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  • Midwives

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor.

    Patti says: "Why Abridged"
    "Short read and very enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At first I thought I made a mistake in downloading because it was shorter than most books; however, I appreciate the author not going down circuitous paths with the story or characters. It was a good listen, as all of this author's books have been.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4827)
    Performance
    (2233)
    Story
    (2242)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Best book in a long time!!"
    Overall

    I have had my audible.com membership for about a year now, got it to make it through a cross-country move. Listened to The Help for my first choice and have been a little disappointed with all others since then.... until I came to Cutting for Stone. Amazing! Loved the story, the characters, the reader, everything about it! It is long but definitely worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3471)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1197)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Good but longer than it needed to be"
    Overall

    I generally like Franzen's writing and believe he creates really interesting characters that you want to follow. While I wanted to know more about Patty, Walter, Richard, and most of the others, I was dissatisfied with the ending. What happened to their son? So much time was spent on his relationship throughout the book, and then they were just kind of dropped toward the end. And I found Franzen's fascination with birds to creep into Walter's nature work, leading to sections that went on a little too long for me. All in all, I'm glad I listed to the book, but on the whole, I don't believe it lived up to all the hype. I was expecting outstanding; it was just very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3969)
    Performance
    (1688)
    Story
    (1711)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Lives up to its reputation"
    Overall

    As an educator, this book had been recommended to me by several colleagues but I'd never taken the time to pick it up. It was a fascinating read, and I'm especially glad I chose to listen to it on audible.com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Widower's Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (142)

    In a historic farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement; his grandson, Robert, has long assumed he will follow in the footsteps of his mother, a prominent physician; Ira, a gay teacher at the preschool in Percy's barn, and Celestino, a Guatemalan gardener who works for Percy’s neighbor, each one striving to overcome a sense of personal exile. Choices made by all four men, collide forcefully on one lovely spring evening, upending everyone’s lives, but none more radically than Percy’s.

    Jon says: "Great performance, great writing, wonderful story"
    "An enjoyable listen, but..."
    Overall

    While this was an interesting story and held my attention over the time it took to listen to it, I found Percy (the widower) to be pretty selfish. Considering all the angst that others in his life were going through, I found it annoying that he generally put himself above everyone else in his life. It might have been a more interesting story to have taken place about 10 years earlier in his life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10539)
    Performance
    (5779)
    Story
    (5824)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Glad I stuck with it"
    Overall

    I had been meaning to read this book for a few years and, on the recommendation of a friend, I selected it as a audible.com read. While I had a hard time getting into it at first, I'm glad I kept listening and made it through. It's an unusual story, well-read by Jeff Woodman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (206)

    Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.

    Liatris says: "Tough Listen"
    "Lightweight but enjoyable"
    Overall

    Cynthia Nixon's voice was the best part of listening to this story. Because it was fairly lightweight in terms of story line, her reading of it made it go pretty quickly. Not sure it was worth my total monthly credit, but it wasn't the worst thing I've listened to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26960)
    Performance
    (13591)
    Story
    (13639)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great first listen!"
    Overall

    This was the first book I listened to on audible.com, and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the multiple narrators who each brought the various characters' voices to life. The story was everything I hoped for, based on recommendations of friends who'd read the hard copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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