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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
    Overall
    (452)
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    (419)
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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
  • American Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Pablo Schreiber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (550)
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    (558)

    Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

    Russell says: "Makes Dexter look like a boy scout."
    "If you love sexually deviant violence…"
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    I decided to read this book because it was part of the modern vanguard group on audible. I knew before I started reading that it would be about a psychotic killer. As the story progresses, the violence accelerates. By the time I was three quarters of the way through the book, I thought about quitting. I think if I were reading a hard copy or an e-book I would turn the page and skipped some of the really violent descriptions.

    I actually liked the story and the writing style. I don't think the ending really did justice to the story. Personally, it was just too violent for my taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (1100)
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    (1120)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Decent historical fiction"
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    This was a decent read and nothing more IMHO. It tells the story of several generations of a family in Texas and Mexico. I thought the historical context was pretty interesting. I think I understand more about the culture in Texas and the role of the oil industry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1484)
    Performance
    (768)
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    (768)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "Almost a great book"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book until it ended abruptly and without a conclusion. Maybe I should say it ended without wrapping up many loose ends. Without dropping a spoiler, I can only say that some key characters had conflicts that were never wrapped up. I think if there had been a more satisfying conclusion, I would've given this book at least four stars. I still would recommend reading it. It is an interesting story with good character development and writing.

    0 of 0 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
    (8048)
    Performance
    (7377)
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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 9 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (616)
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    (607)

    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.

    KP says: "Read this, don't listen"
    "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.

    1 of 1 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
    (4624)
    Performance
    (4266)
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    (4280)

    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.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "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
    Overall
    (2354)
    Performance
    (2114)
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    (2115)

    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
    (1273)
    Performance
    (1133)
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    (1140)

    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
    (2295)
    Performance
    (2037)
    Story
    (2023)

    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

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