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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (6938)
    Performance
    (4901)
    Story
    (4890)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Beautiful Story"
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    Where does The Kitchen House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is within my top 5 favourite books I have listened to from Audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration was AWESOME! By far the best narration I have heard from Audible yet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I nearly did!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cannery Row

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Jerry Farden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (347)

    Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack and his boys, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and most poignant works.

    Jax says: "I disagree with Rob from Goodyear, AZ"
    "Steinbeck's Funniest Book!"
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    I think this was one of the most provoking and in-depth novels by Steinbeck.

    Cannery Row had more thought put into the underlying message within the story. Most Steinbeck books are " what you see is what you get" They are all american stories, that can be taken literally as they are.

    However this book had more substance.

    Mac and the boys are a humorous and simple bunch of guys. Everything they did and said was funny, and you often figure if they are honestly that daft.
    All the characters seems to be this way.

    And then there is Doc, he's much like the others, but for some reason his presence and character bring a new level to the story. He's the leader that brings everyone together. He's the brains of the town. Which is not hard to be!

    In the end of the book, there is a passage read out loud by Doc that sums up the whole of the story. Its the purpose and message of the whole book.

    This is the element to Cannery Row that sets it apart from Steinbeck's other books.

    Well worth the read. Not my favourite Steinbeck. Likely because I felt it varied from what I love most about Steinbeck. But still worthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (695)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "Another amazing book by Steinbeck"
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    This is beautifully written, and has fantastic character development.

    I felt a range of emotion during this book, and was captivated right until the end.

    An unfortunate ending, but the ending made the book complete.

    Definite must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1550)
    Performance
    (1353)
    Story
    (1359)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "AMAZING!"
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    I cant say enough about this book. I have fallen in love with John Steinbeck. This is the 4th book I've read and they are all equally compelling, beautifully written and captivating. I had such a connection to these characters, I felt like I was there with the Joads. Grandpa was my favourite, his character was bright and funny.

    The narration was the BEST I have heard on Audible. The only small complaint was the reading was a bit slow. I however have the function on my iphone to listen at 2 x the pace, and that was ideal for me. However in the regular pace, it was slow and drawn out.

    Defiantly a great listen for anyone. 100% recommend this book, or any John Stienbeck for that matter!

    Love, love, loved it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (931)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "Couldn't even finish the book"
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    I know Jane Austen is renowned for her work, however I just cant get into this book.

    The story is hardly exciting and I found myself loosing interest as the book went on, waiting for something to happen - although I know it doesn't.

    The characters were whiny, sarcastic, often humorous, but overall annoying.

    I have yet to even finish, and I likely wont.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1934)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1103)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    Marv says: "a masterpiece!"
    "Good but not Great!"
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    This book was an easy listen with a simple story.
    I kept waiting for something to happen, however the book just continued without any climax.

    I enjoyed the characters and following their lives. There is a bit of irony in the story that ties everything up at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3128)
    Performance
    (2846)
    Story
    (2858)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "FANTASTIC BOOK!"
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    This book had such a great ending, not what you are expecting.

    I can honestly admit, that I cried during the end of this book. I felt so involved in their lives and connected to Will and Lou.

    I'm a big stickler about books that have good character development. Even the sub plot characters( Lou's parents) were defined and described in detail.

    The only odd part of this book was the switch in narration with Nathan and Trina. Almost not necessary. Not sure why the author wanted to have their point of view in the book, I can understand if the book had started with 3 narrators, but it was only one chapter.

    Wonderfully written, easy listen, a beautiful story, a defiant must!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Pyper
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Professor David Ullman's expertise in the literature of the demonic - notably Milton's Paradise Lost - has won him wide acclaim. But David is not a believer. One afternoon he receives a visitor at his campus office, a strikingly thin woman who offers him an invitation: travel to Venice, Italy, witness a "phenomenon", and offer his professional opinion, in return for an extravagant sum of money. Needing a fresh start, David accepts and heads to Italy with his beloved 12-year-old daughter, Tess. What happens in Venice will send David on an unimaginable journey from skeptic to true believer....

    David says: "The Hardy Boys meet Indiana Jones..."
    "Good but not great!"
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    The book lacked attention to detail. It was very casual and swept over the sub plot.
    I would have liked a bit more history into the life of David. Good books make you feel and know the characters, I didn't feel connected to David on his search, or any other character for that matter.

    Perhaps if the author did a bit more character building, I would have felt more emotional for his girlfriend at the end.

    If you really got to know the characters, I think the book would have been that much better.

    The book was suspenseful and I liked the scary elements.

    This is a good book to read on the side, doesn't require much thought to follow and is simple with a good narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4882)
    Performance
    (2279)
    Story
    (2291)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    I found the first 2 parts of the book to be rather long and uneventful.
    Part 3 ended up being the best part of the book, giving way to the irony of the characters and the events that unfolded.

    I really enjoyed this book nearing the end. The author does a really good job building characters and making them real. By the end you feel connected to each of them, but not in a sad way. I felt happy for everyone and I was happy with the ending. It made the first 2 parts worth listening to.

    I especially loved the cultural aspect in the novel. I enjoyed learning and hearing about Addis and Mission.

    I would defiantly recommend this book.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
    (1049)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    Suzn F says: "Epic story of Love and Loss"
    "Good but not Great!"
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    I thought this book was good, the story was thought provoking and I liked the symbolism. However it was a bit long and uneventful at times.

    The book end quickly and that was disspointing after such a long intro and middle. The last part of the book seems to lack any time perameters and detail. It fell apart for me.

    Glad I read it, but Im not sure I could say I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desiree: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Annemarie Selinko
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Fourteen year old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire. A love story, but so much more, Desiree explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two.

    sophia says: "Stunning telling of a riveting story."
    "Brilliant!"
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    I loved this book, it was rich with history and elements of the time period.

    Although its a long listen, I found myself wanting more and more after the book ended. I wanted to listen to the rest of her life story.

    I was a bit disappointed with Desiree and how she left her husband and went back to Paris. Considering this novel was based on true points in history of a real person, I cant really blame anyone for her character development.

    The novel was dry at points and I found that it dwelled on certain moments in time, that were not relevant to the overall story.

    Time period novels are my favourite and this is now among my top 3!

    For anyone who like this novel, try listening to Philipa Gregory's novels.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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