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Anthony

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  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9371)
    Performance
    (8164)
    Story
    (8185)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Beautifully created story"
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    Where does All the Light We Cannot See rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best of the hundreds I have listened to over the past decade. The construction of the story was at first a little difficult to follow, but soon, staying with it, it became one of the creative elements I enjoyed most.
    The inevitable and suspenseful meeting of Werner and Marie-Laure was as tense a depiction as narrative can be. I was on the edge of my seat, so to speak.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Light We Cannot See?

    This was a beautiful and intimate portrayal of how common individuals were affected by WWII on both sides of the battle lines. I've recently listened to Herman Wouk and Ken Follett's books on this time, which are magnificent, and All The Light evoked an even more personal insight into the period.


    Any additional comments?

    Best listen of 2014

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29395)
    Performance
    (25937)
    Story
    (26009)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Still Searching for a Hero"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have a difficult time understanding the attraction to so many modern novels which have such unlikeable main characters. Major players in the story are all annoyingly self-centered. Why would I care if anything good or bad happens to people about whom I care so little? That this book is a run-away best seller tells me that I'm missing something...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4891)
    Performance
    (4395)
    Story
    (4424)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "helpful for sleeping"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Women who feel powerless and paranoid


    What was most disappointing about Margaret Atwood’s story?

    It was so bleak and unbelievable


    What three words best describe Claire Danes’s voice?

    somnolent, sad, monotone


    Any additional comments?

    I love Claire Danes' work in film, but this story was so morose, I'm surprised I stayed with it till the end. I kept hoping it would get better before my new monthly credits arrived. I was disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (1999)
    Performance
    (1687)
    Story
    (1727)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Good Book Weak Narration"
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    Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most excellent biographies I have ever come across.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abraham Lincoln is definitely a leader whose kind we desperately need today.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Choosing a female to narrate a book which is 90% about men and quotations from them is as questionable as it would be to choose a male to read "Little Women".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    impossible


    20 of 28 people found this review helpful

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