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Wendy

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  • We the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (241)

    We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Rand said of this book: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write."

    Geoffrey says: "Emotionally intense, historically authentic"
    "I wish there were more stars"
    Overall

    You cannot beat Ayn Rand - all these years later and her work is still pertinent, engaging and addictive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1091)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Captivating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Leaving Time in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, educational, entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    The background stories about the elephants kept the main plot from being too cloying.


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

    I like being read to - and never have time to sit and read to myself


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

    Probably the elephant stories


    Any additional comments?

    I'll definitely listen to more Jodi Picault

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting Ruben Wolfe

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Stig Wemyss
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Wolfe family has fallen on hard times. Mr. Wolfe has had an accident at work and has been unemployed for months. Mum cleans longer and harder, and works a night shift at the hospital.Sarah gets drunk now and then. Older brother Steve wants to leave home, to forget about his lunatic family. When Cameron and Ruben find they can earn fifty dollars a win with an organized boxing racket, they take the chance. Ruben has talent for boxing and Cameron has heart at least. They need the money, but it’s really about self-respect.

    Wendy says: "it's not the story its the writing"
    "it's not the story its the writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Fighting Ruben Wolfe?

    Zusak's characters are credible, real, unadorned people.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fighting Ruben Wolfe?

    weaving throughout the story are wonderful phrases, his use of words is beautiful


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

    Character!


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

    oh yes


    Any additional comments?

    Love all of Zusak's books, just listened to all of them in the last couple of weeks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1724)
    Performance
    (1538)
    Story
    (1546)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Not a love story but a story of love"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Wife the most enjoyable?

    The poignant delivery by the narrators


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Wife?

    Liesel's denial that the smoke stacks at Auschwitz were anything other than "industry"


    What about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    For a story that spanned 70 years they were always true to the ages of their characters


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

    no - but never do


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended, poignant, sometimes chilling but never melodramatic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9126)
    Performance
    (7203)
    Story
    (7241)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "OMG"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    mesmerizing, evocative, engaging


    What other book might you compare The Book Thief to and why?

    Incomparable, I am now going to look for more books that might be this good


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

    Somehow his voice brings that geography and period to life, more so than if it were in my voice


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This author's use of words is so beautiful, it was like listening to a piece of art.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5682)
    Performance
    (3620)
    Story
    (3648)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Classic Ayn Rand"
    Overall

    Consider this book was written so many decades ago and yet is a relevant today as anything I've seen or heard. Ayn Rand is a brilliant writer, I wish we could all live by her standards.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4644)
    Performance
    (2112)
    Story
    (2100)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Interesting plot"
    Overall

    An interesting plot, fairly well written. Some parts were longer than they needed to be and some fell short but overall a good listen, very engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6223)
    Performance
    (2383)
    Story
    (2409)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    A true story that tells better than any fiction. Both the writing and the reading of this story had me wanting to meet Jeffrey and give him a big hug.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13662)
    Performance
    (6049)
    Story
    (6129)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "A beautiful story"
    Overall

    A lovely plot - wonderful character development, a masterful weaving of history and present seen through the main character's eyes at the start of his life and his later life. I wanted more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Little Pieces

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (160)

    By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

    Heath says: "Great Book"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Wonderfully written and read. James Frey's experience is candid, real, and gives great insight into the obsessive compulsive negative thinking that is common to addicts. Amazing single-minded recovery without any gloss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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