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  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "The power of music"
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    Where does Society's Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the most engaging nonfiction books I've read. Janis tells the story of her life, her music and the music industry. Nicely written, beautifully read. One aspect that really set this one apart for me was the natural way that Janis sings and plays the guitar at the beginning of every chapter and throughout the book. It has the feel of sitting in your living room and having Janis tell you her life story. Amazing!

    I've been a fan of Janis Ian's music since 1967. However, I knew precious little about her personal life. Janis lays out key events in her life, good and bad, without whining about the bad or over indulging in her success. Hers is a life lived out loud without regrets. In the end, it is a story about her music (which clearly is in her DNA) the power of the human spirit and the power of music.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Society's Child?

    Book opens with Janis telling the story of performing Society's Child in front of an audience with the small number of racial bigots heckling the 15-year-old star.


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Cantos of the Orobouros Caves

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Maggie Schein, Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Janis Ian, Pat Conroy
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    A collection of fables in the literary tradition of Italo Calvino (if he were a Taoist seeker), Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves brings together medicine men, monks, immortals, witches, seekers, souls in various stages of their cycles in and out of lived-life, and the occasional talking animal, all searching for the meaning of it all and each other.

    moe says: "Creative, thought-provoking stories"
    "Creative, thought-provoking stories"
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    Maggie Schein has written and enjoyable and engaging series of fables. These are not the type of short stories that you will want to simply read and move on. They are creative, intricate fables that address life's big questions and offer some wonderfully different perspectives. One of my favorites examines the connections between all living things in the universe. Is the predator prey relationship really what it seems? Could it be that the prey willingly allow their fate in order to sustain the predator?

    While reading the stories, I often felt like the writing was almost poetry or music. At times there is a cadence to Maggie Schein's writing. There are some sections of stories that repeat themselves almost like a chorus. And this brings me to the narration.

    The narration is expertly done by writer, singer and songwriter Janis Ian. Her narration adds another dimension to the writing, especially in those sections which are poetic/musical. I'm not sure another narrator would have managed to find this interpretation of the words.

    This collection of stories will remain in my library and I will visit them over and over in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "BRILLIANT! My absolute favorite book of 2013."
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    Donna Tartt is to writing what Mozart is to a symphony. Her descriptions of places and people become so real to me that I feel as if I'm part of the story. After a few hours of listening to this book I knew I would miss it when it was over. And I definitely miss the characters and the story.

    Two of the characters,Theo and Boris, are crafted in such depth that I loved them and cheered them on with great hope, even while they were choosing the wrong path over and over again. I won't reveal any more details about the story for those who have not yet read the book.

    What is The Goldfinch about? Life's big questions. What does it mean to love? Is there a clear difference between good and bad, right and wrong? Is it even an "either or question"? Are there good things that can come out of bad things and vice a versa?

    This is the kind of book that will keep you thinking long after you finish reading it. I very highly recommend it.

    One last thing-the narrator is fabulous! Great voice, excellent accents and wonderful storytelling ability. He is a real addition to a masterful book. Don't sleep

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    John says: "Not everyone's glass of Scotch Neat"
    "Brilliantly written story!"
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    Donna Tartt could write the phone book and make it sound intriguing. It would, however, be a mistake to narrate that piece of work, IMHO. Once I got past the narration, I absolutely loved this book! The characters evolved throughout the book-gradually, delicately. The story involves the murder of a college student, which we learn immediately in the prologue. The real story is not about the murder, but about the flawed characters who surrounded him in life.The characters in this novel are united around the study of ancient Greece-language, literature and culture. And just like a Greek tragedy, each character carries his or her own fatal flaw. Once a terrible event takes place, it sets in motion a series of events which reveal the history and personality of each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "The imagination of a 7-year-old… Or was it real?"
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    Neil Gaiman has written an engaging, magical story. As the narrator reflects on a strange experience of long ago when he was seven years old and met Letty, an 11-year-old girl who lived at the end of the lane and had mysterious powers. Fans of fantasy literature will certainly enjoy this book. Even though I don't count myself as a big fan of fantasy literature, I thought the story was very creative and took me on a wonderful journey through the eyes and mind of a seven-year-old boy. When I saw that the author was also the narrator I was hesitant, since authors often have more writing skills than storytelling skills. Not the case here. Neil Gaiman is a wonderful narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Quirky, funny and delightful book"
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    I think it's difficult to write a comic novel. Although there were serious aspects to the story, it was loaded with quirky humor. This is the kind of comedy that is clever and intelligent. The characters are eccentric as well as endearing. Wedged in between weighty fiction, this book was just pure fun and enjoyment. I think it's the type of book you would love to start on a rainy day, wearing your favorite PJs and read all day and into the night. I gave this book 4 stars not because I think it's a work of literary genius, it's just fun to read.

    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
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    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.."
    "Mixed feelings"
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    First, there were many things about this book that were outstanding. The writing is elegant. The narration is quite good. I will definitely read other books by Kate Atkinson very soon.

    My feelings were mixed because I felt that the hopping around to alternate versions of the story did not quite work for me. The stories themselves were great. By the end of the book, I had no sense of where the story landed. Maybe that was the point. If so, it just didn't work for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "3 in a row!"
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    When this book was first released, I was a little bit slow to download it. I wasn't sure that his third book would equal the others, but I was wrong. Yet another excellent, layered story from Khalid Hussaini. The people, politics and poverty of Afghanistan spring to life in the hands of this skillful writer.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
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    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"
    "I couldn't finish this book"
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    The writing style was so heavy it was daunting. I RARELY put a book aside without finishing it. As I was trying to push through this book I had to remind myself that life is too short to spend time on a book I don't enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2026)
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    (1817)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Irresistible story, fabulous narrator!"
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    When I read the summary of this book I wasn't sure if I would really like it. Well, I didn't really like it-I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book! I'm sure the print book alone is a great experience, however, the audiobook is a five-star because of the excellent narration.

    So, why did I love this book? Start with an intriguing mystery. Seemingly unrelated elements of the story-an ancient cult, Google geeks, a nearly deserted old bookstore run by an equally old owner, a young unemployed marketing dude, a Silicon Valley type business owner and the sci-fi series about singing dragons. When I listened to this book I felt like I was 12 years old (Smart 12 years old and good 12 years old) and on a great adventure. You know you're enjoying the story when you're listening with your headphones on and laughing out loud or snickering many times.

    I highly recommend this purely delightful experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "I couldn't take my headphones off!"
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    I was very quickly drawn into this compelling story about life in North Korea. You may think it reads like science fiction but, unfortunately, life in North Korea is about as frightening as the world can be. This book is not a beach read at all. As we follow the main character through his life of trials and tribulations, we experience his evolution as a man and his awakening to understanding this country. This fictional account is loaded with very factual information about North Korea. The balance of fact and fiction allows the reader to feel more acutely and experience the insight of characters/people as they try to make sense of life in a country of insanity.Thoughts of this story will linger and haunt you long after the last word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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