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ArtC

Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!

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  • Mindfulness for Beginners

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (132)

    What if you could profoundly change your life just by becoming more mindful of your breathing? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, you can. What if "paying attention on purpose and non-judgmentally" could improve your health? Again, according to Dr. Kabat-Zinn, it can.

    ArtC says: "Profound"
    "Profound"
    Overall

    I've listened to this every week since I downloaded it a few months ago, and find it extremely helpful in relaxation and keeping me grounded. I love the tone and cadence of it; it less like a reading and more like an impassioned conversation with a friend. He removes the religious and new-age-y connotations from meditation, and explains how awareness fits in with thoughts, senses, mind and body.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (673)

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Sires says: "Shakespear, E.A. Poe, and Pocket the Fool"
    "An Irreverent Mashup of Othello, Lear and Merchant"
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    What did you love best about The Serpent of Venice?

    If you haven't checked "Fool" off your list, do that first! Then the madness keeps rolling from the British Isles, to the Venetian ones. Moore takes the classics, and shows you the man behind the curtain that made the stories really move. No tragedies here. Only side-splitting wit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (510)

    Flavia de Luce is a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

    L says: "delightful!"
    "My Favorite Flavia!"
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    If you could sum up The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, Winsome and Warm.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was solid, and the character is just enchanting. You get enough hints to guess your way ahead a little, but not enough to give the plot away.


    What about Jayne Entwistle’s performance did you like?

    Unlike other reviewers who hated the narration, I think it is one of my favorite components of this series. You can hear the smile in her voice, and get drawn into her self-delight as she figures things out. I find myself smiling along with Flavia and Jane, and people around me ask me what I am chuckling at.


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

    I've smiled all the way through the first two books.


    Any additional comments?

    I've bought the whole series now, - -saving the last two for vacation - and am putting them on my ever evolving "recommending to friends" list. They are just delightful and smart!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (205)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "slow but interesting"
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    What did you like best about Dearie? What did you like least?

    The details are interesting, but the going is slow.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I find Paul and her relationship with him extremely interesting.


    Did Kimberly Farr do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I don't think she had quite the right character of voice to do Julia justice. She was a little too modulated and didn't capture a very wide variety of personalities. But it didn't ruin the experience for me, like a truly bad narrator or recording can.


    Did Dearie inspire you to do anything?

    lt spurred me to look up pics of young Julia and Paul on the internet.


    Any additional comments?

    it took me a really long time to get through it, but on the other-hand was a great fall-to-sleep book, which i always need one of in my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (148)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "Yikes."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Wow. Everyone should, if only to rail against it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm no literature major, but It's shocking how propaganda gets disguised as story. I though Tolstoy's Anna Karennina was thinly veiled politics. I'm not sure this even tries to be story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jung Chang
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (241)

    Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

    Ann Elizabeth Korte says: "Wonderful book and great audio-book!"
    "Walked away. Never looked back."
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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disinterest.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to half a dozen books that detail the asian female's plight through oppression, war and emmegration. This is no Memoir of a Geisha or Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. The story leaps about, articulating what happened to certain women, but putting you inside none of them.I simpler didn't get enough empathy to tell them part. After a few hours, I was not connected enough to catch the jumps, or know or care where what perspective I was currently veiwing. Hopelessly lost, I put it away, thinking that perhaps I'd go back, and simply never did. Over 800 books, and this is only one of two that I've never finished

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bruno, Chief of Police

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention.

    Sara says: "Good but hardly cozy and gentle!"
    "A weekend in Provence."
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    What did you love best about Bruno, Chief of Police?

    I adore books that transport you to another place and let you eat, sleep, and look around while keeping you entertained with a good story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was interesting to learn a little more about French immegration and political history. I had google a few of the mentioned skirmishes to get a feel for the implied import.


    What about Robert Ian MacKenzie’s performance did you like?

    Believable. Just haughty enough.


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

    A little egotistical, but then the best French Detectives are, now, aren't they?


    Any additional comments?

    Bought the next two. . . He's doing a pretty good job of not being formulaic, but this first is the most enthralling.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2322)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1142)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "To be or not to be a Fool?"
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    If you could rename Fool, what would you call it?

    Shakespeare for Dummies.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Shakespeare and you like to laugh, this parody is a weekend well-spent! Especially since it takes the most tragic of his works, and turns it on it's ear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2853)
    Performance
    (2624)
    Story
    (2608)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "It's like a black-and-white film in your head."
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    What did you love best about The End of the Affair?

    Colin's voice and the wartime setting combines to paint mental images of classic cinema in your imagination. You are not just doing your gardening, listening to a book. You are gardening in England, in the midst of moral dilemma, while the world crumbles around you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are no right answers. About anything. Anywhere. Ever.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3821)
    Performance
    (2191)
    Story
    (2196)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Sucked me in slowly but surely."
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm writing this 2 years after my original listen , because I've found that not only have I bought the authors other novels, but am haunting her website, watching for her next. I remember it starting off at a deliberate pace, but was drawn in and didn't guess the culprit until it was revealed.

    It's been long enough now, that I'll probably re-listen to them in order as a prep for the new release, a treat that I reserve for very few authors.

    Start collecting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Set in the industrialising England of the Napoleonic wars, a period of bad harvests, Luddite riots, and economic unrest, Shirley is the story of two contrasting heroines and the men they love. One is the shy Caroline Helstone, trapped in the oppressive atmosphere of a Yorkshire rectory, whose life represents the plight of single women in the 19th century. The other is the vivacious Shirley Keeldar, who inherits a local estate and whose wealth liberates her from convention.

    Joseph R says: ""As Romantic As Monday Morning""
    "Won't convert you, if you weren't already a fan."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If her sister Anne had written it.
    Charlotte Bronte has a gift for thick description that is unsurpassed. The books translate so much detail that they make beautiful movies, but by the time she stops describing things and gets moving into dialog, your apt to forget why the characters are in the room!
    I had thought my distaste for her writing style was mired in the moors of my young forays into Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Absolutely loved the movies, but alas, the words themselves meander and then so does my mind. As much as I try, seems that Charlotte is doomed to bore me.


    Has Shirley turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Still working my way through the classics, but of the Bronte sisters, I'll stick with Anne. It did remind me of another arduous read-Tolsoy's Anna Karininna - in that the point of the book was less about the woman, and more about the politics and morals that the offer is trying to relay.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A reference to Shirley being a boys name sent me researching the origins and popularity of the name Shirley over time. Unfortunately it was the most
    interesting thing I can recall about he book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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