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  • The Night Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
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    New York Times best-selling author Sarah Waters received sweeping critical acclaim for her debut, Tipping the Velvet, and has been a finalist for the Orange and Booker Prizes. In The Night Watch she tells the riveting, intersecting tales of four Londoners during and after World War II. As these four people survive the devastation of war and experience the dizzying heights of life, their paths cross in ways none of them can foresee.

    AmazonShoppingQueen says: "may not work in audio"
    "Not worth it!!"

    I got this book because I had listened to The Little Stranger and really liked it. The description of this book was vague, but thought it would be good. HUGE disappointment. Nothing against gays, but seems like that was focus of this book and didn't seem to be going anywhere. One woman in love with another woman and a third one steps in and the love interest changes. It was a little confusing but this book just didn't seem to have a point. I was really disappointed considering how well I liked her other book. My advice--don't waste your time.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Last Town on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Thomas Mullen
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
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    The Last Town on Earth centers on the inhabitants of a small logging town in Washington and what happens when they take drastic measures (quarantine) to try and protect themselves from the virulent and deadly flu epidemic of 1918. When a deserting WWI soldier demands sanctuary, events are set in motion that change the town forever.

    Angela says: "Thrill for a Reader. Model for a Writer"
    "Really makes you think"

    In a time of the new H1N1 flu virus, this really makes you wonder to what extent people really would go to in an effort to prevent the spread of a disease that is killing half the population. I really enjoyed this book. It was very thought provoking. I was a bit disappointed with the ending as it seemed like there was no closure for any of the characters. They would have had to answer for the actions they had chosen to take, and yet there was no resolution to that, or the mental anguish that you would imagine they had to feel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
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    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
    "Dark and dismal!!"

    This is one of the most dismal, no hope books I've ever read. From the things we've ever heard or read about Russia/Soviet Union, this just confirms what we think/believe about suppression, loss of hope, etc. The character is a student who can't afford to go to school anymore, barely exists in a small room, has pawned everything just to have a little bit of money, and then murders someone for what he thinks she may have but gets so overwhelmed with his guilt that he spirals downward and feels like everyone knows he's guilty. It was terribly depressing with the descriptions of life in Russia.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Black Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley

    Winner of the Whitbread Award and the Booker Prize, Ian McEwan is one of the most highly regarded contemporary authors in the English language. A fictional memoir set in late 1980s Europe, Black Dogs contemplates individuals responding to vast impersonal forces. Orphaned at the age of eight, Jeremy finds the course of his life transient and groundless until he marries and begins writing a memoir of his wife's estranged parents.

    Cariola says: "Who Knew that Ian McEwan Could Be So Dull?"
    "Didn't understand it!!"

    I'm not sure where the author was going with this book. It started off with the narrator's life, then his time interviewing his mother-in-law before her death, then time spent with his father-in-law, then a reminiscence about the in-law's just after their marriage. A brief explanation about the "Black Dogs" that didn't really go anywhere, and the book was over. Maybe I fell asleep at the wheel listening to this on the way to work, but when it was over, I wasn't sure what the point was. Not that it was a bad listen, but didn't go anywhere. Or at least I missed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Curiosity Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
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    Like Charles Dickens' other early novels, The Old Curiosity Shop was a huge success, even eclipsing The Pickwick Papers. The melodramatic saga of the flight of Little Nell and her grandfather captured the public's attention, so much so that people would wait in long lines for the release of the next installment of the saga. For the character of Little Nell, the beautiful child thrown into a shadowy, terrifying world, Dickens drew on a tragedy in his own life.

    Sandinic says: "Wonderful!"

    I am finding that Dickens is NOT one of my favorite authors. I read the reviews and how this was so well received when it first came out in the paper and people couldn't wait for the next episode. It was too long and I don't have a clue where the title came from. It was not what I usually enjoy. It seemed to drag and I couldn't wait to get to the end.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee

    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.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"
    "Long but good"

    This book started out a little slow and I was frustrated with the obvious bad luck that was coming the main characters way. It eventually picked up and got better, but I sometimes found the fact that the Count was always in the right place at the right time sometimes way beyond belief and it kind of detracted from the story. No one has that kind of luck. But overall, I really enjoyed the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
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    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"

    Excellent story about a little girl's life as part of the Holocaust. Very discriptive and made you think about the horrors they endured. Great intermixing of the present with the past. Really enjoyed this book although very heartbreaking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"

    I thought this book was an absolute hoot!! I could have done without the intermittent musical interludes and some of the unnecessary swearing, but the story was really good and laugh out loud funny in places. The narrator was perfect for the main character. Loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Great listen--fooled me about being a kid's book!!"

    Really enjoyed this book. It moved along at a good pace, kept my attention. The characters were so varied and interesting to watch their interaction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Seduction of Water

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall

    For Iris, he sudden impulse to write a piece about her mother leads to a shot at literary success. The piece recounts an eerie Irish fairy tale her mother used to tell her at bedtime - and nestled inside is the sad story of her mother's death, a strange, untimely end in a fire 30 years ago. When Iris returns to the remote Hotel Equinox in the Catskills, the place where she grew up, to write her mother's biography and search for her mother's missing manuscript, she unravels a haunting mystery that threatens to envelope her.

    Susan Delaney says: "Disapointing"
    "Great listen but abrupt ending!"

    I really enjoyed this book all the way til I got to the end. It was somewhat suspenseful without expecting murder or anything bad. But, I was disappointed in the end. I felt like it just ended without being sure what the outcome was for some of the characters. That was the only disappointment.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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