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  • The Body Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Laurie Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (21)
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    (21)

    Since the publication of his first novel 30 years ago, Don DeLillo has lived in the skin of our times. He has found a voice for the forgotten souls who haunt the fringes of our culture and for its larger-than-life real figures. The Body Artist is DeLillo's haunting and profoundly moving new novel.

    John says: "Excellent in every way"
    "Worth it just to hear Laurie Anderson's narration!"
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    DeLillo's take on the grieving process is fascinating, unique and, admittedly, sometimes confusing. As one reviewer noted, you can't listen to The Body Artist in traffic and fully appreciate its complexity. Laurie Anderson's narration is superbly nuanced. Hers is just the right voice, just the right articulation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • He's Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Deb Caletti
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    The Sunday morning starts like any other. But on this particular Sunday morning, she's surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth - about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

    Nicole says: "Every Partner's Worst Nightmare"
    "Best Audible Book I've "Read"!"
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    I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks over the years, and I've enjoyed most of them--probably because I read reviews carefully, and I have a pretty clear idea of what I'm going to like. I was torn about purchasing He's Gone for a couple of reasons, including Caletti's reputation as an author of novels primarily aimed at a young adult audience and Pegeen's foregoing "chick lit" and "soap opera" comments.

    Ironically, what clinched it for me was Pegeen's impassioned call for less "self-introspection." Character-driven books are the ones I most enjoy, and I consider self-reflection a positive rather than a negative. In the case of He's Gone, I couldn't disagree more regarding the chick lit and soap opera judgments; Caletti is a superb observer of human nature and behavior, and on nearly every page I encountered something that resonated for me in my own life. I am hugely impressed at how Caletti was able to capture universal (and even commonplace) thoughts and emotions in original ways. I love this book so much that I ordered a hard copy from Amazon so that I can go back and highlight particular passages for re-reading and journaling later. "Chacun à son goȗt," as the French say.

    Cassandra Campbell understands Dani Keller absolutely, and her narration (which is always good) is spot on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cascade

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Maryanne O'Hara
    • Narrated By Madeleine Lambert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Cascade, Massachusetts, 1935. Desdemona Hart Spaulding, a promising young artist, abandoned her dreams of working in New York City to rescue her father. Two months later he is dead and Dez is stuck in a marriage to reliable but child-hungry Asa Spaulding. Dez also stands to lose her father’s legacy, the Cascade Shakespeare Theater, as the Massachusetts Water Authority decides whether to flood Cascade to create a reservoir. Amid this turmoil arrives Jacob Solomon....

    Glenda says: "Good story - poor recording"
    "Read It - Don't Listen to It"
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    Over the three years that I've been a constant Audible listener, I've learned well that a narrator can either enhance or detract from my enjoyment of a book. In the case of Cascade, Madeleine Lambert nearly ruined what I think was probably a pretty good novel. As at least one reviewer noted, her rendering of the male voices was clumsy and very distracting; moreover, Ms Lambert read the entire novel in the same tone and cadence. For example, the lines, "The man she wanted thought the worst of her" and "It was fall but unseasonably warm" carried the exact same intensity, and a love scene that could have been quite sensual if read by a difference narrator (Maggi-Meg Reed comes to mind, but there are many other very talented female readers) falls flat. I haven't heard Madeline Lambert read before. Did she have a cold while she was narrating Cascade, or does she always sound like this?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Florence Williams
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    In this informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon's office, where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas, to the laboratory, where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk.

    aaron says: "Every Person with Boobs Should Read This!"
    "Many Interesting Facts but not the Whole Story."
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    I learned some interesting facts about the plethora of environmental threats to breast health, and I was very pleased that Williams included men's breast cancer in her discussion, but I was surprised that her research did not go beyond the Women's Health Initiative (a flawed study that is 11 years old) when it came to conclusions about the risks/benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). She spoke only about Premarin and glibly dismissed bioidentical hormone replacement in one short sentence, despite the fact that there are some (admittedly, early) data out there.

