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  • Darius the Great Is Not Okay

  • Written by: Adib Khorram
  • Narrated by: Michael Levi Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian - half, his mom’s side - and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, funny and it made me cry

  • By mavo on 2019-03-08

Touching, funny and it made me cry

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-08

This is an amazing book enhanced by the passionate reading of the narrator.
I ached with the soul of the young protagonist, reveled in his ability to survive through his bonds with science fiction and fantasy fiction and tea and Iranian food. The author builds the pace so well and never bends to the temptation to speed it up or hurry through. Every time I stopped listening, I felt I was leaving my heart behind with Darius and 'Mamoo' and 'Sorab' and 'Lale'. I have been reading for more than 50 years and I have rarely finished a novel in which I loved so many characters at the end. This is a book that breaks your heart and saves it, that lays bare the cruelty of the 'soulless minions of orthodoxy' and how we can, perhaps, survive despite it.
As far as I can tell, this is the author's only book. He really needs to write more. Please.

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  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • Written by: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely fascinating

  • By lucas simon on 2018-09-23

Waiting for Part 2: Loathing

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-11

Bob Woodward is a privilege to read. His consummate attention to detail and his ability to pull it altogether into a story is a credit to his profession. This is the opposite of "fake news".
I really hope he is working on Part 2: Loathing: Trump in the White House.

  • Fall of Giants

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 1
  • Written by: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Angela Douthwright on 2018-06-07

Well developed historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-10

First World War historical setting is well done, the main characters (with the exception of the English Earl and the Russian mobster) are empathetic.
The reading by John Lee kept me coming back. Loved the accents - especially the Welsh ones. And I'm not sure why, but every time he was in Fitz's head (English earl), I envisioned Hugh Bonneville.
Have to say the stories trickled off at the end, rather than building to a climax, but I suspect that's a function of the "Be Continued" nature of this narrative. I've started the second one, but I'm not sure I'm going to make it through to the Summer of Love.

  • Becoming

  • Written by: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,633
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,327

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • inspiring

  • By sheena on 2019-02-18

Truly a 'first lady'!

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-27

I was prepared to be impressed with Michelle Obama's book, but the extent to which this was generous, honest and moving really exceeded my expectations. The choice of the author to read the book herself was splendid. It felt like she was sitting beside me in the car, telling me her life story, childhood impressions to intellectual analysis. This is a magnificent record of a life that has affected and inspired the world. I think every American should read (or listen to) this book before they vote in their next election. After reading this, Michelle Obama is one of my 'heroes for life'. All the best to her in the next chapter of her life.

  • Paris 1919

  • Six Months That Changed the World
  • Written by: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, renowned historian Margaret MacMillan's best-selling Paris 1919 is the story of six remarkable months that changed the world. At the close of WWI, between January and July of 1919, delegates from around the world converged on Paris under the auspices of peace. New countries were created, old empires were dissolved, and for six months, Paris was the center of the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and interesting

  • By Margaret Brown-Bury on 2018-08-16

Worth every minute

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-06

Margaret MacMillan's text is thorough, detailed and fascinating. She brings alive the players in this significant part of 20th century history. The narration is excellent and despite it being 25 hours long, I found myself wanting more at the end. I plan to listen to it again! Thanks for bringing this to the air. I find it so much easier to 'read' non fiction in this way.

  • Jane Eyre [Naxos Edition]

  • Written by: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Amanda Root
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

One of the greatest love stories ever written, Jane Eyre is the tale of a young woman entangled with the powerful Mr. Rochester. What lurks in the attic at Thornfield, the ancestral home of the surly Mr. Rochester? Will the governess Jane Eyre discover his secret, and having discovered it, live to regret that knowledge? Battling inside Jane are passion and prudence; she struggles to survive the turmoil they cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid indeed

  • By mavo on 2018-12-02

Splendid indeed

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-02

Jane Eyre has always been my favourite classic. In my youth, I read my paperback edition over and over until the pages came apart in my hand and I had to hold it together with an elastic. Of late, I have succumbed to watching the various editions in film. But when I saw that Amanda Root had given her considerable skills to an audio version, I purchased and enjoyed it very very much. Ms. Root truly inhabits the character and it was such a joy to revisit the full version of the book as I had read it so often long ago. A truly priceless work.

  • The Spell Sword

  • Written by: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Max Bellmore
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Although Darkover was a world inhabited by humans as well as semi-humans, it was primarily forbidden ground to the Terran traders. Most of the planet's wild terrain was unexplored...and many of its peoples seclusive and secretive. But for Andrew Carr there was an attration he could not evade. Darkover drew him, Darkover haunted him - and when his mapping plane crashed in unknown heights, Darkover prepared to destroy him. Until the planet's magic asserted itself - and his destiny began to unfold along lines predicted only by phantoms and wonder workers of the kind Terran science could never acknowledge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you love Darkover...

  • By mavo on 2018-07-18

If you love Darkover...

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-18

If you love Darkover, you'll like this little gem. Also if you are an incurable romantic. Written long before Outlander, this is a love story with instant psychic attraction and lots of sword fighting. Unlike the more philosophical books in this series, this one is pure fun in the fashion of Celtic heroes with magic blue stones thrown into the mix. Enjoy and don't take yourself too seriously.

  • Thendara House

  • Written by: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Jaelle has been raised in the harsh patriarchal environment of the Dry Towns. Her mother Mellora is a Comyn woman who has been kidnapped in order to breed laran-gifted offspring for her barbarian "husband". But when a desperate, pregnant Mellora dies in childbirth following a daring escape aided by a band of Renunciates, the still young Jaelle is adopted into the Guild, and becomes the Free Amazon Jaelle n'ha Mellora, a woman who has never known kindness from a man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • #Metoo

  • By mavo on 2018-07-12

#Metoo

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-12

I'd read the 'renunciate' trilogy many years ago, and it was intriguing to listen to it again after #metoo. Bradley's exploration of the power relationships between men and women is thoughtful and it feels personal. She often referred to these books as 'potboilers' but I think she was doing them (and herself) an injustice.
This was great fun with some philosophy thrown into the mix. The reading was well done!