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Carol

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  • Too Much Happiness: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alice Munro
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    In the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevsky - a late-19th-century Russian émigré and mathematician - on a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician.

    Ginette says: "Alice Munro is a must!!"
    "Not Enough Happiness"
    Overall

    The narrator does a fine job. She goes on my list of good narrators. I' ve read everything Munro has written, and it seems her plots are in an Arbus-like downward spiral. These stories are grim and depressing. I thought of Flannery O'Connor, but those bizarre stories are cloaked in an amusing demented atmosphere and southern sensibility, and Munro's are addressed as plain reality. Murder, cancer, depravity, on and down. Not fun.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (362)

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "Superb"
    Overall

    Eye-opening, exciting, scary, lovely, engrossing. Dave Eggers ("What is the What?") is a phenomenon. Bamji's narration is also super. He has a very slight accent that gives color to his reading without obscuring it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Precious

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sapphire
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.

    J. S. says: "A True Dose of Reality . . ."
    "Grim Reality"
    Overall

    An odd mix for what I listen to audiobooks for: an excellent narration, a well-told story, but a decidedly unpleasant world. Despite the necessity, even responsibility, of being aware of such realities, I didn't like being there.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Graham Farmelo
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (153)

    Paul Dirac was among the great scientific geniuses of the modern age. One of the discoverers of quantum mechanics, the most revolutionary theory of the past century, his contributions had a unique insight, eloquence, clarity, and mathematical power. His prediction of antimatter was one of the greatest triumphs in the history of physics.

    Eileen says: "Excellent biography of great physicist"
    "Mostly good news, a little not"
    Overall

    Five stars for the book. Amazing. I'm an artist,not a physicist, but even without fully (or partially) comprehending the science, being exposed to it is a charge. It's that interesting.
    Two stars for the narration. Harrison seems unconnected with what he's reading, imparting peculiar inflection and odd emphasis. His voice for Dirac is preposterous. Not going on my "good narrators" list. That said, there are worse, and the content was not ruined, but the whole experience should have been even better.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (399)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "Brilliant reading"
    Overall

    Oliver Wyman reads Helprin's book with commitment and apparent pleasure. It's such a treat to listen to him. The writing is filled with glorious similes and metaphors, and the story is wonderful. Oddly, even though Helprin's writing is superlative, it doesn't ring as literature. That's okay.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Flush

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    One of the most famous of all literary dogs, Flush was the golden cocker spaniel belonging to Elizabeth Barrett. In this charming and heartfelt biography, Viginia Woolf tells his story: his early days as Miss Mitford's puppy running across the fields in wild abandon and fathering another, then the years spent in his invalid mistress' bedroom in Wimpole Street.

    Carl Smith says: "Delightful and subtle social commentary"
    "Superb on every level"
    Overall

    A beautifully written beloved dog story by a world-class author read by a world-class narrator. Just the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (21971)
    Performance
    (8703)
    Story
    (8895)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Really funny"
    Overall

    Written by Steve Martin, so funny, witty reading. Makes me want to look up more by Martin, same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W.B. Yeats: Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By William Butler Yeats
    • Narrated By T. P. McKenna
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. Born in Dublin, a leader of the Irish Renaissance, he dreamed of creating a new cultural identity for his country. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. This compelling collection spans his career.

    R. Kottke says: "Yeats, Music to the Mind and Soul"
    "Transporting"
    Overall

    Yeats' gorgeous poetry well served by a lovely, intelligent reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Green Mansions

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By W. H. Hudson
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Jim Roberts
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    W. H. Hudson was born in 1841 in Buenos Aires and seems to have been a sort of permanently displaced person. He moved to London in 1869 and wrote a series of remarkable books, most with a wilderness setting. In 1904, when he was 63, he focused on an Indian legend for Green Mansions, a memorable romance of the jungle for which he is now chiefly remembered. His epitaph reads, "He Loved Birds and Green Places and the Wind on the Heath, and Saw Brightness of the Skirts of God."

    Glenn says: "Good, escapist story"
    "Okay story, disappointing reading."
    Overall

    The story is good enough, but the narrator reads like a telephone robot. It seems he's not engaged in the story and his odd emphases make the listener flinch.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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