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Robert

Tallahassee, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 8 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 279 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The History of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (368)

    Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

    Kathryn Lunetta says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written."
    "One of my favorite audio books"
    Overall

    I have listened to over 200 audio books and this one is one of my favorites. It is a wonderful story with very interesting characters that you really feel for. The intertwining of several stories and the authors wonderful way with words made it all the more enjoyable. Every time I had to stop listening, I really looked forward to starting again. I highly recommend this wonderful book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6067)
    Performance
    (5261)
    Story
    (5253)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Great book! As good as "The History of Love""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Ruins to be better than the print version?


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    I have listened to over 250 audio books, and I would rank this one among the top five, right up there with another of my favorites: The History of Love. The story, which jumps back and forth, from chapter to chapter, from Italy in 1962 to Hollywood today, is fascinating: both delightful and sad. The many characters, whose stories are beautifully woven together, were well-drawn; I was interested in all of them. And the narrator was outstanding. I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1976)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (897)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Age of main characters is a major problem"
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    Although this book was interesting, the believability of the story was greatly undermined by the fact that the author chose to cast the main characters as 12 and 13 year old children when they first met and started caring for each other. The feelings they felt for each other, their actions towards one another, and the boy's actions within his family seemed to be vastly too mature for children aged 12 and 13. Oftentimes I found myself feeling that the actions being taken by the boy and girl, the language that they used and the feelings they expressed (especially in the case of the boy) were not authentic, given their age. This obvious "miscasting" continually interfered with my enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Other Nights: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dara Horn
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    How is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army, it is a question his commanders have answered for him: on Passover in 1862, he is ordered to murder his own uncle, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln. After that night, will Jacob ever speak for himself?

    ilene says: "All Other Nights"
    "Excellent Book!"
    Overall

    This is a very well-written, highly engaging piece of historical fiction that focuses on a young Jewish spy working for the North during the Civil War, and the personal and professional choices he has to make regarding his loyalty to the Union and to his family. The author skillfully combines history, action, drama, a love story and humor into one very enjoyable book. She also paints interesting sketches about several historical people and events from that era, including a very interesting event regarding Abraham Lincoln. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (555)

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "Not worth the listen"
    Overall

    I have listened to over 250 books on tape, and I would rank this one in the lowest 20%. Although portions of it might be considered artistically written, it has a very weak, almost non-existent, story line. I found it very hard to maintain any interest in it. Nonetheless, I stuck with it until the end, and found it to be very disappointing. If you like reading books that have a plot line, I guarantee that this book is not for you.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12963)
    Performance
    (5315)
    Story
    (5360)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall

    I am amazed that this book received so many positive reviews. I have listened to more than 200 fiction books on tape, and I found this one to be among the most poorly written ones. I am in agreement with the reviewer who indicated that this book is written in about the same style as a Harlequin romance novel. The characters are one-dimensional, the multiple plots are insipid, and the story goes on forever! If you like well-written books, this book is definitely NOT for you!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The World to Come

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dara Horn
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    An intoxicating combination of mystery, spirituality, redemption, piety, and passion, The World to Come is Dara Horn's follow-up to her breakout, critically-acclaimed debut novel In the Image. Using a real-life art heist as her starting point, Horn traces the life and times of several characters, including Russian-born artist Marc Chagall and the New Jersey-based Ziskind family.

    Robert says: "Great book!"
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    I found this to be one of the most enjoyable of the 200 + books on tape that I have listened to. It belongs right up there with other great "reads" such as "The History of Love" and "The Book Thief". If you liked those two, you'll like this one as well. The story was fascinating, the writing was excellent and, contrary to what the previous reviewers have said, I thought that the narration was very good. I highly recommend this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6701)
    Performance
    (2010)
    Story
    (2027)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    This book was wonderful. It was well-written and beautifully narrated. The story was fascianting. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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