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Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.

Middleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • A Taste for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    When two men are discovered, with their throats cut, in the vestry of St Matthew’s Church, the police are faced with an intriguing challenge for one of the victims was ex-Government minister Sir Paul Berowne, the other, Harry Mack, a local tramp and alcoholic.

    connie says: "one of her best"
    "Old school"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book is overly descriptive and wordy. As a listener, I lost track of the various characters because of the wordiness and the multiplicity of characters. This must have been one of her earlier books, as thee is not a whisper of anything technical, not even a computer or cell phone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10000)
    Performance
    (6076)
    Story
    (6105)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "predictable"
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    Would you try another book from Laura Hillenbrand and/or Edward Herrmann?

    no


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Less torture


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book was predictable from the moment it started. It was clear that the protagonist was going to crash and suffer and ultimately survive and get his girl. I tired of the repetitive violence which I thought could have benefited from some judicious editing. I also personally was put off by (but could understand) his being born again. The story was interesting but shallow. That is not to underestimate what the man went through nor his strength.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lowland

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (324)

    Born just 15 months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.

    Simeen says: "My least favorite of all her work."
    "Near perfect"
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    What does Sunil Malhotra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Distinctions between different sub- ontinent accents (police, grandparents, professors) which make the listen richer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    From my perspective, this is a brilliant novel/listen. The writing is lyrical, beautiful and easy to follow. The themes she deals with below the surface of the story are powerful and deal with loss, family bonds, good and bad, and the contemporary issues of bridging of cultures: east and west, young and old. Sunil Malhotra renders a spectacular, well-paced, and nuanced reading with smooth dialect transitiosns throughout. This book kept me thinking well after I was done with it--always a good sign.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Warren Ellis
    • Narrated By Reg E. Cathey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for 20 years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose. Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers that he's walked into a veritable deal with the devil.

    Diane says: "Perfect marriage between writer and narrator"
    "gratuitous macho violence"
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    Any additional comments?

    I could not finish this book. The story was full of unnecessary violence without subtlety and a theme of native American lore dating to Manhattan prior to white settlement that simply didn't ring true. The noir ambience was crude and overstated. Not worth the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (989)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "interesting but contrived"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story and the setting were interesting and kept me coming back daily however it was too far-fetched in the end to be anything other than fantasy. Fantasy is ok but not my favorite genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4212)
    Performance
    (3528)
    Story
    (3538)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "compelling and informative"
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    Any additional comments?

    This story is compelling and tightly woven with flawless interweaving of historical events. This is a great historical novel. My only comment is that the numerous plot coincidences were a little contrived but served the story well in the end. I couldn't stop listening and looked forward to ironing every week!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapeze

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Simon Mawer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Barely out of school and doing her bit for the British war effort, Marian Sutro has one quality that makes her stand out—she is a native French speaker. It is this that attracts the attention of the SOE, the Special Operations Executive, which trains agents to operate in occupied Europe. Drawn into this strange, secret world at the age of nineteen, she finds herself undergoing commando training, attending a “school for spies,” and ultimately, one autumn night, parachuting into France from an Royal Air Force bomber to join the Wordsmith resistance network.

    Bonny says: "Somewhat tedious"
    "tight gripping and believable WW2 espionage"
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    What did you love best about Trapeze?

    Gripping story with believable characters


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great listen. It caught my interest immediately. The characters were interesting and the time period ans situation of occupied France was great. I couldn't wait to get to the ironing so I could get back to my listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3195)
    Performance
    (2161)
    Story
    (2163)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "religious and long"
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    Would you try another book from John Irving and/or Joe Barrett?

    doubt it


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Irving again?

    No


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

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not


    Any additional comments?

    This book was interesting and complex but a slog to get through. I am not religious and the religious overtones got to be annoying. The characters are interesting and deep and the narration is excellent but I almost gave up 3 times. I doubt whether I will read/listen to another John Irving book.

    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
    (1770)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1059)

    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"
    "Mixed experience"
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    What did you like best about Wolf Hall? What did you like least?

    The narration was superb. The characters were richly drawn. The story, however, dragged on much too long, and in the end, I was not particularly interested in Henry's dilemma of wanting a new wife


    What was most disappointing about Hilary Mantel’s story?

    It took a long time to develop and was ultimately about a rather mundane failed marriage. The characters were interesting in their time and place in history but shallow or undeveloped pshycologically.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scenes of Cromwell's early life at home.


    Was Wolf Hall worth the listening time?

    ultimately no


    Any additional comments?

    I made it through 75% of the novel and finally realized that I didn't care about the characters and although the portrayal of the court in Henry's time was interesting (but very confusing to listen to), it wasn't worth continuing on. I kept waiting for the story to move beyond a guy who wanted to have a male heir but couldn't. Cromwell was very interesting but there wasn't enough of a story to sustain my interest. The narration, however, was incredible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2183)
    Performance
    (2008)
    Story
    (2001)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "disappointing story, excellent narration"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found the story irritating because of the ineptness of the protagonist


    What could Graham Greene have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    develop a less angst ridden protagonist


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

    This is my first Colin Firth--an excellent narrator, well paced and coached


    Was The End of the Affair worth the listening time?

    No because of the basic story


    Any additional comments?

    From the view of the 21st century, Greene's protagonist is pathetic (in my view), riddled with angst, and, in spite of his protestations, is still catholic and very messed up by his catholic background of guilt. I could not empathize or identify with the protagonist and could not get into his tale of woe concerning the woman he supposedly loved illicitly. The book seems emotionally archaic from the vantage point of 60 years on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6418)
    Performance
    (4428)
    Story
    (4417)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "disappointing"
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    What about Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin ’s performance did you like?

    The readers were excellent and flowed into each other's narratives smoothly


    Any additional comments?

    This book is thoughtful and is written about an interesting time in our history from the perspective of the slaves on a plantation. That said, I feel that it overly portrays a female perspective. There are few male protagonists who are other than caricatures. I felt there was excessive detail about types of ribbons, dresses, pregnancies, etc. I enjoy female authors and admire their perspective, but this seemed too one-sided and ultimately made me lose interest, although I finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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