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"Christine"

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  • Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Paul Meier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (163)

    Rand's Protagonist, Equality 7-2521, describes a surreal world of faceless, nameless drones who "exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen." Alone, this daring young man defies the will of the ruling councils and discovers the forbidden freedoms that prevailed during the Unmentionable Times. In other words, he finds and celebrates the power of the self. In doing so, he becomes the prototypical Rand hero, a bold risk-taker who shuns conformity and unabashedly embraces egoism.

    Steve says: "Great Narration"
    "Humans Were Not Meant to Live as Drones"
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    If you have read Anthem, read it again. If you haven't, read it now.

    I will read this again but I will skip the long unnecessary speech at the end of the book. The story speaks for itself without hammering home the intended message. Other than that speech, it reads like a contemporary short story.

    Warning- It does take some time to get used to the way the main character does not refer to himself as I, but as a long word/number distinction. Humans were not meant to live as drones.

    Twenty five years ago, Ayn Rand may have seem dated and irrelevant to most. I had never heard of her anyway. My son suggested that I read this book after he read it in high school last year.

    Anthem is a look at socialism through a fiction medium. Her books are brilliant and way ahead of their time. If you have read them before read them again with new eyes.

    More than anything else, it helps me to know what books a reviewer loves most when deciding on whether or not to spend my time or money on a particular book. Below I have listed some of my 5 or 4½ star books from many different genres:

    Anne of Green Gables, The Book Thief, Bossypants, Catch Me if You Can, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol, The Clan of the Cave Bear series, The Color Purple, The Davinci Code, A Dog’s Purpose, Emma, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, A Girl Named Zippy, Glass Castle, Gone with the Wind, The Green Mile, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Harry Potter Series, The Help, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1-3, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Little Women, Mind Hunter, Nineteen Minutes, The Outlander series, Peace like a River, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Pride and Prejudice, Saving Sammy, The Secret life of Bees, Shawshank Redemption, My Sister’s Keeper, Stand by Me, The Stand, The Time Traveler’s Wife, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn...





    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1741)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "A great narration for a kindergarten class"
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    Listen to the audio sample of this book before purchasing. I really like Anne Hathaway but she narrated The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as if she was reading to a kindergarten class. I was annoyed by her narration.

    This was my first time reading this book in any form. I have to say that I liked the original movie better. This isn't true for most books but I liked what the screen writers did with the plot. They took a good story and made it into fantastic story.

    More than anything else, it helps me to know what books a reviewer loves most when deciding on whether or not to spend my time or money on a particular book. Below I have listed some of my 5 or 4½ star books from many different genres:

    Anne of Green Gables, The Book Thief, Bossypants, Catch Me if You Can, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol, The Clan of the Cave Bear series, The Color Purple, The Davinci Code, A Dog’s Purpose, Emma, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, A Girl Named Zippy, Glass Castle, Gone with the Wind, The Green Mile, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Harry Potter Series, The Help, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1-3, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Little Women, Mind Hunter, Nineteen Minutes, The Outlander series, Peace like a River, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Pride and Prejudice, Saving Sammy, The Secret life of Bees, Shawshank Redemption, My Sister’s Keeper, Stand by Me, The Stand, The Time Traveler’s Wife, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1691)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (854)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    "More than just another European WWII Story"
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    Sarah's Key is a beautifully written story that needed to be told. It is a work of fiction but based on some horrifically true events. It is more than another European WWII story. It is about a modern woman's struggles and self discovery.

    More than anything else, it helps me to know what books a reviewer loves most when deciding on whether or not to spend my time or money on a particular book. Below I have listed some of my 5 or 4½ star books from many different genres:

    Anne of Green Gables, The Book Thief, Bossypants, Catch Me if You Can, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol, The Clan of the Cave Bear series, The Color Purple, The Davinci Code, A Dog’s Purpose, Emma, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, A Girl Named Zippy, Glass Castle, Gone with the Wind, The Green Mile, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Harry Potter Series, The Help, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1-3, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Little Women, Mind Hunter, Nineteen Minutes, The Outlander series, Peace like a River, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Pride and Prejudice, Saving Sammy, The Secret life of Bees, Shawshank Redemption, My Sister’s Keeper, Stand by Me, The Stand, The Time Traveler’s Wife, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2113)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1850)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "4 1/2 Stars!!"
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    A beautiful written story of one woman's life in the first half of the twentieth century.

