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Michelle

Tucson, AZ, USA

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  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (282)

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    AnnaH says: "Even Better Aloud"
    "A good reading of a masterpiece"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite books, I love the characters and the story is so sad and wonderful at the same time. It is well-read and I recommend it for repeat readers of Anna Karenina or first-timers. It is well worth the time investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispering to Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anna Dale
    • Narrated By John Curless
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Joe is traveling to stay with his mother and stepfather for Christmas, little does he imagine the excitement and magical intrigue that await him when he falls headfirst into an evil plot to rid England of witches. With great bravery and more than a little help from his half sister, Esme, and a new friend, Twiggy, he has to muster all his courage and ingenuity to solve the riddles surrounding him and save his newfound friends.

    Cynthia says: "Whispering to Witches"
    "Just OK"
    Overall

    I don't know what a younger audience would think of this book but I found it kind of boring. I didn't really finish the last hour or so, I couldn't focus on it for too long at a time and found myself drifting off so I finally stopped trying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eventide

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kent Haruf
    • Narrated By George Hearn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    One of the most beloved novels in recent years, Plainsong was a best seller from coast to coast, and now Kent Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with a story of even more masterful authority.

    Bill L. says: "Wonderful!"
    "Fabulous, Incredibly Moving"
    Overall

    First of all, if you haven't read Plainsong, start there. It is a wonderful wonderful prelude to Eventide. Both books are lovely, moving stories. The author has a very spare style that is really wonderful. I LOVE both of these books and they are both highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8137)
    Performance
    (3282)
    Story
    (3343)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Nice Dragon story for young ones"
    Overall

    This is a good book for young adults but I wouldn't recommend that adults spend their time listening. Not a horrible story but just not that interesting for a more mature audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6252)
    Performance
    (2379)
    Story
    (2389)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "An OK story but not too exciting"
    Overall

    I thought this was an OK book but I couldn't really focus on it, it kept putting me to sleep. There was something very lyrical about the language and the narration that I enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (307)

    If you are driving, pull over. If you are at work, close your door, unless you don't mind your colleagues seeing you doubled over, in tears, on your office floor. With this recording, taped before a delirious sold out audience at Carnegie Hall, you are there as David Sedaris performs new stories from his upcoming book. A parrot who mimics an ice maker, lovers quarreling over a rubber hand, and a Santa Claus who moonlights from his job as bishop of Turkey, the cast of characters is like no other.

    Richard says: "Material that exists on other books."
    "Get ready to laugh!"
    Overall

    This is just hilarious, so listen and laugh.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (212)

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Read by History Channel host Edward Herrmann!

    Thomas says: "fantastic"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    I was really interested in this book but knew that I would never be able to read the whole thing on my own so I opted for an abriged, audio version and I said "wow" in my title because I really surprised myself by loving it! It is a great biography, very interesting and absorbing. I learned all kinds of things about John Adams and that period of our history that I didn't know (but probably should have known) and I am very very glad that I listened. Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (521)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "TERRIBLE"
    Overall

    This book is a serious contendor for the worst book I have ever been exposed to in my life. It is AWFUL.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2280)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1438)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "A good story"
    Overall

    I thought that this was a really good story and I really enjoyed the performances of all of the readers. I really loved the boy and thought he was a great character. I didn't really like the extra, side stories about the grandparents' lives before he was born, I didn't really see what that contributed to the rest of the book. I heard an interview with the author on NPR that I really enjoyed and in the interview they said that the book has all kinds of pictures and stuff so maybe reading it would be a more rewarding experience, I don't know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alanna, The First Adventure: Song of the Lioness, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tamora Pierce
    • Narrated By Trini Alvarado
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (197)

    Alanna of Trebond is no ordinary girl: her dream is to become a knight. So she disguises herself as a boy and begins training at the palace of King Roald. Alanna quickly finds out that the road to knighthood is not an easy one, but her skills and stubborness help her become friends with Prince Jonathan and his followers. At the same time, Alanna makes an enemy of the prince's uncle, the overly charming Duke Roger.

    Hallie says: "my favorite"
    "Pretty good story"
    Overall

    I think that the story was pretty good and it was pretty well-written. I did enjoy listening to the book and getting to know Alanna and I think that it would probably be a good series for girls to get into. I do not plan on listening to any more in the series but I can easily imagine that there are people out there who would get really into these books. Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuck Everlasting

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Natalie Babbitt
    • Narrated By Melissa Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (27)

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could live forever? In this modern classic, Tuck Everlasting, author Natalie Babbitt explores the unforeseen complications that arise when the Tuck family unwittingly drinks from a spring of eternal life.

    Heidi says: "Kept them entertained!"
    "Enchanting!"
    Overall

    I LOVED this book! I would stay up late and listen and listen. I found it completely enchanting and absorbing. The characters are sweet and sympathetic and the story is just lovely. I highly recommend this book, you will love it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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