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  • The Garden of Evening Mists

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tan Twan Eng
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (158)
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    (158)

    Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister, who died in the camp.

    Susan says: "The best"
    "nice story despite terrible narration"
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    Where does The Garden of Evening Mists rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this narrator took on many characters from many parts of the world- and should have simple read it in her normal voice. her "accents" are terrible.
    the story is lovely.


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

    stunning visuals


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5983)
    Performance
    (2784)
    Story
    (2808)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Harry Potter meet Under Milkwood!"
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    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Harry Potter meet Under Milkwood! read superbly by Neil Gaiman himself. words lovingly rolling of the tongue.


    Any additional comments?

    the fantasy story is also a lovely gentle nudge at London, a city I love, so this was a very enjoyable listen. "There ARE shepherds in Shepherds Bush.."and all the while the big question, why do we exist?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1160)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "what if at its best"
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    What made the experience of listening to Life After Life the most enjoyable?

    Wonderful stories of the same person's life. "what if" this or that and would lead to another kind of life.
    I particularly like the fact that the writer showed us that the people of countries at war suffer the same. An excellent point.


    What about Fenella Woolgar’s performance did you like?

    very sensitive to the characters' personalities.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silenced: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristina Ohlsson
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Fifteen years ago: A teenage girl is viciously assaulted as she picks flowers in a field one night in midsummer. The crime is never reported. Present day: A man with no identification on his person is killed in a hit-and-run. He is never reported missing. Across the city, a priest and his wife are found dead in an apparent suicide. Fredrika Bergman is assigned to the case. What she and her colleagues discover is that a sinister evil, the roots of which date back decades, is the link behind these seemingly unrelated crimes.

    Turtle says: "page turner into the night!"
    "page turner into the night!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Silenced to be better than the print version?

    be sure to give yourself plenty of time to listen to this.


    What aspect of Justine Eyre’s performance would you have changed?

    the Swedish accent did not help here at all, but distracted from the very good story.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the background stories of the team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (497)
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    (490)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "the narrator almost killed the story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of People of the Book to be better than the print version?

    No! the narrator was terrible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of People of the Book?

    the story is intriguing.


    How could the performance have been better?

    the attempt at accents failed miserably


    Who was the most memorable character of People of the Book and why?

    the protagonist


    Any additional comments?

    yes, someone should have told the narrator to simply read the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1296)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (722)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "great"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book has it all. mystery, social commentary, human interest, psychology and sadness caused by the terrible people who torture their families for generations, and do so without the community bothering to interfere .
    the audio version is excellent, the narrator expertly got under the skin of the characters - literally! bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Half-Blood Blues: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Esi Edugyan
    • Narrated By Kyle Riley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player, Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was 20 years old, a German citizen. And he was black.

    julie says: "Slow start, but worth the time."
    "Seductive and poetic!"
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    the narrator is phenomenal and captured the poetic nature of the book. the rich history of jazz in europe is mesmerizing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6309)
    Performance
    (5605)
    Story
    (5601)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "romantic magical realism done well."
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    What did you love best about The Night Circus?

    I loved the fantastic premis and the settings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story seemed to flow effortlessly for me. however, the ending felt a bit rushed, even as I liked the idea of it.


    If you could rename The Night Circus, what would you call it?

    The magical night circus


    Any additional comments?

    reading this book, you must leave your analytical self at the door, just like you do when attending the Circus...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Portobello: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Walking to the shops one day, 50-year-old Eugene Wren discovers an envelope on the street bulging with cash. A man plagued by a shameful addiction - and his own good intentions - Wren hatches a plan to find the moneys rightful owner. Instead of going to the police, or taking the cash for himself, he prints a notice and posts it around Portobello Road. This ill-conceived act creates a chain of events that links Wren to other Londoners - people afflicted with their own obsessions and despairs.

    Lynn says: "Portobello's Lovely Mean Streets"
    "spooky comes to life"
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    I you love London from afar, this is a great book. Tim Curry is simply marvelous and brings all the characters to life.

    5 of 5 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
    Overall
    (26990)
    Performance
    (13620)
    Story
    (13666)

    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!"
    "perfect book for audio!"
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    great snapshot of this time in American history.
    it tries, successfully, to deal with the question: "why do some ordinary people become heros and Do The Right Thing?" very well. it also tries to explain why some people become haters.
    it was very moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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