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Julie

Le Center, MN, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 45 reviews
  • 200 ratings
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  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13123)
    Performance
    (5564)
    Story
    (5632)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Who doesn't love the circus?"
    Overall

    So how could I resist a story with a circus, a love story, and a right good curmudgeon? I couldn't. This is a wonderful book which hasn't recieved nearly enough attention.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3689)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2065)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Strangely modern"
    Overall

    Some of the aspects of this story are so old fashioned - duels,and all that - but some amazingly modern in terms of attitude toward things like extra-marital relations, lesbianism, politics. And ultimately it's very philosophical. I always thought it was just an adventure book but really its so much more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (1959)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1100)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "Better than the mini series"
    Overall

    Loved everything about this and wished I'd heard it before I ever saw the mini-series.

    4 of 5 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
    (2828)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1017)

    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"
    "A Real Surprise"
    Overall

    Another example of how some of the best books don't get the most press. This is a really great book to listen to, a marvelous hero that real people can identify with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (533)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Kathryn says: "one happy insomniac"
    "A complete world"
    Overall

    The genius of Hugo (and Dickens) is that he understands that everyone is the hero of their own life. They aren't just accessories in someone else's. In that sense he's one of the world's most democratic writers. The story of each character is worth listening to for its own sake.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rug Merchant

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Meg Mullins
    • Narrated By Bill Camp
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Isolated and far from his native Iran, Ushman Khan has worked hard to build a wealthy, reliable clientele for his wares: exquisite hand-woven rugs from his home city of Tabriz. With perfect rectitude, he caters to clients like New York's Upper East Side grand dame Mrs. Roberts, who plies him for stories about his exotic origins and culture to feed her own imagination. But like many immigrants, he's living only half a life.

    gingerpenny95 says: "Elegant Novel"
    "Must read"
    Overall

    I can't resist anything to do with oriental rugs, so that was the hook. But the book is so much more - a very tender illumination of the immigrant's experience, and what it means to be an outsider in America. I loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Air We Breathe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrea Barrett
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In the fall of 1916, Americans debate whether to enter the European war. "Preparedness parades" march and headlines report German spies. But in an isolated community in the Adirondacks, the danger is barely felt. At Tamarack Lake the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the large public sanatorium. For all, time stands still.

    Judith Kerman says: "Rich and absorbing"
    "Big world/little world"
    Overall

    This book is the perfect example of how the world's big events are just background to our private dramas for most of us, and what a struggle it is to escape from the confines of our small lives and our self-delusions into something bigger and more alive. It gives you a lot to think about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Solitude of Thomas Cave

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Georgina Harding
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In 1616 an English whaling ship heads for home, leaving behind the quiet, headstrong Thomas Cave, who has bet the rest of the crew that he can spend a winter on an Arctic island - alone. But nothing so threatens the sailor as his own mind, haunted by the remembrances of another life and a lost love.

    Julie says: "Another haunting little book"
    "Another haunting little book"
    Overall

    This book has the feel of a Bergman film, or perhaps of an iceberg floating in the northern seas, so little is said but so much is felt floating beneath the surface. It's the perfect listen for a night before the fire with a good bottle of wine and lots of solitude.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (210)

    The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

    jack rose says: "FANTASTIC!"
    "Don't miss this series"
    Overall

    I love these historical series where you follow a couple of families through time. This is one of the best. I found every excuse I could to plug in and listen and absolutely whizzed through all three. The narrator is perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rebels of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    Edward Rutherfurd's stirring account of Irish history, the Dublin Saga, concludes in this magisterial work of historical fiction. Beginning where the first volume, The Princes of Ireland, left off, The Rebels of Ireland takes us into a world transformed by the English practice of "plantation", which represented the final step in the centuries-long British conquest of Ireland.

    David says: "A Wonderful Story"
    "Another don't miss series"
    Overall

    I love these historical series where you follow a couple of families through time. This is one of the best. I found every excuse I could to plug in and listen and absolutely whizzed through all three. The narrator is perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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