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Susan

Memphis, TN, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Leftovers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (437)

    What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

    glamazon says: "The title is the best part"
    "Some good moments, but unsatisfying overall"
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    I have enjoyed Tom Perotta's other work and I found many of the same qualities I enjoyed in his other works here - moments of wry humor, deeply flawed but compelling characters, and well crafted prose. However interesting the premise, I found the overall work unsatisfying. The story came to a somewhat abrupt end that gave me the feeling that the writer simply didn't know how to end it gracefully.

    The narrator did a good job and this passed the time on a long car trip well, but I found this book a bit dissapointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3310)
    Performance
    (2983)
    Story
    (2998)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Excellent Audiobook"
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    Claire Danes gives one of the best performances I've ever heard in my 10+ years as an in Audible member. Even if you have read this book in print, revisiting it as an audiobook is well worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17735)
    Performance
    (7938)
    Story
    (7972)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Not Enough Lisbeth Salander"
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    I enjoyed the other two books in the trilogy but this one was bogged down by the introduction of several secondary characters complete with detailed descriptions of their clothing, food choices, and workout routines - and not enough Lisbeth Salander. She's fascinating, even in a hospital bed.

    Simon Vance's narration was great and kept me engaged even as I groaned at the introduction of yet another new character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (750)

    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"
    "Kate Winslet Does Her Best"
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    Kate Winslet's voice and performance are very good, but the novel itself is poor - the characters unsympathetic, the psychological theories dated, and Zola belabors many plot points. What might have once been a gripping story now seems overwrought and melodramatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sheltering Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Bowles
    • Narrated By Jennifer Connelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (188)

    The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.

    Melinda says: "A Teacup Full of Sand on the Highest Dune"
    "Compelling Story & Magnificent Performance"
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    Jennifer Connelly's performance is perfect. Port, Kit and Tunner can be quite unsympathetic characters at times but the story is a compelling portrait of the disconnection a generation felt after World War II.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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