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  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (830)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "A real pleasure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love how the author brings history alive. The interplay between the growth of the United States parallel to the things that were going on in Europe was fascinating. I had no idea about the details of the war between France and Germany and it was so interesting how Mr. Washburn, the ambassador from the States, stayed in Paris and was so much help to so many people of various nationalities.

    Edward Hermann is always a pleasure to listen to and makes you truly feel the breadth of the stories. Now I want to listen again and stop and research the artwork of the artists who studied and worked in Paris.

    I felt it wrapped up a little quickly but still found it made sense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It Happened One Autumn: Wallflower Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (759)

    Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.

    Caroline says: "Did not like main female charactor's voice"
    "need more story and less sex"
    Overall

    There was much less story in this one compared to the first in the series. While I enjoyed listening to Lillian and Marcus discover their mutual passion, it almost got to be predictable and boring to listen to the same thing over and over again in great detail. After the third time, I wished I could have fast forwarded through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (788)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "great narration and story"
    Overall

    This is my first Hemingway book (read or listened to) and I can definitely say I will be back. It took me away to another world with real people and real humanity. I was so sorry to come to the end.

    Campbell Scott's narration was impressive in its variety for the different characters and the consistency. I want to hear more of his books.

    The story grabbed me from the beginning and held me the whole way through. I could not wait to listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4985)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1872)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "slow start but then it snared me"
    Overall

    This books started very slowly and I had to force myself to keep with it for the first few chapters but then it grew on me and I enjoyed it.

    There were few surprises and I had a hard time believing that the Twin thing has such a strong pull - but then, I am not a twin.

    I LOVED the Vida Winters character - she was very interesting and challenging. I did enjoy the wit of the characters - they were smart, yet very human.

    Not a fast paced book, not one that I could not wait to hear the next session but a satisfying and enjoyable one.

    Nice to listen to something other than predictable romances (Nora Roberts) or repetitive legal/spy thrillers (David Baldacci).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5232)
    Performance
    (1453)
    Story
    (1456)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Incredibly moving"
    Overall

    Wonderfully written - you always want to hear what happens next. Wonderfully read. Heart wrenching and so believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18796)
    Performance
    (12902)
    Story
    (12797)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Great audio"
    Overall

    I read the entire series a few years and loved it. I was a little hesitant about listening to it but have found it a real treasure. Listening to it forces me to hear details I probably skimmed over during my reading. The narrator does a good job of changing characters although everyone once in awhile she slips a bit, but not much. It makes me fall in love with Jamie Fraser all over again!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2613)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (382)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "wonderful! I miss Henry and Claire!"
    Overall

    This was my first Audio book and I'm afraid now they will all have to meet the high standards this one set for me. I enjoyed the quirks of both characters and their dialogues. Kimmy was wonderful - I could see her clearly! The only time I wished I had it in hard copy was when they would say the dates - I would have liked to be able to nail the time traveling down a bit more. Thank you for a wonderful listening experience! I cried and wished it never ended. I still miss Henry and Claire.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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