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  • The Fortress of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

    Jonathan says: "A smorgasbord of language"
    "decent story, mediocre writing"
    Overall

    The characters are sympathetic and the plot interesting, but the writing couldn't support it - it ended up feeling self-indulgent too often.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3054)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1062)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    Andrew says: "Best Listen In a Long Time"
    "love love loved this!"
    Overall

    What a great book! Intricately detailed, interestingly written, wonderful handling of history both real and created, and the magic was brought in seamlessly. The conceit of scholarly footnotes was great. Overall a wonderful combination of funny and very dark. As long as it was, it would have kept my interest more than twice that long. Great for lovers of historical fiction and mysteries like 'Instance of the Fingerpost' and 'Name of the Rose.'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Emerald

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2226)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (708)

    A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

    M. D. Baines says: "Listen Well"
    "fun!"
    Overall

    I admit I'm biased: I love both Holmes stories and Gaiman. Still, this is a great tale, and Gaiman is a great reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3613)
    Performance
    (1490)
    Story
    (1500)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "excellent book, excellent reading"
    Overall

    Gaiman is excellent as usual, and the reader handles the voices and accents wonderfully. I have recommended both book and audio to many people and read/listened to it myself multiple times.

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26041)
    Performance
    (12697)
    Story
    (12738)

    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!"
    "beyond my expectations"
    Overall

    I anticipated liking the book but not being particularly moved by it, but in fact I became deeply attached to the characters and their situations. The difficult subject and relationships were deftly handled, and the book carried an emotional punch. Having the chapters told in the voices of several different characters was an effective way to let each character become known intimately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (973)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "entertaining story, stilted writing"
    Overall

    I listened to the whole thing and did enjoy it, but the plot felt contrived right from the start and never improved. The writing, too, was too forced and unnatural. I was looking for something similar to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and this was *definitely* not it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (446)

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "like a collection of prose-poems"
    Overall

    I liked how the whole thing was centered around the tightrope walker - it was nice seeing the different ways that unconnected event was woven into other people's lives. The writing had some beautiful moments where it sounded almost like poetry, and for the first part, before the various relationships were clear, it really did feel like a collection of poems. The characters were sympathetic and their voices mostly convincing. The last chapter, though, was a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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