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Pamela

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  • 69 ratings
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  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1729)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1359)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "I liked the story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was very engaged by the story being told in this book. I'm not usually one for plot driven novels but I really wanted to know what happened. The emotional content was good enough to hold me but the story line was the winner. It's a clever story and was woven together with some skill.

    The writing was over done and not so brilliant. There was a glaring over use of simile but it was tolerable and didn't really detract that much from the story. I thought the narrator was fine.

    0 of 0 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
    (5602)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2258)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Not generally fan of Dystopian novels but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really loved this book, though. The setting is very dark and dangerous but it is leveraged to paint a picture of a father who deeply loves his son and wants badly for him to have a future in a world where there can't be any. The book is emotionally rich, well written and gripping. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (849)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Dina says: "An Educational and Epic Oddity"
    "I love Elizabeth Gilbert in so many ways but...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Elizabeth Gilbert is a very good writer and she has good stories. That having been said, the woman needs a better editor. This book was fascinating in many ways. It is the story of Alma Whittaker, an uncommonly bright but none too attractive 17th century woman who can never quite get her footing in life. Joy eludes her way too many times although she does manage to find some happiness at some point in her life.

    This book explores a lot of topics but not in a very cohesive way. We go from anger at the gentry to the natural history of mosses, to the pained relationship between sisters to natural selection with a little of everything else in between. By the time I finished the book, I couldn't really figure out what Gilbert was driving at. This could easily have been a trilogy and might have worked better that way.

    I will keep loving Elizabeth Gilbert and keep hoping she finds an editor who can help her harness her writing so that she produces something really powerful. At this point all the power in her writing is diluted by the tedium of overly long descriptions and overly detailed background setting. Maybe next time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year We Left Home

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jean Thompson
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    It begins in 1973 when the Erickson family of Grenada, Iowa, gathers for the wedding of their eldest daughter, Anita. Even as they celebrate, the fault lines in the family emerge. The bride wants nothing more than to raise a family in her hometown, while her brother Ryan watches restlessly from the sidelines, planning his escape. He is joined by their cousin Chip, an unpredictable, war-damaged loner who will show Ryan both the appeal and the perils of freedom. will show Ryan both the appeal and the perils of freedom. Torrie, the Ericksons’ youngest daughter, is another rebel....

    Susan D says: "I LOVED IT!"
    "I loved this book - it's so real"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not a plot driven book which is perhaps why others are so critical. It is a journey through the lives of others. It is about the profound changes the country experienced between the early 70s and now. In particular it touches on the catastrophic effects the economy had on mid-western farms in the 80s, about the catastrophic impact the Vietnam War had on those who served, about the impact of technology on us all. But above all else it is about family and rebellion and love and growing up and learning to manage regardless of the hand you've been dealt. It is about leaving home without home leaving you.

    The characters are ordinary people living pretty pedestrian lives with the same kind of struggles we all have and Jean Thompson does a masterful job of letting you in to see the world through the character's eyes and hearts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hustlin’ Divas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By De’nesha Diamond
    • Narrated By Honey Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (95)

    In South Memphis, four women live in high-stakes, high-risk territory. Ta’Shara has no interest in following her sister into the street game, but when she falls in love with the brother of a rival, her own sister orders a severe punishment.

    Khara says: "This book was soooo good!"
    "More than I wanted to know"
    Overall

    The first thing you should know is that this book is the most profane thing that has ever touched my ears and I have kind of a potty mouth myself.

    Second of all - if you really want to understand gang life and all that shooting and pimping and violence this book will take you there in vivid detail.

    Yes there is true love but in the world of gang warfare true love apparently takes you down a really rocky path. What is much more common is domination, submission and the misguided notion that if you are banging the biggest, baddest guy in the gang you win - no matter how else he spends his time.

    I'm glad I listened to and it gave me some insight (but no compassion) and I was fully engaged but it hurt my heart to think that people live this way and die this way. I'm really hoping it was more fictitious than expository.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1428)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (847)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Very engaging and well written"
    Overall

    This book covers a lot of ground. Teen angst, love won and love lost, obsessive love, dead love, angry love, assuaging lost love with drugs, assuaging angst with drugs, searching for the truth, surviving adolescence, grief and mourning, the quest for power, homosexuality in the Catholic Church and probably more. It's very comprehensive - sort of like the movie American Beauty.

    The writing is good and the plot and sub-plots are well spun.

    It is read by a large cast which I usually don't like but for this book it works.

    0 of 0 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
    (2827)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1016)

    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"
    "Listened to while running"
    Overall

    I listened to this book while running. I had thought this book might be more about running and less about cycling but I was not disappointed.

    This is a very touching story, well told, of a man who has lost himself as a boy in making his mentally ill sister the focus of his life and then as an adult in junk food and alcohol.

    One day he finds himself on his bike taking an inadvertant journey of self discovery. McLarty's use of dialog and of detailed descriptive prose is captivating, enlightening and most enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drowning Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christina Schwarz
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.

    Steven says: "Drowning Ruth"
    "A noble first attempt"
    Overall

    The writing and character development in this book are good. The reader gets a strong sense of the characters although there are some glaring inconsistencies. The plot is not entirely depressing but the author puts the characters on a juggernaut heading straight for heartbreak. Not a lot of fun. I found the plot points to be entirely predictable and not particularly intriguing. Nice for a first try but the author needs some polish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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