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  • Slumdog Millionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Christopher Simpson
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (525)

    Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

    J. Wigfall says: "Powerful"
    "Nothing Like the Movie"
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    Nothing like the movie in the sense that the story doesn't follow the same line through telling the story -- at least not focusing so much on the game show theatrics like the movie.
    This is a sad but triumphant tale, and it was amazing how the story progressed and how the life of the main character seemed to develop. Actually, I enjoyed this story a lot, but I expected it to be more like the movie, and it wasn't. I thought it was much better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2041)
    Performance
    (1108)
    Story
    (1112)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Just OK by Follett Standards"
    "A Good Thriller"
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    A nice spy novel. This was pretty well developed for the climatic character meeting. The author made a fairly good separation of good versus evil. There was some analogy the author was trying to get at it with the murderous villain and the helpless heroine, but it wasn't well laid out in the story. I think it was something transparent like the evil Nazi Germany was defeated not by the Boys from Britain or the wounded soldiers, but by the souls at home, who were the only ones who could stop them.
    Seemed a little trite, but a good thriller, nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twentieth Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Indu Sundaresan
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (173)

    An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India's most controversial empresses, a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire.

    Jersey Girl says: "Great narration, love story & history"
    "Nice Historical and Cultural Development"
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    But I thought that the plot evolved slowly....very slowly. By the end of the story, I wanted to listen to the next book, but the plug for the next book talked about the main character being the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. The next book, though, did not develop that point at all and ended with her not being the inspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (1386)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (515)

    Sophie Kinsella's debut is a romp through the perils of shopping and spending, spending, spending! Becky can't resist a sale, and she's only a little overdrawn on her VISA. Readers will laugh aloud at Becky's retail adventures as she finds new and creative ways to relieve her increasingly credit card debt. Emily Gray's narration bounces along with Becky and her buying whims, while delivering a humorous account of what happens when credit goes bad.

    Evelyn says: "Not so much!"
    "Fun, but Nothing Like the Movie"
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    I know this is part of a series, but I found the pace a little uninteresting. I had trouble getting into the story until I had listened for a while. The story, itself, was nice, but nothing really very outstanding. I didn't find that I could relate to the main character or that I had much in common with her. I found myself thinking how immature she was. I didn't see much value in her being saved financially, other than it making up part of the fairy tale.
    I didn't like the book enough to get others in the series. I looked at them, but the titles alone made me think I could spend my time & credits on more interesting material.
    That being said, it wasn't a bad listen, but it wasn't a great listen.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4796)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1689)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Not a Bad Read"
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    Well laid out plot with lots of intricate details. I can't say that this listen really fulfilled me at the end, though. I thought it lost the climax that the author was building up to. The story throughout was good, but the end was lackluster.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18067)
    Performance
    (8253)
    Story
    (8283)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "The Girl Who Needs More Stories Written about Her"
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    I thought this book left the story somewhat unfinished. I can see where there would have been more, but the author tied it up the main story line nicely.
    That being said, this wouldn't be my first choice for a read due to the subject matter and language. But this story, like the first two, was so intricately written and led the listener down a path that kept me guessing on what was happening until the very end.
    Don't watch the movies until you've read the books. This was one worth waiting for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5700)
    Performance
    (3641)
    Story
    (3653)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Touching Story"
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    This story has become my favorite. If you're a dog lover then this will be an interesting perspective. Our dogs feel pain and love and compassion for us, though the eyes of the main character. Using the lessons learned through racing, this book takes the reader through the love and heartache a dog feels for its owner(s) throughout its life. By doing so, the main character helps us see the simplicity of ourselves and the ways we unwittingly and unnecessarily complicate our lives. I found myself wondering how I might see myself, if I needed only the companionship of my family, food, water, and a little play time.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this listen and found myself crying and generally emotionally swayed by the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (700)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "Annoying narration, but a good hook."
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    I initially thought the story was trite -- teen reading. The main character seemed to view the situations and other characters through the eyes of a teen and was somewhat one dimensional. The narrator sounded like a crusty old-style New Englander, which didn't seem to fit with the main character or any characters at all, except for Aunt Hannah, I guess. It just seemed clunky. Not a typical apocalypse book, either. You get to explore what happens with the main character, and she's not a fast study!
    BUT I wanted to know what happened next! The story twists and turns in ways that are unique and unpredictable. I am so waiting for the next book to come out.
    If you're looking for highbrow literature, keep moving on. If you're looking for something that is scary and has a hook that will grab you, you've got it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Fish from Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China - dubbed the true Shangri-La - and heads south into the jungles of Burma. But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers.

    bulldoglady says: "one of my favorites"
    "No Narration Breaks Make It Difficult to Follow"
    Overall

    I didn't have as much trouble understanding Ms. Tan's reading her book as I had trouble following the story. There are *no* chapter breaks or section breaks. I haven't picked up the printed copy to see if it's just one huge streaming paragraph, but the way this book is narrated, I can't help but wonder....
    All that being said, I'm having trouble not listening to this book. It's not one of my favorites, but the story is somewhat enjoyable. The characters and who's who are hard to follow sometimes.
    Overall not horrible, but the lack of narration breaks is why I'm giving it only 2 stars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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