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Ilene Koenig

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  • The Invisible Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Orringer
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (197)

    Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

    Howard says: "The Critics Got in Right"
    "Good book ruined by a bad reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How could the performance have been better?

    A good book was ruined by the incredibly bad mis-pronunciation of French words by the reader. He obviously had NOT done his homework, and it was most distracting.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4540)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2007)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Very entertaining"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Narration was excellent and really brought this to life. It was like watching a play.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2557)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1288)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    If you're a trivia fan, you'll love this. Not as much fun as his other books (lacks the humor of "A Walk in the Woods"), but full of great factoids. He wanders a bit and gets off track a lot, but always manages to tie it back together again. Sometimes a bit dry though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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