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Arnold

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  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5067)
    Performance
    (1575)
    Story
    (1596)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "A Terrific Book"
    Overall

    My entire family has gotten hooked on this book, to the extent that we look for reasons to get in the car and drive with it. I was so enthralled that we ran out of gas. Imaginitive premise, interesting and well-developed characters, and many plot twists. I thought you could not top Jim Dale reading the Harry Potter stories, but this is right up there.
    A word of advice: With different actors playing different characters, this did not play back well on level 2, and we almost gave up on it. Load it at the highest resolution you can play. If it seems a little slow at the start, hang in there. The characters keep getting more imaginitive, and the plot more suspensful.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2422)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1134)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Understated British Charmer"
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    Charming and well-witten story of a stuffy retired British gentleman in a small town getting his limits tested by and finding much in common with a local Pakistani shopkeeper. Every time you think the story is settling into stereotypical roles, the author surprises you with a small surprise that keeps you engaged until the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10738)
    Performance
    (9745)
    Story
    (9765)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Didn't live up to the reviews"
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    I bought this because it seemed a little different for me, but had great reviews. I found the story disconnected and the characters shallow and stereotypical. Throughout the story, a couple of the characters have a running joke about being just like the characters in Scooby Doo. I found some irony in this, both because the joke did nothing to advance the plot, and because the characters and plot were thinner than a 2 dimensional Scooby cartoon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beethoven's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Biss
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (456)

    The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence, and deeply felt interpretations. What is less known until now is that Jonathan Biss writes about music in a most compelling and engaging way. For anyone who has ever enjoyed a Beethoven concert or a Beethoven recording, or one of the many films about Beethoven, this audiobook is an inspiring listening experience.

    Carol C. Buchalter says: "An amazing glimpse into musical interpretation"
    "Needs music to make sense"
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    Shouldn't complain, because it was free, but ... this is a very dry presentation of interesting material. The author is erudite and insightful about Beethoven's music, and about playing and performing music, but the narration is flat and the text is not very informative in a vacuum, without the music the author describes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Sparks: A Story from Naughty and Nice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1081)

    'Tis the Season for Romance. Sparks fly when the lights go out in best-selling author Shannon Stacey's charming holiday romance.

    DARA says: "I Like Free! Thanks Audible!"
    "Nothing to it"
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    Can't really complain, because it was free, but this story is not well written. Little style, little plot, fair amount of r-rated sex scenes if that is all you want. Reader is OK, but nothing to work with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2976)
    Performance
    (2651)
    Story
    (2654)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Charming and thoughtful"
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    This is a charming and understated book that works extremely well on many levels. The whimsical conceit and cover art of an eccentric englishman walking across the country to save an old friend belies a thought provoking examination of how we relate to each other, what people need and what is really important in life and relationships. The simple sounding plot is full of twists and surprises, and every time you think you know what is coming the author surprises you with something more interesting. The narration matches the quality of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (737)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Another Love Letter to Australia"
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    The authors "Australia Trilogy" is celebrated as his "love letter to Australia," but I found this book to be at least as much so. Like every Courtenay book I have read, it is populated with interesting and charming characters.Courtenay's love of language and dialect comes out in the dialog, and is masterfully conveyed by Humphrey Bower as narrator, whose performance ranks with Jim Dale in the Harry Potter books. The book does not have the epic sweep, however, of some of Courtenay's other books. I thought the story was good but not great and the story and narrative devices did not hang together enough for a 5 star rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choir Director

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Marc Damon Johnson, Adam Alexander, Patricia R. Floyd, and others
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (206)

    Carl Weber is a New York Times best-selling author who’s made a name for himself with wildly entertaining works marked by his trademark wit and storytelling panache. In The Choir Director, Bishop T.K. Wilson is banking on dynamic new choir director Anthony Mackie to reverse the failing congregation’s fortunes. But while Anthony’s got more than enough chops to raise a heavenly chorus, he’s also got a weakness for the ladies that could make the Devil himself stand up and take notice.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good read, but a little far fetched at times"
    "Fluffy and sometimes fun"
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    A light and fluffy story, with some humor and a little suspense. Sex is an undercurrent driving a lot of the story, and I found a lot of the dialog around sex repetitive and unrealistic. At least I hope not too many people talk about it like these characters do. I thought the ensemble approach worked pretty well and the actors did well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16355)
    Performance
    (14533)
    Story
    (14571)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Plot Twists??"
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    It was interesting to read this book after reading so many reviews critical of the final plot twist. Starting about half way though the book there were so many crazy plot twists that I wondered if each one was the one the critics were talking about. I can see why many reviewers did not like that final twist, but I thought it was fun, ironic, and thought provoking. An engaging and fun story with enough substance to keep the reader thinking and engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6960)
    Performance
    (3995)
    Story
    (4022)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Overblown and Disappointing"
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    The reviews and blurbs led me to expect a Michael Crichton like book, where the author pushes a researched understanding of a serious issue to a gripping and plausible (with a little suspension of disbelief) thriller. The book seemed to keep its promise at the start, but the story degenerates and becomes more bombastic and less plausible with each chapter. It ends with a semi-coherent plot twist suggesting a battle between corporations and a computer system where governments are no longer relevant, plus a long battle scene involving self-repairing killer race robo-motorcycles suitable more for a teenage fantasy than a novel that is supposed to have a kernel of seriousness. It seemed written more to be a high budget B-movie than a thriller for its thought and craft rather than its big explosions. The sudden, irresolute and poorly developed ending cries out, as another reviewer suggested, "$$equel." I started off feeling engaged, but ended feeling manipulated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgetting

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tracy Kidder
    • Narrated By Tracy Kidder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Tracy Kidder, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the best sellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, and the enduring classic Mountains Beyond Mountains, has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the "master of the non-fiction narrative". In this new book, Kidder gives us the superb story of a hero for our time. Strength in What Remains is a wonderfully written, inspiring account of one man's remarkable American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him.

    Roy says: "My Favorite of Kidder's Books"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    The thought provoking story of a brilliant young survivor from Burundi who with hope, persistence, and intelligence survives the slaughter in Burundi (and despair of the slums of New York) to go to Columbia and medical school. The horrifying effects of failed colonial policies and the paradox that a person would be happier under the threat of genocide than living in poverty in New York raise important questions about our culture and politics, all in the context of a great story of generosity, persistence, and the triumph of the human spirit.

    I wish we had an epilogue about how the protagonist is doing now, especially following the renewed violence in Burundi.

    The author does an adequate job reading, but it is a rare author who does as well as an actor. The recording would have benefited from a professional reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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