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  • 36 reviews
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  • 398 titles in library
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  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3559)
    Performance
    (2518)
    Story
    (2561)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    Ryan says: "Still a classic of visionary science fiction"
    "Enjoyable, Classic, old fashioned Eutopia Sci-fi"
    Overall

    A sweet reminder of Old fashioned somewhat philosophical Sci-fi - men encountering superior outer space beings and questioning their own existance.

    A bit simplistic, but considering the decade in which it was written, it's a real beauty.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Horizontal Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barry Malzberg
    • Narrated By Nicole Valencia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Elizabeth Moore, young, fresh from a posh Ivy League college, has a burning desire to help her welfare clients. The Ultimate Social Worker, she had her own ideas about how to re-acculturate the male members of her case load. But how was she to get her cynical, narrow-minded boss to understand that the rehabilitation of the poor, alienated people can only be achieved through sex therapy?

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "DO YOU SPEAK JEWISH?"
    "Goodread if you like dark and disturbing satire"
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    Listened to this one, thank to the review of Jim "The Impatient", here in audible, otherwise its not likely i would have ran into this authors work.
    The Novella, is good, and very well written. It's a satire about pshychological analysis of welfare, and ridicolous attempts of eduated people to re adapt fairness.
    The protagonists charachter was very well written (disturbingly well written).
    Narration - impacable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Single, Carefree, Mellow: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Katherine Heiny
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Rebecca Lowman, Emily Rankin, and others
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Maya is in love with both her boyfriend and her boss. Sadie's lover calls her as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counseling. Gwen pines for her roommate, a man who will hold her hand but then tells her that her palm is sweaty. And Sasha agrees to have a drink with her married lover's wife and then immediately regrets it.

    Lisa says: "What was Oprah thinking"
    "Impressive Debut"
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    I am not a short story collection fan. Short stories and Novellas require the most precise editing and have to be master written, in order to become memorable.
    I gave this collection a chance, as it turned out to be a pleasent introduction to a new voice.
    The collection buildup from one story to another, reminded me a bit of Alice Munro's "Runaway", but Katherine Heiny's voice is unique.

    Some of the stories were disturbing - looking into the superficial focus in day to day life details, while missing any content or purpose. those stories criticized and showed empathy at the same time.

    The trilogy novella - starting with "Single, Carefree, Mellow" - was touching and funny at times.

    The Rhet Buttlers - started as amuzing but turned out to be deeply distressing.

    The narration was flawless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Margaret Atwood, Rob Delaney, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. Vintage Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: think Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace.

    Percy says: "Another amazing book"
    "Includes 3 great short stories"
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    I am a big fan of Margaret Atwood's work, and appreciate everything she writes, but in my opinion this is not her best work.
    I didn't enjoy the entire collection, but it had its moments, thanks to the connection between the stories (revnge, looking back, connection between fantasy writers and their inspiration or themes).

    There are also two exceptional stories included in this collection +one enjoyable nostalgic story for M. Atwood's fans.

    I Dream of Zenia... - a retrospect/ revisit of the book The Robber Bride (funny and very well written)

    The Dead Hand Loves you - a very amusing story, about a glorified horror writer, looking back at his inspiration and planning to take revenge on his past flat mates.

    Torching the Dusties - best story included in this collection, and deserves entery to Atwood's hall of fame work. smart and disturbing story including a distopian view of old age.
    brilliantly told and memorable.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of God

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Samuel Shem
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (186)

    By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative journey that takes us into the lives of Roy Basch and five of his fellow interns at the most renowned teaching hospital in the country.

    Brian says: "Gets a lot of hype."
    "Already a Classic!"
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    I read this book as a teenager, and appreciate it so much more now.
    It is a difficult read for teenagers, due to the harsh subject it deals with, but after adopting a realistic approach, i enjoyed the comic writing, and couldn't help admiring the writer on the exposure.

    As many other readers, i fell in love with the Fatman, and his description of the " House of God Rules". laughed out loud, many times, especially during the tutorial on the benefits and disadvantages of non patient care medical fields.