    Kudos to Williams for taking a critical look at mammography and for exploring some alternative breast cancer detection technologies, but why did she completely ignore thermography--a detection method that does not zap us with radiation (like mammography), is not time consumptive (like the ultrasound method that she discusses), and is not hugely expensive (like MRIs)?

    Interesting, scary, but--ultimately--disappointing.

    Kate Reading read the book like an adventure/romance novel; she's no Malcolm Gladwell, that's for sure. And, really, Camp "LejuRne"?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2743)
    Performance
    (2407)
    Story
    (2422)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "J.K. Rowling's Brave Move"
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    A good friend of mine refuses to read (or listen to) this novel because--as an avid Harry Potter fan--she is afraid that doing so might taint her positive perception of J.K. Rowling's authorial talents. I had the opposite response: being a fan made it impossible for me NOT to find out what The Casual Vacancy was all about. At the outset, I want to say that I very much appreciate the irony of the title. The vacancy of the Pagford parish council seat generates a ripple effect through the "pretty little town" and its citizenry that is anything but casual.

    In a recent interview with Cynthia McFadden, Ms. Rowling said that the themes in which she is most interested as a writer are "morality and mortality." Certainly, readers of the Harry Potter series are familiar with her treatment of these themes, and we see them again in The Casual Vacancy--which begins with the latter and resonates throughout with the former. We also witness again Rowling's skill at creating characters that quickly capture and maintain our interest, and we recognize her sometimes subtle, but at other times rather didactic, social commentary.

    J.K. Rowling did not need to write this book for the money it might make, and she definitely ran the risk of compromising her authorial reputation in publishing it. I'm sure there will be some readers who do not appreciate a few of her less savory characters and dark, not in the least fantastic, plot twists or the decidedly non-Harry Potterish language. However, given her background as a woman who once lived on the "benefits" that the U.K. provided her, I have to believe that writing this novel was a labor of love, and I, for one, am an even bigger Rowling fan than before.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (2236)
    Story
    (2227)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Not what you might be expecting"
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    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    complex, unpredictable, honest


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that it begins as one thing (the narrator's expressions of his love/hate relationship with this lover and her husband in the aftermath of the affair) and continues onto something else (a meditation on the nature of love, as well as one's relationships with others, including God). One of my favorite lines from the book: "How twisted we humans are, and yet they say a God made us...."

    At times the narrator--Maurice Bendrix--may delude himself, but he is always notably self-revelatory with his audience.


    Have you listened to any of Colin Firth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first audio book I've listened to for which Colin Firth was the reader/performer. Not surprisingly, he does an outstanding job.


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

    This book took me some time. It was thought provoking and deserving of reflection.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommended it to my husband, who is not usually an audiophile; I think he appreciated it even more than I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Best Bondage Erotica 2011

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor)
    • Narrated By Lil Tulip
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    How do you fantasize being tied up? Let Best Bondage Erotica 2011 count the ways - with rope and handcuffs, as you might expect, but also with silk ties, plastic wrap, Ethernet cables and more. The debut volume in a new annual series, Best Bondage Erotica 2011 is for anyone who wants to know the exquisite pleasure of erotic restraint.

    Swallowtail says: "Unfortunate Choice of Narrator"
    "Unfortunate Choice of Narrator"
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    The stories in this series are satisfying enough, but "Lil Tulip" reads them like a quarterly report--no changes of pace (and she reads much too fast) or intonation (no sensuality whatsoever). I was disappointed, because I had enjoyed Alison Tyler's Best Bondage Erotica. I think I liked Tyler's story choices a bit better than Bussel's, but it might just be that Tulip's narration was so dry the stories suffered for her reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Corrections

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (135)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century - a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

    Charles says: "A memorable book; flawless narration"
    "Not Freedom, but still worth a listen."
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    I enjoyed Dylan Baker's reading, especially his renderings of Enid and Al, but--although some of the themes are the same--this story didn't "capture" me the way Freedom's did. That being said, Franzen's development of Al's increasing dementia and its effects on his wife and children is both emotionally moving and thought-provoking and, once again, Franzen captures the little tortures of married life and absurdities of the parent-child bond quite keenly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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