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Dorothy

Allentown, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Tenth of December: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Saunders
    • Narrated By George Saunders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (453)

    One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.

    Molly-o says: "I could never have known"
    "Stunning, worth a re-listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tenth of December the most enjoyable?

    Saunders has a unique writing style that is perfectly expressed by his own narration. It's not always a good idea for an author to read his/her own works---narration is usually better left to the professionals---but in this case it works. I can't imagine these stories in anyone else's voice. This is a mind-blowing work worthy of the praise he's getting, such as the New York Times already naming this the best book of the year.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (317)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Melinda says: "Not Short Listed, This Time"
    "Brilliant"
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    All the futuristic elements of David Mitchell's writing wouldn't amount to much without his strong characterization--we know and care so much about the people in his novels that we accept not fully understanding some of the far-flung elements of his stories. This book was one of those that I couldn't stop listening to and was then sorry when it was over. I am so grateful to David Mitchell and to the narrators who brought this story to life and my only regret is that it will be awhile before his next book. He has broadened my understanding of what fiction is (and I'm a librarian, I thought I knew) and the worlds in which we all live and dream. Thank you, David Mitchell.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1700)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1538)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Liberal or not, this is how Europeans view America"
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    Yes, it's long and could have been edited, but it certainly reveals what it was like living under communism and behind the Berlin Wall. Let's hope that there are reasonable people like Tanya and Dimka in the Kremlin today, working toward a better post-Putin future. Listeners who complain that Follett is too liberal should recognize that this book reflects how Europeans in general view modern American history. No American, neither Reagan nor Carter "won" the Cold War; Communism collapsed because it was unsustainable. In any case, politics aside, I kept listening to this long book because I cared about the characters and was drawn into their stories. Although I liked Fall of Giants the best, this entire series was well worth listening to.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (750)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "Excellent insights"
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    Although I do not have an autistic child, I was interested in this book because I follow David Mitchell's writings (he's the translator) wherever they lead me, and I wanted to know about autism from the inside. This book is arranged in a question and answer format, addressing the very things that perplex us about the autistic individuals with whom we come in contact. The young author is exceptionally articulate and his book is a real eye-opener. I'm glad I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (796)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "A gentle story, a gentle man"
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    The New York Times review written in 1960 called this Nevil Shute's best book. Fans of "A Town Like Alice" may not agree, but it certainly is a worthy story. Would that there were more people like the hero of this tale and fewer of the kind who would look down on him or not take his skills or his courage seriously. The narration is well done and I enjoyed the fact that the author seems never to use the word "on" but always says "upon." Maybe this is a 1960 British thing, but it's charming. Listen to this when you've had enough of the bad news in the world and want a simple story about a decent man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Where I Leave You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (898)

    The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

    glamazon says: "A Metrosexual Picaresque"
    "Excellent portrait of modern family life"
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    This book has everything that family life itself has: imperfect people, comedy, tragedy, loss, stupidity, heroic acts, inept but well-meaning relationships, and a lot of sex. The narrator is excellent, particularly in his small comments, the way he says "yeah," or "nah" can carry a scene and sound perfectly authentic. This book is being made into a movie, but it's hard to imagine it can be as good as this version. That's what's great about audiobooks---they are a unique and compelling art form of their very own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2100)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1359)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Five stars on all counts"
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    Where does Wolf Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to because it's such a fascinating, well-written literary achievement. Although exploring the mind and character of Thomas Cromwell, it has much to say to us today about the uses of political power and the clash of government and religion. The book's great strength is giving readers/listeners the view from inside Cromwell's mind---a very intelligent place to be. Hilary Mantel certainly deserved the Booker Prize for this book.


    What about Simon Slater’s performance did you like?

    Simon Slater captures a vast number of characters with his powerful and nuanced narration and he rendered perfectly the humanity and fierce intelligence of Thomas Cromwell, making me realize once again that audiobook narration is a high art that should be honored as such. I like Simon Vance too, but I wonder why Slater is not the narrator on the follow-up book to Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies. In any case, I'll look for Slater's work in the future and I'm grateful to have this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (760)

    Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.

    Margaret Campbell says: "Can';t Wait for the Next One!!!"
    "Some weaknesses, but fascinating overall"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to those who had read or listened to the earlier title, Only Time Will Tell. It would be extremely confusing to start the Clifton Chronicles with Sins of the Father as so little backstory is given. Having finished that title, most listeners will be eager for the next installment as I am for the third one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Clifton is the center of the tale and maintains our interest throughout.


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox – was your favorite?

    Both narrators are good, although it was startling at first to realize that the male narrator wasn't the same in Sins of the Father as in the earlier Only Time Will Tell.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several, but to describe them would make me a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an interesting story, an involving family chronicle which reminded me of Ken Follett's Fall of Giants---the two books cover the somewhat the same time period and both series intend to give a picture of the 20th century through the lives of various families. Archer didn't dwell on the realities of war to the extent that Follett does, but they both have longer tales to tell and it's all right that we don't stay on the battlefield too long in either one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Human Heart: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    Best-selling author William Boyd—the novelist who has been called a “master storyteller” (Chicago Tribune) and “a gutsy writer who is good company to keep” (Time)—here gives us his most entertaining, sly, and compelling novel to date. The novel evokes the tumult, events, and iconic faces of our time as it tells the story of Logan Mountstuart—writer, lover, and man of the world—through his intimate journals. It is the “riotous and disorganized reality” of Mountstuart’s 85 years in all their extraordinary, tragic, and humorous aspects.

    connie says: "very satisfying story-telling"
    "A century-spanning tale told by a master"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story being told through journal entries brings an intimacy to the main character that wouldn't have been possible in another format. He lives his fascinating life to the fullest, even though his decisions weren't always the best ones. He's not a perfect human being, but he is an intelligent one, one who experiences great love and inevitable loss. He meets some of the great artists of the 20th century while living in England, the US, Nigeria and France, and his World War II experience reminds us of some of the myriad ways in which that conflict inflicted its great losses.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The breadth of the story and the close-up view of the main character's life.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Vance is a masterful narrator here---as he is in everything I've heard him read. I heartily recommend his participation in Stone's Fall by Iain Pears.


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

    I missed Logan Mountstuart so much when the book was finished; I wanted it to go on and on.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for including such literary fiction on Audible!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Gift: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jane Johnson
    • Narrated By John Lee, Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    In an expensive London restaurant, Julia Lovat receives a gift that will change her life. It appears to be a book of exquisite 17th-century embroidery patterns - but on closer examination, Julia finds it also contains faint diary entries. In these, Cat Tregenna, an embroideress, tells how she and others were stolen out of a Cornish church in 1625 by Muslim pirates and taken on a brutal voyage to Morocco to be auctioned off as slaves.

    Linda Leeper says: "Great Listen"
    "People aren't perfect--even in fiction"
    Overall

    This was a wonderful story---a modern day love affair (no angels there), 17th century pirates, women's changing place in the world, clashes of cultures, and embroidery. The narrators are perfect (thank you again, John Lee), and besides, any story that gets me up out of bed and walking in 90 degree heat has got to be engrossing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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