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Mary

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  • David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (278)

    If you are driving, pull over. If you are at work, close your door, unless you don't mind your colleagues seeing you doubled over, in tears, on your office floor. With this recording, taped before a delirious sold out audience at Carnegie Hall, you are there as David Sedaris performs new stories from his upcoming book. A parrot who mimics an ice maker, lovers quarreling over a rubber hand, and a Santa Claus who moonlights from his job as bishop of Turkey, the cast of characters is like no other.

    Richard says: "Material that exists on other books."
    "An absolute pick-me-up"
    Overall

    This was one of the the funniest audio books I've ever heard, another one being Sedaris' "Me Talk Pretty One Day." This one is quite short, but I'll keep it just to play again for friends. Having just finished a book of a weightier subject matter, this was a great break. It was nice to be smiling when I got to work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Dan Brown's immensely popular New York Times best-selling The Da Vinci Code is one of the most successful books of recent history. It has captivated millions the world over with its enthralling suspense and its provocative questions about the true nature of Jesus' life.

    John Mertus says: "A historian's approach to the Da Vinci code"
    "Worth waiting for"
    Overall

    I had the sense that much of the book is comprised of repackaged material from Ehrman?s other books or lectures in an effort to capitalize on the success of ?The Da Vinci Code.? Ehrman spends a lot of time giving an overview of how Biblical research is conducted and the authenticity of the gospels, which, while fascinating, is only tangentially related to the promise of his title. The most relevant parts are saved for the final two hours of the audio, which deal with the role of women in Christ?s life, their role in the early days of Christianity and how that role got subjugated. And, for myself, that made wading through the rest of it worth the wait.

    I would also note that Ehrman?s introduction is weighted by a condescending tone toward ?Da Vinci? author Dan Brown and a transparent jealousy of a fiction writer profiting in his field of study.

    Ehrman?s delivery is capable, although I found his deliberate pronunciations distracting (?written? is pronounced ?writ ten?). The book is often repetitive (which he handily reminds us of with phrases like, ?as I pointed out in an earlier chapter?). Those reminders are probably necessary in book form, but they could have been trimmed down or edited out for the audio.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Drowning Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christina Schwarz
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (141)

    Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.

    Steven says: "Drowning Ruth"
    "Worth reading"
    Overall

    Great narration. Great story. Despite its subject matter, author resists being overly sentimental, mainly because her main character, Amanda, is brutally frank in her outlook. It is a bit of a woman's book, in topic and characters. Karl, the main male figure, is absent for much of the tale. The story is a page-turner. I had to fight the urge to skip to the end to find out what happens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (259)

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "Overly sentimental"
    Overall

    It's hard to say how good or bad the book is. I was so turned off by the syrupy musical backdrop that it was hard to keep listening. This subject matter had plenty of emotional baggage in it before adding musical transitions intended to signal us in CAPITAL letters that here comes an "important" scene. C'mon! It's about death and the afterlife. Do I need the reminders?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Amazing About Grace?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Yancey
    • Narrated By Bill Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    The author of 6 Gold Medallion award-winning books challenges Christians to become living answers to a world that desperately wants to know, what's so amazing about grace? Philip Yancey gives the listener a probing and impassioned look at grace: what it looks like - but more importantly, what it doesn't look like. Yancey contends that grace is a concept at the heart of God's plan for salvation, and that it is the responsibility of every Christian to reveal the grace the world is searching for.

    Cary says: "Great Book!"
    "A book that sticks with you"
    Overall

    Nonfictions, particularly one of this length, are difficult to follow in the car. But I'm surprised at how much of "Grace" has stuck with me months after reading it. Yancey is a bit repetitive, which at first I found annoying, but it did make it easier to pick up where I'd left off. The book gives an apolitical look at the meanness that has crept into public Christian discourse but also offers an antidote. Yancey poses a central question: Why do we have so much trouble believing in God's love and infinite forgiveness? He uses well-researched Biblical support to prove that we should.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (266)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "An excellent read"
    Overall

    This was one of the better Audible selections I've listened to in awhile. There is quite a bit of switching back and forth in time, but I had no trouble following the flashbacks. The strong Scottish burr of the reader added to the story and drew me in. The story is a messy discovery of what pulls us to and drives us from family. The author offers no tidy summations or endings, which was realistic and satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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