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  • Three Weeks with My Brother

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In January 2003, Nick Sparks and his brother Micah set off on a three-week trip around the world. It was to mark a milestone in their lives, for at 35 and 36, respectively, they were now the only surviving members of their family. As Nick and Micah travel the globe, the intimate story of their tragic family legacy unfolds in the details of the untimely deaths of their parents and only sister.

    Nancie says: "A Classic!"
    "Personal and reflective"

    I always enjoy reading or hearing stories from real people, about the real people that they are, and the struggles they endure. This is a compilation of stories, well woven together. At times it seems a bit too sappy, but the pain these people go through makes it both bearable and understandable. The reader is good, both in vocal character and inflection. I really enjoyed this book, though it didn't keep me in suspense or awake at night wondering what happens next, I did find myself growing attached to the characters. I have never read a Sparks novel, nor did I know he was an established author, but I will read some of his other titles now. His style of writing is easily understood, even in this personal journal of his life. -- Recommended if you like true stories.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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..."
    "Perfect language makes a great story"

    I should say right off that I am not a fan of vampire stories. I don't like romances and I'm really not fond of retelling a story that's been told more than a dozen times. Because of these things I was not interested in this book. But one day I ran out of things to listen to with three long drives ahead of me and someone told me to just give The Historian a try.

    I am a very picky reader. Language and style are key factors for the books I enjoy most. I loved the active, verb oriented language, and I even enjoyed the story line. Although this is categorized as a vampire book it is far, far more. The vampire theme is really more of an undercurrent, the story is actually more of a mystery, detective, and literary story, all of which I fully enjoy.

    If writers would use language like this, full of verbs, action and dialogue, even the worst of stories would be better. Listening to this book makes me realize that there are still writers out there that do care, not only about a good story, but about the importance of language - the way a story is told.

    I especially enjoyed how the writer wrapped the story up at the end. It was not abrupt, which is what you want when you're not ready for a story to end.

    I've listened to this book now twice and will listen again, if only just to hear how well this writer is able to construct a story using almost no adverbs - an awesome feat, making a more than worthwhile read.

    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

    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!"
    "Fabulous and So Real"

    This is absolutely my favorite book of the year; one you can listen to again and again, and I intend to. The scenes depicted are concise, the language is superb. I am amazed how this author captured the sense of the way things were; not just simple everyday events, but attitudes.

    The most amazing thing about this book is how you can't stop reading/listening to find out what happens, even though there are no cliff-hanging events. Eye-opening story, spellbinding. I feel like I just watched the entire story instead of hearing it. I hope to see more writing from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Trip Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Grogan
    • Narrated By John Grogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the highly anticipated follow-up to Marley & Me, John Grogan again works his magic, bringing us the story of what came first. Before there was Marley, there was a gleefully mischievous boy growing up in a devout Catholic home outside Detroit in the 1960s and '70s. Despite his loving parents' best efforts, John's attempts to meet their expectations failed spectacularly.

    bclmb says: "As real as it gets"
    "As real as it gets"

    I chose this book because I wanted a memoir; not a gruesome story about a horrendous childhood. I wanted something that was closer to real life, normal, somewhat typical, like mine.

    What I loved about this book is the clarity of the writing. It amazes me when writers (good ones) can relate an otherwise boring story and make you want to finish reading or hearing it.
    This is not an exciting story, or one that makes you cringe. It is a story that many people, like myself and many others, have lived.

    This story was real. It sheds a great deal of insight into what it feels like to grow up in a religious home (Catholic or otherwise). It dealt honestly with the bland realities of just growing up, a typical, American middle class childhood. It makes you feel as if you can see him growing up, feel his emotional struggles and growing pains, and it leaves you feeling as if your own story isn't so boring after all.

    This is a book I will listen to again, as I do many of my favorites. It reminds me of the powerful influence we have as people, as spouses, as children and as parents. A powerful, honest book, well worth reading.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Home to Big Stone Gap

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nestled in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the town of Big Stone Gap has been home for Ave Maria Mulligan Machesney and her family for generations. She's been married to her beloved Jack for nearly 20 years, raised one child and buried another, and run a business that binds her community together, all while holding her tight circle of family and friends close.

    Patricia says: "Where's Adriana?"

    I enjoyed all the other books in this series. This one, however, did nothing to satisfy me.

    I typically like the unabridged versions of books, but this is the exception. The others, while brief, get to the story and don't do a lot of repeating. I have to think that, after hearing this one, editors were only attempting to make her story better by removing redundancies. Plus, I disliked the readings of the recipes - which would have been tolerable, if the story were better, or if there were a story at all.

    What I disliked about this book is that nothing new really happens. This book is a rehash of everything we have already heard; past romances, past personal conflicts, past memories. It neither resolves anything nor takes the reader anywhere new. Plus, she repeats and repeats references to these things, making it even more unbearable. I found myself rolling my eyes more than once, wishing the story would just get on with it and make something happen. Nothing ever does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kidnapped

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Young David Balfour is the rightful heir but his uncle has other plans. This story recounts Master Balfour's escape on the high seas and his adventures making his way back across Scottish Highlands.

    Michael says: "Can't wait to get back in the car"
    "Still a great author"

    RLS has always been one of my favorite classic authors, because of his natural storytelling talent. This version of Kidnapped was very well read, and a story I still love. Even if you don't love the classics you should enjoy this story of mishaps and adventure.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Just Ok, not the best"

    This book was just ok. The reviews made it sound like it was fabulous, but I did not find it so. The story is written in a first person-present perspective, which is difficult to portray, especially in such an oddly plotted book as this.
    The theme of the book is coping with irregularities, and endless love, both. These are both great themes, and the realities of dealing with issues and abnormalities in a loved one are probably the redeeming point of the story itself.
    Overall, I felt that the morality of the book was disappointing; not so much in the portrayal and acceptance of modern morality as a whole, but of they way events in this area are portrayed. It just seems like the sex in the book is there to sell, not to demonstrate the deep passion of the two characters, or to extend the depth of the two characters, which, from my perspective as a reader, is the only reason to add such elements at all. A sex scene or incident that relays no emotional connection whatsoever adds absolutely nothing, and I found it very annoying, as well as disappointing, each time one appeared. There was no sensitivity, no romance or feeling portrayed in these instances at all, making the characters seem very shallow, which the rest of the book does not do at all.

    The most significant problem (from my point of view) with this book is the readers. Both of their voices have the inflection wrong and the most inopportune times. The woman, whose voice is brassy and insensitive, has a sassy tone, nothing like the character being portrayed in the story. She really ruined the character of Claire for me. The man, who, in my opinion, could have read the entire book alone much better, still had his vocal intonations wrong very often. I didn't feel like either reader understood the point of the book or its characters, nor took the book seriously. This is intended to be a serious story, not a comedy, and the readers don't seem to get that at all. I would have enjoyed it more reading it myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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