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Wallen

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  • The Second Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Clare Naylor, Mimi Hare
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    No political-science degree could ever prepare Elizabeth Miller for her new job as a second assistant at The Agency, whose celebrity clients include everyone you've never met¿.but you know who they're sleeping with. For anyone who loves The Devil Wears Prada or The Nanny, The Second Assistant is a tale about life in the Hollywood fast lane with the top down.

    Wallen says: "Funny"
    "Funny"
    Overall

    The life of a young woman in Hollywood - how could that be interesting to the rest of the world? Well it isn't, but the story is funny and as time killer between late night flights it works. Of course she meets with very unsavory people (this is Hollywood, rememeber), but there is a sweet ending (not very likely to happen in real life, though). You can picture this story as a typical Hollywood film comedy starring Drew Barrymore (in fact, that might have been the reason for its coming into existence).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Under Locke

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mariana Zapata
    • Narrated By Callie Dalton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (2000)
    Story
    (1995)

    After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly... even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she's ever met. He's rude and impatient, and he doesn't know how to tell time. And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

    Yvette says: "ALL ABOUT THE BODY LANGUAGE IN THIS ONE!"
    "Everything (almost) is wrong with this book"
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    I don't know what possessed me to download this book. The story is bad, the protagonists utterly unbelievable, the language teenage simple and everyone thinks and acts like fourteen year olds. That a woman did actually write this male chauvinist book is unbelievable - she must have missed out on all feminist development since the 1950s. I feel sorry for everyone who has (mistakenly) downloaded this porn novel. The only believable thing is that the narrator sounds like a fourteen year old girl, which actually goes well with the intelligence level of the protagonists and the thoughts expressed in this really bad novel. I could not even hear it all and skipped parts of it, only to have confirmed that the writing did not improve as the story progressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Children's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    Taking us from the cliff-lined shores of England to Paris, Munich, and the trenches of the Somme, The Children's Book is a deeply affecting story of a singular family, played out against the great, rippling tides of the day. It is a masterly literary achievement by one of our most essential writers.

    Sara says: "A wandering story that goes on forever."
    "Confusing with a plethora of characters"
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    The book starts out OK as a social study in late 1800's, but soon turns every which way and becomes quite confusing with far too many characters. As almost every historical novel, this book also blunders in a lot of second guessing by using the views of today in the minds of the people it depicts - and that does not work.
    A fair amount of the dialogue is in German and the narrator doesn't have a clue of German pronunciation, which introduces an unintentional comical element.
    No, use your time better than to spend time on this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Italian Renaissance

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Kenneth R. Bartlett
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett Ph.D. University of Toronto
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (239)

    The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures.

    Listen says: "Great Course but need written text"
    "Renaissance come alive"
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    This course is extremely informative and well presented, it gives a vivid picture of the Renaissance. Listening to these lectures you get a good understanding of the Renaissance period and of the people that lived in it. It has changed the way I used to think of this period. Well worth listening to!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1634: The Bavarian Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (126)

    The Thirty Years' War continues to ravage seventeenth-century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, king of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the twentieth century, led by Mike Stearns, who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.

    Zeno CM says: "Slow start..."
    "Too much detail- the story gets lost"
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    This becomes very boring in parts. The history is described in a gods way though but the writers forgot the were writing fiction not fact.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander: Outlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47339)
    Performance
    (38899)
    Story
    (38766)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Not for me"
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    I read about this book and thought it sounded like a great time travel story. But, no. Unfortunately I downloaded all four books before reading the first one - big mistake. The element of time travel has nothing of science fiction in it - it sort of just happened when the protagonist walked past a rock. In fact I missed it completely and had to ask my spouse how time travel occurred (she also listened to the book and was equally disappointed). After the first sex act I gave up. My spouse, who has a little more patience, listened for some more time, but eventaully gave up, very much for the same reasons as I did. This is something like "Clan of the Cave Bears", althought set in more recent times. The protagonist is more interested in sex than in anything else. This is a book for people who need to spice up their life with historical sex stories. Bad, really bad. Not for me.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Browne
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (307)

    January 1970: the Beatles assemble one more time to put the finishing touches on Let It Be; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are wrapping up Déjà Vu; Simon and Garfunkel are unveiling Bridge Over Troubled Water; James Taylor is an upstart singer-songwriter who's just completed Sweet Baby James. Over the course of the next twelve months, their lives---and the world around them---will change irrevocably.

    NCKitkat says: "Fascinating information, easy to listen"
    "Rock history"
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    If you were alive and experienced music in 1970 this is a must read. I have purchased copies of this book for all of my friends who turned 60 last year and this year - all of them loved it. A great story about great musicians. I wish I were 17 again..... and I wish they made music like that today....anyway this book is a great time travel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10563)
    Performance
    (9306)
    Story
    (9300)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Italy in our hearts"
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    A really good story - well written, well told and well narrated about something that might have happened once in Italy (or didn't you read somewhere it did actually happen?) Anyway, this story of a group of unlikely friends and acquaintances, what they went through in Italy and then in Hollywood is very, very charming. It sort of blurs the lines between what-you-know-reality and might-have-happened-reality. Delightful is the best word I can think of describing it in only one word.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of the World: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The WorldWatch Institute
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the 2012 edition of its flagship report, Worldwatch celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit with a far-reaching analysis of progress toward building sustainable economies. Written and read in clear language, State of the World 2012 offers a new perspective on what changes and policies will be necessary to make sustainability a permanent feature of the world's economies.

    Wallen says: "Depressing but important"
    "Depressing but important"
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    The narration of this book is somewhat overdone (overenthusiastic) and gets irritating after a while. I had to listen to anther audiobook in between to not get too put off. But what the book has to tell is important, even if it is not a happy story. Our politicians should be forced to read this book, as it is full of examples of short-sighted political decisions that will compromise the future of our children. But it is also full of good examples of where "normal" people have acted in a way to ensure a better future for all. This book should be put in the hands of all high school students, to ensure that the next generation does not repeat the short-sightedness of our generation. The world can still be saved. It is not too late, but we have to act much more decisively and much faster. The message to all good people is: you can do a lot of things to help the world to be thriving place place even in the future. The message to all less good people is: read and repent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23369)
    Performance
    (21196)
    Story
    (21219)

    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.

    Bonny says: "Boy, am I in the minority on this one."
    "Simply fabulous"
    Overall
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    This was the first book by Donna Tartt that I read (or listened to). The story is great and beleivable in all its tiny details. I think it pictures very well of how it is to be raised today in the Western society. You don't have to lose your parents (or even one of them) to end up on the somewhat shady side of life. You might just as well have parents who are (physically or mentally) absent and who does not think child-rearing is a particluar interesting topic. But kids survive, even if they don't thrive, or succeed in the "normal" way. The story is very well told, does never get boring and it is brought to a very logical end. I loved this book and will look for others by the author. The narration is also great.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Void Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (2371)
    Performance
    (1630)
    Story
    (1629)

    In L.A., Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run - with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job.

    Snoodely says: "Connelly rules!"
    "A great read"
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    If you should be tired of reading stuff about Michael Connelly's favorite detective Harry Bosch, this is a book for you. This is abook about unexpected hero Cassie Black and her counterpart the grim Jack Karch. Both are criminals (at least ex-ditto) and both arouse sympathy (at least to a certain extent) in the reader. It's suspense all the way, and impossible to stop listening to. I would like to see a movie made out if this book. Hats off once more to Michael Connelly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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