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wjgcz

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  • Black Swan Green

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    From award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new. Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for 13-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in dying Cold War England, 1982. But the 13 chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "The joys of teen misery"
    "Even better the 2nd time!"
    Overall

    I listened to this book about a year ago and recently started listening to it again. I am enjoying it even more the 2nd time around. So much happens during the year in the life of Jason that you can't absorb it all the 1st time around. Great story and great narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3744)
    Performance
    (3048)
    Story
    (3011)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Too much like "King of Torts""
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am a huge Grisham fan and I have read or listened to all of his books. While I liked this one, I found it to be very similar to his book


    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26603)
    Performance
    (13249)
    Story
    (13291)

    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!"
    "Loved This Book!"
    Overall

    My husband and I listened to "The Help" in our car on a road trip. We both loved it! The characters, story, and narration are engaging and compelling. I highly recommend this book! One of my all time favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthill

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By E. O. Wilson
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    Inspirational and magical, here is the story of a boy who grows up determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: Man himself. "What the hell do you want?" snarled Frogman at Raff Cody, as the boy stepped innocently onto the reputed murderer's property. Fifteen years old, Raff, along with his older cousin, Junior, had only wanted to catch a glimpse of Frogman's 1,000-pound alligator. Thus, begins the saga of Anthill....

    Jacque says: "Fascinating"
    "Not Good"
    Overall

    After listening to the preview, I thought this would be an interesting story with interesting characters having interesting experiences. WRONG! The sneak preview, which is the first 10 minutes of the book, is the most interesting part - then it's all downhill from there. I am finding it hard to stay awake long enough to finish it. Bad writing, bad narration. Not for me.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (891)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (242)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    Michele says: "What a waste"
    "Different"
    Overall

    I wanted to listen to this book because "The Time Traveler's Wife" is one of my favorites so I was excited to hear that Audrey Niffenegger had finally come out with a new book. While very different from "Time Traveler," "Her Fearful Symmetry" shares with it the same mindset of characters readily accepting supernatural phenomenon into their everyday life. The characters were interesting, but not as well developed as Claire and Henry In Time Traveler. I found myself not caring too much for the twins. I did like the neighbor, Martin, with all his quirks! The book has many plot twists near the end and I was surprised at how it turned out -not what I expected! I would recommend this book, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dominic Smith
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In this luminous novel, Dominic Smith reinvents the life of one of photography's founding fathers. In 1839, Louis Daguerre's invention took the world by storm. A decade later, he is sinking deep into delusions brought on by exposure to mercury, the very agent that allowed his daguerreotype process. Believing the world will end within one year, he creates his "Doomsday List", 10 items he must photograph before the final day. It includes a woman he has always loved but has not seen in half a century.

    wjgcz says: "Interesting"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    I downloaded this book because I am interested in photography and wanted to know more about Louis Daguerre. Although the book is a work of fiction, it still was very interesting and informative regarding Daguerre's development of the first camera and photographic images. The love story of his life-long obsession with his childhood maid was a little far-fetched, but it kept me hooked until the end. I liked his relationship with Pigeon and the fact that he was a father figure to her, rather than a love interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (194)

    In Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, the wise, witty, always gutsy Tom Robbins brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he has ever created. But to describe a Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Robbins novel - you must hear it for yourself! Browse other Tom Robbins at audible.com.

    Rupa says: "Wildly entertaining-excellent naration!"
    "listened to all 16+ hours if this book twice"
    Overall

    I listened to all 16+ hours if this book twice! It wasn?t that I loved it so much the 1st time that I had to listen again, but I spent so much time trying to figure out what Switters was saying that it wasn?t until the 2nd listen that I actually laughed out loud at some of his comments. Usually at one of his many off-the-cuff analogys like ?red as a baboon?s butt? or referring to the 3rd Prophesy of Fatima as a ?Papal onion? or an apostrophe as a ?comma on a trampoline? ? all easy to miss the first time around! But don?t get me wrong ? I did not like the constant referrals to his lust for his young step-sister, Susie, or his endless womanizing. For all his machoness he was always looking for a relationship that couldn?t possibly work out. Was he perverted or just scared of commitment? Was he ever really going to read ?Finnigan?s Wake? or was that just one more hopeless project for him to endlessly espouse his opinions on innocent victims? Well, I must admit to a small amount of guilty pleasure with this crazy book ? It was quite a trip ? one that I?d recommend ? but not for the faint-hearted!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Birth of Venus: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities.

    Giovanna says: "Excellent"
    "intellectually"
    Overall

    I chose this book because the last few books I listened to were pretty lightweight entertainment. I wanted something more intellectually "meaty," so this story of a young Florentine girl during the Renaissance immediately caught my attention. Although there were a few parts that I kind of "tuned out," I enjoyed this book very much. Not only did I learn about the history of Florence, but the storyline was excellent. Allesandra's many relationships all had little twists to them. The events were all interwoven and the story kept you wondering what would happen next. I would definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2328)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (586)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "The Perfect Summer Vacation"
    Overall

    I was looking for a book to listen to while waiting around in airports, flying for hours, driving to destination, etc. -something "summery," entertaining, light, funny, and fun. "Skinny Dip" was the perfect choice. I loved the way the narrator brought the characters to life - particularly the bodyguard, Toole. The book's lighthearted attitude almost hides the fact that you also learn about the environmental problems being faced in the Everglades. I will definitely download more books by this author and by this narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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