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dlb

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  • 536 titles in library
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  • The Schirmer Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Former bomber pilot George Carey becomes a lawyer and his first job with a Philadelphia firm looks tedious - he is asked to read through a large quantity of files to ensure nothing has been missed in an inheritance case where there is no traceable heir. His discoveries, however, lead to unforeseen adventures and real danger in post-war Greece.

    Jean says: "Hunting for an heir"
    "wow--glad I took a chance on this one!"
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    I listen to a lot of audiobooks and was happy to find this well constructed novel with engaging primary and secondary characters, rich setting (just post-WWII Europe) and a plot that holds the reader's interest. This novel is relatively short. Unlike a prior reviewer, I never felt that it was overwritten. Also, the narration was perfect.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cliff Walk: Liam Mulligan, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (146)

    Prostitution has been legal in Rhode Island for more than a decade; Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter at dying Providence newspaper, suspects the governor has been taking payoffs to keep it that way. But this isn’t the only story making headlines… a child’s severed arm is discovered in a pile of garbage at a pig farm. Then the body of an internet pornographer is found sprawled on the rocks at the base of Newport’s famous Cliff Walk.

    Richard Delman says: "DeSilva and Workman are addicting."
    "Bruce DeSilva: have you listened to this?"
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    Jeff Woodman's incredible narration was the perfect topping to this great story. The plot, characters, dialog, quirky setting and atmosphere???and the narration???were all outstanding! Deep as I was into the unfolding story, there were numerous times when I just marveled at the narration [like the calls from Dorkus, for example]. Thank you, gentlemen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Matti Friedman
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    A true-life thriller about the journey of one of the world's most precious manuscripts - the 10th-century annotated Hebrew Bible known as the Aleppo Codex - from its hiding place in an ancient Syrian synagogue to the newly founded Israel. Using his research, including documents that have been secret for 50 years and interviews with key players, AP correspondent Friedman tells a story of political upheaval, international intrigue, charged courtroom battles, obsession, and subterfuge.

    dlb says: "don't quess at pronunciation of foreign words"
    "don't quess at pronunciation of foreign words"
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    Good, though disturbing story. Matti Friedman did a great piece of research leaving me even more interested in the history of the Aleppo Codex, but the choice of narrator was unfortunate. But when a narrator, even a solid one like Simon Vance, encounters an unfamiliar foreign name or term, e.g., the frequently recurring name, "Ben-Zvi", s/he should ask someone rather than simply wing it with a plausible guess.

    It sounds like a minor complaint, but I think every knowledgeable listener will wince as I did at every occurrence of "Ben-Zvi". Unfortunately, it tends to break the spell.

    This is the first Audible selection out of many, many, many, that I wish I had read rather than heard. The last one I recall like this is "People of the Book", by Geraldine Brooks???an otherwise terrific book that was even more seriously undermined to my ear by uninformed---but otherwise fine---narration.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17836)
    Performance
    (15861)
    Story
    (15816)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "yes!!!"
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    Tip top story, masterful narration! The variation in the voices, the accents, the little chuckles, the winces, the range of emotion, the sounds???I feel sorry for those that only read the print version. I can't do justice in this little box to how completely Craig Wasson brought this already terrific story to life. Bravo!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Jews

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

    David says: "Excellent History"
    "about the very frequent mispronunciation ..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed the print version but cannot recommend it as an audio book---unless you don't know how the namers are supposed to be pronounced. Why do publishers allow narrators to make up their own pronunciations? The rampant mispronunciation of many, many Hebrew words and names (even relatively well known ones like Sinai) is very jarring. Worse, though, in the ear of the listener it tends to undermine the credibility and authoritativeness of the author, even though that is unfair and not really logical. Paul Johnson must be aghast at what was done to his opus.
    (For those who don't know how the names are actually pronounced, I would give this 4 stars)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3256)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1593)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "wow!"
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    Terrific story, beautifully written, magnificently narrated with fantastic and varied voices and accents. I have listened to many, many audiobooks, and this may be my favorite. I don't know why, but I had no interest in India, was desperate for a book and picked this one, skeptically, solely on its high score here. It was a great decision. The plot, characters, writing, tone, narration were all wonderfully created and engagingly delivered. Again, wow!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Wex
    • Narrated By Michael Wex
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive persecution: they never stopped kvetching about God, gentiles, children, and everything else.

    Margaret says: "Listened to it twice so far!"
    "entertaining & informative"
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    This was an excellent listen. One fascinating nugget after another. Once you get used to the author's voice, then his pronunciation, accent and delivery make it hard to imagine simply reading the print version. A language study such as this lends itself particularly well to audio treatment. Thank you, Mr. Wex.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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