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Elizabeth

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,314
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,591
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,541

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
  • Audio better than print

  • By Fersh on 03-12-18

Can’t recommend highly enough

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

Reviewed: 15-04-19

This biography was gripping. I didn’t know a lot about the Obamas (beside the obvious key facts) prior to reading but now understand and appreciate what I hope their legacy will be. Michelle Obama is a great narrator and the hours flew by. This book is interesting, happy, sad, and deserving of your time.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Diana John on 02-06-13

Another great story from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

Reviewed: 23-07-13

This book got me hooked. Not immediately, but within maybe 1 hour of listening I couldnt stop and during the weeks I listened to it, I lived for my car journeys and time spent with my earphones in.

Americanah is the story of Ifemelu, a girl who leaves Nigeria for America to study. She isn't hugely academic but follows a fairly academic life course, exploring issues of race from within America from an outsiders perspective. Alongside this, her relationships past and present are explored, up to the point when she returns to Nigeria (an 'Americanah') and confronts her past.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is in my opinion one of today's most talented writers. Alongside Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun it is an incredible story which is captivating, wonderfully written, and truly takes the reader (or in my case, Listener) on a journey.

I will probably buy this book in print despite having listened to it as an audiobook first, because I do want to read bits again and have a physical copy - it's that enjoyable.

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  • Lejos de casa [Far from Home]

  • Lola Lago, detective
  • By: Lourdes Miquel, Neus Sans
  • Narrated by: Pons Idiomas
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Tras la desaparición de un joven colombiano acusado de dar una paliza a un líder de un grupo de "cabezas rapadas", Lola se sumerge en el peligroso mundo de los skinheads. La responsable de una agencia de detectives privados tendrá que hacer frente no solo a los casos que se le presentan, sino también a las dificultades de ser mujer en un mundo reservado tradicionalmente a los hombres.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short story for elementary to intermediate level

  • By Elizabeth on 13-04-13

Short story for elementary to intermediate level

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Lola Lago detective: lejos de casa is the 2nd book in the series I've come across but the first on audible. The reading is good and I could distinguish between voices, but when I burnt to CD the chapter didn't start and end with each track on the CD which was a bit frustrating. The story is okay, it does end a bit abruptly but it being for elementary to intermediate readers, the stories aren't meant to be too long. Great tool for developing your ear for spoken native Spanish though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful