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wobbly

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  • The Anatomist’s Apprentice: The Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tessa Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (349)
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    (352)

    The death of Lord Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man - except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia. Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment, he agrees to examine Lord Edward’s corpse.

    Sires says: "Gruesome but Deftly Plotted"
    "OK book - probably great for Sherlock fans."
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    Not a favorite, but I remained interested throughout. I doubt I will continue with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon..." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.

    Sierra says: "Ann Tyler doing what she does best"
    "Another AT gem"
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    I have to be careful not to gobble up Anne Tyler's books - I have learned to savor them. As always with AT, the book left me wanting more - particularly more of Linnie Mae and Junior.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1577)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Not my favorite Kingsolver"
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    Barbara Kingsolver is by far the best author/narrator I know. Being a southern appalachia native, I so appreciated her authentic accent in this story which takes place in the Tennessee mountains. And her writing is as beautiful as her voice. But the situations that make up this story, both environmental and relationship, were unrelentingly depressing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guests on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    When she is thirteen years old, Evalina Toussaint, the orphaned child of an exotic dancer in New Orleans, is admitted as a mental patient to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936, and the hospital, under the direction of celebrity psychiatrist Robert S. Carroll, is famous for its up-to-the-minute shock therapies and for Dr. Carroll's revolutionary theory of the benefits of non-introspection. Evalina finds herself in the midst of a kaleidoscope of characters, including the estranged wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    wobbly says: "A book I will long remember"
    "A book I will long remember"
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    Being a live-long western North Carolina resident, the only thing I ever knew about Highland Hospital was that Zelda had died there in a fire - and there is so much more to know. Lee Smith has done the research for me, along with her first hand knowledge of Highland, having had family members who were residents at various times. I don't know when I have enjoyed a book so much. The narrator was terrific in spite of occasional mispronunciations, which could be jarring to a native. But she more than made up for that with her just-right narration of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed, just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management - a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come.

    Hope says: "A reminder of the truth of World War I"
    "Sorry I read it"
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    Too relentless dismal and sad, as I know the Great War was. But torture for the reader by the end. Don't expect a break if you choose to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Water's Lovely

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Siân Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    The man who had died was Ismay's stepfather, Guy. Nine years on, she and her sister, Heather, still live in the same house in Clapham. But it has been divided into two self-contained flats. Their mother lives upstairs with her sister, Pamela. And the bathroom, where Guy drowned, has disappeared. Ismay works in public relations, and Heather in catering. They get on well. They always have. They never discuss the changes to the house, still less what happened that August day.

    wobbly says: "Not my favorite RR"
    "Not my favorite RR"
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    The story was engaging, and I wanted to know what would happen - but frankly was glad when it was over. I cared about Heather and Edmund, but found all of the other characters simply irritating. I've enjoyed Ruth Rendell's books for a long time, but this is not a favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Failure: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Shteyngart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (160)

    After three acclaimed novels - The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far.

    Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own. Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart' s prose.

    HRD says: "I loved this book - funny, sad, all that nonsense"
    "Wrong narrator for this book"
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    If I could have rated only the narrator, I would have liked to. I could not take his overly theatric narration, so I gave up after a few chapters. It's therefore unfair for me to rate the story and writing since I'm sure I would love the book with a more appropriate reader. Google informs me this narrator is primarily a voice artist for children's animated films, and that makes total sense. Too much emoting from my earbuds.

    So I still need to read this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (321)

    In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and, indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

    Joseph says: "Hilarious and a little scary"
    "Jon Ronson should narrate"
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    Having listened to other Ronson books, I could not listen to this one since I love Ronson's delivery. Sorry. The website forced me to rate the story, which I really am not qualified to do since I did not read the book or see the movie. Going by Ronson's other books, however, I'm sure it's a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1655)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Patrick says: "Mandatory read before trying any self-help books"
    "What a great book!"
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    I've always enjoyed Dan Harris and his team on weekend GMA. So I was very surprised when I first heard him plug his book. I am thrifty with my Audible credits and do not make impulsive purchases with them - but I did in this case and was not disappointed. Such a terrific story and the perfect narrator along with it. Coincidentally I just finished Steve Stossl's "My Age of Anxiety". Harris's book is a great addition to the extensive research Stossl related on the history of anxiety theory and the various approaches to treating it - minus this one. I'm excited to learn more.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2511)
    Performance
    (2276)
    Story
    (2296)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Surprised at how much I enjoyed it."
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    Being far from a Young Adult, I did not expect to love this book, but I certainly did. And as others have noted, the narrator is perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Siegfried Knappe, Ted Brusaw
    • Narrated By John Wray
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (329)

    A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.

    Erik says: "An incredible true story"
    "For me, a surprisingly interesting book"
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    I don't usually enjoy books about war, but this book kept me interested throughout. The author seems to be a very honest person, although I still find it incomprehensible he could not have at least heard rumors of the concentration camps. His book, however, is very enlightening, being the memories of a soldier deeply engulfed in the German military and a prisoner of war even longer held by the Soviets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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