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David

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  • Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Etgar Keret, Nathan Englander (translator), Miriam Shlesinger (translator), and others
    • Narrated By Ira Glass, Willem Dafoe, Ben Marcus, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    Read by an all-star cast and featuring a bonus story special to the audio edition, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is a one-of-a-kind audiobook.... Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret’s new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most mature work yet, the living and the dead, silent children and talking animals, dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world.

    michelle says: "bizzare, ironic, and excellent"
    "great interview on BOOKWORM (KCRW) BOOKWORM"
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    Where does Suddenly, a Knock on the Door rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    BOOKWORM INTERVIEW GAVE USEFUL CONTEXT FOR THE STORIES


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE READERS WERE GREAT


    Which character ??? as performed by the narrators ??? was your favorite?

    GOOD READ ALONG-SIDE FRANZEN'S FARTHER AWAY ESSAYS & NATHAN ENGANDER'S WHAT WE TALK ABOUT......ESSAY'S


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    FORGET IT


    Any additional comments?

    NO

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What It Was

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn's turf, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well.

    Alisha says: "Who's writes street better?"
    "FINALLY, A GOOD READING OF A PELECANOS."
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    Where does What It Was rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I DON''T LISTEN TO THEM IF THEY AREN'T WELL WRITTEN AND WELL READ.


    What other book might you compare What It Was to and why?

    GOOD STORY. GOOD READER


    What does J. D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I DON'T KNOW, BUT IT WORKS. (I WOULDN'T HAVE READ THE NOVEL).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    JUST HAD A VERY GOOD 'LISTEN' TO A GOOD STORY. THANK YOU


    Any additional comments?

    FINALLY A READER I CAN LISTEN TO FOR A PELECANOS. MORE PLEASE!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Reading Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Pat Conroy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

    Howard says: "Conroy shares his storytelling"
    "If you like Pat's novels this won't disappoint."
    Overall

    Well- read and passionately read. I loved listening to Mr. Conroy's voice. I don't think anyone else could have read this for h im.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3470)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1197)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "This was a difficult read (listen)"
    Overall

    because of the subject matter. My trust in the author and his good writing kept me going. It wasn't until
    the last couple of pages that I recognized I had read a great American novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Every Man Dies Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hans Fallada, Michael Hofman (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    Hans Fallada wrote this stunning novel in only 24 days—just after being released from a Nazi insane asylum. Based on a true story, Every Man Dies Alone tells of a German couple who try to start an uprising by distributing anti-fascist postcards during World War II. But their dream ultimately proves perilous under the tyranny that dominates every corner of Hitler’s Germany.

    Heimo says: "a difficult masterpiece"
    "Hans thought he had finally written a great novel."
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    And I think he did.
    Remember the time you found yourself so close to death, and you never felt more alive. A feeling that stayed with you for some time. You may have that experience after finishing this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Ptolemy Grey is 91 years old and has been all but forgotten - by his family, his friends, even himself - as he sinks into a lonely dementia. His grand-nephew, Ptolemy's only connection to the outside world, was recently killed in a drive-by shooting, and Ptolemy is too suspicious of anyone else to allow them into his life, until he meets Robyn, his niece's 17-year-old lodger and the only one willing to take care of an old man at his grandnephew's funeral.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Old People Turn into Chores For The Young"
    "THE LAST DAYS OF PTOEMY GREY"
    Overall

    Yes! I just cannot find a Walter Mosley novel that leaves me 'moving right on', to next book. His books leave me thoughtful and reflective. Like every other novel I have read by Mr. Mosley I will be reading this one again. The great readings of his works are essential. Thank you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Right Mistake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    From award-winning author Walter Mosley comes the third work featuring hardened ex-con turned street philosopher Socrates Fortlow. Organizing other troubled individuals, Socrates starts the Thursday Night Thinkers' Meeting, in which members discuss "the world and what would be the right thing to do."

    David says: "THE RIGHT MISTAKE"
    "THE RIGHT MISTAKE"
    Overall

    Walter Mosley does not disappoint. Engaging, provoking, entertaining, current and stimulating. There is no one quite like Mr. Mosley. I think he is a very important American writer.
    And always execellent readings, Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (514)

    When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

    Jerry says: "Why a classic is a classic"
    "GREAT EXPECTATIONS"
    Overall

    I never expected to read Dickens again, and I wouldn't have if I hadn't run into this reading.
    It is a gift . Thank you Mr. Muller!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spies of the Balkans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece, the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania, the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe.

    writerly says: "historical insights, not much suspense/tension"
    "AS GOOD AS IT GETS!"
    Overall

    This book gets a 10!!! For writing and reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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