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Patricia

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  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4714)
    Performance
    (2122)
    Story
    (2131)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "Excellent - for insomnia"
    Overall

    Everyone I've talked to about this book says they loved it. The reviews here are good. But... I just can not get into it! I'm halfway through and this is the longest it's taken me to get through a book. Ever. Even if the story itself is good, I can't tell. The narration is mindblowingly BORING!! *!bold, underline!*. I can't listen to it for long, because it literally puts me to sleep. Maybe this is one of those rare times reading the hardcopy would have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is 47 years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.

    jennifer says: "Fabulous book"
    "Different..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I just finished this book. I can honestly say I'm not sure if I liked it or not! I know I did not enjoy the narrator; I've listened to books wIth British narrators before and they were great. This one had an unpleasant accent though, putting emphasis on the wrong words in a sentence and making statements sound like questions. Was also not much variety in intonation.

    The ending left me wanting, as well.

    The story itself was quite good though. I enjoyed it quite a lot and often found myself not wanting to turn it off. Maybe it is one you are better off reading, not listening to.

    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
    (3384)
    Performance
    (2330)
    Story
    (2328)

    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"
    "Just OK"
    Overall

    I liked this book, I can't say I didn't. I think my problem was that it was just a little too long... and that's coming from someone who looks for the longest books possible! I started to get bored 3/4 of the way through - maybe it was too repetitive, maybe it was 'the voice' I couldn't handle anymore. I don't know. I stopped reading it and read another book, then went back to finish it.

    I didn't read this book before listening to it, so I don't know if I would have felt differently if I had. I know I had heard of it before and all indications were that it was a great book. It was good; just not great.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9084)
    Performance
    (6615)
    Story
    (6654)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "Aww..."
    Overall

    I would have rated 5 stars but for the ending... I LOVED this book but when I was listening I didn't know it was the first in a series. There is a way to 'wrap up' certain things even if it is the first in a series, just read the Outlander series by Dianna Gaboldon. They are fantastic, and none leave you absolutely hanging at the end. This one doesn't wrap up anything!

    The sequel can't come fast enough. I'm not a fan of reading something I can't finish, and this is how I feel now about this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3196)
    Performance
    (1538)
    Story
    (1540)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    Ok, so the main character is not your typical 'leading man'. But you know that before you buy the book! I loved this epic story and couldn't put it down. Long read but never got bored with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2085)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (955)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "What a disappointment"
    Overall

    I have never written a review here before, but this book was so bad I felt compelled to write. I've read Christopher Moore books before and they were funny and light, and really good. This book is not one of those. It is not only not funny, but it's BORING. I couldn't get into the story at all and I don't think I ever will bother to finish it. Truly disappointing. Don't waste your time or money.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8713)
    Performance
    (5393)
    Story
    (5416)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "Amazing series"
    Overall

    These books are new to me, although they have been around for a while. The love story of Claire and Jamie is so compelling, so heart-wrenching, and the narrator makes every character come to life no matter where they are. I am almost finshed this book already and I don't think I can wait for my next credits to get the next book!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26609)
    Performance
    (13254)
    Story
    (13296)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Masterpiece"
    Overall

    I have never written a review before, but I can't stop thinking about this book . I started it on a Thursday and was finished by Saturday afternoon. I was sad when it was over, because I wanted to keep listening to these characters and what happens in their lives. The book was truly amazing, the narrators were perfect for the characters they portrayed, and their voices are still echoing in my head. It was the best audiobook I've ever listened to, and I've been a member for over two years. I fell in love with these characters and felt every emotion right along with them. I can't say enough about this book; I will be recommending it to everyone I know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (279)

    John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

    Mark says: "Good Book - Not Typical Grisham"
    "Dry Narrator"
    Overall

    This could be a good book, but the narrator ruins it. He makes the entire book sound like a news story - dry, monotone, uninteresting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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