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Jamie

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  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    Overall
    (1307)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1152)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "half fantasy, half mystery, all fascinating"
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    What were to happen if an artists muse were to really come alive? What if the passion for art was a physical need, like a drug addiction. What if the drug was a single color and its pusher were a being as old as time? The premise is fascinating, even without such colorful (pun intended) characters as La Trec, Renoir, and Van Gogh. Set the whole thing in the modernist renaissance, et voila! A masterpiece.

    I truly loved this story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Irving Stone
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (218)

    This is Irving Stone's powerful and passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time: the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring popes, the all-powerful Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola. His loves: the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love - his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna.

    Jean says: "The Master of the Biographical Novel at his BEST"
    "A beautiful story"
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    Wonderfully told story about a genius in a time fraught with change
    History come to life with Mr. Stone's words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1151)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "I wanted to like it."
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    Think Steam-punk-Sherlock meets Aldus Huxley's a Brave New World with a little bit of Star Trek. Maybe it would have been fascinating if I'd known more about Victorian England's history and politics. I'd like to think that there were more than a few tongue-in-cheek references to things that I as a relatively un-worldly American just wouldn't understand...that's what it felt like listening to this; like some joke was floating just above my reach.

    But take this review with a pinch of salt...I wasn't able to finish listening to this one, despite numerous starts and one re-start, which I rarely waste time on.

    The narrator's voice kept pulling me back though. He was phenomenal...seriously.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1250)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "It was cute."
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    Everyone knows someone like this; the guy with a no-holds-barred attitude towards rearing children. I've even met a few well educated people with as foul or fouler mouths than that of the author's father. It's the little tidbits of wisdom that come through hysterically. You think to yourself,"Exactly! I couldn't have put it better myself, " several times.

    My two complaints are that the father's voice sounds like it comes from Brooklyn instead of the Midwest and that it was so short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2225)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1551)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "My New Favorite Author!!!"
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    This book was so amazing, I immediately bought the whole series...including the ones I had to order from the UK in paper form in order to get a n English translation. I eagerly devoured them all and then, while looking for more books that might be translated soon, I did some research on this man.

    Hes world renowned! I felt like s some dumb American, not having heard of him before. I guess I'm not the only one though, because the American press is publishing his books with these ridiculous pink and red stickers on the front that say, "The Next Steig Larsson." Steig Larsson was the author of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, that I loved, however, it turns out that Jo Nesbo, pronounced Yo Nez-bah, has been writing his novels and winning awards for years before Mr. Larsson ever picked up his proverbial pen. Hes considered Norway's best writer all around and Scandinavia's best mystery writer and one of Europe's best thriller writers.

    Having read all of his books that are currently translated...I know exactly why.

    Try this book, trust me...it's good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ex

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Harley Jane Kozak
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    When David Zetrakis, the producer of a popular soap opera, is found shot to death, Wollie Shelley finds herself caught up in the murder. Zetrakis was one of the many Mr. Wrongs in Wollie's career as a serial dater, and her friend Joey has emerged as the media's prime suspect. A hot-tempered celebrity who had dated Zetrakis and was fired from his show some years ago, Joey has inherited a million-dollar Klimt painting from him. But Joey is not the only potential suspect.

    Shay J. says: "Compelling"
    "vapid"
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    Maybe I'm not understanding the trend in mystery towards romance, but I just don't see what the protagonists relationship with her FBI boyfriend had to do with the story line at all except as a way of interjecting sex into every chapter. One would think that such a person in the story would be able to figure out a way to either help his new girlfriend out of her predicaments, or remain mysterious and shadowy while really pulling the strings behind the scenes. But no, hes just window dressing for intimacy, commitment issues and middle aged thigh clenching (yuch) that get in the way of what could actually be a great story line and well loved characters.

    I think this author will soon outgrow her genre and actually write something thought provoking. I could tell it was there under a surface of Dolce and Gabana, Hollywood-isms and vapid man-rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1555)
    Performance
    (1304)
    Story
    (1300)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "If you liked Scottish Play, you will love Macbeth."
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    They've completely taken all the Shakespeare out of Macbeth. Without the beautiful poetry, the story is not a tragedy but a dreary retelling of Scottish history. The only redeeming factors, and they really steal the whole show, are the three witches.

    If one were to take the beautiful singing out of an opera one would only be left with a bad story line. Shakespeare was a poet, not a novelist, therefore it goes without saying that his subject matter would need a ton of research, character development, and a few well placed narratives that evoked famous speeches.

    I think that the authors did their best with a bad subject, really. And that's saying something, because David Hewson is one of the best authors writing today. You have to really love Macbeth to get this one. Its not a read for the average person looking for a little culture in their day.

    Alan Cumming, however was superb...as always. A true artist.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2564)
    Performance
    (1680)
    Story
    (1694)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "OMG. Tragic and beautiful."
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    This book brought me to tears repeatedly. I cried from sadness, shame, pity, love, beauty and happiness. I never cry.

    I'm glad that I listened to this book. I feel changed for the better because I took the time out of my busy life to contemplate; and that is what I think was the authors purpose, but I would never want to experience it again. This story is so heavy, heady, and well written that its like therapy for the soul. It was a cathartic read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Is Illuminated

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (383)

    Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

    J. Kovler says: "What a brilliantly original work!"
    "I'm not sure I can do it justice"
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    Such a simple idea...looking for ones ancestors, making a family tree. It never occurred to me that for families of the victims of the holocaust, there is probably no website to look up ones great uncle or library to fill in the family Bible. That thought alone is so deep and sad and poignant that to make it the subject of a novel would seem a deliberate effort to write darkly unpalatable prose that wallows in grief and threatens to drown the reader in the futile efforts of man to reconcile the past. However, the clownish somewhat slapstick buffoonery of our authors second protagonist, and his grammar errors especially, are so unexpected that, I for one, repeatedly laughed out loud, making perfect strangers stare and or ask what I was listening to. There is more here than sadness and loss and hilarity. This book contains a perfect love story or two.

    Its the authors style I cannot do justice to. Its just...unusual, its fun. I cant tell if the book is written like a Yiddish narrative, passed from grandmother to child, or if the story's disjointed skips from time to time, emotion to opposite emotion, story line to alternate story line, is just the authors way of writing. Either way, it was pure art.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lifeboat: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Rogan
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (154)

    Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband, Henry, across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found.

    Amazon Customer says: "Lord of the Flies on the Water"
    "a locked room within a locked room"
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    Originally, while listening to Charlotte Rogans telling of this harrowing experience, I was looking for clues to a mystery. Sometimes one doesn't even know the victims name until act two, right? Then I was caught up in the suspense of the court trial of the survivors. Finally, I just gave in and began to fully pay attention to the drama unfolding inside this woman. Forced to reevaluate everything, including how she got into that lifeboat in the first place, our lead character finds that she can be as ruthless and ambitious as she needs to be to survive, and that those characteristics, while they may save her life do not make her the woman she has always dreamed of being. As others realize this too, so does the reader...she doesn't get it until after the survivors of the large boat are rescued and she is forced to recall everything for her trial.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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