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Sheila

New Haven, CT, United States

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  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4194)
    Performance
    (2732)
    Story
    (2764)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "glad I listened"
    Overall

    DO NOT remember the story from high school, thought I know I read it. It was more than captivating. A scary model of the human mind, society and relationships. Worth the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (873)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "ok"
    Overall

    Interesting story with a few surprises. Kind of predictable anyway. Mostly enjoyable but not grand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Ishmael Beah
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (107)

    This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than 50 conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

    Andy says: "best listen ever"
    "depressing"
    Overall

    It may be true and it may show many interesting things about survival that I will never hear. It was just so darn depressing to hear; I was unsure it was worth it and gave up after an hour or so. If you like true misery..have a listen. Sorry I wasted the credits on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2006)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (925)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "just ok"
    Overall

    The details of the character's lives almost seemed to be added to make more of the story that there was.
    Focusing on only one family probably could not do justice to the hardships for Japanese Americans at this point in our history. It was a sweet and predictable love story, however, there were times when I was ready to unplug and move on. I stuck with it for the satisfaction of the very predictable and sappy ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Marion Meade
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    This is an exuberant group portrait of four extraordinary writers, Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, and Edna Ferber, whose loves, lives, and literary endeavors captured the spirit of the 1920s.

    Diana says: "Fascinating lives!"
    "waste of time"
    Overall

    Started out interested in the NY City backdrop, however this reads like reality TV of the 20's. Uninteresting details about recognizably important folk; none the less Boring! Narrator was equally dull. Don't waste your time unless you are addicted to inconsequential drivel. A true waste of audible credits.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2028)
    Performance
    (1175)
    Story
    (1189)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    SHEILA says: "The Good Earth"
    "wonderfully told story"
    Overall

    Great view into life in China at the turn of the century; the way values change through time. Great narration. Really enjoyed the story and became attached to all the main characters. Loved following the family through the decades. I'm sure I read this in High School, but this time, the story was more appreciated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2509)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1207)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    Sara says: "A Surprising Treat!"
    "pointless"
    Overall

    one of the few I did not finish. Nicely narrated but did not ever get to care about the characters. Pointless.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Every Last One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (289)

    In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

    Kimberly says: "Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful"
    "simply engaging"
    Overall

    Just a bit more to go till the end; will be sorry when its over. Just a good story, nothing more. This is one listen I have continued after the car ride was over. Snuggled under the covers with this one. The family struggles represent so many moments and feelings with which I can connect. Great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhism for Busy People

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Michie
    • Narrated By Nicholas Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (304)

    In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.

    Jes says: "Great for beginners and experienced alike"
    "great, great, great!!!!!"
    Overall

    I am sure I will listen to this a few more times! It is well narrated and provides the basic tenants of Buddhism in easy to comprehend terms. Love the stories that are used as examples of principles. Truly glad I listened. Looking for more to listen to on the subject.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5011)
    Performance
    (2397)
    Story
    (2412)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Loved this book/One of my favorites"
    Overall

    The story unfolds with a lot of medical detail, but that does not detract from the character development or the engaging story line. I loved all the characters and though it was many hours long, I am happy I listened!!!!More than a few surprises in this one....good narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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