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Jen

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  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2584)
    Performance
    (1195)
    Story
    (1188)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Good, but not what I expected"
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    I enjoyed this audio book, and it was lovely having the author perform it himself. With regard to the story, I had hoped for more about Steve Martin's life, but I suppose the title does suggest the fact that it is more about Steve Martin's stand up career than himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Manifest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Clare Vanderpool
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (281)

    Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos.

    Rae says: "AWESOME book! LOVED it!"
    "Historical fiction that makes you want to be there"
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    A really fantastic novel performed beautifully. I enjoy historical fiction, but I think anyone who likes a good story will love this. Vivid characters and a deeply interesting story brought to life by wonderful narrators. I will be looking out for the author and narrators in future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (522)

    When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

    Jerry says: "Why a classic is a classic"
    "Enjoyable Enough"
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    Every time I read/listen to this novel, I'm hoping for a little more than I get - probably because A Tale of Two Cities is one of my all-time favourites leaving me in great gasping sobs near the end. Great Expectations is enjoyable enough, an interesting story with appealing characters, but I'm never quite moved to anything more than passing interest. Still worth a listen.

    The performance was fine, though a little fast. Perhaps that's just me though, I generally need a bit more time to process Dickens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1615)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1093)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Beautifully written, but no connection for me"
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    Although this is a beautifully written novel, I was completely unable to care about any of the characters. Quite frankly, I didn't care if they were happy or sad, lived or died. I also found it incredibly irritating to have to listen to the same scene told from different viewpoints considering I felt no empathy for any of the characters. If I was reading this, I would have stopped part way through, but I'm still new to audio books so I haven't yet learnt to give up on the ones I'm not enjoying.

    The narration was average, neither enticing me nor putting me off, though I did find I had to constantly change the volume.

    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
    Overall
    (13409)
    Performance
    (5829)
    Story
    (5902)

    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!!"
    "Beautiful story, fantastic performance"
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    Absolutely fantastic performance of a wonderful story - I couldn't have imagined it better, and I wouldn't change a single thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Fowles
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (194)

    At Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast, a young Victorian amateur palaentologist, Charles Smithson, is struck by a solitary figure standing at the far end of the Cobb, staring out to sea. It is Sarah Woodruff, known to the locals as 'poor Tragedy' since her apparent liaison with a French sailor who has since deserted her. Although Charles is already engaged to a young heiress, he is immediately beguiled and eventually infatuated with Sarah.

    Darwin8u says: "Writes with a sharp elegance that is breathtaking"
    "Irritating but also captivating"
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    I found the author thoroughly irritating because he kept putting his voice into the story, talking about the writing of it. I'm sure there's some great literary reason for this, but it just kept pulling me out of the story. The storyline captivated me though, and it's stayed in my thoughts. Despite the irritating side lines from the author, this book was beautifully written and written in such a way that what might have been a fairly mundane story was instead transformed into something that felt incredibly personal and evocative. Narration was good, took me a few minutes to get into it but then I was hooked - this seems to be the norm for me with audio books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thorn Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their 7 children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister. It ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, embarks on a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

    Anne says: "disappointing"
    "A Favourite Novel, My First Listen"
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    This is one of my all time favourite novels. Colleen McCullough does historical fiction like no other, and leaves me wishing it was MY story. I love the epic nature of this novel, the story spanning generations, a different time, characters you wish you knew (or were).

    This was my first listen to a book and although I wasn't blown away by the narrator, not once did it get in the way of my enjoyment of the story. I thought it would be difficult to listen to a book when I'm used to reading them, but for a couple of weeks this audiobook got me to work and back, and every day I had to force myself to turn off my car. In fairness, the only part of the narration I wasn't entirely happy with was the voices of the characters, but I imagine we all have our own ideas of how a character sounds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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