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Alan

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3821)
    Performance
    (2170)
    Story
    (2204)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Come back John Lee, wherever you are!"
    Overall

    I don't normally put sci-fi on my list but I found this intriguing and I have enjoyed listening to John Lee read other audio books. This seems to be another John Lee sounding totally bored with what he is reading and the monotonous timbre of his voice is driving me nuts. Also, as others have mentioned, the sound volume seems to be up and down and up and down and up and down. I can see how the story could be a fascinating read but listening to it is kind of like water torture. Sorry Mr. Lee but it's a no go for me. I could easily see picking up a copy of the book and reading it. In fact I probably will. I'm finding this was a waste of a credit. I wish Audible would have am exchange program so I could trade it in for something else.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2654)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2359)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Unlikely? yes; Wonderful? absolutely"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There are few books that keep me up all night because I'd rather listen than sleep. Hello Harold Fry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5792)
    Performance
    (5142)
    Story
    (5135)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "I was hooked instantly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listen to audiobooks when I go to bed, sometimes for an hour, sometimes half through the night. I kept falling asleep while drifting into The Night Circus. This was definitely not a bad thing. I did not fall asleep because I was bored. I fell asleep because it pulled me into a dream world which was neither fantasy nor reality but a bit of both. I would awake sometime in the night coming out of a dream hearing the wonderful narrator still reading with my cat cuddled up beside me purring. What did I miss or did I miss anything at all? I couldn't wait for the next night when I would estimate where my consciousness left me and go back to that point in the book. Sometimes I realized I went back too far and had already listened to that particular chapter. I never advanced the narration because I was so fascinated I wanted to hear it again.

    When it ended and I was awake to hear it, I wanted more. I'm sure I will be listening to it again and maybe again after that. Great book. Great narrator. Mesmerizing. Give into your dreams and don't try to find faults. Just drift along and enjoy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26073)
    Performance
    (12724)
    Story
    (12766)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Perfect"
    Overall

    I had seen the rave reviews and became curious although I knew nothing about the book. After listening to the first paragraph it was love at first sight. I should note that I'm a 63 year old white gay man. I was in high school and college in the 60's but being from the Northeast, the realities of what was happening in the south during this time period was just something we talked about in Current Events or History Class. My first reading of "To Kill a Mockingbird" started opening my eyes. Then, being of the "Woodstock Generation" I wanted the world to be an all-accepting open minded paradise. It didn't take long for my ideals to become broken. I can identify so strongly with the proud black women, disenfranchised from the rest of the world, who just wanted to be treated like human beings. I essentially became one of them when I, as a gay man, expected to be treated equally and not a victim of discrimination because of my sexual orientation. The world has come a long way but it's far from the vision of peace and love we so innocently expected in the 60's and 70's.
    When the book ended, I found myself seeing the world from Mae Mobley's innocence and the gut wrenching feelings of abandonment she experienced. I wanted more. I wanted a sequel. I just couldn't leave her there. But as I stayed up long into the night, I realized the ending was perfect just as it was, human beings having to take control of their own lives no matter their age or gender or situation and seeing something better in the end.
    I have noticed several reviewers suggesting "The Help" replace "To Kill a Mockingbird" as required reading in school. Oh please no. "Mockingbird" was and still is a life affirming book that should be part of any school's reading program. "The Help" deserves all the praise it gets and like "Mockingbird" should be read by all. But it should never replace it. After listening to it I bought the hard cover version so that I could place in next to "Mockingbird" on my bookshelf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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