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Mary

Trumansburg, NY, USA

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  • Tooth and Claw and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Narrated By T. Coraghessan Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    These 14 stories, which have appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Harper's, McSweeney's, and Playboy, display Boyle's imaginative muscle, emotional sensitivity, and astonishing range. Here you will find the whimsical tales for which Boyle is famous, including "The Kind Assassin", about a radio shock jock who sets the world record for most continuous hours without sleep. Readers will love the comedic drama of the title story.

    Mary says: "Enjoyable collection of stories"
    "Enjoyable collection of stories"
    Overall

    TC Boyle is an amazing wordsmith, and I've always found his short stories to be full of vivid description, and if the point and plot are not always clear, the journey to the story's end is always enjoyable. This audiobook is read by the author, whose tone matches very well the world-weary, self-absorbed view of many of these stories' narrators. Sometimes, however, my mind wandered while listening, and at times I wished I was reading this instead of listening to it, so I could go back and listen again to what I missed (hard to do with an ipod!) By far the best story, in my opinion, is "Chicxulub", although there are several other memorable stories. At the end of this audiobook is a fascinating interview with the author, in which he talks about his process of writing -- a neat "extra".

    0 of 0 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
    (13494)
    Performance
    (5897)
    Story
    (5974)

    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!!"
    "..especially the old man"
    Overall

    This was one of those books you eagerly anticipate listening to, so you can see what happens next. While the book was wonderful, I loved the narration by the old man. He so sincerely described the aches, cares, regrets and joys of his life, doing it so vividly that I felt what that man must have felt... now THAT'S a good book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Learn in Your Car: French, Level 2

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Henry N. Raymond
    • Narrated By Henry N. Raymond
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    The Learn in Your Car language series is the first system ever designed to teach a language in your car...or anywhere...without a textbook. And now with Learn in Your Car from audible.com, you can turn your PC, your Rio, or any mobile device into your own personal language tutor. Browse more Learn in Your Car.

    Pamela says: "Great Way to Review French"
    "Just what I was looking for"
    Overall

    I'm preparing for a trip to France. I took 3 yrs French in high school & 2 yrs in college over 30 years ago. I had very little conversation in school but I wanted to be able to speak to the locals while I traveled.
    I got Pimsleur Quick & Simple French, which was good, especially the pronunciation, but it wasn't advanced enough for me. Then I got Immersion Plus:French but that was too advanced. (It's basically French conversations done at a fast & a slow speed, but no translations into English!) Then I found this audiobook. You're given a sentence in English, and there's a pause while you translate into French, then they give the French translation. Chapters are organized by subject or by certain aspect of grammar, a verb tense, for example, or "driving in your car". I find old vocabulary popping into my head as I work through this download. I'll probably review this audiobook again, then go on to the next tape. It's very good for a brush-up!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To the Best of Our Knowledge, 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (52 mins)
    • By Jim Fleming
    • Narrated By Jim Fleming
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Satisfy your hunger for new ideas with this interview show that explores the cutting edge of contemporary thinking in politics, religion, economics, science, the arts, and popular culture. Get the latest episode or subscribe!

    Jim says: "Sometimes great, very uneven"
    "Entertaining, informative"
    Overall

    This show is almost always entertaining, always informative. I listen to a lot of radio talk shows, and this is one of my favorites. I like the format of approaching one topic and getting different viewpoints on it. A delight to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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