You no longer follow Nina

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Nina

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Nina

ratings
9
REVIEWS
6
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
8

  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (334)

    Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

    Thomas says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Maybe the best combination of book and performer."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend it, it is a classic of American literature made even more wrenching and poignant by the narrator.


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

    He renders Meredith's lines just as she would have spoken them.


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

    Yes, but then I wouldn't have had it to listen to for a second and third sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers Under Ground: Peter Grant, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (610)

    It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher - and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom - if it exists at all - is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects...except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant.

    Nancy J says: "Just Keeps Getting Better"
    "Kept me up to finish listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Whispers Under Ground rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25%


    What did you like best about this story?

    Inventive concept of modern police utilizing magic


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

    Yes, but I don't allow myself to do so.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Is How You Lose Her

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Junot Díaz
    • Narrated By Junot Díaz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (389)

    The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.

    josh says: "Good collection of short stories"
    "Very very short stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author reads well and is interesting to listen to. As an author he should stick to a male point of view. There is some fairly graphic descriptions of sexual activity which are totally appropriate to the stories.


    Would you recommend This Is How You Lose Her to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, for a short listn


    What about Junot Díaz’s performance did you like?

    I loved his natural accent and it was easy to distinguish the variou characters.


    Was This Is How You Lose Her worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3213)
    Performance
    (2856)
    Story
    (2863)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Wonderful little book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    The straightforward narration, the descriptions of the locations, the lack of pandering to the expected.


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

    His great accents that distinguished the individual characters and put life into each one.


    If you could take any character from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Harold, who goes from a constrained and restricted world view to a broader understanding of himself and his place in the world.


    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
    (2866)
    Performance
    (2636)
    Story
    (2619)

    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"
    "Great narrator but only one coice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The End of the Affair again? Why?

    No. I seldom listen to the same thing twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The debunking of religious faith


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11654)
    Performance
    (9049)
    Story
    (9109)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "A Total Disappointment"
    Overall

    I was expecting to love this audio book, anticipating a new world as intricately developed as Dune or Pern. What you get is a rock planet (maybe) with no understanding of how the people manage to live. There are apparently different races, some in combat with each other. Most of the book has to do with warfare with a token nod to the women characters as the only ones who can read but what's with the hidden hand schtick? I stuck it out through part 4 but can't bear to listen to another minute. I'm sure glad it didn't take 2 credits to get this one.

    I don't usually write reviews but I hope I can save a credit and many hours for another listener.

    6 of 24 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.