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  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (967)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "Annoying narrator ruins great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've heard great things about this book but the narrator's repetitive, unwavering cadence never allows me to lose myself in the story. I'm two or three hours in and considering abandoning it. Mr. Graham's delivery chops up the sentences into an odd, sing-song iambic pentameter. A terrible shame since most Audible narrators are so skilled at enhancing a book, not diminishing it.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Misrule

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jaimy Gordon
    • Narrated By Myra Lucretia Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    At the rock-bottom end of the sport of kings sits the ruthless and often violent world of cheap horse racing, where trainers and jockeys, grooms and hotwalkers, loan sharks and touts are all struggling to take an edge, or prove their luck, or just survive. Equal parts Nathanael West, Damon Runyon and Eudora Welty, Lord of Misrule follows five characters -- scarred and lonely dreamers in the American grain -- through a year and four races at Indian Mound Downs, downriver from Wheeling, West Virginia.

    Fran says: "Worthy of the National Book Award"
    "Worthy of the National Book Award"
    Overall

    Marvelous language, fully developed characters that draw you in instantly. Myra Lucretia Taylor is a masterful reader who has made each character distinctive. A great listen even if you aren't into horses or racing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heresy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By S. J. Parris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    Giordano Bruno was a monk, poet, scientist, and magician on the run from the Roman Inquisition on charges of heresy for his belief that the Earth orbits the sun and that the universe is infinite. This alone could have got him burned at the stake, but he was also a student of occult philosophies and magic. In S. J. Parris's gripping novel, Bruno's pursuit of this rare knowledge brings him to London, where he is unexpectedly recruited by Queen Elizabeth I and is sent undercover to Oxford University on the pretext of a royal visitation.

    Bonnie says: "I love Historical fiction"
    "Great narration, terrible writing"
    Overall

    Perhaps my love of Hilary Mantel's WOLF HALL prompted me to choose this book. A historical murder mystery, it offers some glimpses of the life of Oxford in 1583, in particular the efforts to "root out" secret Catholics who are suspected of trying to overthrow Queen Elizabeth. But the writing is so lacking in style and excitement that I found myself in a continuous state of mild annoyance. Better to listen to WOLF HALL, or listen again!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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