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Sandra

Being a bookseller living outside of Chicago why would I buy audible books? Because I love to listen to them when I really want to relax!

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  • 327 titles in library
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  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2511)
    Performance
    (1752)
    Story
    (1790)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "The Giver"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I've "read," which is saying quite a bit. The plot was upon me before I realized what was happening. At first I suspected this was a strict religious group, but it became far more than that! Such a fantastic idea for a way of life is almost amusing if it weren't so serious. Their regard for human life was strange, and the world, in some countries, currently has some aspects of this book's theories. It reminded me a bit of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, except the ending, and the tension, the constant requirements to live with this group through most of the book, were far more imaginative. This was one I could hardly put down.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5887)
    Performance
    (3806)
    Story
    (3820)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "For the Love of Love"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listen at night, and this book kept me up all night! A marriage torn apart, a man following his dreams with his dog at his side, trying to recapture his little girl from the grandparents who consider him a loser. Great story and narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Bed with Susie Bright 463: Top Sex Stories of the Year, Part 1

    • ORIGINAL (30 mins)
    • By Susie Bright
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    It's our annual look at the Top Sex Stories of 2010. Susie loves to remember the most outrageous events from last year and to tote up how many news stories had to do with sex. She's always surprised by what made the headlines. This year's list ranges from the Sexting craze to the end of Craig's List sex ads - and more!

    Sandra says: "In Bed, Maybe Not With Susie. . ."
    "In Bed, Maybe Not With Susie. . ."
    Overall

    I picked this particular recording at random, because all of her selections are terrific. First I should say that this is a program about sex, for sex, all sex all the time. But, it is one of the funniest shows I've ever listened to. Sometimes she discusses particular subject, other times she'll have a guest, often an author and usually a sexpert. On some shows she'll answer letters, and is very good at drawing inferences and explaining things the writer may not understand without ever being condescending. That said, she is always funny funny funny! I always laugh out loud as I listen to these at night. If only my husband knew what I was listening to. . . !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Manufactured Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Heath Sommer
    • Narrated By Rachael Jamison
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Months after his mysterious disappearance from a routine fishing trip, no one really expects over-the-hill Texas housewife Lory Latchley to find her missing husband - especially her husband. The Manufactured Identity is clinical psychologist Heath Sommer's ever-escalating immersion into the world of unlikely friends who each awaken to find their faithful companions missing without warning or reason.

    Daniel L. Traughber says: "Fantastic!"
    "They Aren't Hard Words!"
    Overall

    This book has great characters and the plot unfolds slowly, drawing you in. However, I had difficulty getting past the stiff, plastic tone of the narrator. Along with that, there were pregnant pauses in odd places as though the words were being figured out, and even a few mispronunciations of common words. Getting past all of that was a bit difficult, but when I finally did it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. A rerecording would serve this book well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mists of Avalon

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Natasha Richardson
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    More than just a retelling of the legend of King Arthur, this tale is seen through the eyes of the women who wielded power behind the throne. First there is the beautiful Queen Gwynhefar, torn between duty to her king and passion for the dashing Lancelot. Then there is Morgaine, Arthur's half sister and high priestess in the enchanted land of Avalon. Morgaine's one wish is to wrest Britain away from Christianity and restore worship of the Mother Goddess. Both women struggle, suffer, and - in their own ways - triumph.

    Rochelle says: "The Mists Of Avalon"
    "It Certainly is Abridged!"
    Overall

    Having read this book several years ago, I was looking forward to having it read to me. I settled back and started the book, which began fine. But in no time we were about nine chapters in, and so it went. The core of the story is there, with a little more, but it misses on the mysticism and beauty of the unabridged version.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Shipping News

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Robert Joy
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Shipping News shows why E. Annie Proulx is recognized as a gifted and original writer. When Quoyle, a 36-year-old, third rate newspaperman, learns that his two-timing wife has abandoned him and their two daughters, he returns to his ancestral home on the Newfoundland coast, to rebuild his life. We also recommend Proulx's, Accordion Crimes.

    Karen says: "Find the unabridged version!"
    "The Shipping News"
    Overall

    This book is such a great read I couldn't put it down. It stayed in my thoughts when I couldn't read it, and I used any excuse to get back to it. A quirky, humorous and sad story, it is written as vividly as though the author was experiencing everything as she wrote. The characters are almost alive and kind of odd, having lived in a small community for so long. But the great thing is that everyone accepts the quirks of others, at least until the end.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    Jacqueline says: "Credit Worthy Narration"
    "One of our Family Classics"
    Overall

    When I was young, my mother gave me this book for Christmas. I still have it. She was given a copy from one of her older sisters when SHE was young. It was quite a treat in a time when treats were few; she could escape with Sara from their poverty that necessitated raising chickens behind the house, among other things. They weren't raised for eggs, but fattened in Chicago, not on a farm or in a rural area.
    After reading this wonderful story my mother, as a girl, thought all things were possible. I derived the same secret and exciting thought. She wasn't wearing clothing handed down and patched wool stockings; I wasn't wearing things my mom got at the informal neighborhood swap. No, we were wearing beautiful clothing underneath. We could always be kind when someone was mean because we knew who we really were, despite the evil child who socked me in the stomach, and the nasty boy who chased her with a snapping turtle. Many times I remember wishing the floor would open and swallow me. But then I would remember who I really was (or could be) and life would go on as it always did.
    Children seem to grow up so fast now, they don't get a chance to imagine and pretend; I gave a copy of this book to each of my nieces when they needed some extra joy and distraction. Psychologists may say the basic unlikeliness of the happy ending is a warped crutch. I thought it was a beautiful tale and if Sara could be happy while waiting for her fondest wish to be granted, couldn't I? So there!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • 'Tis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (366)

    Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

    Stanley says: "A second delightful helping"
    "It certainly 'Tis!"
    Overall

    Frank McCourt narrates 'Tis himself, having that beautiful Irish lilt in his voice that made his childhood more real, more touchable as I listened. I could almost smell the filth in the streets above the cooking of fish and whatever is available. I could hear Frank and his siblings playfully fighting in bed, freezing and hungry but having such fun. His mother had many hardships since her husband generally didn't bring home a paycheck and eventually took off. Frank, being the oldest, worked like crazy doing anything at all for money, and became smarter about it. Mostly flat broke, it's less of a moral decision when there's a coin to be made, and he learns the best ways to make more from some. His family needs the money, but Frank is saving to go to America. Often teased about his "dream," the most unlikely people help him to realize his dream, and his family to literally stay alive. I didn't want it to end!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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