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Ronald

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  • 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
    (5886)
    Performance
    (3806)
    Story
    (3819)

    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"
    "A Real Treasure!"
    Overall

    This is a masterpiece from Stein. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll cheer! You'll cry! A book for people who love dogs, who love racing, who love life!

    Thank you, Mr. Stein.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2887)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (796)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Not with a bang, but a whimper..."
    Overall

    This is a long, plodding, occasionally brillant, sojourn to nothing. The author seems to waver between emulating Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King.

    Try "The Art of Racing in the Rain" for a really good novel for dog lovers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5984)
    Performance
    (2572)
    Story
    (2608)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "Haunting"
    Overall

    Cormac McCarthy has written a masterpiece. This book engulfs you in its vision of a world that seems all too possible after 9-11. Often grim, the book is humanity at our best, and worst.

    I grew up in the Cold War world of "duck and cover," but deep inside, I think we felt that "mutually assured destruction" would prevent world annihilation.

    Now there are those willing to destroy everything for their insane beliefs. Now the possibility of apocalypse seems all too real.

    The audio version of this book is an excellent production. Listen to, or read, The Road. This book will be in my mind all my days.

    Thank you, Mr. McCarthy, for this compelling work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2340)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (425)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Have fun while you learn"
    Overall

    Bill Bryson asks many of the questions I've pondered, and he seeks the answers. Have fun while you learn what you missed in school (or forgot). I have listened to this witty book several times, and enjoy it more each time! I have both the abridged and unabridged versions. I really prefer Bryson's rendition of the abridged version. Richard Matthew's obvious unfamiliarity with the material detracts from the unabridged version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2898)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1078)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "An true delight!"
    Overall

    Just as I really enjoy a singer/songwriter, it's hard to beat an author/narrator of this high caliber!

    Wow! This novel is a wonderful, bittersweet journey on so many levels. It evokes the essence of Providence, RI, and then, takes the reader along for a marvelous ride to the west coast.

    Ron McLarty narrates his own work, and he hits this ball out of the park!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "Simply interminable"
    Overall

    "Seinfeld" was called the sitcom about nothing. This is a novel about nothing. Sherlock Holmes could not find a plot in this awful hodgepodge.

    I finished this novel while hoping that there was something redemptive on the way. It was not to be. If you enjoy watching paint dry, then this is a book for you.

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful

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