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Sandy

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  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2183)
    Performance
    (1925)
    Story
    (1913)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Interesting but slow"
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It took me many hours to get interested in the book. I probably wouldn't have stuck with the book if I had not been on a trip. But after getting interested, I thought the book was worth the time.


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

    No


    Do you think The Chaperone needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4827)
    Performance
    (2233)
    Story
    (2242)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Rewarding book"
    Overall

    It took me a while to get into this story, but it was well worth the time. Occasionally I would get bogged down in details, but by the end I thought it was one of the best books I have listened to.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (171)

    The ideal introduction to the genius of Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains 10 of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Beautiful in their simplicity, startling in their originality, and unsurpassed in their craftsmanship, the stories in this volume highlight one of America's master storytellers at the top of his form.

    Richard says: "The Snows of Kilimanjaro: Problems with this book"
    "Not worth the time"
    Overall

    This just never seemed to "come to life," and the characters never sounded real.

    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
    Overall
    (26960)
    Performance
    (13591)
    Story
    (13639)

    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!"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I did not want this one to end. The character development is masterful. The plot is slow to development, and the beauty of this book is found in the depth of the characters and their insights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2807)
    Performance
    (1618)
    Story
    (1625)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Although PK was a bit too perfect to be believable, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The reading was excellent, the pace good, and it always held my attention.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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