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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (1339)
    Story
    (1333)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Worst Book Ever"
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    What disappointed you about The Persimmon Tree?

    I can't understand, when authors write how difficult it is to get their books published, how this one could have made it through. There are a couple of interesting stories buried deep beneath mountains of laborious description, including an awful lot of trivia the narrator, a main character, could not have known. He delivers lines such as,


    Has The Persimmon Tree turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. One author doesn't ruin it for the others.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent. His ability to distinguish about 50 different voices.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Anna's story was interesting, lousy writing notwithstanding.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25120)
    Performance
    (23061)
    Story
    (23067)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Don't plan anything"
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    Great tension, compelling story, even some LOL humor. I couldn't stop listening until there was nothing left to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stress-Proof Your Brain: Meditations to Rewire Neural Pathways for Stress Relief and Unconditional Happiness

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rick Hanson
    • Narrated By Sounds True
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Evolution did not prepare your brain for the chronic stresses of modern life. So you need to teach it new ways to cope with time pressures, muti-tasking, financial worries, and conflicts with others. To help you adapt your nervous system to the challengesof today's world, neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson presents Stress-Proof Your Brain-research-based meditations and practical techniques that will literally reshape your brain to make you more resilient, confident, and peaceful.

    Amazon Customer says: "Short and sweet"
    "Short and sweet"
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    I'm a fan of Rick Hanson's work. He always manages to add information he hasn't used before. I usually go through and bookmark the meditations so I can easily access them later.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael A. Singer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1751)
    Performance
    (1471)
    Story
    (1462)

    Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

    Lea says: "Fabulous!"
    "Lots of insight here"
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    This is the type of book I like to listen to a little at a time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Is the What

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (492)

    Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation, and a string of unexpected romances. Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated.

    Susan says: "A Story Aching to be Told"
    "Excellent all round"
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    What is the What is an epic story of one man's, and representing many others', story of escape from troubled Sudan. It is a sad, funny, amazing, poignant telling of the story of the List Boys. It is an education and a gift.

    The narrator was excellent, as well, adding much to the feeling of being there, of journeying along with Valentino.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twenty-Seventh City

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By Meetu Chilana
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. A classic of contemporary fiction, The Twenty-Seventh City shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy.

    Darwin8u says: "A messy, ambitious, prognostic American novel"
    "Not my favorite Franzen"
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    I am a Franzen fan but, at least in the audio version, this one was hard to follow and, therefore, it was challenging to get to know and love the characters. There are a lot of them to get to know.

    The narrator did a great job. She could have helped the character development by pausing during breaks in the text. Instead, she plunged directly from one to the next, often leaving me to catch up because I hadn't realized there had been a character change.

    I still gave it four stars. Franzen is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interface

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, J. Frederick George
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (431)

    In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise. There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage - an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers.

    reena says: "Interface"
    "Long, convoluted plot"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had quite a number of characters and agendas. The author did a great job of reminding me of each character when I hadn't heard about him/her in awhile. The story became more compelling as it progressed. I would even use the word "amazing"to describe my feeling about how Stephenson managed to funnel all these players into one big story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 101 Ways to Transform Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    On this inspirational audiobook, best-selling author Dr. Wayne W. Dyer offers you 101 ways to make your life more fulfilling and enjoyable. You'll love listening to Dr. Dyer's transformational thoughts.

    Sherri says: "Easy Listen"
    "just what the title says"
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    Dyer says, "This is a book you won't want to listen to just once,"and he's right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (276)

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

    Sara says: "Such Potential Wasted"
    "My New Favorite Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Swan Thieves to be better than the print version?

    I only listened so it's unfair to compare, but, yes, I do think the audio is better. This edition is terrific with five different voices and even some musical interludes for "ambience," in some places. I am really glad I chose to listen.

    There is a problem at the end of one of the sections. The audio cuts off mid-sentence and there's no announcement about "This is the end of a section, but not of the book." It doesn't appear much is missed there.


    What about the narrators???s performance did you like?

    I would not have read the 1870's characters with a French accent so hearing them read that way made them come alive.

    Treat Williams' version of Marlowe was quite believable. He sounds like a 50-something bachelor whose work has become his life, who may be getting bored at the routine of work, who may feel he has more past than future.

    Every reader performed their character believably, in ways that made it seem I was hearing directly from the characters, not actors. Every one of them returns to mind and I wonder how they're doing now. See how alive they became?


    Who was the most memorable character of The Swan Thieves and why?

    There are five main characters in this book, five separate, interlaced stories.

    The most memorable character may be the author, who not only carefully wove the characters together, but also made them endearing and real. Putting it all in a backdrop of the art world was lovely and intelligent. Her use of a few clever writing devices such as the flowered hat and the statement, "I observe your heart is broken. Allow me to repair it for you," were wonderful little surprises.

    She SHOWs instead of TELLs the reader her complex and compelling story.
    Brava, Elizabeth Kostova!


    Any additional comments?

    As soon as I finished listening to The Swan Thieves, I started over and listened to the entire book again...and enjoyed it just as much. Wonderful!

    0 of 0 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
    (2933)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1111)

    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"
    "Author is Narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook. The intriguing characters secured my interest quickly and held it through to the end. I found I wanted to get back to the story because I cared what happened to this hapless fellow/narrator. I enjoyed the dual-path storytelling, living the past and present concurrently.

    Ron McLarty, reading his own novel, spins it delightfully, making the character seem dull at times, charming at others, interested in the journey more than the destination.

    The ending was a bit abrupt, although appropriate for the story. Fortunately, there is an interview with Ron McLarty following the audiobook which provided a gentle withdrawal from the characters Smithy and Bethany.


    Which character ??? as performed by Ron McLarty ??? was your favorite?

    The main character, Smithy, is catapulted into his journey without a plan, without opinion, without direction. A truly free spirit, working out grief and loss over miles of a traveling meditation on life and love.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. I liked the sense of time passing while Smithy was on his epic ride. I didn't let too much time pass, though. I was eager to return for more of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a blockbuster novel, just a sweet read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sol Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (383)

    Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

    Jane says: "Excellent advice and examples for better writing."
    "You go, Sol!"
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    Would you listen to Stein on Writing again? Why?

    I most certainly will listen to this book again. Stein has enlightened me on what makes a great book great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stein on Writing?

    Stein makes it personal, using stories from his own experience. He also uses examples from literature, which are readily known and/or accessible. He shows instead of tells, which is one of the basic premises.


    Which character ??? as performed by Christopher Lane ??? was your favorite?

    This is not fiction. The only


    What???s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That's just it...this entire book is worth remembering. When I think I'm starting to forget, I will re-listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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