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  • There There

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Tommy Orange
  • Narrated by: Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Ceurvo, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stunner!

  • By Karen on 2018-09-18

A Stunner!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

Tommy Orange, how can this be your first book? This is an absolutely incredible debut novel. It couldn’t have come at a better time. This book needs to be read by everyone. Powerful, heartbreaking, and absolutely necessary because we cannot forget about the Native American/Canadian population who have been ripped from their lands, robbed of their culture and heritage and forced to live in ugly urban settings. They have to fight for what is rightfully theirs. Tommy Orange tells this story from 12 different voices in the most poetic, honest and brilliant way. This is one of my favourite books this year.
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  • Sing, Unburied, Sing

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Jesmyn Ward
  • Narrated by: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Chris Chalk, Rutina Wesley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural 21st-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much

  • By Kathy from Regina, SK on 2018-07-05

True Southern Gothicism

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

This story is told from several different viewpoints but the most resounding voice was a young boy named Jojo. A poverty stricken family living in Mississippi. It’s a powerful, beautiful, heartbreaking story that details love, hate, sadness, death, addiction, poverty, and racism. It’s beautifully written and haunting. The story was so powerful and it completely swept me away. This is one of those kinds of great works of literature that stays with you.
Jesmyn Ward is unbelievably talented and her books are a gift to the literary world.

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  • Alias Grace

  • Written by: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Sarah Gadon, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-11-16

Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

Canada’s best author at her best.
”All the same, Murderess is a strong word to have attached to you. It has a smell to it, that word---musky and oppressive, like dead flowers in a vase. Sometimes at night I whisper it over to myself: Murderess, Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt across the floor.”
If that doesn’t want you to rip into this book/audiobook then I don’t know what will.
Narration was sublime.
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  • The Great Alone

  • Written by: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Shannon on 2018-02-08

Liked it but didn’t love it.

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

I love stories about going out into the great wilderness and living off the land, battling the elements and ourselves. This is what this book is about. Mixed in is domestic abuse, alcoholism, PTSD and isolation. I think that the author did a good job covering these subjects. The thing is, that I wanted to feel strongly about these characters. I wanted to hate the bad guys and cheer on the heroes, but I had a hard time doing it. I also found that the plot lost its way which made the ending disappointing for me. There were many things I did like, the environment was rich, I could picture myself living in the gorgeous and unforgiving wilderness. The narration was great.
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  • Dietland

  • Written by: Sarai Walker
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged. She is biding her time at a job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls' magazine until she can afford weight-loss surgery. But lately she is being followed by a girl in outlandish clothes and combat boots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buckle up your seatbelts!

  • By Karen on 2018-09-18

Buckle up your seatbelts!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

This story is amazing. It’s a story within a story that becomes an even bigger story. This book deals with some heavy topics such as: eating disorders, fat shaming, sexual violence, pornography, and misconceptions about body image/sexual attractiveness in the media. Even though this book can be a little hard core, it’s also done with satire. Keep an open mind and enjoy the ride to Dietland!

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  • An Unkindness of Ghosts

  • Written by: Rivers Solomon
  • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Aster lives in the low-deck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations the Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster, whom they consider to be less than human.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing...

  • By Sarah on 2019-02-28

Stunning!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

This book discusses the age old existence of the ugliness of racism, class division, homophobia and slavery, to name a few. It also discusses how there are always strong, brilliant and courageous people who will fight and rise above it. I love the characters in the book especially Aster, Theo and even Giselle.I love that this story is told in such a unique way. All the characters, the last of humanity, are on a spaceship bound for ‘paradise. The upper decks are for the ‘elite’ and the lower decks are for the ‘slaves’. It’s raw and gritty but also beautiful. I’m about to listen from the start again!
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  • The Boat People

  • Written by: Sharon Bala
  • Narrated by: Athena Karkanis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

By the winner of The Journey Prize, and inspired by a real incident, The Boat People is a gripping and morally complex novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage to reach Canada - only to face the threat of deportation and accusations of terrorism in their new land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By A.B on 2018-02-04

Relevant topic around the world.

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

A lot of attention is placed on the horrific conditions at the Mexican/ US border. It’s easy to overlook what is going on in you’re own country.
As a Canadian, I am well aware that we have a responsibility to help those who need safe refuge. In general I think Canada does a good job, that being said, this book details the harrowing stories that do happen. It gives insight on how we can fail vulnerable people. This book put a face and a heart to those that were victimized by the system. Everyone has a story. They are not just people on a boat.

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  • The Great Gatsby

  • Written by: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal ( Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. There, he has a firsthand view of Gatsby’s lavish West Egg parties - and of his undying love....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance

  • By Nika on 2018-01-31

Ear Candy!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-17

The Great Gyllenhaal totally brings The Great Gatsby alive. Amazing book, a classic, amazing narrator. What more more could you ask for. I love it when there are new ways to enjoy a favourite classic.

  • David Copperfield [Audible]

  • Written by: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 36 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Between his work on the 2014 Audible Audiobook of the Year, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel, and his performance of Classic Love Poems, narrator Richard Armitage ( The Hobbit, Hannibal) has quickly become a listener favorite. Now, in this defining performance of Charles Dickens' classic David Copperfield, Armitage lends his unique voice and interpretation, truly inhabiting each character and bringing real energy to the life of one of Dickens' most famous characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic worth savouring

  • By Tee on 2018-08-18

Blown Away!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-17

David Copperfied is one of my most favourite books of all time/. I love Dickens. I never thought that an audiobook could match what my imagination would conjure when reading the book. I was wrong. Richard Armitage is masterful. If you love this book, you have a whole other way to love it even more. It’s a must listen.

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  • Vox

  • Written by: Christina Dalcher
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial - this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke 16,000 words a day, but now women only have 100 to make themselves heard. But this is not the end. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Handmaids Tale Lite

  • By Karen on 2018-09-14

Handmaids Tale Lite

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-14

It’s actually not like Handmaids Tale at all. No one can touch Margaret Atwood’s brilliance.
It was still a decent dystopian novel where women are robbed of all their rights and made slaves to men.
I liked the concept of 100 word a day limit that the women have to adhere to. It was an interesting take on an age old theme.
The more things change the more they stay the same.
It gets a little hairy at the end. It was a fun summer read.

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