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  • 19 reviews
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  • Train Dreams: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the 20th century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. As his story unfolds, we witness both his shocking personal defeats and the radical changes that transform America in his lifetime.

    Geoff says: "A compact epic"
    "great gem of a story about early 20th cent West"
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    Where does Train Dreams rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't listened to many so far but I really enjoyed this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Train Dreams?

    There were a lot of great moments-the book is really a collection of vignets from the life of this down to earth, goood-hearted guy. Each of these mini-stories is so evocative, like how he copes with the fire in the valley, or his ride in the bi-plane, or his experiences felling trees in the woods of Northwest Washington. The author really captures the feel of the placeand time while overlaying the experience of his main character.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I LOVED his narration! He has such a unique voice, it was perfect voice and he had the perfect tone and pacing for this laid back character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Small towns and backwoods experiences of the early 20th century West


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bee Wilson
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (287)

    Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious - or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights.

    Amazon Customer says: "Intriguing history of everyday utensils"
    "fascinating history of cooking and kitchens"
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    I really enjoyed this book and learned quite a bit though I have read a fair amount of history. The reader did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Trying to Save Piggy Sneed contains a dozen short works by John Irving, beginning with three memoirs, including an account of Mr. Irving’s dinner with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. The longest of the memoirs, The Imaginary Girlfriend,” is the core of this collection.

    Amazon Customer says: "started with cruel story...I never got passed that"
    "started with cruel story...I never got passed that"
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    I wanted to like this book and I tried to finish but just never really got passed how much I disliked the first story, even though the next few were a little better. I finally gave up when I realized listening was just becoming tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wolf Called Romeo

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nick Jans
    • Narrated By Tom Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    No stranger to wildlife, Nick Jans had lived in Alaska for nearly thirty years. But when one evening at twilight a lone black wolf ambled into view not far from his doorstep, Nick would finally come to know this mystical species - up close as never before. A Wolf Called Romeo is the remarkable story of a wolf who returned again and again to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau, engaging in an improbable, awe-inspiring interspecies dance and bringing the wild into sharp focus.

    Maryann says: "Don't wase your time. Little t no story line"
    "moving and insightful story of wolf vs. humans"
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    I found this book very insightful and moving. Always a fan of wolves I appreciated how this challenges wolf haters to reconsider their assumptions. ..but sadly those folks will never read this. At times there was a bit too much of the "about wolves" stuff but I did learn new things. There was also plenty of the story itself.

    Narrator did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Is Illuminated

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (362)

    Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

    J. Kovler says: "What a brilliantly original work!"
    "if you like locker room humor..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Where do I start. The character from Ukraine, his version of English is so artificia; so many large words that a non-native speaker would never know but they made for more locker room humor. This was clearly written for boys.


    What could Jonathan Safran Foer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    see above comments


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator was fine


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no, which was so disappointing because i found his other book, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" beautiful and very moving,


    Any additional comments?

    I should have heeded the warnings of other reviewers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (496)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "Fascinating dive into a year that changed history"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, as long as they were interested in history, like I am. I loved how it wove together political, social and economic history by telling stories of individuals and cities, not just at the national level. I learned so much I had never heard before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am fascinated by history, particularly when it is from a first-person perspective (why I love historical fiction), and this story covered so much in such personal ways, I was glued to the story from beginning to end.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    It was so fluid, so perfect for this kind of book - used pauses and inflections well, I never felt I was being lectured at or read a newspaper story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Average American life on the brink of history


    Any additional comments?

    So much history was in this book, though not exactly limited to 1861, but a few years before and a little after. I never realized how much happened in such a short period of time. Loved this and will be listening to it again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (227)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "Wow. Performance, story, history...great listen!!!"
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    Where does Some Sing, Some Cry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among my very favorite - loved the prose, the characters, the storyline, and the reader added so much I can't imagine just reading this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say,but I loved how each of the main characters, even the most "bad" one, had good and bad qualities, though some had fewer good than others....just like real life. I found each of them very real and believable.


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    She was the biggest "wow" of the listen - amazing!! This story incorporates music, including singing, of various types and she performed each of them flawlessly and without missing a beat. She read the characters with each their own voices, as well. Just a fantastic, and challenging, performance. She added so much to the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    the rhythms of our lives


    Any additional comments?

    wonderful book, you will learn history rarely talked about, grow to care about the characters and root for them, and be sorry when the story ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River Horse: A Voyage Across America

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Least Heat-Moon
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In this abridgement of River-Horse, the pre-eminent chronicler of American back roads - who has given us the classics Blue Highways and Prairyerth - recounts his singular voyage through American waters from sea to sea. Along the route, he offers a lyrical and ceaselessly fascinating shipboard perspective on the country and its rivers, lakes, canals, and landscapes.

    Amazon Customer says: "Interesting travel story with history"
    "Interesting travel story with history"
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    Where does River Horse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    What I expected - appropriate based on the non-fiction style.


    What about Jay O. Sanders’s performance did you like?

    I felt like I was in the story, on the boat with them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a number - I liked the moments with the locals along the river.


    Any additional comments?

    Big emphasis on the front part of the trip in New York, but interesting trip and fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2335)
    Performance
    (2093)
    Story
    (2110)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Mixed - liked it and annoyed by it"
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    Where does The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably about half way - liked it enough to want to continue listening but some parts were a bit too much


    Would you recommend The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe, not sure - one review I had read nailed it; like Forrest Gump, but for me almost a bit too much so. I found the present time portions interesting but the historical flashbacks became increasingly outrageous and hard to believe that they just felt totally false.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Crossley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    I was also bothered by the apparently complete lack of morals these characters displayed, including the main character - honor or something like that mattered, but human life barely ranked above breakfast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (484)

    Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

    KLBrookline says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written."
    "A little confusing, very engaging, beautiful..."
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    Would you listen to The History of Love again? Why?

    No, only because of the dark, heavy parts of the story - added depth, but not the kind of book I read a second time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The History of Love?

    the stories from his childhood, when he had to run and hide.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he found his love in the US only to realize she had married someone else.


    Any additional comments?

    I am still a little confused by the end (no spoilers); I liked the story, found it engaging, but the confusing ending left me without closure, neither satisfied nor surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegies for the Brokenhearted: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christie Hodgen
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Who are the people you’ll never forget? For Mary Murphy, there are five, eulogized here in an utterly unforgettable voice. Mary tells the story of her own life - her childhood spent trading one home and father figure for another, her efforts to track down her rebellious sister, and her winding search for purpose - through her experiences and encounters with the people who shaped her path. The result is an unconventional and moving story about identity, family, and belonging.

    Amazon Customer says: "foul language detracted from the story"
    "foul language detracted from the story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If lots of cuss words don't bother you (and for many it is not an issue, I know) then you might really enjoy this book. I find a well written story stays with me long after it is done. All the more so when listening to it. That's why I stopped trying less than an hour into it. Occasional swearing is not a big deal, but just about every other sentence had a swear word-not necessary in a great story!


    What could Christie Hodgen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Far fewer swear words


    What three words best describe Holly Fielding’s performance?

    Good, I just found the frequent use of foul language distracting.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Didn't stick with it lo ng enough. Story seemed interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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