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Melissa

Blacksburg, VA United States | Member Since 2011

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  • This Is How You Lose Her

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Junot Díaz
    • Narrated By Junot Díaz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (312)

    The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.

    Michele says: "Bad Boys"
    "Weirdly Wonderful"
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    Story

    This weird little story was not what I expected, but it completely captured my interest from the first pages. Junot Diaz has a disarming, genuine style that delivered a certain oomph to an already compelling storyline. I am impressed.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Clockwork Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (392)

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    Steve says: "Great book, great narration, but not for everyone"
    "Good narration, but story didn't catch my interest"
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    Where does A Clockwork Orange rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narration for A Clockwork Orange was very good, and it was helpful to hear the book's strange terminology come to life. However, the story was not one that was particularly gripping for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6407)
    Performance
    (4419)
    Story
    (4408)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Worthwhile listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Kitchen House the most enjoyable?

    The story was compelling and the narration lively. I loved listening to The Kitchen House and carried my Ipod around with me everywhere so I wouldn't have to stop.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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