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Meg

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  • 9 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 113 titles in library
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  • Suite Francaise: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Irene Nemirovsky
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes, Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    Irene Nemirovsky was arrested soon after completing the second part of Suite Francaise. Ten days later, on August 17, 1942, she died of typhus in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her husband, Michel, perished in a gas chamber on November 6. Their daughters, Denise and Elizabeth, survived, hidden in safe houses and convents, carrying a suitcase packed with clothes, photographs, and their mother's manuscript written in tiny letters to save paper.

    Robert says: "The best book I've read all year"
    "Good book/Weak audio"
    Overall

    I am sure this is a great and important book, well written, etc. Unfortunately, it did not translate well into an audio book for me. Very hard to pay attention and keep interesed. The reading did not help bring the words alive either. After 2 hours, I am quiting!

    10 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Commencement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    This radiant debut novel from J. Courtney Sullivan examines the deep bonds of friendship and the complex landscape facing today’s young women. Celia, Bree, Sally, and April arrive at Smith College as four very different people. But the years bring them closer together, and once they graduate and face the real world, they realize they need each other more than ever.

    kdee says: "What an amazing journey...."
    "Nothing Special, but entertaining"
    Overall

    At least sustained me for a while...if you want an easy listen, go for it. Definitely chick lit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (566)

    He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.

    David says: "Move over Bernard Cornwell"
    "Did not work for me!"
    Overall

    I tried to educate myself, but the narration way too monotone and the story told so tediously - maybe it's a guys book?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brigid Pasulka
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    The novel opens on the eve of World War II. In the mountain village of Half-Village, a young man nicknamed the Pigeon, under the approving eyes of the entire village, courts the beautiful Anielica Hetmanska. But the war's arrival wreaks havoc in all their lives and delays their marriage for six long years.

    Julie says: "Excellent!"
    "Could not get into it..."
    Overall

    If I can't get into a book in the first hour - I quit. I liked the narrators voice and accent, just couldn't sustain me -- I do not have much patience...

    0 of 0 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
    (27498)
    Performance
    (14100)
    Story
    (14149)

    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!"
    "A fantastic listen - perfect acting"
    Overall

    One of the best books I have listened to. Probably would have thought it too predictable and shallow for a read - but the readings and characters on the audio made the story come alive. I laughed and cheered for the characters. I could not wait to continue the book every day. Along with The Glass Castle - my favorite audio book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Queen Takes King

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gigi Levangie Grazer
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When Jack Power, the titan of real estate in New York City, decides to divorce his wife, Cynthia, former ballerina and Princess of Park Avenue, in order to marry his mistress, Lara, America's favorite morning news anchor, all hell breaks loose. He's got to come up with a plan, and fast - including finding a suitable boyfriend for his wife so that she will let him go.

    Peter says: "ENJOYED"
    "Just awful"
    Overall

    Awful writing. Bad acting. Save your self time and skip this one. Unless I guess you love daytime soap operas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Madeleine Wickham
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    At the age of 18, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything. Rupert and his American lover, Allan, were an important part of her new, exciting life, so when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married to keep Allan in the country, Milly didn't hesitate. Ten years later, Milly is a very different person and engaged to Simon - who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect.

    Meg says: "Excellent Listen"
    "Excellent Listen"
    Overall

    Great character acting - a fun, interesting story. The characters become very real. Feel like a great play. Nice to have a classic story told so well. I highly recommend it. A top listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Day

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    D Jay says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "Excellent - hard to stop listening to..."
    Overall

    I look for books that can sustain me while on long runs. This one does. It tells an important part of Boston history - often really gruesome detailing the clash of Irish police and blacks and strikers and factories in gritty Boston. The narration is excellent. The Glass Castle was the only other book that held my interest so much.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (299)

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "LOVED IT!"
    Overall

    This is my 3rd books on tape -- and the best! I loved it -- both the story and and reading....compelling, fascinating..the best acting/reading I have ever heard. The family obviously gave her Jeannette her strength, smarts, and her anger...A must listen-to book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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