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  • The Cat's Table

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Michael Ondaatje
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (232)

    In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table” - as far from the Captain’s Table as can be - with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.

    Amanda says: "Superb - But Not For All Readers or All Situations"
    "Quiet and Unassuming, but Insightful"
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    Michael Ondaatje is a wonderful writer, choosing his words and phrases so carefully that you can spend hours just enjoying the writing itself. However, he is not a great narrator. He speaks in a quiet, hurried way, with a bit of an accent that can make it hard to catch what he's saying. This is a good book to listen to if you are trying to go to sleep.

    The story is that of the author's trip from Sri Lanka to England, by boat, when he was 11. He travelled alone, but was watched over by the adults who shared his table at dinner (nicknamed "The Cat's Table" because it was so far from the Captain's table), and befriended by other children also travelling alone. He is the observer and the student - interpreting what he saw, now, as an adult. The story is poignant and touching. I would not say that it is as good as The English Patient, but it is well written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5635)
    Performance
    (3576)
    Story
    (3605)

    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.

    Henrik says: "What an incredible audio book"
    "63 Hours!"
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    Some books are great in audio format and some aren't. I would have rather read this one, as there is a LOT of repetition and it is easier to skim through printed material than audio. Ayn Rand wants to make a political / economic point, and boy, does she! Over and over again, through the long winded rants of several characters. At one point, John Galt makes a 3 hour speech! Three hours!! I kept skipping ahead to find him still going on. We get it already! Socialism is bad. Capitalism is good.

    Seriously, though, the story is good and it is an interesting read, especially today in the world of government bailouts and cap and trade promoters. However, if there is an abridged version, I would recommend that.

    The performance improves as the book goes on. Several of the characters, especially the women, sound too much like Hal of 2001 A Space Odyssey. But, by the time I got to the last quarter of the novel, I found that was not bothering me any more.

    1 of 2 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
    (4631)
    Performance
    (2100)
    Story
    (2088)

    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"
    "Warm and uplifting"
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    Anyone who has ever had a child, or spent time around pre-schoolers will recognize Jack as he narrates this story with all of his 5 year old charm, questions and fears.

    Jack was born to a woman held captive by an evil man for 7 years. He believes that the only reality is in their room and that TV is all make believe. Their few possessions are his best friends. When he and his mother escape, he must face "outside" with all of its scary and fascinating parts. At the same time, his mother must come to grips with her new reality and recover from her years of abuse.

    The voice of Jack is perfect. I enjoyed the multiple narrators and the performance of the story was very well done. I recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12988)
    Performance
    (8857)
    Story
    (8906)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Heartbreaking and uplifting"
    Overall

    Wonderful story about a true hero. I was spellbound. Parts of the story are very hard to listen to, as Louis was so badly treated as a POW. But well worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9205)
    Performance
    (3420)
    Story
    (3500)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Story drags a bit"
    Overall

    While the story was good, there were too many times the good professor stopped to lecture those he was with on architecture, history or symbolism. His lectures were often gratuitious. I'd recommend the abridged version, as the unabridged tended to drag.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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