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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3335)
    Performance
    (1502)
    Story
    (1504)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Truly perfect fit for audible book! Wonderful."
    Overall

    Delightfully read by several narrators who bring to life each character's letters in the appropriate accent.
    This adds to the epistolary narrative in a lively account of post-war Guernsey,
    written with humor, candor and poignancy.
    Rosalyn Landor is one of the narrators--she is a favorite of mine.
    Bravo! Encore!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes, we follow the story of the fateful year 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Julie says: "Wonderful story!"
    "Beautiful, entrancing--well told by Stina Nielsen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of my all-time favorite stories to hear again and again. I never would have believed it, given the subject matter, but I love listening to the lovely voice steadily carrying on through grim days and even finding beauty and joy as she grows into a strong and still stronger woman through a year of challenges and wonders. Together, the sadness of her losses and the beauty of her language bring me to tears as I listen. I have recommended this to several friends and all have been somewhat surprised that they, too, loved this story.
    I don't know why my download of years back (2? 3?) is narrated by Stina Nielsen while the version currently available is narrated by the author. I have only listened to the sample of the author's narration but I like her voice. I look forward to hearing her read Nine Parts of Desire next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12138)
    Performance
    (7511)
    Story
    (7397)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Personally, I was disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The concept is funny, but even five minutes was too much for me - one of those "Ok, I got it the first time" jokes that goes on too long and did not impress me. Disturbing, even, as it went on and on.... Sorry I bought it.

    10 of 15 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
    (6676)
    Performance
    (5940)
    Story
    (5939)

    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"
    "Sublime storytelling - magical!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jim Dale's narration - always superb - and the fascinating storytelling, spun like a circle of silk circus tents, absolutely blew me away - the author's imagination and the wonderful characters and story had me re-listening as soon as I had allowed myself to finish listening the first time - I didn't want it to end!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7647)
    Performance
    (3054)
    Story
    (3116)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Better read in print"
    Overall

    I stopped listening halfway through and got a paperback copy and subsequently enjoyed it much better.
    I find that is often the case with narrators who are supposed to be young - children, mostly, but in this case, even the teen voice I found annoying. In particular, it was a bit too slow. Rather than savoring the lines, I wished I could put it on a higher speed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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