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kd

TX, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
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  • Invisible Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ralph Ellison
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (244)

    Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

    Robert says: "You've been waiting, buy it, you won't be sorry..."
    "Love Joe Morton"
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    Story

    Dense story, but it's a classic. What really made this story for me was Joe Morton's wonderful reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Collected Fictions

    • HIGHLIGHTS (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    From his 1935 debut with "The Universal History of Iniquity", through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges' talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.

    Darwin8u says: "Highlights of Collected Fictions = Uncollected"
    "Disappointed. Wanted unabridged."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My mistake, but I was looking for several stories there are not among those offered here. I should have chosen a different Borges offering. In addition, the Hurley translation differs substantially from several others I compared it with.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (867)

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Brendon says: "An American Classic!"
    "Performance was great"
    Overall
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    Story

    Frank Muller was superb. I am so grateful to have him read me this long, tedious tale. He breathed life into an otherwise deadly dull story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day Boy and the Night Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By George MacDonald
    • Narrated By Paul Eggington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A witch's curse ensures that a boy can never wake at night nor sleep when the sun beams. Conversely, a girl is doomed never to sleep at night nor be awake during the daylight hours. Finally, a twist of fate unites them. MacDonald's skill and imagery and grandfatherly style deliver a remarkable story that is accessible and light, yet acutely stirring and imbued with enduring value. Your capacity for imagination is sure to grow through this story that lifts our spirits and fills our minds with joy.

    Adam says: "This book is amazing!"
    "Good though Obscure Fairytale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I needed a quick refresher on this old story for a project I was working on. Thank you for reading it to me, Paul Eggington. Hurray for multi-tasking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1921)
    Performance
    (1760)
    Story
    (1762)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Love Neil Gaiman"
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    Performance
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    Thank you for this Halloween freebie, Neil Gaiman. My family and I enjoyed listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (446)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "Thought Provoking Excitement"
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    I read this book several years ago. This was a good refresher as I prepare to read the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2389)
    Performance
    (1875)
    Story
    (1859)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Elijah Wood's reading was excellent!"
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    I really enjoyed Eijah Wood's reading of this classic. What an amazing range he has. Of course the story stands in a league of its own, and always has.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (551)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "I enjoyed unwind"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought that this story was original and compelling, and Luke Daniels did a good job of reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Jacob is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh north. Despite his distaste for dealing in "flesh," he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, "with the hands of a slave and the feet of a Portuguese lady." Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, but later from a handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved.

    Pablo says: "Great book"
    "Amazing story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Historically accurate, engrossing tale of North American immigrants before the revolutionary war. The interview with Toni Morrison at the end was especially good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delta Wedding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Eudora Welty
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Set on the Mississippi Delta in 1923, this story captures the mind and manners of the Fairchilds, a large aristocratic family, self-contained and elusive as the wind. The vagaries of the Fairchilds are keenly observed, and sometimes harshly judged, by nine-year-old Laura McRaven, a Fairchild cousin who takes The Yellow Dog train to the Delta for Dabney Fairchild’s wedding.

    Carolyn says: "Soul Food"
    "The Delta Wedding was a Treat"
    Overall
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    Sally Darling did a wonderful job of reading Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty. I was sad when it ended because I had come to love the sound of Sally Darling's voice. She captured the slow southern drawl perfectly. That made the reading take a while, but it was all the more enjoyable for that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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