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  • Doctor Zhivago

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Boris Pasternak, Richard Pevear (translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its original publication, here is a new translation of the classic story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to what he hopes will be shelter in the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in the battle between the Whites and the Reds. Set against this backdrop of cruelty and strife is Zhivago’s love for the tender and beautiful Lara.

    Beth says: "Nothing like the movie."
    "Russian Philosophical Feast"
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    This book is so much more than an epic historical love story, but I would never have picked up on it earlier in life. It is a Russian philosophical feast. The women in Zhivago's life clearly portray his feelings about Russia and the social changes that it went through. I'm amazed at how Pasternak was able to do this. The audio version was excellent because it provided a short intro that helped me with the magical /folktale part of the book, and then it had an afterword and a short history on Pasternak's life. Just be prepared for its typical Russian length and repetitiveness on theme / thought. Oh, and the love story is magnificent, too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Works of Mozart

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeremy Siepmann
    • Narrated By Jeremy Siepmann, Nicholas Boulton, Edward de Souza, and others
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the most astonishing child prodigy in the history of music, is felt by many people to be the greatest composer who ever lived. Dominated and shaped by a highly intelligent but frustrated and ambitious father, his story sees the development of a unique genius, from precocious and often endearing childhood to liberated fulfillment, unexpected poverty, and a tragically early death. Generously illustrated by Mozart’s music, from his fifth to his final year, this portrait-in-sound reveals a fascinating yet elusive character, drawing richly on the words of the composer himself and those who knew him.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mozart, oh Mozart"
    "Mozart, oh Mozart"
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    I love these series. I love hearing about the works and life, while hearing the works. However, I don't think enough of the famous ones were worked in here. Why not?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frog Music: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice - if he doesn't track her down first.

    Taryn says: "Donoghue + Hvam = entertainment"
    "Just a struggle"
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    At first I was very drawn into this, then it became a chore. Am I alone? I don't buy the characters, or the mystery, and I didn't care about them in the end. That's fatal for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everybody's Got Something

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Roberts, Veronica Chambers
    • Narrated By Robin Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    "Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, 'Everybody's got something.'" So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts' new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way.

    Jean says: "An upbeat story"
    "Thank God for Robin Roberts"
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    Having just come out of a season of loss, this book was a real life saver. Thank you Robin for writing it, and for sharing some of your (and family) philosophies. Its so true -- everyone's got something, so dust it off and keep after it. Pray, love and be true. That is all that matters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9552)
    Performance
    (7888)
    Story
    (7959)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Boys say Huzzah / Girls - Not So Much"
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    I had the strange feeling of all of a sudden understanding how my husband feels when I give him a book, saying: you have GOT to read this -- forgetting that the plot is more geared to women than men. There is a certain point in the novel that I think many women will say -- ok, enough already, I get it, and men/boys will say: Huzzah! At a boy and keep at it! I complained of the part to my husband and son (I turned my son on to this series after he had serious Harry Potter withdrawal, who insisted that my husband read it), and they both protested in the extreme -- "But it is PIVOTAL to the plot." Quite. Ehem.

    Also, I did feel like the book was an exercise in the splitting the mind practice. We go off on one quest, and another, and another, and another. Etc.

    Still, all considered. Good, very well written, low fantasy. I will read / listen to the next one. What will happen???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (331)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "A reluncant Book Seller and a Baby"
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    I keep wondering if this book appealed to as others the way it did to me. Well plotted, well characterized, very interesting story about people who just end up --right--there--in--the--middle-- of it. A reluctant book seller and a baby -- and a bit of a mystery, drawing in a cop who starts a successful bookclub. What more could you ask for?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (343)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Tawney says: "A remarkable listening experience"
    "The Character of Light"
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    This book really makes you think. I loved the POV from a blind character, and a sympathetic boy Nazi. What would you do for light and love?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1525)
    Performance
    (1430)
    Story
    (1421)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Worth the Wait"
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    Loved this book, it was well worth the wait. There was a definite "-OMG,-you-did-not-do-that- Diana!!-Yes-yay-you-did!!- moment that I loved. And just good character stories mixed with plenty of history, fantasy, war and politics, about this family that seems so real to me. How does she do this?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fred Anderson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years' War, and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In January 2006, PBS will air The War That Made America, a four-part documentary about this epic conflict. Fred Anderson, the award-winning and critically acclaimed historian, has written the official tie-in to this exciting television event.

    Michael says: "A thorough and absorbing history"
    "Prologue Promises More"
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    This book was alright, but I really expected more on the Indian part based upon the prologue. Still, the title does say Short, so I should have expected what I got, I guess. Not a bad intro, and I did learn somethings, particularly about Washington.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wives of Los Alamos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By TaraShea Nesbit
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Their average age was 25. They came from Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, London, Chicago - and arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure, or at least resigned to it. But hope quickly turned to hardship as they were forced to adapt to a rugged military town where everything was a secret, including what their husbands were doing at the lab. They lived in barely finished houses with P.O. box addresses in a town wreathed with barbed wire, all for the benefit of a project that didn’t exist as far as the public knew.

    Amazon Customer says: "Tedious"
    "We came, We saw, We sighed"
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    Very interesting book. I used to go to Church Camp in the New Mexico mountains, from which I garnered a pen pal from Los Alamos. I had NO idea about this place. I loved the literary style of this book -- in the collective We, which managed to show the many many experiences of the wives, the families, and even the views of the scientists -- the lives of the creators of the atomic bomb during those years. Important read, well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kept: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Scott
    • Narrated By Kate Udall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    In the winter of 1897, Elspeth Howell treks across miles of snow and ice to the isolated farmstead in upstate New York where she and her husband have raised their five children. Her midwife's salary is tucked into the toes of her boots, and her pack is full of gifts for her family. But as she crests the final hill, and sees her darkened house and a smokeless chimney, immediately she knows that an unthinkable crime has destroyed the life she so carefully built.

    Caroline says: "A Beautiful, Bitter Pill"
    "Not suited to Audio on the First Read"
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    Via Audio. Well written, but I can't figure out the deeper meaning, and it feels like there should be one. Just another one of the many American "heartland" books written in the Cormac McCarthy western tradition with the only point being to show our inescapable violent past (which I don't necessarily argue but also don't fully buy). I'm not getting it and don't know why I keep falling for it. But that is just me, if that genre is your cup of tea, you will like this.
    P.S. The audio was well narrated but I don't recommend it. It was very hard to follow because the POV switched frequently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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