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Michelle

Reston, Manitoba, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • The Cider House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (463)

    From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

    Patti says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful listen"
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    I bought this book based on its strong reviews and was not disappointed. I could hardly wait to go for a daily run, just to hear more of the story. This is the first John Irving book I've read but won't be my last.

    The narration is excellent, a little slow paced, but easy to listen to.

    I highly recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8457)
    Performance
    (6593)
    Story
    (6623)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Compelling Story"
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    I enjoyed this book immensely. Though it seems to start out slow and almost difficult to follow, the narration slowly pulls you into a wonderfully woven story.

    It is not at all what I expected from a Nazi Germany era story. So rarely do we hear stories from the average German citizen's perspective. Yet this one is so refreshing, honest and heart breaking.

    I think this is one of those books that deserves to be heard, rather than read. The pace allows you to become wrapped up in Lisel's story. I especially loved the fable in the middle, at that point I was completely wrapped up in the book and hated for it to end.

    This is a quiet time book and one that requires patience. But the message is so worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17889)
    Performance
    (15906)
    Story
    (15863)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Interesting Plot, Kept me to the end"
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    I've been a Stephen King fan for a long time but some of his more graphic novels had me wondering if I would enjoy hearing his work. This is not a blood and gore story, it is more mystery and sci-fi.

    The story revolves around a man who goes back in time to prevent the death of JFK. The concept itself was fascinating to me. What would it be like? King does a great job illustrating the differences, in dress, in slang, in expectations, between our modern world and the late 50s and 60s. He captures the small things I would not have thought about but truly make the story feel real.

    I really liked hearing the echos of his other works in this novel. We visit places and people in his other books which weaves a more complex story.

    Give this one a try. The narration is excellent, pace is good and the story is captivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (2054)
    Story
    (2060)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Quick, fun update on DD Warren"
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    My only complaint is that the story is so short! I really enjoyed this D.D. Warren story. It's lighter than her normal but quite a fun diversion. I won't lie - I can't wait for the next full length story!

    D.D. is on a film set, 7 months pregnant and you just know someone's going to turn up dead. The imagery was so good I felt like I could really see what was described.

    If you want a quick story, don't miss this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3610)
    Performance
    (2525)
    Story
    (2528)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Wonderful story, excellent narrator"
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    This is my second John Irving book and I loved it. A Prayer for Owen Meany worked its way into my heart and I wished the book would continue forever. Joe Barrett's narration made the story come alive for me, giving Owen a depth of character I'm sure I would have missed in print.

    This is a story of two best friends, one who believes he's been sent by God to do something important. There is some wonderful theology and critisim of organized religion sprinkled throughout, but not to the point of turning off a non-Christian reader. I did find myself questioning some long held beliefs because of Irving's characters.

    This book is easy to listen to, easy to pick up after an absence and enjoy again. It will make you laugh, cry and think. In the end, it might even make you take a second look at your own life and I suspect that was Owen's gift after all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11022)
    Performance
    (9999)
    Story
    (10021)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Thrilling with lots of twists and turns"
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    This is a great book with lots of twists to the story. It kept me up late listening and wondering what would happen next. Characters are well developed and interesting. The narrator does an amazing job with each, you can always "hear" who is talking.

    The imagery in this book is so good that you can practically see the pictures in your mind as you listen and feel the changing temperature, mood and light.

    I can't recommend this book highly enough. I bought it based on other listeners' reviews and was not disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Millionaire Upgrade

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Parkes Cordock
    • Narrated By Nigel Acheson
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (586)

    Imagine finding yourself sitting next to a self-made millionaire for eight hours on a long-haul international flight. Imagine that person was prepared to share with you the secrets of their success. For one lucky person this actually happened. Inspired by a true story, Millionaire Upgrade is the tale of one very experienced entrepreneur and one very lucky passenger.

    Philippe says: "A complementary book for the Millionaire series"
    "Interesting & rings true"
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    I enjoyed this book, which I got as a freebie. It provided an interesting overview of how entrepreneurs think, act and work. It confirmed my own experience of how differently one must think when they no longer work for a boss.

    If you are considering entrepreneurship, I would recommend this book. The author lays out many discussion points, places to spark your thinking and ends suggesting you pay more for a Millionaire course.

    I have not read any more of the series but I thought this was an excellent starting point for those beginning in business ownership. As a free book, it was actually pretty good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert M. Poole
    • Narrated By Robert M. Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    More than just a fascinating account of how Arlington came into being at the end of the Civil War, On Hallowed Ground also tells the story of America as reflected in her greatest national cemetery. The history of the land on which the cemetery is built is as varied as our nation's, evolving from its earliest days as Robert E. Lee's ancestral home to a Union headquarters, a haven for freedmen, and finally a burial ground.

    M. Stevens says: "Hauntingly Captivating..."
    "A Rich Documentary without images"
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    Truly, the only downside to this book is the lack of images. I found myself sitting in front of Google Images as I listened, just to make sure I understood what the author was talking about.

    This is a book that listens like a documentary on television. Brilliantly narrated, with some parts voiced by others, giving you a "History Channel" type of experience. I felt moved in so many places and was amazed at the rich history of this cemetery.

    Americans should be proud of this place and Robert Poole has honoured veterans and their families with his beautiful work. I know I will be making a visit to the cemetery, just because of the passion of this book.

    If you know a solider, you owe it to them to listen to this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13384)
    Performance
    (5801)
    Story
    (5873)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "The Hype is True"
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    I had this book in my library for months before I finally listened to it. I wish I hadn't waited! I was completely involved with the story within the first five minutes. The narration is excellent and I really enjoyed the two voices of Jacob.

    If you are looking for a truly good listen, a great love story that has depth and drama and is one of the most talked about books in my office, try Water for Elephants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12838)
    Performance
    (5201)
    Story
    (5242)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Sweeping Story, Incredible Narration"
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    This is easily in my top 10 of favorite audio books. The narrator, Ken Follett takes this from a long, long listen into a world you'll wish never ends. Even after 40 hours of listening, I wanted to hear more.

    This is a story of cathedral building but it is so much more than that. Romance, betrayal, battle scenes (without too much gore), religion and soul searching all play out in richly detailed plot. I found myself cheering on Tom Builder, weeping for Aliena and praying for Prior Philip.

    This is the book that readers tell each other about, instead of publishers making a splashy suggestion. This is a book you'll find yourself recommending over and over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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