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Linda

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5693)
    Performance
    (4926)
    Story
    (4920)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Delightful story with interesting characters"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Beautiful Ruins in three words, what would they be?

    Touching unique beautiful


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could see the characters, and I cared about them


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding all around, great work with different voices


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

    Not an option for me


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (923)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Heartwarming story with Superb Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A book about a fat man--not really an appealing subject, but reviews were good so I gave it a try. What a treat! The characters came alive, and the two narrators were so exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1424)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1251)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "Very well done except for the music"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An excellent narrator who made the book come alive. As others have mentioned, the harmonica music between chapters was a bad idea. I got over it though after a few chapters. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2206)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (1973)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Laugh Out Loud Funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Where'd You Go, Bernadette to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I suspect the audio version is far and away better due to the excellent narrator. Her voice changes help you to follow who is speaking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Outstanding character development. It's funny almost to the point of being ridiculous, but walks that fine line well.


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

    Her singing (!), her comic timing, her voices. She seems to love the book and the characters. I felt like she was having a grand time reading it.


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

    Yes, and I recommended it to friends before I was even 25% through.


    Any additional comments?

    Ending was a little too tied up, but hey, endings are hard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4232)
    Performance
    (1956)
    Story
    (1968)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Thought it would never end"
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    Would you try another book from Erik Larson and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick's reading style just killed this one for me. Be sure to listen to a sample before you commit to hours of his style of reading. There's no dialog, so it's just you and Scott. He reminded me of the self-important newscaster on the old Mary Tyler Moore show. The books has lots of interesting historical facts, but I think would be better read than listened to. All those details and dates you would have scanned in a book are boomed into your ears. Skip it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26607)
    Performance
    (13252)
    Story
    (13294)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Best Audiobook Ever"
    Overall

    The narrators are so outstanding. I was spellbound and couldn't stop listening. I cared deeply for the 3 main characters. It was a jarring reminder of this "in my lifetime" historical period. I can't recommend this book enough.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Unaccustomed Earth: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury, Ajay Naidu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand. In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully tends the earth of her garden, where he and his grandson form a special bond. But he's harboring a secret from his daughter, a love affair he's keeping all to himself.

    Eileen says: "Simply Beautiful"
    "Captivating novellas"
    Overall

    I found myself absorbed in each of the stories about immigrant families. I was unprepared for the fact that the stories were not woven together in the end but found that I forgave that due to the captivating nature of each one. Excellent narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4905)
    Performance
    (1612)
    Story
    (1602)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Not Up to Par"
    Overall

    This is a very long book with lots of good things about it such as character development and narration, but it just fell apart for me in the final third--too way out there and not very believable or scarey, for that matter. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (359)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "A Hit with My Book Club"
    Overall

    I read this book several years ago and when it was suggested for my book club recently, I listened this time. What a treat for the ears. It's beautifully written and beautifully read. Very different from Poisonwood Bible. It will appeal to those reflective souls who are struggling with what's happening to our environment, our often hapless contributions to that and what humans often haplessly do to each other in relationships. Hopeful, beautiful.

    1 of 1 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
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1320)

    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 says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Extremely good and incredibly touching"
    Overall

    Beautifully read. I was not a fan of his first book but loved this one. It reminded me a lot of his wife's book "The History of Love" in style and pace. Highly recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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