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  • Beloved

  • Written by: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    5 out of 5 stars 5
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Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but 18 years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary must read.

  • By Travelmug on 2019-01-03

A literary must read.

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Reviewed: 2019-01-03

At first I wasn’t sold on Toni’s reading of Beloved - but then it was the best experience ever- the pace,tone and her obvious intimacy with characters made this a masterpiece.

  • Washington Black

  • Written by: Esi Edugyan
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

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

Beautiful and captivating

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Reviewed: 2018-12-01

The performance alone is worth the read

Such beautiful imagery and storey telling. A wonderful plot and worth the 2018 Giller Prize.

  • Indian Horse

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Richard Wagamese
  • Narrated by: Jason Ryll
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 314
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    5 out of 5 stars 295
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    5 out of 5 stars 294

Saul Indian Horse is in critical condition. Sitting feeble in an alcoholism treatment facility, he is told that sharing his story will help relieve his agony. Though skeptical, he embarks on a heartbreaking journey from the present - and into the woods of Northern Ontario, where his life began in a snowy Ojibway camp. The tale that follows is one of great pain and great determination from Richard Wagamese, an author who "never seems to waste a shot" ( New York Times).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart wrenching and Humbling

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-11-11

Brilliant, well written and incredible narration.

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Reviewed: 2018-10-12

I’m so happy I heard this - narration was incredible and enhanced the experience and story. A must read for all adult Canadians.

  • Three Day Road

  • Written by: Joseph Boyden
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Cree Indians and best-friends Xavier and Elijah enlist in the Canadian Army in 1915, eager to become heroes. Seasoned hunters, the men become expert snipers, but their horrifying experiences serving in World War I will leave devastating impressions on each man’s life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read. Captivating from start to end.

  • By Travelmug on 2018-04-23

A must read. Captivating from start to end.

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Reviewed: 2018-04-23

This book is so well written and read aloud. It is a must for anyone who is interested in Canadian history and culture. I loved the characters and the plot development. I was hooked by the story after the first few minutes.

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  • 419

  • Written by: Will Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
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    4 out of 5 stars 20
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    4 out of 5 stars 21

A car tumbles through darkness down a snowy ravine. A woman without a name walks out of a dust storm in sub-Saharan Africa. And in the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the Internet, looking for victims. Lives intersect. Worlds collide. And it all begins with a single email: "Dear Sir, I am the daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At first I wasn’t sure-but then I fell in love!

  • By Travelmug on 2018-02-26

At first I wasn’t sure-but then I fell in love!

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Reviewed: 2018-02-26

This book - if you have any inclination to set it down, don’t! This story builds and comes to an incredible intertwined series of events. Fulsome character development and intelligent,respectful view of plot.

  • Fifteen Dogs

  • Written by: André Alexis
  • Narrated by: André Alexis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old dog ways, and those who embrace the change. The gods watch from above as the dogs venture into their newly unfamiliar world, as they become divided among themselves, as each struggles with new thoughts and feelings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, unique, and entertaining!

  • By Cameron Britton on 2018-04-05

Just so well written and captivating.

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Reviewed: 2017-12-09

This story is so creative and captivating. I was so impressed with the writing. The plot - 15 dogs touched by the power of the gods - so incredibly rich with thought, careful consideration and insight into the human emotions and tendencies. I highly recommend this book. Add this to your library and share with your friends.

  • Tranny

  • Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout
  • Written by: Laura Jane Grace, Dan Ozzi
  • Narrated by: Laura Jane Grace
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
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    5 out of 5 stars 25

A searing account of her search for identity and true self, Tranny reveals the struggles and victories that Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the cult punk rock band Against Me!, experienced in her quest for gender transition. Illuminated by Laura Jane's never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, Tranny is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real, raw, captivating

  • By Travelmug on 2017-12-06

Real, raw, captivating

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Reviewed: 2017-12-06

I loved this book. I loved how it flowed from narrative to journal entries. The autobiography is raw, generous in truth, and objectively balanced. I am so happy to meet the real Laura Jane Grace.