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Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • 6 reviews
  • 69 ratings
  • 153 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain inspired a literary revolution. The novel offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal; he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of "sivilization".

    Andrea says: "Terrific interpretion of an excellent story"

    A great book presented by an amazing narrator - highly enjoyable!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"

    Brilliant writing, beautiful and stark storyline, great narration.

    2 of 3 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

    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!"
    "good, decent read"

    This was a good, pretty engrossing read, but it was definately not one of my favorite audiobooks. It could have been that my expectations were too high (given the effuse praise on this site), or that I have been listening to almost solely the classics, but I found that The Help lacked some depth and could not always sustain my interest. If I could recommend other books which are both engaging and have more substance I'd suggest Atlas Shrugged, The Count of Monte Cristo, or Kafka on the Shore.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Greg Wise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bram Stoker's masterpiece is at the same time intensely romantic and very modern. It unfolds the story of a Transylvanian Don Juan, the aristocratic Count Dracula who preys on desirous damsels.

    Jefferson says: "A Mesmerizing and Appalling Audiobook Dracula"

    The narrator did an amazing job at bringing the story to life and keeping it engaging. The story itself is also amazing. This was the first time I have read Dracula, and I can see why it is such a classic. I listen to audiobooks when I go running, and this week I've been looking for excuses to work out!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."

    I have listened to quite a few audiobooks, and this is without a doubt my favorite! This is the first Murakami novel I have "read", and I really enjoyed it. Murakami is an enthralling story teller, and I love how he is able to blur the line between reality and fantasy. The narration was superb and really fit with the story. My only complaint about the novel is a general problem I have with Murakami's works - the endings are not always tied up very well..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "great narration, good book"

    I think that the narration for this audiobook was excellent-I find that this narrator's voice fits well with Rand's works.
    In terms of content-it's really good. However, I listened to it after having listened to Atlas Shrugged, and found that the Fountainhead seemed quite unoriginal and predictable compared to it. So, if you've never read a book by Rand before I'd really recommend Atlas Shrugged (with the same narrator).

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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