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Lauren

I love to read, and I'm thrilled to get to listen to books this way- I can fit in much more reading time on a daily basis- thanks audible!

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  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (751)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Worth it just for the narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thérèse Raquin to be better than the print version?

    I was very intrigued by this first of Zola's novels, having read Nana in a college class on belle epoque European cities (including Paris). This one was much more narrow in scope, with the focus on the murderous/traitorous couple that bring about the death of Therese's husband. I thought the first half was much more interesting and better paced than the last half, which seemed to just drag on too long (though I understand the beauty of Zola's dissection of the couple's lives post-murder). Definitely worth listening with Kate Winslet narrating (5 stars for that part :)).


    What about Kate Winslet’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is so wonderful, and I thought she did pretty well with the different male and female characters. I would listen again just to hear her speak for 8 hours :).


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (904)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "Fun listen, Jenny Sterlin's voice is incredible"
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    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    I really liked Sophie, as well as Howl and the witch. No favorites, this was a fun fantasy read that I'd never heard of, so thanks Audible for the recommendation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9582)
    Performance
    (8781)
    Story
    (8834)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "An emotional journey that I couldn't put down"
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    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    YES. The characters are amazingly real and Kate Rudd did a fantastic job narrating. I was listening to this as I went for a long run (bad idea to some extent, it's hard to cry and breathe at the same time!!!). Totally a keeper, I highly recommend!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    BOTH, it's wonderful and it doesn't feel like "young adult"- it's just real teenagers going through tough times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2081)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1384)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Wonderful, emotional, for any dog lover"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Dog's Purpose the most enjoyable?

    The dog's perspective and personality are so great and realistic, I laughed and cried.


    What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You feel Bailey/Ellie/Buddy's emotions so thoroughly while you're hearing him/her think, it's just a very emotional experience of reading it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1632)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1115)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Better story than narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Washington: A Life to be better than the print version?

    Thoroughly enjoyable and readable bio of George Washington. I learned so much about him, his ambitions, quirks and personality, and this depiction of his life renewed my interest in the Revolutionary period of American history. I listened to this book via audible.com, and felt that the reader had an oddly dry and overly affected voice, which did diminish my enjoyment to some extent. My only other criticism would be that the author made too much of an effort to unearth, portray and tie together themes about Washington's personality and the way he conducted his military and political careers. The stories and information about him are enough on their own, and though the themes about his personality are interesting, they are not necessary to enjoying learning about him.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sally Bedell Smith
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Lauren says: "3.5 stars- fascinating"
    "3.5 stars- fascinating"
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    What made the experience of listening to Elizabeth the Queen the most enjoyable?

    I'm around a 3.5 on this one. The audio version was great, Rosalyn Landor has such a soothing and wonderful voice. I really enjoyed learning more about Elizabeth II as a person, and particularly liked the earlier stories about her childhood and first years of her marriage and reign. I felt that the middle sort of all ran together with different official engagements and traveling, and that it got too much into Prince Charles, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge toward the end, rather than end by summarizing the impact and important of Elizabeth II, though much of the book had taken the time to explain her role in the governing of England and the larger Commonwealth. I do wonder whether the royal family had any real part in this biography, whether some of the more endearing stories are accurate, but all in all I thought that the author did a good job of trying to portray Elizabeth as a woman, a husband, mother and friend.


    5 of 5 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
    (2506)
    Performance
    (1240)
    Story
    (1245)

    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"
    "For history nerds, like me!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was fun and unexpected, I thought some parts dragged but in general I loved hearing almost stream of consciousness history and jumping around to explain some small aspect of life and how it came to be. Not for everyone, bu I enjoyed it!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3016)
    Performance
    (2501)
    Story
    (2512)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Better than the novel I read"
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    Would you listen to This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage again? Why?

    I liked this much better than her full-length novel, and now am willing to give her another try. She's smart and I like the honest way that she writes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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