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  • Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Phyllida Law
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    The events of the story occupy a single June day in post-World War I Central London, as wealthy and fashionable society hostess Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party she is to give that evening. Through her thoughts and memories, the voices of others who have touched on her life and will attend her party, Virginia Woolf shows her genius as a writer who is both accessible and popular.

    Brittany Prentice says: "Still Applies to Today"
    "Enjoyable surprise"
    Overall

    One day, and what a day! All seems serene, but there is a wealth of passion and event. You do need to be skilled in reading/listening between the lines, and if not, this will be an excellent exercise. I expected to have to draw on my patience to listen to this book, but instead found that I was always impatient to get back to it. Phylida Law knows exactly how to narrate this amazing book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Arcadia

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tom Stoppard
    • Narrated By Kate Burton, Mark Capri, Jennifer Dundas, and others
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia merges science with human concerns and ideals, examining the universe’s influence in our everyday lives and ultimate fates through relationship between past and present, order and disorder and the certainty of knowledge. Set in an English country house in the year 1809-1812 and 1989, the play examines the lives of two modern scholars and the house's current residents with the lives of those who lived there 180 years earlier.

    M. W. Roberts says: "Great production"
    "Needs more that one listening."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If the interviews that came after the reading had come BEFORE the reading, I'd gotten a lot more of of this -- after all, it's an illustration of chaos theory. I needed a 'heads up'. It is witty, and intellectually stimulating, so I might give it another go.
    Two sets of characters in two different time periods are hard to follow by ear alone, unless the performances are carefully designed to be easily distinguishable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleepy Ocean & Gentle Rain

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Jeffrey Thompson
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (22)

    Dr. Jeffrey Thompson's clinically proven audio system helps you fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Delta Brainwave Pulses blended into the sounds of the Pacific Ocean surf and gentle rain dripping from leaf to leaf, lull you effortlessly to sleep.

    richard says: "Lovely until..."
    "Perfect for the purpose of sleep"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    'Just Waves' washing up on the shore and 'Just Rain' in a steady downpour, what better to sleep to? I like that there's nothing to wake me up.
    I was concerned that the dreaded and loud 'You have been listening to Audible' announcement might be a problem, but I set the sleep timer to avoid that. Don't even know if it's on there....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Iris Murdoch
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Stuart Cuno has decided to become good. Not believing in God, he invents his own methods, which include celibacy, chastity, and the abandonment of a promising academic career. Interfering friends and relations question his sincerity, his sanity and his motives.

    Geoffrey says: "A Squabble of Smartypants"
    "Perhaps as hard to read as it was to write ...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I did read (listen to) it all. I'm not entirely sure why, but it held a puzzling fascination for me. If you are interested in the interior workings of a mind losing it, this novel is instructive. ...a bit threatening to the reader's self in spots, as in a 'Crime and Punishment' or Edgar Allen Poe manner. The side story, which might have been the main story, was a rather artificial fantasy plopped into an otherwise straightforward and interesting novel. Requires mental juggling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing to Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (223)

    One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond.

    Barbara says: "Real characters dealing with life & death."
    "Beautiful writing, but ...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    dull, dull, dull. I just couldn't care about these self-centered academics. The closest they got to lifting their eyes from their own navels was to gaze at those of their friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Filth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (333)

    FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

    Michele says: "A Great Read, matched by a Great Reader"
    "Don't let the title throw you off!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book was absorbing, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Most definitely quite a few cuts above the usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Namesake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (296)

    The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

    Diana - Audible says: "My favorite book - in print and audio"
    "Enjoyable -- mostly."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is another of those stories that start with color and intensity in a foreign culture at a crossroad of historical events, only to end aimlessly in the contemporary USA with its life blood drained away. I would have rated it much higher if the story line had never moved so far away from its core.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And Furthermore

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Judi Dench
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    From London’s glittering West End to Broadway’s bright lights, from her Academy Award-winning role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love to “M” in the James Bond films, Judi Dench has treated audiences to some of the greatest performances of our time.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "I wanted it to be longer"
    "Doesn't tell us much."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just love her for the wonderful character actor she is. This book is largely a list of performances throughout her career.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate Dimension

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    The teachings of Buddhism describe two realities: the "historical dimension" of time, space, and form, and the "ultimate dimension": an infinite realm beyond birth and death, the realm of complete freedom, peace, and joy, the ground of being called "nirvana". On The Ultimate Dimension, you are invited to sit beside Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for an advanced dharma retreat that opens the doorway to this sublime experience of being.

    Ripley Nox says: "Surprising"
    "Always a fine teacher,"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nhat Hanh can be listened to many times over with something fresh to contemplate nearly every time. His firm, benevolent calmness always reassures me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Orlando

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Clare Higgins
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (105)

    Fantasy, love offering, exuberant celebration of English life and literature, Orlando is a uniquely entertaining novel. Originally conceived by Virginia Woolf as a playful tribute to Vita Sackville-West, Orlando's central character lives as both a man and a woman through four centuries.

    Mayca says: "Magical"
    "It might start becoming interesting..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    ...but I won't be there to find out. This is unlike any Woolf I've read before -- forced and artificial, with great long catalogs of cloying elaboration. The atmosphere is claustrophobic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death of an Expert Witness: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    A young girl is strangled. Then the senior biologist in the forensic lab where her body is taken is also found dead. Adam Dalgleish has a baffling enquiry on his hands.

    Kathy Matthews says: "good mystery"
    "A bit disappointing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Confusing beginning, weak ending, but some good stuff in between. Some fine bits of descriptive writing worth finding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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