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William

Rockwood, TN, United States

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  • Invisible Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ralph Ellison
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (212)

    Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

    Robert says: "You've been waiting, buy it, you won't be sorry..."
    "A bit pretentious to me"
    Overall

    I thought I'd wait until I was in my forties before I tackled this book. I'm thinking now that maybe I should have studied it in school. I did recall lots of excerpts from it as I came across them, but overall it did not have the profound effect on me that I was hoping it would. I found it to be extremely tedious at times and somewhat hard to follow (or at least keep my interest). Joe Morton is an excellent narrator, but this book did not really deliver for me. Sorry.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Live and Let Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (227)

    Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends -- like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of treachery that leads from New York's black underworld to the dark secrets of the island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own. Voodoo, sharks, barracuda, time bombs, harpoon guns, torture, and terror are the ingredients for a scalding brew that reaches the boiling point in an eruption of violence.

    Pork C. Fish says: "A Product of Its Time"
    "Not Very PC"
    Overall

    I've always heard that these books, considering the time they were written, are very racists and sexists. I had very little interest in Bond or his affairs and I could care less about what he goes through or even how he comes out of any given situation. The narration was stuffy at best and, I thought I'd never say it but, the movie is a whole lot better than the book. Guess the movie was done when audiences were a little more socially conscious.

    0 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George Speare
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely.

    Susan says: "Great characters - a delightful listen!"
    "Bewitching!"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book for young adults to read. It has all the required elements for a coming-of-age novel. You experience the angst, frustration, joy and growing pains with a little touch of history and values too. Unfortunately, I found it to be somewhat melodramatic, but if that's what you like, go for it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2918)
    Performance
    (2245)
    Story
    (2237)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Chris - Audible says: "Believe the hype"
    "Rob Lowe is very engaging"
    Overall

    I had no idea that someone who was labeled by the media as a "brat" is actually very eloquent and mature. If you had a prejudice against him, hopefully your opinion will change after hearing him describe his life to you through this audio. Not only do you realize how much he has experienced, but you also gain a new respect for how he handles everything he goes through. I see him in an entirely different light now and I'm really glad I gave his autobiography a chance.

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26018)
    Performance
    (12672)
    Story
    (12714)

    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!"
    "Best Audio Ever"
    Overall

    This is probably the best audio book I have ever listened to. It was almost like sitting at a reading of a play and having the different characters dramatize their roles. It was also a book that I was very apprehensive to read simply because of the time period and subject matter. Now, I'm really glad that I actually decided to give it a chance. It kept my interest and rewarded my time without insulting my intelligence. This book was thoroughly refreshing and I will recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good, well-developed story with realistic developments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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