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Dorothy

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  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (970)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Riveting. Unwinds before you know it!"
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    Would you listen to The Dinner again? Why?

    No, never read twice, but loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Plot, satire


    What does Clive Mantle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wonderful accents, intonation. Compassion for characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out loud at the critique of the restaurant.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enlightening

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Transcriptionist

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Amy Rowland
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Lena, the transcriptionist, sits alone in a room far away from the hum of the newsroom that is the heart of the Record, the big city newspaper for which she works. For years, she has been the ever-present link for reporters calling in stories from around the world. Hooked up to a machine that turns spoken words to print, Lena is the vein that connects the organs of the paper. She is loyal, she is unquestioning, yet technology is dictating that her days there are numbered.

    Sand says: "Like a New Yorker short story"
    "Complete drivel!"
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    The narrator is completely annoying. There is no story and no point. A definite one to skip. A real disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maggie Barbieri
    • Narrated By Kathleen Mary Carthy
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Maeve Conlon's life is coming apart at the seams. Her bakery is barely making ends meet, and one of her daughters spends as much time grounded as the other does studying. Her ex-husband has a new wife, a new baby, and a look of pity for Maeve that's absolutely infuriating. Her father insists he's still independent, but he's slowly and obviously succumbing to Alzheimer's. And now, her cousin Sean Donovan has been found dead, sitting in his car in a public park, shot through the head.

    Beatrice says: "Not very cozy"
    "A book to skip!"
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    A dull plot, unimaginative writing and drab as dishwater.
    A pleasant voice and ability to do accents does not a narrator make! This one put the wrong emphasis on so many words it was hard to follow the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeff Hobbs
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (329)

    When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert's life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics.

    John says: "Buy This Book"
    "A non fiction you can't put down"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace the most enjoyable?

    Fascinating cultural insight - east coat urban blight juxtaposed with Yale campus life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator and friend of Robert Peace is a wonderful self effacing story teller. He lays it all out and lets the reader draw his/ her own conclusions without presenting any dogmatic sociological or psychological commentary.


    What aspect of George Newbern’s performance would you have changed?

    George Newbern has always been one of my favorite narrators but his performance on this one was less than mediocre. He has picked up the annoying and lazy habit of many narrators- arbitrarily placing incorrect emphasis on words in sentences in order to maintain some sort of cadence. Often, the entire meaning is distorted and the listener has to rewind. Clean up your act, George!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just felt warmth for all the characters, warts and all. Jeff Hobbs is very thorough in his presentation so you get to know them well.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrific book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Not Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Matthew Thomas
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (269)

    Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit.

    Paula says: "Profound Narrative of FantisizingTragedy, Regret"
    "Masterfully written. Not to be missed."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This book is disturbing, riveting, insightful, and will leave you pondering in the aftermath. It's unique - beautiful literature, character development, everything you'd expect in a good old fashioned classic novel, yet written by a young man.
    Probably the best of 2014.


    What other book might you compare We Are Not Ourselves to and why?

    Mary Coin, Someone, Maine


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mare Winningham?

    Yes, but too many narrators have adopted the habit of placing the emphasis on the end of each sentence instead of reading it the way it was intended. It sometimes alters the meaning. She has a lovely voice but this book merits perfection. It's not enough to be facile with accents.


    Who was the most memorable character of We Are Not Ourselves and why?

    Eileen Leary, yet all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This may become a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indiscretion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Dubow
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Harry and Madeleine Winslow have been blessed with talent, money, and charm. Harry is a National Book Award-winning author on the cusp of greatness. Madeleine is a woman of sublime beauty and grace whose elemental goodness and serenity belie a privileged upbringing. Bonded by deep devotion, they share a love that is both envied and admired. The Winslows play host to a coterie of close friends and acolytes eager to bask in their golden radiance, whether they are in their bucolic East Hampton cottage, abroad in Rome thanks to Harry's writing grant, or in their comfortable Manhattan brownstone.

    Darwin8u says: "Henry James is probably not even bothering to roll"
    "Fascinating and disturbing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Be sure you have a big block of time because you can't shut it off. The narrator is fabulous - one of the very best! Very captivating book with lots to think about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wasn't crazy about any of them. The character development in this novel exposes everyone's flaws.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dinner in Paris


    If you could take any character from Indiscretion out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Clair, because I don't understand why she considers herself completely blameless.


    Any additional comments?

    Order it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wise Men: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart Nadler
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Almost overnight, Arthur Wise has become one of the wealthiest and most powerful attorneys in America. His first big purchase is a simple beach house in a place called Bluepoint, a town on the far edge of the flexed arm of Cape Cod. It's in Bluepoint, during the summer of 1952, that Arthur's teenage son, Hilly, makes friends with Lem Dawson, a black man whose job it is to take care of the house but whose responsibilities quickly grow.

    Debra says: "Highly recommended"
    "this one's a must!"
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    Would you listen to Wise Men again? Why?

    I only listen once, but recommend this book to everyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting, Moves fast. A different view of perennial issues.
    Complex characters are provocative.


    What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

    He is the best narrator ever!! Great voice and pace. Made the book an absolute pleasure.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If possible


    Any additional comments?

    All of your narrators should be like Bernard S. Clark!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (442)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Pamela says: "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    "Best narrator ever. Great story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Captivating and enjoyable. Better to listen than read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leo. Insightful and funny. Really decent guy


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    He did them all so well, it's impossible to say. He was amazing!!!


    If you could rename South of Broad, what would you call it?

    A Peon to Charleston.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks - loved it! I had heard a lot of criticism of this book,but like Pat Conroy and wanted to try it. Your narrator transformed it..

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Martin Booth
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla - Mr. Butterfly - for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous: mornings are spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafés, and evenings talking with his friend, the town priest, over a glass of brandy. Yet there are other sides to this gentleman’s life.... Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, The American shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers.

    Ramon says: "Slow start but after a few pages your hooked.
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    "No plot, Hours of boring descriptions."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one but an obsessive compulsive person who wants to listen to hours of repetitive ad irrelevant detail.


    Has The American turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it is uniquely awful


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham’s performances?

    Yes, just to see what he can do with a decent book, though I'm skeptical.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The American?

    All of it. I'm an avid reader and I like just about anything. I find it difficult to believe this book was published.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm surprised you guys recommended this one.Still love Audible and have enjoyed so many books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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