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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9905)
    Performance
    (9064)
    Story
    (9076)

    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"
    "Can't wait for time to pass so I can read it again"
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    Yes to all of this book. Every time I thought I knew what kind of book this was, it totally changed -- in the best way possible. I can't wait to forget a lot of it so I get to re-read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7547)
    Performance
    (6571)
    Story
    (6561)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Maybe I just hate romance novels?"
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    I guess maybe I just didn't realize before this that I hate romance novels. It's not that I hated this book -- there were moments where I actually enjoyed it -- but it's that it falls kind of flat in the more romance-y sections.

    Instead of diving into the character development throughout the book, it becomes more about the love connection. And yes, that love connection is necessary to the character development! But there is so much else going on, and I felt like their relationship was just flat.

    Now I know: skip the romance novels and stick to the more character-centric Philip Roth, John Irving, etc.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3364)
    Performance
    (3047)
    Story
    (3073)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Worth checking out."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah! The characters are sticky -- they're still springing to mind weeks and books later after finishing this book -- and the plot is unique. It's a story worth reading.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I could relate so well to Piper: a loving family, all life's advantages, an excellent education... I really felt like if my life had been just a little different for me, I could have ended up in her shoes.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    It's hard to say. She does such an amazing job of bringing each character -- with all the unique back stories, accents, and quirks -- to life.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a little slow at times, which is why I only give the story 4 stars. Maybe boring you to death is part of prison and therefore difficult to keep out of a narrative about time in prison, but there were moments where I lost interest.

    These were few and far between, though, so it's still definitely worth reading.

    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
    (2492)
    Performance
    (2201)
    Story
    (2193)

    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"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I have ever read a book that is told in such a way that each chapter follows a different character. The rotating voices and their respective excellent performances in this audiobook helped bring that to life.

    Typical of Hosseini, the characters are engaging, and the plot is complex and fully fleshed out -- you just can't see the full picture until you're done.

    Another wonderful book. I can't wait to see what he writes next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3222)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1980)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    William says: "Highly Recommended"
    "This book is awesome; get over the cheesiness!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Get over the apparent cheesiness and read this book with an open mind. Thankfully I didn't read any of the bitter, unenlightened reviews before buying this audiobook!

    The only way to really know if you will like something new is to suspend your preconceived notions about it while you try it out. I can't believe I have to spell this out for adults here, but there you have it.

    I found the theory expounded in this book to be well thought out, well elaborated, and well worth reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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