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Alice

alamo, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Moon and Sixpence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Englishman Charles Strickland leads the life of a mundane London stockbroker. He has a wife and two children and enjoys a settled life with the prospect of a prosperous retirement. However, Strickland throws it all over and abandons his family to become an artist in Paris. In a novel rich with the kind of characters and conversations that only W.S. Maugham could conjure up, we follow Strickland's path of hedonism and sheer creative verve as he moves from Paris to Marseilles to Tahiti.

    Alice says: "Stick With It!"
    "Stick With It!"
    Overall

    At first the prose of this book put me off. Not being accustomed to the literary style of years gone by, at first, I did not think I would enjoy the book. However, after listening to about 4 chapters, I did get engrossed in the story which is very loosely based on the life of the painter, Gauguin.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (914)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Historical fiction at its painful best."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet the most enjoyable?

    The absorbing human story intertwined into the sad history of west coast internment of Japanese citizens.


    Which character – as performed by Feodor Chin – was your favorite?

    Henry. The narrator was wonderful, read with great feeling...inflections so authentic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story which enlightens the reader and portrays a global view of WWII from Asia to Germany.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4444)
    Performance
    (2597)
    Story
    (2597)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Sobering and Raw"
    Overall

    While I am glad I stayed with the book to the end, it was a bit too technical for me, a female who has never had any military exposure. Much of the terminology and references were unfamiliar. Even so, the planning, execution and outcomes of the various scrimmages with the objective of 'taking the mountain' were gripping. Writing was profoundly moving and thought provoking, especially with regard to interaction of company troops. For those who have been close to such action, I am sure there will be moments of serious and possibly painful deja vu. If you can handle revisiting such dire circumstances this skillfully written manuscript is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18270)
    Performance
    (12408)
    Story
    (12309)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "GREAT LOVE STORY"
    Overall

    Like an adult 'Alice through the looking glass', Claire finds herself living a completely foreign life after falling through a 'portal'. This premise opens the door for a fantastic paralleling comparison of life now and two hundred years ago. Besides giving an historical perspective to Scottish life, it is a fantastic, burning love story.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Freddoso
    • Narrated By Nick Summers
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    He's the media's darling, an inspiration to many, and the answer to everything from healthcare to taxes. He is Barack Obama - the silver-tongued senator with a phrase for everything and a promise for everyone. Sound too good to be true?

    Maegan Duryea says: "Raises a few serious quetsions..."
    "Insightful"
    Overall

    At times was repetitive, which wasn't a problem for me as it helped reinforce topics introduced. Reveals much about Obama's early political career and anecdotes about the company he has kept along the way. Did not have time to 'fact check' but many of the allegations have been substantiated during election campaign months.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2481)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (518)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "A tale of many 'twists and turns'"
    Overall

    A colorful listen; narrator adeptly vocalizes the turn of the language of Brits from all walks of life, with a Texan thrown in for good measure. This story has so many layers which are revealed all in good time. It was hard to put the iPod on pause; always anxious to get back to the plot and discover how it all ties together at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Polish Officer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    New York Times best-selling author Alan Furst is internationally renowned as master of the European espionage thriller. Unfolding in September of 1939 as Hitler's Wehrmacht ravages Warsaw, The Polish Officer reveals the daring mission of a Captain in the Polish underground intelligence service.

    Charles Lawton says: "Insight into a dark era"
    "A Rewarding Journey Through History..."
    Overall

    While telling the story of a Polish officer on assignment, the listener is treated to new insight on the struggles of a country torn apart by WWII. The historical aspect of the period makes this a thoughtful listen.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2282)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (913)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Compelling story"
    Overall

    Eerily mirrors past as well as, unfortunately, current events in that it portrays the evolving psyche of a young man who is bullied from childhood to the point where he unleashes his frustration and anger into a Columbine-like incident. Beginning with his first days in school, continuing through high school, you watch him turn to pathologic drama to quench his disillusionment with life. Well written and read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (549)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "Thought-provoking, engaging..."
    Overall

    The story which unfolds is remarkable. Good material for a movie; the range of experiences outreaches what anyone could imagine encompassed in one lifetime! I enjoyed the reader, thought his vocal interpretation complemented the prose.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocents Abroad

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Based on a series of letters Mark Twain wrote from Europe to newspapers in San Francisco and New York as a roving correspondent, The Innocents Abroad is a burlesque of the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-19th century. Twain's fresh and humorous perspective on hallowed European landmarks lacked reverence for the past.

    Patricia says: "narration is terrible"
    "Give it a try..."
    Overall

    Twain's prose is so acerbically funny,definitely 5 STAR. If one just went by his impressions of his journey, no one would ever travel abroad since, by his judgment, there are endless drawbacks to visiting just about every destination in this extensive 'travel journal'. Many of his statements are so bold as to be shocking by today's standards of political correctness!
    However, there is a huge drawback to audible enjoyment, and it is the ANNOYING narrator, not up to such rich text as this. That is why only 3 stars. It is a shame but if you can get past the warbling narration, you will be rewarded with Twain's amusing twists of the English language!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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