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  • Silas Marner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By John Peakes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (10)

    Embittered by a false accusation, disappointed in friendship and love, the weaver Silas Marner retreats into a long twilight life alone with his loom and his gold. Silas hoards a treasure that destroys his spirit until fate steals it from him and replaces it with a golden-haired child. Where she came from, who her parents were, and who really stole the gold are the secrets that fill this moving tale of guilt and innocence.

    Betty says: "Beauty of Language"
    "Beauty of Language"
    Overall
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    Somehow I knew what the story was about but I didn't realize it was so more than plot. The story is thoroughly told with rich language. Nothing minimal here.

    The reader was professional and excellent. I would have preferred the old squire not have such a problem with phlegm every time he spoke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2793)
    Performance
    (2383)
    Story
    (2387)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Pleasure. This book is like a hug!I"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Agent to the Stars again? Why?

    Maybe. I don't plan to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was fond of several but Joshua as a dog was adorable.


    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was terrific.Perfect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The speech given to the aliens regarding Michelle.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate sci-fi but I loved this funny sweet book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1728)
    Performance
    (1605)
    Story
    (1598)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    JT says: "Anne Hathaway Shines Throughout This Audio Edition"
    "annoying and unprofessional"
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    What would have made The Wonderful Wizard of Oz better?

    Better narration


    What could L. Frank Baum have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book stands on its own. I've just never read it and didn't love it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anne Hathaway?

    Someone who would have prepared better instead of making one voice by talking through her nose, another by copying from the movie (Cowardly Lion), another like a sing song New Yorker.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    An American classic.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if she didn't think this project would be so simple for such an accomplished actress that she didn't find time to prepare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flanagan’s Run

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tom McNab
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    During the Depression the ebullient American entrepreneur Charles Flanagan assembles 2,000 runners from all corners of the earth, to run from Los Angeles to New York for prize-money of $150,000. Flanagan’s Trans-America runners face 3,000 miles, across the Mojave desert and the frozen Rockies, running a daily average of 50 miles for three months.

    Tracy says: "Loved it"
    "So Much to Like Here."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Before I listened to this book, I read reviews that said it was a good book for runners. I dismissed that because it wasn't a manual, it was a novel, and I'd like to read about runners more than, say, football players.

    So glad I did. I never lost interest, never thought that if I were reading it off the page, I'd be skipping this part. The reader is a genius at making the many voices fit the characters and be recognizable. The many characters are perfect. We learn why they want to run and then there's the deliciousness of them coming together and making the story.

    These characters overcome a succession of obstacles that can't be predicted. They are people I'd love to know. The story is exciting and feels good.

    Having lived in different parts of the country, it was interesting to read about their trials and successes in those parts. Wholeheartedly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (736)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "Couldn't get enough!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is history but not the kind I learned in school. A murder, gruesome but not more so than others of the day, became a source of competition between the newspapers of Joseph Pulitzer and Randolph Hearst. The book is filled with juicy details and we are filled in on the stories of all players. Excellent. I hope more of Collins' books make it here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2634)
    Performance
    (2340)
    Story
    (2341)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "original, lovely in idea, but unenergetic"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I loved the simplicity of the story, the little details, the charming people Harold met. The story's background unfolded nicely. But when things went wrong for Harold, the low-key writing, his physical and mental condition, the people who used him, his sad memories that kept cropping up, made the experience of this book a downer for me. I'm not saying it's not a well done and meaningful book. It's just not what I prefer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5773)
    Performance
    (3838)
    Story
    (3809)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Enjoyed very much ... almost always"
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    Loved the cool seductive tough guy narration. Loved the colorful wide assortment of characters taking part in the story. Loved the information about currency and counterfeiting. I just didn't love the small part where he figures out where someone is (city and hotel) with no hard information at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spectator Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "killing time before time gets around to killing me." His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator. But a postcard from a friend causes him to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before.

    Alan Tripp says: "outstanding narration"
    "Oh my aching bones!"
    Overall
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    When people start complaining about ageing, I stop listening. I do what I can to retain my health and having someone put thoughts of bodily deterioration into my head is not appreciated. This book has a lot of that. At first, I thought it was going to be the whole book.

    Then there was a story but it wasn't the story I wanted. He went to Europe, found (with so little interest) the home of his mother, realized that her name was still known there and just when I was perking up and paying attention, he said "it wasn't worth the price of admission."

    It was a downer to me .. humorless and too much in the head of the main character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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