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  • Elegy for April: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    April Lavery has vanished. A junior doctor at a local hospital, she is something of a trail-blazer in the deeply conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional, as evidenced by her current boyfriend, a handsome and charismatic medical student from Nigeria.

    Pat says: "Great Series, Excellent Narration"
    "Darkest Quirke Story Yet!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Elegy for April to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of this story, but I believe the narration gives the reader such a feeling of

    What did you like best about this story?

    The last sentence in the book when Quirke actually laughed was my favorite part of the book.

    Have you listened to any of Timothy Dalton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all of the Quirke novels and I really enjoy Timothy Dalton's performance. He gives such life and depth to the characters, and teaches me the correct pronunciations of names like St. John.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Death, treachery, and the corruption of innocence

    Any additional comments?

    This is, by far, the darkest and most disturbing Quirke novel yet. Each character seems to fall in to an abyss somewhere along the way and they don't always find their way out. I will be listening to the fourth book soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb: Shadow Wranglers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The loss of control. The fear of desire. Allie always thought that mysteriously sexy rancher Caleb Johnson wanted her as much as she wanted him. But since he never acted on it, she was ready to admit defeat. Until the night she was attacked by a vicious wolf, only to be rescued by another. In the triumphant, bloodied male, there was something Allie recognized---the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. Her savior was Caleb.

    Michele says: "Wasted a credit!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If that friend liked books about vampires and/or books about domineering cowboys, then yes.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think I would make the vampires, who have been around for at least 100 years, a little more accepting of a 21st century woman. They've welcomed the internet, why not allow a woman to make her own decisions?

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

    I think Tavia brought the emotions to the fore with her narration.

    Do you think Caleb needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm sure there are or will be books for each of the Anderson brothers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Wonderful performance"

    I can see why this book was considered scandalous in 1867. It contains violence, adultery, domestic abuse, and many other disturbing facets in a relationship that was supposed to be loving. The main characters' descent into their own level of madness was masterfully portrayed by the author by switching viewpoints between all the main characters. This allowed you to see through each character's eyes as well as see how others view them.

    I cannot say this is a book that I wanted to listen to all in one sitting. It was necessary for me to take breaks due to the intensity of the story. Kate Winslet's performance made the experience even more spectacular. Her inflections and characterizations brought the tale to life. I will be looking for more of her narrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Fascinating characters!"
    If you could sum up The Memory of Running in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking, touching

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Memory of Running?

    The scene with the old woman in the park in New York City was, for me, the first glimpse of the path Smithy would take, The description of the artwork and her tale of her life both fascinated me. It's all about the people you meet along the way, the effect they have on you and what you leave behind for them.

    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    He has a fantastic narrator's voice. I really liked his characterizations and his ability to put a little something special into each character's voice.

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

    I laughed out loud quite a few times. I didn't cry, but that doesn't mean I didn't want to.

    Any additional comments?

    I thought this might be a little like Forest Gump, with Smithy riding across the country (where Forest ran), but I was glad that it was not. It was gratifying to see Smithy reinvent himself with the help of new friends he met along the way and an old friend who never gave up on him even when he had given up on himself. This books illustrates the power of grief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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