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  • C is for Corpse: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (149)

    Bobby Callahan was only 20 when an accident left him disfigured for life. Huge chunks of his memory were lost but he knew someone had tried to kill him and that the "accident" was deliberate. He knew he had the key to something that made him dangerous to the murderer but he didn't know what. No one believed him...so he hired Kinsey Millhone.

    Louisiana says: "Perfect escapist listening"
    "Perfect escapist listening"
    Overall

    I like Sue Grafton because her books are interesting but you don't have to think too hard to follow the story. Each book stands alone, but they're better in alphabet order because the main character, Kinsey Milhone, develops over time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kevin Fong
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    Little more than 100 years ago, maps of the world still boasted white space: places where no human had ever trod. Within a few short decades the most hostile of the world's environments had all been conquered. Likewise, in the 20th century, medicine transformed human life. Doctors took what was routinely fatal and made it survivable. As modernity brought us ever more into different kinds of extremes, doctors pushed the bounds of medical advances and human endurance. Extreme exploration challenged the body in ways that only the vanguard of science could answer.

    CHESTER says: "EXTREME MEDICINE"
    "I've walked extra miles listening!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Extreme Medicine the most enjoyable?

    I listen on my iPod while walking for exercise, & this book had me walking 4 extra miles yesterday because I didn't want to stop the story. The narrator's voice took getting used to for me; nothing wrong with it, just a little dramatic in the reading, but as the book went on, I realized how perfect his voice is for the narrative. This is the story of how modern medicine has pushed the limits of what the human body can survive. Lots of medical detail & also lots of the story of how advances came about, so while there are technical details, it's not hard to follow. I'm riveted! Thank you, Kevin Fong!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cry, the Beloved Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Paton
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (231)

    This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

    Penny says: "Two Words"
    "Transported me to a place & time"
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    What does Michael York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Michael York. Excellent reader. I felt like I was listening to different characters - each had his own voice, & each was perfect. The rhythm of Mr. York's voice invoked Africa in a way I wouldn't have been able to hear if I'd read the book myself.


    Any additional comments?

    I've heard of this title for a long time. Now I can't believe I've taken so long to read/listen to it. I'm recommending it to others. The writing is so perfect; the story & the setting & the characters just transported me to a place I've never been, but now I feel like I have been there. The feeling of the characters came through so strongly, in a very real & human way without being overdone. I can't say enough about this experience. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old City Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Rotenberg
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    A noted criminal defense attorney, Robert Rotenberg, delivers a courtroom drama that successfully evokes the multicultural city of Toronto even as it keeps readers on the edges of their seats. In the tale, the "Voice of Canada", a radio host, confesses to murder - but the case is far from closed.

    Louisiana says: "I love this book!"
    "I love this book!"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I've never been to Toronto but lived in Calgary, Alberta while growing up. This book takes me back to Canada in a real way. I love the feel of it. Toronto is as much a character as anyone in the book. The story is well-plotted & well-written, & the reader is great. I will definitely look for more from this author & this reader! Thanks for some wonderful hours listening.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Doll's House

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Henrik Ibsen
    • Narrated By Calista Flockhart, Tony Abatemarco, Tim Dekay, and others
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    A new recording of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece, starring Calista Flockhart. Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora's well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen's play is as fresh today as it was when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe.

    Jayne says: "Very Interesting!"
    "Classic!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Doll House (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

    Great performance of a classic. I've heard about it for years but never seen the play. Betty Friedan references it in The Feminine Mystique, so that reminded me to get A Doll House. I'm so glad I did. It's not just for feminists, so don't let that idea fool you. It's just good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2788)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1609)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Disappointing beginning"
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    What disappointed you about The Power of One?

    I didn't listen past the first 20-30 minutes. What I was looking for was an uplifting story of the power of one, which I thoroughly believe in. This started with a self-important introduction by the author. Then the story itself began - a sad tale of a child being abused by other children. Perhaps eventually this would turn into a tale of overcoming bad circumstances, but I just heard too much at the outset about a little boy being urinated on & then being made to feel self-conscious about his, shall we say, private parts. Just not what I was looking for. My rating of the performance is not fair since I just didn't listen to much of this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2694)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2029)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "GREAT BOOK! GREAT READER!"
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    Where does Watership Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books ever, truly great literature. Who would think a novel about the adventures of rabbits could be this stimulating, exciting, & fascinating? I had to listen to the last hour without stopping; the story was too gripping to stop. The introduction, which was written in the past few years, lays a great foundation, & I loved knowing how Mr. Adams came to write the book & learning about his research. It made the book even better.


    What other book might you compare Watership Down to and why?

    It's not the same genre at all, but what Larry McMurtry did in Lonesome Dove, Richard Adams did in Watership Down. It's very visual writing, so perfect you can clearly see each character & the setting, whether an English down, a rushing river, or inside a rabbit burrow.


    Any additional comments?

    I probably would not have downloaded this audiobook if my husband & I had not read it & loved it in the late 1970's. However I remembered it as a very special book, & I have to say I think we both enjoyed it even more listening than reading, just because Ralph Cosham has the perfect voices for each rabbit, & his inflection & tone for the whole book are perfect in every way. There are a lot of characters, but they're easy to keep straight because of Mr. Cosham's reading. Thank you, thank you, for a revisit to one of my favorite books of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pigeon English

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Kelman
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Lying in front of Harrison Opuku is a body, the body of one of his classmates, a boy known for his crazy basketball skills, who seems to have been murdered for his dinner. Armed with a pair of camouflage binoculars and detective techniques absorbed from television shows like CSI, Harri and his best friend, Dean, plot to bring the perpetrator to justice.

    Amazon Customer says: "Could it understand it"
    "Stopped listening after about 20-30 minutes"
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    Sorry, but I really did not like this book. I was expecting a story, but the beginning is almost free-association narrative dealing with all-negative emotions, & did not capture me at all. I didn't like any of the characters, & just didn't want to spend any more time listening. The reader did a good job, however.

    0 of 0 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
    (1724)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (885)

    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"
    "Wow!"
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    Fascinating novel told from 2 different points of view: Sarah, a Parisian Jewish girl in 1942, & Julia, an American journalist living in Paris in modern times. The author captures so many emotions, & I'm learning so much. The reader is very talented & easy to listen to, infusing the characters with so much - well, character. I listen to books while walking, & can hardly wait to get back to this book - so it makes me walk more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tamar Geller, Andrea Cagan
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    More than 15 years ago, Tamar Geller began her career as a dog trainer by observing a scientific study of wolves in the wild. She realized that the socialization and parenting techniques they used to raise their cubs were rooted in bonding, communication, and play: not in aggression, dominance, or punishment. If people used these techniques when training their dogs, she realized, there would be no need for prong collars, choke chains, or any kind of physical or verbal aggression.

    Leslie says: "Maybe better read but a terrible listen"
    "Very helpful!"
    Overall

    This is a great book. Lots of good tips that explain how to think like our dog so we understand each other better. The reader's voice is easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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