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Garret

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  • Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Langella
    • Narrated By Frank Langella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (166)

    Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

    Kathy says: "Delightful"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall
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    What about Frank Langella’s performance did you like?

    Frank Langella reads his own work expertly. I doubt I would have enjoyed this as much if I read it myself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are funny, interesting, absorbing chapters in this well written series of observations of famous people Langella has met or known over his long career. This may be too gossipy for some but it is well written, thoughtful and expertly performed. Some very funny and very sad recollections.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5928)
    Performance
    (3841)
    Story
    (3855)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "This is new age dreck"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for something thoughtful, sensible, well thought out and executed. Look elswhere. This is awful. None of it rings true.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Gone-Away Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Enright
    • Narrated By Colleen Delany
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Return with Portia and her younger brother, Foster, as they rediscover an abandoned summer resort, consisting of deserted crumbling Victorian summer homes surrounding a vanished lake, which is now a swamp.

    Garret says: "Enright's stories are awesome."
    "Enright's stories are awesome."
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Enright manages to write absorbing children's stories without dragging in the usual conflicts and plot devices which fill up and drag down most children's literature. She fills her stories with the stuff of real childhood -- imagined or true -- and kids eat it up. Her stories have been family favorites for years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6675)
    Performance
    (5939)
    Story
    (5938)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Dreamlike"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Night Circus?

    This is a love story with a dreamy magical quality.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jim Dale is awesome. This is no exception. I doubt I would have liked this nearly as much if I had read it to myself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2593)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1420)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Lots of fun."
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Depp's reading of the beginning and end of this was quite enjoyable. Joe Hurley's reading of the bulk of it did wear me down at times.


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

    Definitely not.


    Any additional comments?

    This is fun, but the endless drug stories may wear thin for some.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riddle of the Third Mile

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Colin Dexter
    • Narrated By Kevin Whately
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    The thought suddenly occurred to Morse that this would be a marvellous time to murder a few of the doddery old bachelor dons. No wives to worry about their whereabouts; no landladies to whine about the unpaid rents. In fact nobody would miss most of them at all.

    Garret says: "Morse is the best"
    "Morse is the best"
    Overall
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    Story
    What does Kevin Whately bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Whately is a good reader. Having one of the stars of the TV series read these stories gives it a special quality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Then There Were Five

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Enright
    • Narrated By Pamela Dillman
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    With Father in Washington and Cuffy away visiting a sick cousin, almost anything might happen to the Melendys left behind at the Four-Story Mistake. In the Melendy family, adventures are inevitable: Mr. Titus and the catfish; the villainy of the DeLacey brothers; Rush's composition of Opus Three; Mona's first rhubarb pie and all the canning; Randy's arrowhead; the auction and fair for the Red Cross.

    Garret says: "Great for the family"
    "Great for the family"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    These books are fun for the family. My 11 yo son loves them. The readings are expertly done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead of Night: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Peter Lerangis
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    Amy and Dan have managed to rescue one of the Cahills kidnapped by the Vespers, but the remaining hostages are still in peril. Their search for the next ransom item leads Amy and Dan to Turkey and then to Italy where a visit to the site of an ancient disaster changes everything. The Vespers are far more dangerous than the siblings ever imagined and, even worse, it looks like they have an undercover mole posing as a Cahill. Amy and Dan have to face the biggest decision of their lives with nowhere to turn... and no one to trust.

    Christy Oxentenko says: "Disappointed"
    "Another fun entry in the seires"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend The Dead of Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    Would recommend the whole series to any child or family.


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

    Great voices for the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Trinity: The 39 Clues: The Cahill Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Clifford Riley
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    For 500 years, the Cahills have been the most powerful family in the world. For 500 years, they've protected the source of their power - the 39 Clues. And for 500 years, they've kept their secrets silent. Until now. This extraordinary stand-alone novel cracks open the Cahill vault to tell the story of the most coveted piece of artwork in the world, a masterpiece that has been the target of seven separate theft attempts: Jan van Eyck’s altarpiece at Ghent.

    kris says: "Awesome love listening to the more of the story"
    "Fun"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Another fun reading for my 12 yo son who loves this series. David Pittu is always a reliable reader with good voice characterizations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Remains of the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (313)

    The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

    Dan Harlow says: "Duty, Honor, England"
    "Prebble is terrific."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Remains of the Day the most enjoyable?

    Prebble's reading is spot on.


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

    Prebble's nuanced performance of the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a thoughtful classic. If you are looking for plot, suspence, action look elsewhere.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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