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san anselmo, CA, USA

  • 10 reviews
  • 70 ratings
  • 188 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

    Ella says: "This book consumed me"
    "haunting and worthwhile"

    This was a great book. I'm so glad I took the time to purchase it. The narrator added so much, I will remember this story of tragic loss foever.

    7 of 9 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

    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!"
    "Great characters, interesting story."

    I loved listening to this book. I'm a little sorry it's ended. Hearing about life in Jackson during this time period sounds like it's something that was from 100 years ago, instead of 50! Very heartfelt. Narrators were excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"

    I loved the characters in the graveyard!
    Very enjoyable. Great narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael J. Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J. Fox

    Always Looking Up is a memoir of Michael's past decade, told through the critical themes of his life: work, politics, faith, and family. The book is a journey of self-discovery and reinvention, and a testament to the consolations that protect him from the ravages of Parkinson's. With the humor and wit that captivated fans in his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

    Bryan says: "Always Looking Up"
    "Worthwhile and powerful!"

    This book was such a pleasure to listen to. Michael J. Fox has a great way of expressing himself. The book is funny, informative and touching. I especially enjoyed the parts relating to his family car trips, while growing up. He has such a unique and uplifting perspective, and considers himself so lucky to have his wife, children and a job that he loved. This was a powerful story and I recommend this read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "rich characters"

    I loved this story, espeically the two different narrators. Such great characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "eat, pray, love"

    Wanted to know what all the hype was about. It came strongly recommended by many friends of mine. I didn't enjoy this. I liked hearing about the places she traveled, but she was so insecure, it was depressing. Not that great.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Telegraph Days

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Annie Potts

    Not since the publication of his own beloved classic Lonesome Dove has there been a novel like this one, another big, brilliant, unputdownable saga of the West from Larry McMurtry. Telegraph Days is at once a major work of literature and a completely absorbing read, not just great fiction, but fiction on a great scale.

    Ron says: "Good McMurtry, not great"
    "telegraph days"

    This isn't my normal genre, but it was a nice break. Good characters, and loved Annie Potts as narrator. I liked this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By L. M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Megan Follows

    The Cuthberts had decided to adopt an orphan - a nice sturdy boy to help with the farm chores. The orphanage sent a girl instead - a mischievous, talkative redhead who'd be no use at all. She would just have to go back. But ever since Anne arrived, no one could imagine Green Gables without her.

    Deborah Guinnessy says: "A sad disappointment"
    "anne of green gables"

    way too fast! I downlaoded this so my girls could enjoy the story while on the way to Tahoe. The narrator talked so fast, it was not enjoyable. We gave up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "the book theif"

    The Book Theif came recommened by my son. Very glad I downloaded it! It stays with me. Great characters! Narrator was a perfect fit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First published in 1813, this is Jane Austen's most popular novel. It portrays life in the genteel rural society of the day, and tells of the initial misunderstandings and later mutual enlightenment between the lively and quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet and the proud and haughty Fitzwilliam Darcy.

    Marilyn says: "fabulous"
    "pride and predjudice"

    Like entering another world, so formal and proper. I enjoyed this, and looked forward to hearing more.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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