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Kathleen

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  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

    Nicole says: "Read engagingly by Bernadette Dunne"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    I had been really looking forward to reading this book, having read the author's columns for several years in the Los Angeles Times. However, although the premise of the story was amusing (restaurant reviewer forced to wear a variety of disguises), I found it repetitive after a while (how much foi gras and lobster can anyone eat?). Only moderately entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2642)
    Performance
    (1494)
    Story
    (1509)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "A wonderfully entertaining saga"
    Overall

    Barbara Kingsolver spins a fascinating tale of family life in the Congo as the country spirals into chaos. The novel has a wonderful sense of place - we can almost smell the jungle - and we come to know each character intimately. A gripping story, told with empathy and humor.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Northern Clemency

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Philip Hensher
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Beginning in 1974 and ending with the fading of Thatcher's government in 1996, The Northern Clemency is Philip Hensher's epic portrait of an entire era, a novel concerned with the lives of ordinary people and history on the move. Set in Sheffield, it charts the relationship between two families: Malcolm and Katherine Glover and their three children; and their neighbours the Sellers family, newly arrived from London so that Bernie can pursue his job with the Electricity Board.

    Kathleen says: "Boring people behaving badly"
    "Boring people behaving badly"
    Overall

    I am an optimist by nature, so I stuck with this book to the end, always hoping it would get more interesting. It never did. The saga eventually petered to an unsatisfying conclusion, and I felt I had wasted 25 hours of my time listening to it. The narrator does a nice job of differentiating the different characters and accents, but her talents are wasted here.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (235)

    It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: She is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
    "Intriguing"
    Overall

    Absolutely wonderful narration, elegant writing and a thoroughly enjoyable book. I agree with the readers who commented that the second story is a little weak, but the main story pulls you along with irresistible force. More books by this author please!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4040)
    Performance
    (1783)
    Story
    (1793)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "An excellent read"
    Overall

    The author skilfully weaves together two amazing stories. I was completely unaware of the Chicago Worlds Fair, but after reading the book I was so intrigued I had to google it for some pictures (the only downside of audible books: mental images only). The depravity of the "devil" is truly mind-boggling, and well documented by the author. Narrator Scott Brick does a sterling job, as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (243)

    Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

    Sue says: "Amazing"
    "Not a page-turner"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of Jodi Piccoult, but I agree with a couple of the other reviewers that this was way too reminiscent of The Green Mile. Jodi is usually wonderful in constructing well-rounded characters and thought-provoking moral dilemmas, and though the characters were fully formed and likeable (especially Maggie), I failed to feel involved with the central moral issues. For me, there was a great deal too much religious philosophy and biblical discussion, which seemed to slow the whole drama down to a snail's pace. However, the story was well read by a good cast of characters, so it was modestly entertaining.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seascape with Body

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Raymond Flynn
    • Narrated By Steve Hodson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (1)

    Years after Alice Draper's death her murderer remains unpunished, and six of her lovers still have their lives blighted by suspicion. Exiled to the seaside town of Eddathorpe, DI Robert Graham expects to have lots of time to brood about his failed marriage and his formerly promising career. Instead, he finds himself drawn into the Draper case, and unwittingly takes the lid off of a surprising variety of scandals, some of which involve senior policemen.

    Rhonda says: "Sexist"
    "A seaside soap opera"
    Overall

    A likeable main character and his dog, but the story dragged slowly to its unsurprising conclusion with too many thinly drawn characters and little excitement along the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12700)
    Performance
    (5162)
    Story
    (5224)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Great storytelling"
    Overall

    This book was highly recommended to me by a friend, and I am equally enthusiastic. The narrators are excellent, and add greatly to the enjoyment of the book. I was sorry to reach the end of the book, but the conclusion was satisfying - if implausible. Suspend your disbelief and let yourself be carried away by the magic of the circus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (196)

    Jodi Picoult, the New York Times best-selling author of Second Glance and My Sister's Keeper, is a master at crafting powerful stories that are filled with suspense. In Vanishing Acts this acclaimed author delivers the gripping tale of a woman caught between her forgotten past and her uncertain future.

    Cindy Carson says: "One of the Best!"
    "A dreary tale"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Jodi Piccoult, and in previous books (My Sister's Keeper, Mercy) she has tugged my heartstrings, made me shed a tear or two and explored moral dilemmas - all while crafting a taut narrative with believable, likeable characters. Vanishing Acts disappointed on all fronts. The main characters were whiny and disfunctional and the whole thing dragged on for way too long.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Bliss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By O.Z. Livaneli
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    In rural Turkey, Meryem is raped by her uncle. Outcast for shaming her family, she is expected to kill herself. Her commando cousin instead tells her he will take her to Istanbul. By chance, they meet Irfan, a celebrity professor who has left his wife, and the three embark on a journey that shows what unexpected things can happen in the space between wounded people.

    Kathleen says: "A fascinating journey"
    "A fascinating journey"
    Overall

    The author guides his characters on a journey of self-discovery, and along the way we gain insight into the traditions, contrasts and conflicts of modern Turkey. Anna Field gives another bravura performance, adding immensely to the listener's enjoyment. The translation was a little weak on the nautical terms, but apart from that minor quibble the book was very enjoyable and added to my understanding of the region.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Bookwoman's Last Fling: A Cliff Janeway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Dunning
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    Tempted out of his bookstore into the world of horseracing, Janeway accepts an invitation from wealthy horse trainer H.R. Geiger to travel to Idaho and look at some rare first-edition books. The books are stunning, flawless children's classics that render the usually eloquent Janeway speechless.

    karen says: "Wish I could enter "unrated""
    "A total disappointment"
    Overall

    I listened to the entire book, hoping to find some redeeming spark, but even the ending was weak and contrived. The characters were one-dimensional, the dialog was completely unbelievable, the plot implausible and the whole thing was utterly pointless. One of the worst books I have ever read. Sorry to be so negative, but my rating would be less than 1 star.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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