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ratings
48
REVIEWS
12
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Silas Marner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By John Peakes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (21)

    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"
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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
  • The Listening Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (168)

    No one would ever have guessed that Paulina Paine was deaf, and that her ability to lip-read was astonishing. So the two men who met one day during the showing of a new art exhibition did not realise until too late that the middle-aged tweedy figure sitting out of earshot could understand every word they said. And it had been no ordinary conversation. In fact, Paulina was so shaken by its implications that she went to see Miss Silver straight away.

    Constance says: "Elegant classic mystery"
    "Did not keep my attention"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe Agatha Christie fans.


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Wentworth’s story?

    I could not keep the characters straight. Kept wondering who was this person speaking and when did they enter the story. I liked the initial character but ... alas .. she wasn't really who the story was about.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was probably fine for the type of story. Just dull for me at this time,


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8449)
    Performance
    (6587)
    Story
    (6617)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Magnificent !"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    No idea. I don't get this question. I don't normally listen to books I've already read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    There are many but to choose one, the note written by the mayor's wife to Liesel telling her she knows she's stealing her books but she's welcome to them. There are many lovely kind people in this story that happened during a war.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    I can't answer this. The performance did not detract from the story and was perfect.


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

    When the step father gave bread to the old man being marched through the city, I had tears.


    Any additional comments?

    In addition to this being a wonderful story and an outstanding performance, the writing is vey beautiful. One phrase I remember was, "The clouds arched their backs and looked behind them before moving on." The book is narrated by Death who admits that he is haunted by humans. Very rich imagery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Night at the Lobster

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster hasn't been making its numbers, and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift. With only four shopping days left until Christmas, Manny must convince his near-mutinous staff to hunker down and serve the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties.

    Richard says: "Very good novella"
    "Depressing .. this is my life"
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    Where does Last Night at the Lobster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Bottom half. It was well written and well read but the story just got me down.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stewart O'Nan? Why or why not?

    Sure. He did a good job.


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

    I don't think I have.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. It make me sad. People can do their best and still get kicked around. I didn't enjoy it. I work in retail and experience this.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was recommended to me by someone I met online and don't know. I don't know why. She said it was one of her favorites. There you are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1499)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1357)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "Characters I cared about"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Heft to be better than the print version?

    How would I judge this?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the book because I loved all the characters. No favorites.


    What about Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s performance did you like?

    Both talented, distinct and appropriate. Szarabajka also does the voice of Yolanada and it's all great,


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't want to listen to anything in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been complaining lately that I don't find many books by women to read. I don't like romance or chicklit. This book was wonderful and I was grateful to find it. The only thing I didn't like is that it makes you care about the characters and lets you anticipate something wonderful happening between them but stops before that scene. For me the book had no ending. It really does annoy me. In real life you would be able to find out what happened and have closure.

    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
    (3405)
    Performance
    (2939)
    Story
    (2943)

    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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    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
    (2062)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1899)

    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.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Fantastic"
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flanagan’s Run

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tom McNab
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    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."
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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
    (1007)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (830)

    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!"
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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3045)
    Performance
    (2712)
    Story
    (2718)

    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"
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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
    Overall
    (6614)
    Performance
    (4586)
    Story
    (4566)

    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

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