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Barbara

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  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (127)

    Pride and Prejudice captures the affections of class-conscious 18th-century English families with matrimonial aims and rivalries. This story of the Bennet family and the novel's two protagonists, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, is told with a wit that author Jane Austen feared might prove "rather too light and bright, and sparkling".

    Elizabeth says: "Perfection!"
    "Addiction on my ipod"
    Overall

    One word: amazing! I hated this book in high school, but at a friend's recommendation, I decided to give it another shot. I'm on my third listen and I can't get enough of it. The narrator is wonderful and brings each character to life with different voices that depict the wisdom of Elizabeth, the kindness of Jane, and even the flightiness of Lydia. I think that classics may be wasted on the young... I've decided to revisit all the books that I hated in high school.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3561)
    Performance
    (2168)
    Story
    (2188)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    I got this audiobook because it won a best listen award and I figured, what did I have to lose? I was not disappointed. I am now a self-proclaimed Ghengis Kahn-aphile. It was a fantastic gym/work/commute listen. I have recommended it to pretty much anyone who will listen to me ramble on about how much of what we have accomplished and take for granted in our modern world actually originated centuries ago from the vision, actions, and genius of one (what we would call uneducated) man. I have even downloaded this audiobook to my dad's iPod, for which as far as I'm concerned, is the reason we have iPods. It's not every day you come across something that changes and enlightens your perspective of the world you live in and I thank Mr. Weatherford for compiling this compelling biography of this mysterious man. I think I may press play and listen to it again right now.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Wattle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    In fear for their lives after the sudden death of their mother, Adéla and Klára must flee Prague to find refuge with their uncle in Australia. Later, Adéla becomes a film director at a time when the local industry is starting to feel the competition from Hollywood. But even while success is imminent, the issues of family and an impossible love are never far away.

    Paddington says: "a really terrific read"
    "Spectacular!"
    Overall

    This book was a joy to listen to. Caroline Lee is a wonderful narrator and draws you into the story until you feel like you are truly a part of it. I felt my palms sweat with the intrigue and suspense, my heart break with love that is denied, and tears prickle my eyes with the unexpected light in the darkest of times. This type of book really isn't what I usually go for, but I was not disappointed with it on any level.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Isabel Allende
    • Narrated By S. Epatha Merkerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (225)

    Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarit - known as Tt - is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tt finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

    Madelaine says: "good story, ok narration"
    "5 Stars for the story... 1 star for the narrator"
    Overall

    Isabel Allende never ceases to amaze me with her writing. This story itself is sensual, tragic, heart-warming, and absorbing. Unfortunately, the narrator is so horrible it sucks the sex and excitement right out of it. This book would be a good read, just not a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (428)

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Vernette says: "A good writer does not a good reader make"
    "Get something else on your Wish List."
    Overall

    I was really looking forward to getting my ears on this book after I devoured Wicked. What a letdown this one was. The story was boring, the characters were unremarkable, and Gregory Maguire as narrator was almost unbearable. Don't miss Wicked, but pass on this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4230)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1945)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Surprising and Exciting"
    Overall

    This story is dark, sarcastic, funny, sad, and, at times, racy, with a seductive (and surprising) beginning, climax, and end. Maguire's characters were engaging and as a listener, I felt like I connected with not only Elphaba, but all of the colorful cast. The narrator made the storytelling fun and hard to put away (he's a close second to Josephine Bailey). I'm already into my second listen. Be warned... this is nothing like the musical, but you won't be disappointed.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Josephine

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By S. Patricia Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Josephine's life story was as turbulent as the age, an era of revolution and social upheaval, of the guillotine and of frenzied hedonism. With telling psychological depth and compelling literary grace, Carolly Erickson brings the complex, charming, ever resilient Josephine to life in this memorable portrait, one that carries the reader from the sensual richness of her childhood in the tropics to her final lonely days at Malmaison.

    Barbara says: "Biased, but a good read."
    "Biased, but a good read."
    Overall

    This book reads like fiction, the narrator was wonderful, and I found myself completely immersed in the ever changing life of this amazing woman. When Josephine died and the book ended, I almost felt like I lost a friend. However, be warned: this book is very biased. Josephine wasn't a saint and she wasn't always the victim. I will be following this book with a biography of Napoleon to get another view of their marriage. Good book, good narrator... I highly recommend it to anyone.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Masque of the Black Tulip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    The Pink Carnation, history's most elusive spy and England's only hope for preventing a Napoleonic invasion, returns in Lauren Willig's dazzling, imaginative new historical romance. The Masque of the Black Tulip opens with the murder of a courier from the London War Office, his confidential dispatch for the Pink Carnation stolen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I loved listening to this book. The author is wonderful and the narrator is charming (I prefer the audiobook to reading the hard copy). Funny, full of adventure, and a little erotic at times; this book kept me begging for more. Ditch your music on you ipod and load this series instead, it's a perfect gym time listen. I'm waiting for the fourth one with baited breath, because I know I won't be disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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