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  • Wonderland Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction. In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her just as the Great Depression forces her out of a job. To escape the local gossip, Alice volunteers to deliver donated books to a library in rural Kentucky. There she discovers that God still has a plan for her after all.

    Sara says: "Depression Era Kentucky as a Librarian"
    "The story is both enjoyable and annoying at times"
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    Would you try another book from Lynn Austin and/or Kate Forbes?

    I don't think I would - the characters felt fairly 3 dimensional but the circumstances were so implausible at times - like what aunt and uncle would leave their young, impressionable and naive, unmarried niece at a home of complete strangers whom they don't even both getting out of the car to meet before speeding off?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I listened to "A Crocodile in the Sand", and really loved it


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

    no, but I thought she read this story quite well


    Did Wonderland Creek inspire you to do anything?

    no, the story's implausibility was a barrier for me


    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice story, interesting mystery...if you can get past the scenerio that has this young woman staying with complete strangers.

    1 of 2 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
    (655)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (281)

    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
    (646)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (481)

    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
    (462)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (207)

    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
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    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
    (1701)
    Performance
    (1520)
    Story
    (1539)

    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
    (1015)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (373)

    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.

    Kathryn Lunetta 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
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2793)
    Performance
    (1575)
    Story
    (1568)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Fun mystery to pass the time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not usually a reader of mysteries, but this was fun and intriguing. I would eagerly read sequels, as the descriptions, the suspense, sense of place, and voice are all so well depicted.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the side-kick for the main character - the one she rescued, she was a great counter-point, particularly early on


    Which scene was your favorite?

    exploring the tombs


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

    moments of suspense had me hanging on the next word


    Any additional comments?

    very well read and fun listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (922)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Anderson says: "Great for casual linguists"
    "Interesting premise, excellently read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, if the friend is interested in language and history. It is written in a very engaging and interesting manner


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue?

    no one moment but the dabbling in Eastern languages was interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no - I found the story very intriguing, though I do wish the author had not continued to harp on those who challenge the influence of Celtic on English.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader was outstanding - probably the best reading of non-fiction that I have heard; varied appropriately, brought emotion to it. excellently read

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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