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  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "I had to remind myself to breathe"

    I expected to like the book. I like biographies in general and biographies of strong women in particular. I generally knew the story about Nancy Wake and I was in the Navy during the Vietnam war era. But what I was not prepared for was how gripping the story would be! Even though I knew the ending, even though I knew that she survived the war, it is an incredible story. The combination of the vivid writing and the top-notch narration made me feel like I was watching a movie of Nancy Wake's life. I was riding right along beside her in that airplane when she was dropped into France. And when she finally got her bus I laughed out loud. Imagine trying to hide something in the woods like that from German patrols! By the time I reached the end of the book I was trembling with emotion.

    For anyone who wants to carry this a bit further there is a BBC series which is available on amazon video (no, I don't work for Amazon) called Wish Me Luck which is about the SOE and the work they did with the French Resistance in WWII.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Didn't want it to end!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Not only did we advance the relationship between Diana and Matthew, the weaving together of the storyline with the characters, places, situations, was gripping. I found myself referring again and again to Wikipedia and other references to get more information about the people Diana was meeting and the things she was experiencing. The story flowed so smoothly I would realize I was holding my breath just to find out what would happen next.

    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    Jennifer Ikeda's performance was stellar. She completely becomes the characters and I am not "distracted" by the narration.

    Any additional comments?

    I would rate this as ten stars if I could. I want more!

    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

    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!"

    As a teenager in the 60's I was personally aware of the Civil Rights movement. To read this now, it so thoroughly creates the atmosphere of the situation. It should be a must read for anyone who wants to understand the way it was and still is to some extent. Wonderfully, masterfully written. Poignant, depressing that it was like that but definitely has its funny moments to lighten the tension.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Wonderful Performance!"

    Everyone knows the story and Ebenezer Scrooge is firmly implanted in our culture. Even so, Tim Curry's performance of this classic is fantastic. I found myself hanging on every word. At this point I would listen to anything Tim Curry has done and anything Dickens has written - preferably at the same time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patricia B McConnell
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Yes, humans and canines are different species, but current research provides fascinating, irrefutable evidence that what we share with our dogs is greater than how we differ. As behaviorist and zoologist Dr. Patricia McConnell tells us in this remarkable new book about emotions in dogs and in people, more and more scientists accept the premise that dogs have rich emotional lives, exhibiting a wide range of feelings, including fear, anger, surprise, sadness, and love.

    L. Adams says: "needs photos"
    "needs photos"

    I have admired and respected Dr McConnell's works for a long time. And this book is terrific and full of good information. However, in some areas of the book the photos in the print version are constantly referred to. It is quite frustrating to constantly hear "see photo" when I cannot "see photo". Maybe it is not like that in an abridged version but in the unabridged version it is. I needed to buy the print version just so I can see the photos.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Great Story but weak ending"

    I enjoyed this trilogy quite a lot. Great characterizations, lots of action and good listening (I certainly wouldn't want to try to read all those Japanese names). But I thought the ending was a bit "too convenient" To me, it seemed that the author didn't think there was any other way to tie things together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Have to remember it is fiction"

    I became so caught up in this story I had to keep reminding myself it was fiction. Smithson Ide is a loser, but he knows it and so when he embarks on a Quixotic journey the listener wishes him well. As the journey continues the listener begins cheering him on. A wonderful tale on a story level and an inspiring story of perseverance and dedication.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hooking Up

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Tom Wolfe, Ron Rifkin

    America's maestro reporter/novelist gives America an MRI at the dawn of a new age. Tom Wolfe scrutinizes everything from the sexual manners and mores of teenagers to the reasons why no one is celebrating the second American Century. Hooking Up is a chronicle of the here and now. Browse more Wolfe.

    L. Adams says: "Terrific!"

    It seems excessive if I say a non-fiction book is gripping - but this one truly is. Almost to the point that I can't wait to finish it so I can start all over again. Wolfe chronicles 20th century events from the development of integrated circuits and NASA to pop-art and graphic design. He talks about American Literature and the effects it has on society and the world. And it is all in a casual, conversational tone that is, at the same time, great writing. So good that it almost sneaks up on the reader.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of Ocean Park

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James

    An extraordinary fiction debut: a large, stirring novel of suspense that is, at the same time, a work of brilliantly astute social observation. Publishers Weekly predicts this "will be the talk of the political in-crowd this summer," and Booklist's starred review calls it "a roman à clef with fascinating insights into the behind-the-scenes machinations of racial and power politics." Don't miss this one!

    Mark says: "An Extradordinary Story"
    "The Emperor of Ocean Park"

    Fast-paced and suspenseful. It was a bit difficult at times to know if I was in the 'present' or flash-back but it grabbed me from the beginning and held me tight.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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