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Joyce

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  • Lunch with Buddha

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    A novel about family, open-minded spirituality, and the American road, Lunch with Buddha accompanies the characters from Breakfast with Buddha as they move further along the path toward lasting peace of mind. Facing one of life's greatest emotional challenges, Otto Ringling takes comfort in a loving family and offbeat lessons from eccentric spiritual teacher Volya Rinpoche.

    K. Binek says: "Loved it!"
    "Another Wonderful Read"
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    I wrote a reveiw of Breakfast With Buddha and am dlighted to say the the second installment holds up.

    The same wonderful characters, another "road trip", and more adventures culinary, geographically and spiritual.

    I await impatiently for Dinner With Buddha and wonder how R.M. will handle Otto Ringling in his new persona.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (980)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Brilliant and great Fun."
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    Was so surprised by this book. I wasn't expecting to be carried away by it, but I was. I found myself creating bookmarks; fourteen of them to be exact. I am an atheist with a strong belief in love. I can't bear "religion" and the horrors that the have been rendered in its name. Breakfast With Buddha is a lovely fairytale, a wonderfully written and narrated morality play. It makes one feel good and I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (622)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
    "Achingly funny"
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    So much fun. Actor skill nonpareil. Wonderful Brit Nonsense. Reminiwcent of Hitchhiker's Guides ....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dept. of Speculation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jenny Offill
    • Narrated By Jenny Offill
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (209)

    "The Wife" once exchanged love letters with her husband, coyly postmarked the Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophes -the arrival of a child and, later, a lover - the Wife puzzles over the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and romantic love.

    W. Spradlin says: "Offill. Truly awful."
    "Brilliant"
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    Wonderful writing, and wonderful narration by the author. I enjoyed every minute. The story's about a thirty something young woman known simply as The Wife and is told io the first person. Her character is richly developed as is that of her husband and child and the intricate feelings and Evers which ensue. The language is sparse, muscular really, which gives the story it's strength.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life So Far

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Fonda
    • Narrated By Jane Fonda
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths.

    D says: "An Honest Look at One's Life"
    "What A Wpman"
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    One doesn't expect a movie star to be able to be both wise and a fine writer and then put the two together into a fine short memoir. Jane Fonda does both brilliantly. She takes a good look at the times in which she spent her youth and a good look at herself in those times.


    It took her some time to digest the realities of her world, but when she did she didn't shove the knowledge away, as so many of us did, but set out to do something about it.

    Read Don Katz's (he's the founder of Audible) interview with her. He says it better than I can.




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  • The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech that Nobody Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gabor Boritt
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    The literature of the Gettysburg Address tends to fall into one of two extremes. At one end are those books that maintain that Lincoln wrote his speech hastily, even on a scrap of paper on the train en route from Washington to Gettysburg. In this version, Lincoln delivered his remarks to an uncomprehending public, which applauded politely, failing to appreciate his genius. Many of the books that argued this point of view are out of print today, but the myths and legends live on.

    D. Littman says: "add this to your Lincoln bookshelf"
    "READ THIS BOOK"
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    Wow! What a joy this book is and wonderfully read to us by Michael Kramer. I now very much want to visit to Gettysburg.

    Gabor Boritt gives full credit to Garry Wills (I made sure of that before I bought the book) who wrote "Lincoln At Gettysburg". Boritt gives us the full spectrum between Wills' scholarship and the various contradictory tales of the original origin of the great dedication.

    Like it or not you find yourself, with Honest beloved Abe, placed in Gettysburg in 1863.

    There's not a dull moment. What I found very interesting and embarressing to myself, was how great is the Edward Everett speech. In my ignorance I had always assumed it to be a "rant". It appears (could it be in its entirety, perhaps as an appendix?) at the end. I have never have been able to READ through it, but listening to it makes all the difference. I think not being able to see all that close packed prose makes it easy and wonderful. Sorry, but there it is.

    In his two hour dissertation Everett describes minutely the 3 day horror, the causes of the War, and what is "rebellion" and what is not.

    Furthermore, he makes clear how lucky we were and are, as a nation, to have had President Lincoln there at that time. He was such a great and gentle politician. For example, he always referred to the Confederates as "rebels" rather than "traitors" which a less wise man might have done. Nothing in this book is superficial and much new about this great President is brought to light.

    I can't stop listening to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4627)
    Performance
    (4120)
    Story
    (4142)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Wonderful"
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    Great characters. Important message. The different narrators for different characters works well. The characters grow on you. I found myself nearly in tears (good tears) at the end, which rarely happens with me. Wonderful writing. I hated it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Carpet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Michael Pennington
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Eccentric Jarvis lives in a crumbling schoolhouse overlooking the tube line, compiling his obsessive history of the Underground. A group of misfits are also drawn towards his strange house: Alice, who has run away from her husband and baby; Tom, the busker who rescues her; truant Jasper who finds his terrifying thrills on the tube; and enigmatic Axel, whose deadly secret casts a shadow over all their lives.

    Pat says: "Fascinating"
    "Hated it."
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    Fine writing as always, but nothing but gratuitous nastiness. Everyone you like is hit with coincidental disaster. No reason for it. People of no account undo all those of account. And no retribution. Everyone gets wiped out. Why such meanness, Barbara?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1463)
    Story
    (1472)

    A Special Edition of the original radio series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978 and recently voted the Nation's Favourite Audiobook in a Guardian poll. Starring Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore, these six episodes (Fit the First to Fit the Sixth) have been remastered to modern-day standards by Dirk Maggs, and for the first time feature Philip Pope's arrangement of the familiar theme tune.

    Thomas says: "Difficult to listen to in the car!"
    "Marvelous book."
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    Not a dull moment and uproarious too. Cast of characters wonderfully acted by actors of repute as well, as may surprise you, intelligence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cricket on the Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (3350)
    Performance
    (2830)
    Story
    (2863)

    The holidays are upon us, and this year Audible is very happy to present to our members one of Charles Dickens’ most popular Christmas stories, The Cricket on the Hearth. This holiday classic (original subtitle: “A Fairy Tale of Home”) tells the innocent, picturesque, and charming story of a poor family and their would-be guardian angel; in short, a delightful vision of Victorian Christmas. As always, a great story calls for a great voice, so we’ve brought in legendary actor and record-breaking Audie and Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale (The Night Circus). Happy holidays and happy listening!

    Benedict says: "One of the best stories about Men and Women ..."
    "Superb Dickens"
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    Having heard about The Cricket On The Hearth endlessly all my childhood, but somehow not having read or had read to me the book itself, it has been a special Christmas treat. Thank you Mr. Cricket for all your good deeds.

    Wonderfully intricate and fanciful plot. The usual marvelously Dickensian cast of characters: mistakes made, rectified and the grand unexpected ending where all comes out as one would wish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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