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Debbie

Santa Cruz, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

    Parusski says: "Perfect narrator for one of the best classics."
    "Absorbing story expertly narrated"
    Overall

    I was a real pleasure listening to this book. Martin Jarvis is a master. He is perhaps my favorite narrator of all. His voice is lovely, and he has created a dozen or so unique character voices that he somehow manages to keep straight throughout. Moreover, he moves effortlessly between character and narrator, giving us a seamless listen.

    The story itself is so rich in description and detail that I am transported body and soul to Victorian England. The dialog is beautifully written and makes me yearn for the gentility of centuries past.

    Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4973)
    Performance
    (2360)
    Story
    (2375)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    The story is superbly woven and its characters so compelling I felt as if they were a part of my world. I will miss you my friends, especially dear Hema and Ghosh. The narration was perfect; Sunil Malhotra's Indian accent humanized the characters and developed my vested interest in the fate of each one. Despite the rave reviews, I had reservations about the length of the book, but by Chapter 2, I didn't want it to end. It's that good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27519)
    Performance
    (14120)
    Story
    (14170)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Enjoyed every minute!"
    Overall

    Kathryn Stockett gives us an enlightening (and often hilarious, believe it or not) look at racism in 1960's Mississippi through the eyes of 2 perspicacious black maids working for their privileged, socially-correct "white ladies". But we soon recognize that the real women of substance are, indeed, "the help". I loved the richly-developed characters and the pitch-perfect voices of the 4 readers who portrayed them. At the end, I just didn't want to say goodbye.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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