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  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Following the best-selling triumph of Kafka on the Shore ("daringly original," wrote Steven Moore in The Washington Post's Book World, "and compulsively readable") comes a collection that generously expresses Murakami's mastery. From the surreal to the mundane, these stories exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining.

    Michael says: "Wonderfully Weird"
    "Read in the wrong voice"

    Murakami is a wonderfully gifted writer - he has a magical ability to evoke multi-dimensional visions through his words without having anything lost in translation. However, the publisher decisions regarding using white, American readers ruins the depth of the listening experience.
    Purchase the hard copy, read it and relish his writings for their beauty, but don't suffer through having the words presented through such an inappropriate filter.
    Book highly recommended, Audiobook not at all recommended.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "An ending, please?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Great narration, the story reels you in and then..... then..... wait for it....... it stops.
    If you *must* read or listen to this, borrow a copy, check it out from the library, ask for it as a gift, then realize that you're going to sacrifice a bit of time on something that could have been oh, so much more.
    If only Flynn had actually written the last few chapters.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A sense of urgency and excitement.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope. No way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    KP says: "Read this, don't listen"
    "Must be wonderful read...."

    I'd give this a 5 star if it weren't for the reader - the slightly "off" accents, the controlled lisp - although she's an excellent writer, Tartt should leave the reading to someone with more skill.
    The story, rich in detail and wonderful character development, is intriguing and very well done. I may have found a new favorite author to explore in print.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    Andrew says: "Best Listen In a Long Time"
    "Intellectually enchanting!"

    Clarke does a fantastic job capturing the attention of the reader with this fantastical tale of historical magic, social politics & entertaining backstory. Although the reader didn't grab me right at the start, I found that I was quickly absorbed by the characters and wonderful story.
    It is refreshing to find a writer who so thoroughly develops her characters that, as the reader/listener, one is able to easily form a mental image of each of them. Her incredible attention to detail allows one to clearly envision each encounter as the prose unfolds.
    I'm eager to settle into a comfortable corner with this tome for a relaxing read, and will undoubtedly listen to this tale again.
    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hades' Daughter: The Troy Game, Book I

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sara Douglass
    • Narrated By Sheryl Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Theseus comes away from the Labyrinth with the prize and his beloved, the Mistress of the Labyrinth, his future seems assured. But she bears him only a daughter and when he casts her aside for this, the world changes. From that day forward, the Labyrinths decay, and power fades from the city-states.

    Thomas says: "wonderful"
    "Wish I could get my time back"

    I had high expectations for Sara Douglass based on peer & regular reader reviews, but found listening to this story a constant uphill battle. It "reads" as an unimaginative piece of bodice ripping misogynistic historical fiction disguised as fantasy fiction. Perhaps I should try her in print, or perhaps another book, but this was a disappointment.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Yoga Sanctuary

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Shiva Rea
    • Narrated By Shiva Rea

    A sanctuary is a place of renewal and peace. Whether you have ten minutes of two hours, Yoga Sanctuary offers you a rejuvenating, flow-style hatha yoga practice. Using this program, you will experience Yoga Sanctuary as the most flexible, easy-to-use guided practice available.

    Julia says: "Some Information Found on CD Version"
    "Essential to your home practice"

    Shiva Rea gently guides you through several asanas, linking breath with movement, in an easy to navigate format. I discovered this cd (which comes with a visual guide) after practicing for one year and have utilized it in my home practice ever since. IF you are unfamiliar with the basic vinyasa flow asanas, not having the visual will be extremely challenging to you. Recommended for a solid beginner (exposure to vinyasa flow style and some sanskrit terms) and well beyond.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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