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audreyanderson

I listen to Audible books while commuting, doing housework, exercising and gardening.

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  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4520)
    Performance
    (1944)
    Story
    (1953)

    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.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "Stunning"
    Overall

    This novel makes me want to keep driving or sit in the garage listening. The story is mesmerizing- a fascinating look at the third world's health care and politics, as well as the disparity of health care between the "haves" and "have nots" here- along with a beautiful story about the protagonist's life.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4232)
    Performance
    (3867)
    Story
    (3867)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Drugs and More Drugs"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was much too long. I wish I had read it instead of listening so I could have easily skipped ahead. I got tired of listening to him go on and on about his drug and alcohol use for years and years. I kept slogging along, waiting for something to happen, because it was such an "acclaimed" book.


    What could Donna Tartt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have preferred a very abridged version- 15 hours.


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it could have been an engaging story if the character were not such a hard core addict, and if it had been shortened considerably.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2874)
    Performance
    (2104)
    Story
    (2108)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Cloud Atlas?

    I did not care in the least about the characters in any of the stories. I finally gave up about halfway through the book.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Satisfactory.


    Any additional comments?

    Sure not going to see the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17169)
    Performance
    (7405)
    Story
    (7430)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Mesmerizing Finale"
    Overall

    I was just as hooked on this as the first two in the series. While there are some improbable occurrences, I couldn't wait to hear more of Elizabeth Salander (not sure of spelling, didn't see it in writing!). Listened to it twice in two weeks. I am sad that the author passed away and will write no more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (575)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Good Plot, Mediocre Writing"
    Overall

    The story line was very good- a book within a book, and interesting plot twists. But the dialog was so stilted and artificial, especially in the main "book". Part of the blame I attribute to the narrator, as his word emphasis contributed to the "just off" feeling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9311)
    Performance
    (4287)
    Story
    (4313)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Charicatures instead of Characters"
    Overall

    Stephen King knows suspense, but the people in this book were either over-the-top do-gooders or the worst evil of Mankind. There was too much unnecessary gore and violence instead of real story. Still had to listen to the whole thing!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Elinor Lipman
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A hysterical phone call from his ex-wife upends Henry Archer's well-ordered life - and brings him back into contact with the child he adored: Thalia, now 29, an aspiring actress. Hoping it will lead to better things for her career, Thalia agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a current horror-movie luminary who is down on his romantic luck.

    Lisa says: "Very enjoyable!"
    "Fun and Entertaining"
    Overall

    This was a fun listen. I liked all the quirky characters. Hope there is a sequel!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fugitive

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (12)

    Charlie Marsh, a petty thief and con man, becomes a national hero when he rescues the warden of a state penitentiary during a prison riot, but it doesn't take long before he is wanted again, suspected of killing a United States congressman. After 12 years of living in the African nation of Batanga, at the mercy of Jean-Claude Baptiste, a sadistic, power-mad dictator, Charlie flees for home to face his murder charge, when Baptiste learns about Charlie's affair with the tyrant's favorite wife.

    audreyanderson says: "Unlovable Characters"
    "Unlovable Characters"
    Overall

    If this novel had been longer, I would have quit listening in the middle. The main character had no redeeming qualities. Everyone in the novel was stereotyped. Not worth listening, but once you buy it, you're stuck.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2788)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (707)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this book, based on reviews and Oprah's endorsement. The story was engagingly written, but there was no clear plot, and too many things were never explained. Why couldn't Edgar speak? What actually happened to his dad? What was the POINT? There was no real resolution at the end, just a lot of bad events.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3351)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1866)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Where the Bodies Go!"
    Overall

    Quite fascinating and thorough treatise on the uses and disposal of the deceased. Not for the squeamish! One fault- the narrator mispronounced a number of fairly common medical terms.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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