrible narration

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-01-25

A satisfying listen

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

Reviewed: 2018-02-21

Takes a bit to get going but the last few chapters are worth the wait. I had to listen!