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Anne

Lakewood, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1086)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Great Book!"
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    Phenomenal book! Great story with many twists and turns -- it kept me guessing all the way to the end. The characters are believable and the story truely moving. A great book for anyone who has ever loved a child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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"
    "Sweeping historical fiction"
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    A compelling story with complex characters set against the back drop of the horrors of World War II. The story unfolds with a Hungarian Jewish family and their three boys who set out to make their way in the world. Their progress is hindered by the slowly growing anti-Jewish sentiment which insidiously makes it's way into European thought and policy. The reader is caught up in the struggles and triumphs which ultimately lead to the horrors of the camps, and the amazing strength of the human will to survive. I am prevented from giving this book a five star rating only because of the sordid details of Klara and Andrais' love affair, which occur in the early chapters of the book. The story could easily have stood on it's own without them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (782)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Easy to get bogged down"
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    Les Miserables is a great and timeless classic and the reader in this case did a good job, but, let's face it; it is a really long book and often times I was frustrated with his many diversions into side-topics. I found I kept wanting him to "get back to the story." If you have plenty of time and don't mind alot of digression, this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2992)
    Performance
    (2667)
    Story
    (2670)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Surprising Depth"
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    An excellent story of surprising depth for the simplicity of setting and relatively few characters. Harold's pilgrimage is, in many ways, the story of all of us, and that is what makes it such a compelling read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Mayle's Provence: Including 'A Year in Provence' and 'Toujours Provence'

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By Peter Mayle, Patrick Macnee
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    When Peter Mayle and his wife traded England's long, gray winters and damp summers for life in southern France, they entered an enchanting, wonderful, sometimes bewildering world. Now, share their adventures, pleasures, and frustrations: the joys and occasional hazards of wining and dining in France, taking part in goat races, attending a Pavorotti concert under the stars - and much more.

    James H. Breda says: "Peter Mayle's Provence Redux"
    "Relaxing and light hearted read"
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    If Provence is, in fact the warm, endearing place Peter Mayle has portrayed in his books then I am ready to pack up and move there tomorrow.

    The chapters are almost complete in themselves, in the way of James Herriot's books, and so are easily read and easily put down again.

    The characters are realistic, and Mayle's dry British humor is delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed these books and hope others will, too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5628)
    Performance
    (3571)
    Story
    (3581)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Disappointing"
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    After all the good reviews I read about this book I am sorry to say I found it disappointing. I was not prepared for the bad language nor the sexual situations which were included. I particularly disliked the dog's cynical and at times down right disturbing thoughts and behaviors -- I'm sure my dog doesn't think like that?!
    As a dog lover, I give this book a low mark. Don't be mislead, I found it neither heart warming nor inspiring.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Charles Dickens is known for writing the greatest of all Christmas stories: A Christmas Carol. But few know that he wrote a number of other short stories for that holiday season. Here in one wonderful audio collection are six short stories about Christmas: "A Christmas Tree", "What Christmas Is as We Grow Older", "The Poor Relation's Story", "The Child's Story", "The Schoolboy's Story" and "Nobody's Story".

    Anne says: "Disappointing!"
    "Disappointing!"
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    Written by Charles Dickens and the subject is Christmas stories? Who could go wrong?? Well, take it from me -- don't waste your time on this one; the stories are pointless ramblings that go on and on to no purpose. I kept thinking the next one would be better but none of the stories were worthy of any author, least of all Charles Dickens.

    The reader is satisfactory, but it just doesn't make up for the lack of content.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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