    More than anything else, it helps me to know what books a reviewer loves most when deciding on whether or not to spend my time or money on a particular book. Below I have listed some of my 5 or 4½ star books from many different genres:

    Anne of Green Gables, The Book Thief, Bossypants, Catch Me if You Can, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol, The Clan of the Cave Bear series, The Color Purple, The Davinci Code, A Dog’s Purpose, Emma, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, A Girl Named Zippy, Glass Castle, Gone with the Wind, The Green Mile, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Harry Potter Series, The Help, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1-3, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Little Women, Mind Hunter, Nineteen Minutes, The Outlander series, Peace like a River, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Pride and Prejudice, Saving Sammy, The Secret life of Bees, Shawshank Redemption, My Sister’s Keeper, Stand by Me, The Stand, The Time Traveler’s Wife, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (254)

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    AnnaH says: "Even Better Aloud"
    "Glad I read it-book is just okay-Narrator is A+"
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    Choose this narration.

    Print out a character map. (google)

    This is another classic that needed an editor.

    I chose this version of Anna Karenina for one reason- It was read by Davina Porter. Her fantastic readings of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series convinced me that her version of Anna Karenina would be the one for me. Davina Porter narrates flawlessly without distracting one from the story- Male or female, French, British or Russian, child or adult... ect.

    I gave the story a three because I am glad that I "read" it but the book is just okay. Even with irritating characters , the boring meandering topics and the confusing names, I was intrigued enough to get through the book and be interested enough to find out what happened. I cannot say that about every book.

    I wanted to slap all of these whiny, pompous characters. I guess the privileged in any time do act like stupid teenagers that never grow up. So... maybe their actions were reflective of real life people. I had a hard time relating to them many times. I don't believe murder or suicide is the answer in real life but many times, while reading this book, I found my self wishing for either for the characters.

    Tolstoy gave the characters first names, last names, middle names and nick names for just about every character. He would refer to a character and I had to figure out who it was by circumstance. I suggest printing out a character map before listening to this book (Google).

    I continue reading these old classics and am continually disappointed. Jane Austen is the only exception so far. Writers like Tolstoy and Hugo should have taken a few pointers on story telling and editing from Austen. In my humble opinion, Tolstoy and Hugo could have used editors with a large red pens. As with Les Miserables, this book goes off on tangents that don't have much to do with the story at all like Russian agrarian policy, obscure 19th century philosophers, ruling class ennui and class struggles. However, Anna Karenina's tangents are just little run on sentences when compared with Les Mis's gratuitous chapters and chapters and more chapters on 19th century French politics and sewer system. However, Les Mis's core story is much better than Anna's. I think that these books are wonderful for providing a blurry snapshot of life back then but not all that great reading when compared to so many great books written before and since then.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (5271)
    Performance
    (2893)
    Story
    (2917)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Smart, Hilarious, Insightful Look at Human Nature"
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    My kids(10 and 13), my husband and I loved the movie. Of course, we love the books even more. On the surface, the movie and the books seem to be frivolous and meandering but Adams satirical take on human nature is simply brilliant. Don't read this book for a perfect plot. That is not the point. Read these books for the fun house mirror that wittily reflects the ridiculous situations that people encounter every day. We laughed so hard at times that we missed what happened next. We will listen to these books over and over again. It is rare to find an intelligent, funny book that my whole family can enjoy. I recommend watching the movie and then listening to the books. If you do not get any part of the movie's humor, you probably will not like the books. Beware of the Tiger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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