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Andover, MA, USA


  • On Chesil Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart. Newly married that morning, both virgins, Edward and Florence arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come.

    George says: "One of the best new novels in recent years"

    This is a tepid book. The subject is depressing, and the writing is even more so. Is it the same Ian McEwan who wrote "Atonement" and "Saturday"?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indignation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War. Marcus Messner of Newark, New Jersey, is beginning his sophomore year at the pastoral, conservative Winesburg College in Ohio. Why is he here? Because his father, a hard-working neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad.

    JOHN says: "Brilliant"
    "Yet another masterpiece"

    Philip Roth at his best. Concise and detailed, lyrical and gut-wrenching bloody, a story about a young life told from the grave, about growing in New Jersey and Ohio during the Korean War. Please, please, G-d, do not make this book Roth's swan song.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "Bravo! The best book of 2007!"

    This is the only book that I listened to 3 times back to back. The language is so vivid (both Spanish and English), that one can smell the air, taste the blood, and feel the pain of Oscar Wao's world. One of the literary critics wrote a review in Time magazine, and compared Junot Diaz to Philip Roth. I would upgrade the comparison. Mr. Diaz's language reminded me of the great Henry Roth. We can expect a Hollywood to follow up with a movie. Most likely it will be a pale version of the book.

    Both readers are wonderful, and their performances add to the richness of the text. BRAVO!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, the wise, witty, always gutsy Tom Robbins brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he has ever created. But to describe a Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Robbins novel - you must hear it for yourself! Browse other Tom Robbins at

    Rupa says: "Wildly entertaining-excellent naration!"

    This is Tom Robbins' best book, in my opinion.
    Not for a lazy-minded reader. What a sleek sense of humor! Great plot and characters. I loved his colorful metaphors and comparisons. They added heat to a fast-paced narrative. In a signature "by-the-way" manner, the author presents interesting, even juicy,eye-popping bits of information about religions, exotic tribes, foreign cultures, etc. Great fiction!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "a true treasure!"

    A mind twisting love story, that keeps a reader alert to the last page. A rare gem!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words That Work

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dr. Frank Luntz
    • Narrated By Dr. Frank Luntz

    The nation's premier communications expert shares his wisdom on how the words we choose can change the course of business, of politics, and of life in this country. In Words That Work, Luntz offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the tactical use of words and phrases affects what we buy, who we vote for, and even what we believe in. With chapters like "The 10 Rules of Successful Communication" and "The 21 Words and Phrases for the 21st Century", he examines how choosing the right words is essential.

    Timothy I. Morgenthaler says: "Repetative vainglorious windbag"
    "waste of money and time"

    The author certainly uses many "words that work" to sell his book. I quit after an hour. It reminded me an endless TV informational, that one can count on at 3 a.m. I want to ask the author 'where is the beef?"

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "a must read for most parents"

    A detailed account of an evolution and a finale of a Columbine-style disaster. As most good books, this one exposes problems, asks questions, but does not offer solutions. It makes a reader pause and think hard. In my opinion, the author forces every parent to re-evaluate his/her parenting philosophy. Maybe, as a society we were better off when it took "a village to raise a child"? If there is a child in your life, read this book, so that you would not ask later "What did I do wrong?"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Learning Spanish Like Crazy, Level 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Learning Like Crazy

    The Learning Spanish Like Crazy method lets you learn Spanish quickly and easily. It was created by native Spanish speakers from Latin America to make sure you learn to speak Spanish just like a native. All speakers are native speakers from Latin America to make sure you develop an authentic Latin American accent. This is a fun method of learning Spanish - no tedious memory drills. You learn practical spoken Spanish that you can use in everyday situations.

    Jeanne says: "This is a good style for me."
    "great audio tutorial"

    This is by far the best Spanish audio tutorial I came across so far. I am an advanced beginner, and I decided to skip Level 1 of this book. Level 2 is advanced, yet it is structured in such a way, that it promotes quick learning and understanding of grammar. Make sure to download their visual material as well. I listen first, then work with the text, write and re-write each sentence, then listen again. This is a good educational tool for a motivated adult student.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "beach reading"

    The story line is naive, but entertaining. Kind of a distant pale version of "Forrest Gump".

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Arthur and George

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel is based on Arthur Conan Doyle's extraordinary real-life fight for justice. Arthur and George grow up worlds and miles apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh; George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur becomes a doctor, and then a writer; George a solicitor in Birmingham. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age; George remains in hardworking obscurity.

    Barbara says: "Excellent narration"
    "great book!"

    This fascinating book gives detailed account of Sir Conan Doyle's personal and public life, as well as that of an obscure lawyer George. George's tragedy, akin to the Dreyfus' case, is vivid, and his pain is palpable. I enjoyed detailed descriptions of characters and places. A must read for anyone interested in English history.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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