    The Narrator did a very good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Night: A Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Cox
    • Narrated By David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (64)

    "After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver - booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness, and a chance discovery convinces him that he was right. Greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

    Angie says: "Boring and predictable but great narrator"
    "Excellent book, wonderful narration"
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    The Meaning of Night is a facsinating homage to Wilkie Collins, which includes a captivating mystery of identity and revenge.
    Very well written, i much enjoyed the narration, and by the time i reached 2.5 hours of listening, i was deeply sunk into the mystery.
    After reading chater 1, I had a serious moral difficulty following the story, as it exposes the reader to the worst possible crime. I considered quitting altogether. But, the book was so well written, and kept me listening and reading to find out the entire story behind this unforgiveable crime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1607)
    Performance
    (1415)
    Story
    (1429)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "Sharp and enjoyable"
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    This book reminded me of my favorite Kate Atkinson novel -Behind the Scenes at the Museum, but in many aspects Life After Life is even better written and developed.
    As noted by previous reviewers, the book is about a British Woman, nee 1910, that gets to live her life over and over again, while in each round we get to discover more about her family, her surroundings, her emotions.
    The story itself is very well written and creats a very good starting point for readers imagination to run wild,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1059)

    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"
    "And now for something completely different"
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    I have to say, i was extremely sceptic when i started listening. when i was listening to the first few stories, the main impression was - come on - Alice Munro writes great literary short stories, The Curious case of Benjamin Button, is a brillian Novella, and F.S.F wrote more of those, why am i wasting my time on something that sounds like materials for a really funny, but still, at most a comic TV series?

    When i reached a story about a dating war lord and a story about John Grisham, i started laughing out loud, and got other people to listen in with me.
    As of the Artifical intelligence story, i started truely appreciating the writing (for more than some short sketch writing).

    So for sceptic literature lovers - this is not F.S.F, or Alice Munro, or Raymond Carver, it's different, completely different.
    Contemporary, i would say :-)
    Touching, relevant, talks to the reader.
    Most importantly - despite my reservations, i truely enjoyed the listen. (as the previous reviewer said, there's also a benfit of a brilliant performance, feels like it was written for an audio recording).

    on a side note, the 3rd story - "no one goes to heaven to meet...." reminded me of a book i read by an Israeli Author - "The World of the End".


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (1560)
    Story
    (1544)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Fascinating Debut"
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    Very well written debut novel. I expect most reviewers would say the book is foremost a homage to The Great Gatsby and Breakfast at Tiffany's, but in addition to the tribute, the stroy in itself is fascinating.
    You could say that while trying to follow the tradition of these great American writers Towels might be lacking in ingenuity, but I personally think that a writer should be a reader, at first. and when a writer pays tribute to his favorite novelists, it doesn't necessarily mean, he is giving up his own voice.
    I much enjoyed this book in it's own, and the tribute to these great writers was a much enjoyable bonus.
    Readers who love New York as i do (without ever living there), will be touched, by the referance to "Autumn in New York".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    In the classic work that launched a play, a movie, and a song, Muriel Spark tells the darkly intriguing story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher and the intense relationship she develops with six of her students. The scandalously outspoken Miss Brodie makes big waves in the conservative Scottish school, preaching the value of art, passion, and daring.

    Kathleen says: "creme de la creme"
    ""There was a Miss Jean Brodie in her prime""
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    I highly recommend this short novel. It is a very well written story about innocent impression, that evokes sympathies that change as the 'girls' grow up.
    I kept reminding myself that the book was published in the early 60's, but i'm not sure it required such reminders, being so much ahead of its time.
    unlike the initial impression, i found in the book, much beyond the 'growing up' aspect.

    It was especially touching, to recognize the author in 'Sandy', and realise that Spark was inspired by her own 'Miss Brodie in her prime'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4883)
    Performance
    (4389)
    Story
    (4418)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Feminist Dystopian novel, or is it?"
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    I have already read this book 10 years ago, and the listen now after all this time, made it seem completely different.
    The novel was first released in the 80's, so the futuristic view did not consider mobile phones or Internet. which made me smile during the listen. It was a bit like reading classic Sci fi.
    When i first read the novel, the views seemed extremely feminist, but now they seemd more profound - Women being the cause of reactionary social revolutions.
    i have got really caught this time, in the causes of the Gileadian revolution, the views in this novel are much ahead of their time in this aspect.
    However, i felt this time that something is missing in this dystopian story, The Handmaid's Tale presented in very good prose some brilliant social views (as always with Margaret Atwood's biological perspective), but on second read the novel seems incomplete in a way, and I do hope Margaret Atwood will complete it, at some point.

    Impacable narration btw.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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