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Judith

San Francisco, CA, USA

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  • Graceland

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chris Abani
    • Narrated By Chris Abani
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    The Elvis Oke of Chris Abani's novel is a child left to fend for himself in the urban jungle of Lagos, Nigeria. He has a talent for Elvis impersonations (hence the name) and wants to make it big so he can escape his violent and tumultuous life. In a place where angels fear to tread and only fools rush in, Elvis searches for redemption and a small piece of graceland.

    Hadassah says: "He can write... but he can't read"
    "Too Slow for Me"
    Overall

    This story plods along with no discernable plot. The author's reading is slowly paced making it difficult to listen for long periods of time. I found my mind wandering A LOT listening to this -- perhaps this would be better in hard copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bones to Ashes

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When the skeleton of a young girl, not yet a teenager, is discovered in Acadia, Canada, Tempe Brennan is reminded of Evangelina, her best friend in her preteen years, who was mysteriously taken away when she was 12. Evangelina was from strange and faraway Acadia. She was named after Evangeline in the Longfellow poem, and loved poetry. Tempe found her exotic and glamorous, and then suddenly she was gone, and Tempe was told not to try to find her, that she was "dangerous".

    Judith says: "Not a Good Listen"
    "Not a Good Listen"
    Overall

    The reader is terrible -- her attempt at different voices detracts from what little story line there is. This was one of the books, unabridged yet, that I couldn't bother to finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "Boring!"
    Overall

    Save your money! This one is a snore!!! BORING!!!Boring

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Wedding in December: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    At an inn in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding. Nora, the owner of the inn, has recently had to reinvent her life following the death of her husband. Avery, who still hears echoes from a horrific event at Kidd Academy 26 years ago, has made a life for himself in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

    Judith says: "A Story Without Substance"
    "A Story Without Substance"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed others of Anita Shreve's books, but A Wedding in December is boring and trite. The reader is totally uninspiring and adds nothing to a dull and predictable story line. Shreve seems to have taken her plot line from Danielle Steele, not from her own good inventions! A basic waste of time!

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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