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KMNNY

Faulkner, zombies, pandemics, Hillary Mantel, Linda Barry, Atwood, time travel, and Karr, I'm all over the map.

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  • The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gay Salisbury, Laney Salisbury
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    Alaska, 1925: the diphtheria serum is 674 miles away. Without it, the people of Nome will not survive. The port was icebound and the nearest railhead was almost 700 miles away. Only the dogs could do it. A relay was set up, and the drivers, many of them Native Alaskans, set off into the night at 60 below zero. Here, for the first time, is their story of legendary heroism and endurance.

    Pete says: "Read This Book!"
    "Fascinating, true tale of triumph"
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    This was a riveting story of triumph over seemingly impossible circumstances. The Salisburies tell a great story. I read this because Elaine Salisbury's "Provenance" was such a compelling, well-written, true-life tale that read like a thriller. I will never look at art the same way again. I highly recommend both books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1130)

    Anna-Bo-Banana says: "Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty"
    "Beautiful, rich, fluid"
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    I felt completely engulfed by the rich telling of this story. There is a satisfying wholeness to the narrative. The characters are alive and the emotion feels real. I'm sure this author will deservedly top the list for a long list of prestigious awards for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By A.G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1187)

    Harper Lane has problems. In a few hours, she'll have to make a decision that will change her life forever. But when her flight from New York to London crash lands in the English countryside, she discovers that she's made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined. As Harper and the survivors of Flight 305 struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of the crash, they soon realize this world is very different from the one they left. Their lives are connected, and some believe they've been brought here for a reason.

    Matthew says: "The start of a new series I suspect.."
    "Good story, but hokey and narration eh"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaps the 30ish heroine could not come off like a 15 year-old groomed on young miss fashion magazines. Perhaps the hero could have a few flaws to be a little more believable. Perhaps the geniuses could not come off as automatons. The action and inventions are pretty intriguing and innovative and the story has some great twists until the shooting begins.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Departure?

    The initial rescue efforts and action is well formed and described


    Did Nicola Barber and Scott Aiello do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    Could you see Departure being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Easily staring Scarlet Johansson and Jeremy Renner.


    Any additional comments?

    When not interrupted by its flaws, Departure had some compelling ideas and actions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Learn Nothing: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tim Kreider
    • Narrated By Tim Kreider
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (352)

    In We Learn Nothing, satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider turns his funny, brutally honest eye to the dark truths of the human condition, asking big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn't change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don't even like? How do you react when someone you've known for years unexpectedly changes genders?

    Carbonfiberbutterfly! says: "Necessary."
    "Funny, poignant, compelling"
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    Kreider is a cross between Augustin Burroughs and David Sedaris in his autobiographical essays. At Turns hilarious, sad and insightful. More hilarious than sad. A good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4688)
    Performance
    (4208)
    Story
    (4205)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Smart Zombie book"
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    Compares with Colson Whitehead's Zone One. Smart. Compelling. Has several disparate and well-developed characters. ...Is not too heavy handed in its end of the world blood and guts. ...An excellent read. I look forward to reading more by from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joshua Ferris
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (178)

    Paul O'Rourke is a Manhattan dentist with a thriving practice leading a quiet, routine-driven life. But behind the smiles and the nice apartment, he's a man made of contradictions, and his biggest fear is that he may never truly come to understand anybody, including himself. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name.

    JOHN says: "One of My Favorites"
    "Funny, dark, huh"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is funny in a smart, dark, introspective way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cambell Scott's narration and the clever manner of dialogue and the main character's keen awareness of his obsessive nature and the dark introspection.


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    The dentist. His older assistant.


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

    Sure


    Any additional comments?

    Reminds me of Fight Club.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time and Time Again

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    It’s the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be.Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming. A collective suicidal madness that will destroy European civilization and bring misery to millions in the century to come. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history.Somehow he must change that history. He must prevent the war.

    C. Telfair says: "Don't Mess With Yesterday!"
    "Excellent Read, Edge of Seat, Smart"
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    Haven't we all fantasized about going back in time and stopping the seaming domino-effect of the shot heard round the world. What if... Ben Elton (who, astonishingly is the same Ben Elton who co-wrote Black Adder(s) amongst other great, comical TV) creates a seemingly plausible time travel drama to end the War to End All Wars and setting up cause and effect that has you leaning in to see what will happen next. Clever, sad, occasionally harrowing, but excellent. This has started me on a time travel book bender. I hope I can find as good. Now to check out other Elton books...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Speak Memory: An Autobiography Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov’s life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Luhzin Defense.

    meredith says: "this inspired me to read Nabokov's novels"
    "I love Nabokov, but this... not so much"
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    This is one of the dullest memoirs I have ever read (I've read hundreds). The narrator is very self-conscious and doesn't help the tedious content and monotony of the text. I love Nabokov and was surprised he was so bad at his own story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Janet Conner
    • Narrated By Jane Cramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (221)

    You could pray, or meditate, or dream, or visit a shaman, or a minister, or a hypnotherapist. With so many routes into inner consciousness, why write? Of all the ways to get in touch with God, as you understand God...to hear the small, still voice pointing you in the right direction...why take the time to write? One reason: it works. It works amazingly well. If you want to engage in a vibrant conversation with the wisdom that dwells just a hair below your conscious awareness, write.

    angelina spence says: "Great Book! A Must Read!"
    "For the Religious"
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    This was very Christain/Catholic oriented. Not so much about writing as about belief in God. I could not get beyond an hour of it. Not a book about writing as far as I could tell.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Margot Dionne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (321)

    With The Blind Assassin, Atwood proves once again that she is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of the time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, this Book Prize-winner is destined to become a classic.

    Sarah says: "The Best!"
    "Beautifully told story"
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    This novel is a departure from Margaret Atwood's "Oryx and Crake" series. It's set in Canada in the nineteen-teens through the depression and again later in the 1980's. The rise and fall of a Canadian merchant family and their tragedies and triumphs flow beautifully through the seemingly powerless narrator. Atwood manages to get a beautiful and dark sci-fi story in as told between two lovers meeting. Both stories are compelling and heartbreaking. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2412)
    Performance
    (1613)
    Story
    (1622)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "One of the finest audiobooks I have heard"
    "Unbelievably Good. Hilary Mantel is Genious."
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    I know this will sound hyperbolic. I am having a hard time bridling my enthusiasm for this book. Hilary Mantel writes so eloquently and with such remarkable description and compelling style, I felt like I was trailing Thomas Cromwell from room to room in a very exciting unfolding of the events of 1520-33 surrounding Henry VIII. I don't particularly like historical re-tellings, but this one reads like an adventure. Her language is rich and the story filled with nuance and allegory. I highly recommend it. Highly. (I listened to "Bring Up the Bodies", the sequel to "Wolf Hall", immediately after. Also a remarkably good book). She won the Man Booker Prize for both. Deservedly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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