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Sarah Kate

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  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (472)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Gripping"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, because it is just a gripping story.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audiobook. The story unfolds wonderfully. The narration is strong throughout. I kept finding excuses to return to listen to a little more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "A whirlwind of a day"
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    Having read through the reviews, I was a little worried about those who said that this book was slow. I often listen when I am running, and I like novels to keep moving along. Theoretically, I suppose you could say that this book is slow, but the carefully building action is so carefully set up, the book is as dramatic as most I have read (or listened) to. Terrorism lurks in the background, allowing for reflection on our post-9/11 world, but really I think this book is a meditation on the nature of life itself and our place as parents and children. McEwan is such a careful writer; each word and phrase is staked out so as to later lead you into a new insight. I can't do justice to this book in my review; just buy it. If you enjoy other McEwan books and you want something that will make your head full of rich reflections on life while sometimes also hanging on the edge of your seat for the next piece of action, this is the book for you. Wonderful narration, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Runaway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    In best-selling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.

    Tom says: "unjustified perseverance got me through"
    "Easy listening, no great depth"
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    I like a good historical fiction novel, and this one was an enjoyable listen. However, it was a bit thin at times. I also found the way in which race was dealt with in the novel a little problematic. Despite Chevalier's (sometimes awkward) attempts to give black characters agency, we were still left with a novel about white heroes in relation to slavery. Tracy Chevalier really was trying hard to do something a little more complex I think, but it just doesn't come out right. Sometimes listening to the discussions of race I felt uncomfortable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Tooth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (548)

    Winner of such prestigious honors as the Booker Prize and Whitbread Award, Ian McEwan is justifiably regarded as a modern master. Set in 1972, Sweet Tooth follows Cambridge student Serena Frome, whose intelligence and beauty land her a job with England's intelligence agency, MI5. In an attempt to monitor writers' politics, MI5 tasks Serena with infiltrating the literary circle of author Tom Healy. But soon matters of trust and identity subvert the operation.

    Susianna says: "Perfect Book for your Literary Sweet Tooth"
    "Another wonderful offering from Ian McEwan"
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    This is just a wonderful book. Ian McEwan takes us into a precise moment in history through the eyes of characters who are always tough to pin down. The novel is rich in detail and plays out through the eyes of a wonderful heroine. The narrator does a great job of capturing different voices for the main characters. I truly loved this book and highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4010)
    Performance
    (3423)
    Story
    (3418)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Good fiction, keeps you listening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It would probably depend on the friend. The writing is not particularly amazing and there isn't much depth to the novel. But it is a good book to pass the time. I would probably recommend it to someone who enjoys detective novels.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pretty good. Not quite what I expected, but not too shocking. There were predictable moments through the novel, but the ending was not fully predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    If you just want something to entertain and to keep you listening, this will do the job. I enjoyed "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and bought this book as one reviewer mentioned a connection. I think this was a fair recommendation. "Defending Jacob" is not the same standard, but it is a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Uncoupling

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    When the elliptical new drama teacher at Stellar Plains High School chooses for the school play Lysistrata—the comedy by Aristophanes in which women stop having sex with men in order to end a war—a strange spell seems to be cast over the school. Or, at least, over the women. One by one, throughout the high school community, perfectly healthy, normal women and teenage girls turn away from their husbands and boyfriends in the bedroom, for reasons they don’t really understand.

    Curt says: "A Pleasant Surprise"
    "Wonderful writing, interesting feminist slant"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably only a female friend, and someone who liked literature.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the story, and continue to turn the gender politics of it over in my mind. Great narrative, and strong narration. Wonderful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phineas Redux

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    In the fourth of the ‘Palliser’ stories, Trollope follows Phineas Finn’s return to the dangerous world of Westminster politics. When his political rival is murdered, Phineas is thrown under suspicion and eventually finds himself standing trial at the Old Bailey. The situation is complicated by the presence of two women in his life: his old flame Lady Laura, whose estranged husband is determined to destroy Phineas’s reputation, and the wealthy and enigmatic widow, Madame Max.

    Laurene says: "Delightful"
    "Enjoyable, strange audio quality"
    Overall

    This is a great book, but I've been reading through the series, so best to start from the beginning with these (although you'd get most of the story, but it seems silly not to). My only issue was that the audio quality (on the highest download setting) is a little strange. I think there are background noises in the recording. Didn't effect the good narration too much though. I guess Trollope novels take a long time to record.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (198)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "Takes a looooooong time to get into"
    Overall

    Overall I enjoyed listening, but I think it probably works better as a novel to be read rather than listened to. It took a few hours of listening to get into, and I wasn't sure that the end result was worth it. I like my audiobooks to be a bit faster paced than books I might choose to read, as I find that's what works for me. But it is a reasonably good novel and well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phineas Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Phineas Finn is an Irish M.P.A. climbing the political ladder, largely through the assistance of his string of lovers. The questions he is forced to ask himself about honesty, independence, and parliamentary democracy are questions still asked today.

    connie says: "not a good first"
    "Good classic stuff"
    Overall

    I'm slowly listening my way through Trollope's novels, and having a great time doing so. I enjoyed the narration for this one, the narrator does a great job with the accents. There are occasional little jumps here and there in the audio, but they don't stop you listening to the book. I chose this version since the other unabridged one on offer had warnings that the last section of the book didn't download. This one is fine, and a really enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solar

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.

    Cariola says: "McEwan Does It Again!"
    "Hilarious and dark, dark, dark"
    Overall

    The flip side of Solar is the dark character of the 'hero.' I loved this book, far more than previous McEwan offerings. He perfectly captures the nasty points of sexist male academics. The crisp scene on the train made me laugh aloud. Just a wonderful listen, but maybe not one if happy fluffy stories are your kind of thing. Some of the humor may also appeal to my British and academic sides (I'm both). Great narration too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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