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  • The Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated By Michael Cunningham
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    The Hours is the story of three women: Clarissa Vaughan, Laura Brown, and Virginia Woolf. By the end of the novel, the stories intertwine in remarkable ways, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace.

    Steve says: "Very literary, intentionally slight plot"
    "Horrible reading"
    Overall

    I couldn't tell you whether the novel The Hours was good or bad because I couldn't get past the absolutely horrendous reading in this recording. I was looking forward to the book, but I had to turn it off about an hour into the audiobook because the reader was just too irritating. All the prose is read in poetry-reading style - lots of unnecessary pauses and strange vocal intonations. I recommend buying the physical book and passing on the audio version. Highly disappointing.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10613)
    Performance
    (5847)
    Story
    (5890)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Absolutely stunning"
    Overall

    This is now one of my favorite books of all time. Mixing zoology, religion, and suvivalism, Yann Martel has written a moving and vastly interesting book. Rarely do you find a book with such elegant writing paired with an intriguing plot. I urge you to read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Mother's Body

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Suzan-Lori Parks
    • Narrated By Suzan-Lori Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Billy Beede, comes home one day to find a fateful letter waiting for her: Willa Mae's burial is about to be plowed up to make way for a supermarket. As Willa Mae's only daughter, Billy is heiress to her mother's substantial but unconfirmed fortune. Dirt poor, living in a trailer with her Aunt June and Uncle Roosevelt behind a gas station in a tumbleweedy Texas town, and pregnant with an illegitimate child, Billy knows that treasure could mean salvation.

    Andrew says: "Just a warning..."
    "Well crafted"
    Overall

    This is a well crafted first novel from Pulitzer-prize winning Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. Parks does her own narration and singing (with her husband on guitar), which adds a great theatricality to this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Food Nation

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

    Bruce says: "Should be required reading for all"
    "Important Reading"
    Overall

    Everyone in America should read "Fast Food Nation," it's a book that inspires change and action. Each section makes you reflect on your eating habits and what they mean for business, health, and the nation's children. This book doesn't try to make you a vegetarian or even boycott fast food altogether (Schlosser praises In-n-Out burger chains, for example), but it does make you think twice about what the business of fast food means to our country.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    If you are driving, pull over. If you are at work, close your door, unless you don't mind your colleagues seeing you doubled over, in tears, on your office floor. With this recording, taped before a delirious sold out audience at Carnegie Hall, you are there as David Sedaris performs new stories from his upcoming book. A parrot who mimics an ice maker, lovers quarreling over a rubber hand, and a Santa Claus who moonlights from his job as bishop of Turkey, the cast of characters is like no other.

    Richard says: "Material that exists on other books."
    "Should come with a safety warning"
    Overall

    This audiobook is so funny it should come with a warning: Do not drive a car while listening. Actually, I listened to this whole book in the car, and I didn't quite run off the road, but I was laughing so hard my eyes were tearing up. Nobody is as funny as David Sedaris, and this book proves it once and for all. The only thing it lacks are MORE stories (there are only 5 or 6). Still, it's a great listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2319)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (406)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Nearly Perfect"
    Overall

    "A Short History of Nearly Everything" is an engaging compilation of anecdotes about the people involved with major scientific discoveries. I have never been a fan of history, but Bryson has a special talent for making these stories come alive. All the stories are related and flow together in what seems to be a well-planned stream of consciousness narrative. However, because Bryson is describing "Nearly Everything" in this book, he can't delve too deep into any one topic, which makes this book perfect car material. Each anecdote is self-contained, so you can listen so small portions of the book at a time without losing concentration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6060)
    Performance
    (2239)
    Story
    (2264)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "One of the best"
    Overall

    "Middlesex" is a fantastic epic that deals with genetics, history, and gender in a way never seen before. The premise is so brilliant it makes you slap your forehead and exclaim "Why didn't I think of that?" I loved every moment of this (very) long audiobook, and was actually sad to have it end. The book itself is wonderful, but listening to the audiobook with this amazing narrator really takes your breath away. There's good reason "Middlesex" has won so many awards, including the Audie. Don't miss this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3626)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1373)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Absolutely Hilarious"
    Overall

    I had read "Me Talk Pretty One Day" before I bought the audiobook, but was inspired to listen to it after hearing "David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall." David Sedaris has the sharpest wit of any author out there. He has a uncanny ability to describe his family's problems and personal neuroses in a way that is both touching and laugh-out-loud funny. I couldn't recommend this book more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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