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  • An Available Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Hilma Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Fred Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    When Edward Schuyler - a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher - is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. The problem is that Edward doesn’t feel available. He’s still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching.

    Molly-o says: "Lovely book, easy read, wonderful characters"
    "A Poignant Story of Love, Loss, and Moving Forward"
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    This is a touching tale about the unexpected loss of true love when Edward's beloved wife dies from cancer and he has to find a way, daily, to keep going without her. His step-children and friends repeatedly try to fix him up with available women, but he needs time to grieve and recover. I have read a couple of other books by Hilma Wolitzer and have liked them all. She writes beautifully and creates characters that are fully developed human beings. The book is not maudlin at all and I laughed as many times as I had a lump develop in my throat. The narrator was just right for this book, sensitively rendering Edward's and the other characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1318)

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    "So much better than the movie"
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    I purchased this audiobook because I loved the movie version. I was not disappointed. What a stunningly beautiful novella I discovered. Capote truly is a marvelous author. Every sentence was a joy to read. After finishing the book, I decided to watch the movie again, and what a disappointment that was! Very little of the book's tragic beauty made the transition to the screen--the basics were there,but too many details were changed. I had to quit watching, because it was so unlike the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12704)
    Performance
    (11637)
    Story
    (11701)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Beautiful and Funny (really) Story about Cancer"
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    Teenagers Hazel and Gus meet in a cancer support group, fall in love, and help each other through ups and downs of living life as "side effects." Narrator Hazel, is delightful and Gus has a marvelous sense of humor. I laughed (and cried) as I listened to their story. The audio narration is strong.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1651)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1453)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Another Kingsolver Winner"
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    I am a fan, I'll admit it. Barbara Kingsolver never fails to satisfy. She writes elegant and insightful prose. I always learn something from her books--this time it is global warming, climate change, and monarch butterflies. And, she creates characters who become real people that I care about deeply. Kingsolver is a decent narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1252)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1087)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Excellent historical novel"
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    I enjoyed Wolf Hall and wanted to listen to the sequel. What a stunning writer, Mantel is-- beautiful, lyrical, and complex. Mantel's treatment of Cromwell is much more sympathetic than that of other writers of the Tudor period in English history. The narration is also excellent. A bookclub friend and I agreed that these two books are much more "readable" in the auditory rather than print versions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (2211)
    Story
    (2199)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Loved this Book!"
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    I have enjoyed all of Tana French's stories and this was no exception. Excellent narration, well crafted story, and characters to care about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pyramid and Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (151)

    The Pyramid is the long-awaited addition to Henning Mankell's critically celebrated and internationally best-selling Kurt Wallander mystery series: the book of five short mysteries that takes us back to the beginning. Here are the stories that trace, chronologically, Wallander's growth from a rookie cop into a young father and then a middle-aged divorcé, illuminating how Wallander became a first-rate detective and highlighting new facets of a now canonical character.

    Corinne says: "Pyramid story is extraordinary"
    "Mediocre Listen"
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    These stories provide a background to the character of Kurt Wallander, some were good but others only mediocre. The narration nearly drove me to shut off the story several times. It was slow, overly dramatic, and the "voices" seemed poorly matched to the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3609)
    Performance
    (2719)
    Story
    (2718)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Great taste of Wyoming"
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    This is the first Craig Johnson book we've listened to. I selected it because we love George Guidall as a narrator and the real Wyoming. We weren't disappointed. The story was realistic, kept our interest, and had enough twists and turns to keep us listening. We will look for more in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4998)
    Performance
    (2386)
    Story
    (2401)

    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.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "My Award for Best Book of the Year"
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    This was a stunning story, beautifully written and plotted, and well narrated. The narrator captured a wide range of character voices and made the story come alive for me. This rich novel is multi-layered, dealing with themes of finding love and family amid trauma and difficulty, crafting a career, living through a violent time in Ethopia, and searching for identity and connections. I learned much about medicine, surgery, the history of Ethopia and Eritrea, and Christian missionaries. I have recommended this book to many friends and have encouraged them to try the audio version because it was so well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death at the Priory: Love, Sex and Murder in Victorian England

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Ruddick
    • Narrated By Alistair Petrie
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    It took three tortured days in 1876 for Charles Bravo to die from the poison that burned its way through his body. The subsequent investigation revealed many people with a grudge against the young barrister. The dramatic inquest was covered in sensational detail by the press, but no one was convicted of his murder. Over a century later, James Ruddick draws on new evidence to solve one of the most famous murders in criminal history.

    Mary says: "Good story but ..."
    "Intriguing true crime story"
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    This story, about a murder that occurred in England more than 100 years ago, was well told and interesting. The author reviewed the case material from the original investigation and then looked for additional information related to the families involved and their descendants. The case had been investigated by Scotland Yard and written about by such crime-writing stars as Agatha Christie. James Ruddick presents a credible case for his "choice" of murderer.

    I selected this title because my book club had decided to read it. I'm glad they did! As a lover of good detective fiction, this one met my expectations for being both a good story and a well-written narrative. And the bonus: it wasn't fiction!

    The narrator did a fine job with the audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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