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Helen

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  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4175)
    Performance
    (3643)
    Story
    (3611)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Not science fiction doesn't have a category"
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    If you could sum up 1Q84 in three words, what would they be?

    Mysterious. Complex. Engaging


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1Q84?

    The very beginning. When Almamy gets out of the cab


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many. I don't like to give away the story


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

    Just fascinating


    Any additional comments?

    I loved learning about the culture. I could visualize every scene and every character. I listened to this book in 2 1/2 weeks. It was 48 hours long! It was a blast!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Man in Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    A riveting story of money and power, luxury and deprivation, set in the booming city of Mumbai. At the heart of this novel are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown. Real-estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a building named the Shanghai, which promises to be one of the city’s most elite addresses. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in a retired schoolteacher called Masterji.

    Cariola says: "Witty, Sad, Outrageous"
    "Human nature. Watch out"
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    What did you love best about Last Man in Tower?

    Great storytelling. Amazing character development


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite. They were all fascinating


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

    Some scenes were shocking


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like to give away the story

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (857)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "Too long"
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    What disappointed you about The Woman in White?

    It took too long to tell the story. And the ending was contrived


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wilkie Collins again?

    Probably not


    Have you listened to any of Josephine Bailey and Simon Prebble ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Performance was good


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (460)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Ella says: "Literary Porn"
    "Unique coming of age story"
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    What made the experience of listening to In One Person the most enjoyable?

    Liked the reader very much. The story was engaging especially the wrestling .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss Frost


    If you could take any character from In One Person out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The coach


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18821)
    Performance
    (16821)
    Story
    (16876)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Page turner"
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fun to listen to. A great thriller. Never saw it coming


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    As exciting a the first. "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. I liked having a man and a woman. It was right for this story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Psychological Thriller


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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