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patricia

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  • Tenth of December: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Saunders
    • Narrated By George Saunders
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (416)

    One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.

    Molly-o says: "I could never have known"
    "The Master of the conversations inside our head..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, but I would warn them they need to be able to laugh at our dark side


    Any additional comments?

    George is a genius and hearing him read his work made it all the more interesting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune's Rocks

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Olympia Biddeford is a precocious and well-educated daughter, alive with ideas and flush with the first stirrings of maturity. Her summer is transformed when a friend of her father's arrives. She and the friend, a married doctor nearly three times her age, come together in an unthinkable, torturous, passionate affair.

    Penny says: "Wonderful!"
    "Captivating story"
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    Where does Fortune's Rocks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks very high.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fortune's Rocks?

    When the party saw her making love with her married beau...including his wife.


    Have you listened to any of Blair Brown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could take any character from Fortune's Rocks out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The main character as she had such a simple perspective on what was a good life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3069)
    Performance
    (2803)
    Story
    (2785)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Could not stop laughing out loud!"
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    Where does Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. It is so funny and dead on that it makes you think as well as laugh. There is always something we can personally relate to in each story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His bizarre perspective on the simple things of life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with the pygmy .


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His obvious love for his father...yet poking fun at him every chance he gets.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1161)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "Such a great story!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Life After Life the most enjoyable?

    It was unique and very interesting in the historical sense.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ursula. She went through so much but learned from her experiences and sought to make the world a better place.


    What does Fenella Woolgar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The British feel


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her love for her brother Jimmy at many points in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kim Ghattas
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former rival. As President Barack Obama's secretary of state, she set out to repair America's image around the world - and her own. For the following four years, BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage, and she weaves a fast-paced, gripping account of life on the road with Clinton in The Secretary.

    Melinda says: "Never got to the heart..."
    "Too Long and Too detailed"
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    Would you try another book from Kim Ghattas and/or Kate Reading?

    Not in the near future


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insights into starting out in such a demanding position.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Did not like the drone of the narrator. Liked some of the intimate details about being in Hillaryland.


    Do you think The Secretary needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (353)

    Buddy is a good dog. After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs - who will take care of his girl?

    Robert says: "Outstanding!!!!"
    "A Must Read for DOg Lovers"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a dog lover this is a great story. Even if you are not crazy about dogs, it addresses how we move along the spiritual continuum.


    What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has such an earnest voice for the dogs. It was amazing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Cried at the sad points but laughed at the whimsical reflections of the dog.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Last Thing Before I Go

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By John Shea
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    You don't have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter, Casey, has just confided in him that she's pregnant - because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down. So when he learns that his heart requires emergency surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey.

    Annette says: "sentimental but strong..."
    "Classic Tropper"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One Last Thing Before I Go to be better than the print version?

    Loved hearing the voices of the different characters. Made it all the more interesting as a story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Silver. The classic underachiever who has to come to grips with his issues


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The party at Jeremy's house. Everyone gets a BIG surprise in different ways.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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