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  • 44 titles in library
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  • Time and Again

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (284)

    Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past....

    Mark says: "Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook"
    "Finally, the Unabridged Version on Audible!!"
    Overall

    I listened to this book years ago on cassette tape from the library and was excited to find it here on Audible only to be disappointed that it was abridged. I wrote to Audilbe asking for the unabridged, but received no feedback. Just as I was about to give in and get the abridged version, I discovered that the unabridged had just been added. : )

    The combination of science and historical fictions makes for an engrossing tale the details of which I don't recall exactly, but which I look forward to rediscovering!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Charms for the Easy Life

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Kaye Gibbons
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Meet three extraordinary women: Charlie Kate, a renowned folk healer; Sophia, her spirited daughter; and Margaret, her inquisitive granddaughter. For them, home is the best house in the worst part of town - a sanctuary where life is both celebrated and mourned...and a place where a strong, uncompromising love can hold off the misery that lines up outside the door.

    Sarah Thompson says: "The author's reading makes up for the abridgment"
    "The author's reading makes up for the abridgment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Charms for the Easy Life, like most of Gibbons' books, centers on the lives of unique and interesting women. In this case, three generations: matriarch Charlie Kate, a feisty, independent folk healer, her daughter, Sophia, and her daughter, Margaret, who tells the tale of their struggles and triumphs in the North Carolina in the first half of the 20th century. There are plenty of positive reviews on line by writers far more skilled than I at telling what makes this book great, so I encourage you to utilize the google.

    Although I don't usually like or recommend abridgments, Kaye Gibbons' own voice adds so much to my enjoyment of this book, that I will recommend this one. Kaye Gibbons has the kind of Southern accent that is at once soothing, sultry, and sincere, and which conveys a sense of wisdom. And although her books stand on their own, I believe her voice helped a Yankee like me further appreciate the Southern setting which is so much a part of the story.

    Listening to this book "on tape" from my library years ago introduced me to Kaye Gibbons' wonderful literal and figurative voice. After finishing it, I immediately got the unabridged print version from the library. I subsequently listened to every one of Gibbons's books that were available and followed each with the unabridged print versions. You can get the unabridged version right here on Audible, but I highly encourage you to start with Gibbons' own reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3197)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1197)

    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.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "An Absorbing Dream World"
    Overall

    I was enthralled by this book! I listened to it at home at bedtime, and I loved being taken into this mesmerizing dream-world as I detached from all the real-world concerns of my day. Certainly the great storytelling, and I think the period setting as well, eased my acceptance of the magical aspect, as the skeptic in me didn't bother trying to draw my attention away from total absorption. It did have a bit of a slow start, but I guess I don't mind that, as many of my favorite listens have begun this way. I have given up on a few books before, though, so there had to be something promising. I look forward to enough distance from this book that I can listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seizing the Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Kahn
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    For almost four desperate years, from 1939 to mid-1943, the British and American navies fought a savage, losing battle against German submarine wolfpacks. The Allies might never have turned the tide of that historic battle without an intelligence coup, and the race to break the German U-boat codes is one of the last great untold stories of World War II. David Kahn, the world's leading historian of cryptology, brings to life this tense, behind-the-scenes drama for the first time.

    Sarah Thompson says: "Beats Ambien"
    "Beats Ambien"
    Overall

    Great detail on an interesting subject, but the delivery is so monotonous! I can't tell if it's the author's fault as well, but the reader sounds like he's detailing an endless Staples order. Also, as noted by others, there is an annoying background din throughout the recording.

    I always read the customer review here, but somehow skipped them before ordering this. I can't say you didn't try to warn me!

    Honestly, I have stopped taking my Ambien as after about 15 minutes of this book I am in a deep slumber! I need to get a new audio book for enjoyment, but I'll keep using this one right before I want to sleep. I reckon I'll finish it in about a year.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4203)
    Performance
    (1896)
    Story
    (1919)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Disappointing Story, Mismatched Narrator"
    Overall

    I wanted to love this book, but for the most part, it did not fulfill its promise. There were some interesting details, but I didn't care for any of the characters, who were mostly selfish, annoying, dimwitted, and/or dull.

    Also, I did not like the choice of narrator at all! Almost all of the characters were female, so the crusty-voiced old man reader made the characters seem more coarse than I think the author intended. I would have chosen a female with a British accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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