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Carol

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
101

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1879)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1087)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Carol says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I've read this book several times and wasn't sure it was the best investment in the world to listen to something I was this familiar with. Well, I was wrong. The audio version of this witty, funny book was even better than reading it. If you're looking for an escape to a comedy of manners embedded in speculative fiction, I recommend this book (and, really, anything by Willis) highly. I was sad when it ended.

    55 of 57 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6365)
    Performance
    (5659)
    Story
    (5655)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Truly, luminously, magical."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A wonderful, beautiful book and one that I loved every minute of and hated to see end. As beautifully written as any book I've read in years and, unlike other beautifully written books (like "The Orphan's Tale") the Night Circus wasn't just lovely, it was a book about real people whose lives I cared about. A number of reviewers have complained about the present tense, which usually bothers me too, but, in this book, it worked and fit perfectly. Jim Dale's reading was perfect, as always, and even the accents were spot on. I can't recommend this book highly enough and hope that this is the first in a long series of wonderful books but a remarkable new talent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (482)

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I've really enjoyed the Robin Hobb books and have been devouring them. I think I'd like this one but the reader is, I'm sorry to say, just awful. She has this weird way of stretching out words, even in fairly straightforward descriptive sections and her efforts to be dramatic just grate. I think I'll give up on the audio version and buy a paper copy of the book and see if I (probably) will like it as much as I have the rest of Hobb's books.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Interpretation of Murder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jed Rubenfeld
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    The Interpretation of Murder opens on a hot summer night in 1909 as Sigmund Freud arrives in New York. Among those waiting to greet him is Dr. Stratham Younger, a gifted physician who is one of Freud's most ardent American supporters. And so begins the visit that will be the great genius' first and only journey to America.

    Carol says: "Hated it"
    "Hated it"
    Overall

    I rarely write a negative review but I truly hated this book. It's ugly in it's sadism and ugly in it's treatment of Jung, without any historical evidence. I actually listened to this all the way through because we were on a long trip with nothing else to listen to. But I wish I hadn't, pop music would have been better. It's not even a good mystery. You could figure out who the criminal is in about 100 pages and the rest is just an unpleasant story told poorly.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3310)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1305)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    This book is a delight. It's a wonderful combination of wit, sentiment, fantasy, and a reference back to the great literature of the past. A truly adult fantasy where "adult" means literary merit and intelligence, not sexuality. I read it some years ago and liked it but decided to listen to it again. I found the listening experience even better than reading it. A great narrator and a fine, fine book. I also recommend Clarke's "The Ladies of Grace Adieu", set in the same world as "Strange and Norell". I just wish she'd write another book soon, I can't wait.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2451)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (609)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Burke's rage at what was done, and is being done, to the wonderful city of New Orleans rings true and clear. Wrapped up in his usual tight and gripping story is his pain and grief for the city he loves and the city that all of us here in the South love deeply. Read it and weep for a beautiful piece of America abandoned by those with the power to save her.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Emily Brontë
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    The only novel written by Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights was originally published under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and at first was thought to be the work of Emily's sister, Charlotte, the author of the classic, Jane Eyre. Wuthering Heights tells the tale of Heathcliff, a young orphaned gypsy boy, who is brought to the windswept moors of Yorkshire by Mr. Earnshaw, the master of Wuthering Heights.

    Alicia says: "Beautiful Narration of this Classic"
    "A romantic hero?"
    Overall

    Somehow I managed to get to middle age without having read this "classic". Now I'm sorry I ever went back and wasted my time. Instead of a great romance, I found an absolute jerk who abused and battered every helpless creature he could find. Ugly people behaving badly, I'm so disappointed.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Davina Porter
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses; vengeful owls; ladies who pass their time by embroidering terrible fates; endless paths in the deep, dark woods; and houses that never appear the same way twice.

    M. Morgan says: "21st century 19th century lit"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    These are wonderful stories, maybe even better than her long novel "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" which I read first and enjoyed very much. Smart, entertaining, witty, I recommend this very highly.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • M is for Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (131)

    Best-selling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that will chill or amuse readers and that always embrace the unexpected.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "great for all ages"
    "A delight"
    Overall

    You just can't do better than Gaiman. Delightful, witty stories, good narration, just plain fun!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "A wonderful book"
    Overall

    A wonderful book. Romantic, smart, challenging. I recommend it highly. Not at all what I expected which was a retread H.G. Wells. This was a much more modern, and more intriguing book, than I expected. Exploring themes of time, love, destiny, predestination, it was as intellectually challenging as it was a compelling story. One of the pleasures of the book is that I didn't even have to always like the characters, I still cared greatly what happened to them, even to the "minor" characters. By the end, and what an end, I was teary and joyful at the same time.

    I initially didn't like the male narrator and, even by the end, wasn't sure how much I liked him. But, by then, he was really the protagonist and I felt he was truthful to the character. When I didn't like the narrator, it was really the character that I both cared about and was frustrated by. Rather like the wife of the title, I guess.

    I recommend this book highly to anyone who is bored by the same old, same old in SciFi and Fantasy and wants to hear a true and original work of speculative fiction that will both grip you and leave you deeply moved. A real keeper of a book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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