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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1360)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (834)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Stand out book, refreshing pace, quirky narration"
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    This was really fun. Quick painless listen, I listened to it all the way through without a stop. Enjoyed the emotion, and point of view. Believably sincere and endearing narrator. Not overly vulgar story of teenage years. Happily not a memoir written by someone steeped in victim mode. I've recommended this many times in the month after listening to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2312)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1034)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "Degrading"
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    This was so off track for me I wish I could get my money back. This is the kind of ethnic trash that immigrants like my family find so very offensive. Can't relate- like my aunt has said - its such a shame someone is making money off such vulgarity. Proves we are not all alike. Very good book for people that believe ugliness in itself is profound. I would not be surprised, on top of it all, to find out someone got a grant to write this. What irony!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (709)

    Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft. But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

    Barry says: "Entirely enjoyable"
    "This one will stay with you!"
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    I have heard OSCard believes this may be his favorite child. He has great taste. Wow is this story weird and terrific! Best for adults/older teens because of the relationship stuff. Narration is perfect. Sound quality clear and beautiful. I'd give it a five star but the story ends! Such a bummer, what was he thinking ? It should keep going and going!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wednesday Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Meg Waite Clayton
    • Narrated By Julie Dretzin
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (27)

    For 35 years, Frankie, Linda, Kath, Brett, and Ally have met every Wednesday at the park near their homes in Palo Alto, California. Defined when they first meet by what their husbands do, the young homemakers and mothers are far removed from the Summer of Love that has enveloped most of the Bay Area in 1967.

    Denise Wallace says: "Loved it!"
    "Uh? No."
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    Sorry: ridiculous storyline, predictable, shallow trying to be profound. People with real lives will listen to this and shake their heads. Can not express how much of a waste this book was. I had to read this for a book review club, thought I might have to shoot myself, I could feel my brain cells dying with the turning of every page. I thought the characters some of the most lame and pathetic personalities ever! With so many terrific books out there !? This book is embarrassing, oh my goodness(!) don't waste your time!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David and the Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Edward Ormondroyd
    • Narrated By Edward Ormondroyd, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    When David finally has a chance to climb the mountain behind his new home he has no idea he is about to meet a fabulous mythical creature. When the Phoenix decides to take a hand in David's education the adventures - and the hilarity - really begin. Alas, the wonderful visits to griffons, sea monsters, and banshees will come to a crashing halt if the scientist stalking the Phoenix is successful.

    Joanne says: "OK for children 6-9"
    "Loved this book as a 1st grader! Not so much now.."
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    I waited soooo long for this book to be revived since it went out of print. Good book for small kids (under 10). The narration however , I'm sorry, is: hideous. Ruined the audio for me. Ridiculous voice for the phoenix and read by the author. Really! So obnoxious and over-done. Such a shame.

    If you can stand the goofy voice quality of a creature that is supposed to be awe inspiring your kids will have fun with the story (think stuck-up arrogant Barney), but honestly I would suggest YOU read this book to your child or THEY read it for themselves.

    Funny that as a kid I had more respect for a lead character in the book than the author shows himself. Quite a let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Mended and Broken Heart: The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wendy Murray
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Francis of Assisi is Catholicism's most popular saint. Tens of millions of spiritual seekers summon his name and example. But the real Francis - both his complicated personality and his complex theology - have been misunderstood for centuries. In 1228, Pope Gregory IX rushed to canonize St. Francis only two years after his death. Soon thereafter, the Church eliminated significant aspects of his biography from the public record.

    Lcowan says: "Ho-hum, didn't grab me."
    "Ho-hum, didn't grab me."
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    Can a book about a Saint be described as cute? This was a "nice" read, in a sweet-not-quite-syrupy tone. Simple and one dimensional. It had a quality of being a compilation of small neat church approved stories strung together in response to a class assignment. It is written (and to my tastes narrated) in rather drab style, lacking strength and any sort of literary passion.

    Difficult for me to finish because after many pauses I couldn't remember if I had finished it. Perhaps we don't have much information to choose from about Francis of Assisi? That seems impossible. A man such as he was, to have had such an impact on history, lead me to imagine that a biography of St. Francis would come close to revelation. I was expecting more. I don't have a significantly enriched idea of who he was, now, after completing the book, than before I started.

    I'd classify this as an overview. It wasn't a complete waste of time but got close in places.
    I highly recommend you listen to the sample of this book to make up your mind about the narrater before you finalize your purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1055)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Tim Curry brings sizzle"
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    Do you enjoy Jules Verne? You will like this. Tim Curry brings life to a book that without him can feel overwritten and obviously outdated. What a joy to listen to Curry, I think he could read the phone book and make it a seductive best seller. I wish we had more from him. Great pick to narrate this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1112)

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

    Katelyn says: "One word - Awesome!"
    "Just didn't do it for me"
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    I tried. Can't find much to dislike about it and not much to love. I didn't have any attachment, couldn't make myself keep with it. I don't see how this has made a mark, maybe it's simply on trend? I thought the zombie inserts were out of place and undeveloped in such a way they seemed like inserts. Fell flat for me. I found myself thinking, "Ho-hum , lets see what else is in my library"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennet Conant
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    They were told as little as possible. Their orders were to go to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and report for work at a classified Manhattan Project site, a location so covert it was known to them only by the mysterious address: 109 East Palace.

    John H. Davis III says: "Great Listen"
    "A book of personalities, surprisingly intriguing"
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    The sound quality is great, the narration is clear and professional. Oddly there is a dreamy sentimental quality about the production ( I mean this in a good way), so much of the book feels friendly and informative like listening to a favorite clear minded Aunt filling you in on the missing pieces of handed down family stories. Finally, you feel like you have the whole picture given to you by one who knows, someone who was there - no more rumors! Probably not the best book to listen too if you are missed some important hours of sleep, the narrator's voice is so calm and soothing you may very well find yourself studying the undersides of your eyelids.

    The prelude to the book is read by the author which, personally, I appreciate. It is surprising how much personal and reflective material has been out there simply waiting for J.Conant to collect and organize. She's done a good job of presenting information that could easily be boring. In a straight forward way she uses everyday details and reflections found in seemingly mundane sources of scientists, office workers, and their family members involved in this enormous enterprise in such a way that it's easy to feel like I would recognize 1950's Los Alamos if I stumbled on it through a time warp.

    I especially enjoyed the tidbits that described what outsiders thought about this mysterious place, and descriptions of the conditions within the community. Good book. Balanced writing of a touchy subject. This is a book about people and places not of political positioning or the mechanical creation of the bomb. Easily recommendable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2729)
    Performance
    (1792)
    Story
    (1789)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Wait,have I read this? What was it about again?"
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    First : The narrator makes this book, she is terrific. The sound quality is great. Production value is wonderful. The story though, is drawn out.

    I feel the author was doing this to build suspense but the climax is not climatic, its lame, and the jumping back to the real life time of the narration is dull because I can't find any reason to care or identify with the main character. She seems almost unlikable and a unfocused personality type. Not many in the story strike me as likable or interesting let alone intriguing.

    Many of the ensemble seem to be caricatures, they are not constant, or maybe the better word is integrated, they seem kind-of, well, disingenuous. The writing is ok. There are parcels of the whole that stand out. However very shortly after I finished the book, the story line was already fading into a myriad of diverse stories that might have a similar plot or sub-plot or narrative style ( Downton abbey, The Lamorna Wink, Remains of the Day, Thirteenth tale etc etc) or historic template etc. The House at Riverton can't hold it's own. It sort-of disassembled for me. Simply not unique enough for me to remember and rather too ho hum to recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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