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  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4913)
    Performance
    (4426)
    Story
    (4511)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Rob Inglis was born to narrate Tolkien"
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    Rob Inglis does voices so well and consistently, sings the songs convincingly and has a pace and manner that completely immerses the listener in this story. I cannot imagine a better narrator. I'm listening to this with my 8 year old daughter and it is a wonderful way to unwind our day (without my inept attempt to do dwarf and wizard voices). Great for long drives too. And Tolkien is, of course, the most adept story teller. We started with "The Hobbit" and are working our way though the trilogy.

    1 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
    (167)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (211)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (181)

    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
    (821)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (265)

    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
    (2034)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1298)

    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.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (25)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    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
  • Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kim John Payne, Lisa M. Ross
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (80)

    From internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne comes an eloquent guide that seeks to help parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their individuality to flourish.

    Kathy K says: "A worthwhile listen for new parents"
    "I recommend this to EVERY parent"
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    Payne and Ross have created a thorough and well researched guideline for a stronger family life and happier kids. I wish I had read this book when my daughter was younger, but have started the simplicity steps they recommend and have already seen a big difference. It is so easy to overlook the small steps that P&R outline, but when presented with such convincing evidence, initiating them becomes easy. For example, my 8 year-old daughter's closet was stuffed with clothing I wasn't willing to part with due to its label or association, but my daughter didn't wear. Once I cleared away those clothes and narrowed down her choices, dressing herself became much easier. Also, we have decided to eliminate extra-curricular sports that hi-jack our weekends--one year of Mother's AND Father's day sacrificed to the soccer-league is enough. There are many points that P&R have so clearly made about over-stimulating and hyper-scheduling our children that I am happily listening this one through a second time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Good in a Crisis: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Margaret Overton
    • Narrated By Margaret Overton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    During the four years of physician Margaret Overton’s acrimonious divorce, she dated widely and indiscriminately, determined to find her soul mate and live happily ever after. But then she discovered she had a brain aneurysm. She discovered it at a particularly awkward moment on a date with one of many Mr. Wrongs. Good in a Crisis is Overton's laugh-out-loud funny story of dealing with the most serious of life's problems: loss of life, loss of love, loss of innocence. It's about spirituality, self-delusion, even sheer stupidity.

    glamazon says: "Who Knew?"
    "Whiney"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Memior is my favorite form of literature, but I felt this was more of a list of complaints journal. Overton had a series of unfortunate experiences and regails us in detail and not particularly convincing detail of it. Cruddy choices of dates through internet sites and the dressing down of each cruddy choice without humor or irony made this a difficult listen. I kept expecting something enlightening or at least even-handed treatment of of the ickyness of her experiences and yet, no... just a rolling, humorless list of gross and sad.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Margaret Overton again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice was appropriate.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not so much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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