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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9907)
    Performance
    (8978)
    Story
    (9054)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "ANOTHER HIT BY DAN BROWN"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    THE TEMPO PETER MICHAEL GAVE THE BOOK


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    THE LOST SYMBOL, VERY GOOD WRITTING


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    GREAT UNFORTUNATELLY HE HAS BECOME THE VOICE OF MANY CHARACTERS FOR ME, MAKING IT HARDER AND HARDER TO HEAR HIS BOOKS


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    HERE COMES LANGDON AGAIN


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1892)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (913)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "The world seen and explained by a GENIOUS"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Confederacy of Dunces to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read it but the characterization from the reader was great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Ignatious sees the world... sickening


    Which character – as performed by Barrett Whitener – was your favorite?

    Ignatious J Reilly


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    History through the eyes of truth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ari Shavit
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (183)

    Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

    Jan Ziff says: "Great book - unbearable narration"
    "A must read to understand Israel and its politics."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a great class in history and politics of a nation very hard to explain.
    Still some things are left unexplained but this clears a lot of misunderstandings and assumptions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not a NOVEL


    What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A good read


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    NOT A NOVEL


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Whammy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (511)

    A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

    David says: "First For Me"
    "A nice 80s mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Double Whammy?

    The plot nice working by the author, didnt know when it was dated got a good surprise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Whammy?

    The sex and fishing scenes. Fun


    Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favorite?

    Skink I think he is a classic


    If you could take any character from Double Whammy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Skink I would like to see him eat also the Garcia & Tile partners...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Pauline McLynn, Nicky Henson, Christopher Ragland, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    'Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?' For disgraced TV presenter Martin Sharp the answer's pretty simple: He has, in his own words, 'pissed his life away'. And on New Year's Eve, he's going to end it all.... But not, as it happens, alone. Because first single-mum Maureen, then 18-year-old Jess, and lastly American rock-god JJ turn up and crash Martin's private party. They've stolen his idea - but brought their own reasons. Yet it's hard to jump when you've got an audience queuing impatiently behind you.

    Benjamin says: "Another nice story bug Nick Hornsby"
    "Another nice story bug Nick Hornsby"
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    What would have made A Long Way Down better?

    I didn't like the ending... I hoped for more.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wouldn't't believe it.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Martin, he was a great performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The characters were great, the plot line wasn't.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joël Dicker
    • Narrated By Robert Slade
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (12)

    August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that secured his lasting fame. Quebert is the only suspect.

    elly says: "No bestseller in my opinion"
    "What a book, interesting from start to finish"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair to be better than the print version?

    I didn't have access to the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair to and why?

    The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, a police thriller, with a great twist.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene that involved Markus and the inspector.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed hard and got exited at the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • El Hombre Mas Rico De Babilonia [The Richest Man in Babylon]

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By George S. Clason
    • Narrated By Marcelo Russo
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    Los secretos del éxito de los antiguos Cómo alcanzar el éxito y solucionar sus problemas financieros por George S. Clason. Los babilónicos se han reducido al polvo, junto a las orgullosas paredes de sus templos, pero su sabiduría aún perdura.

    Jose says: "Excelente"
    "Un libro de autoayuda economica"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Fue tiempo bien invertido, algunas lecciones basicas pero ciertas.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Hay que ahorrar


    Did Marcelo Russo do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Buen narrador lo mantiene bien el libro.


    Was El Hombre Mas Rico De Babilonia [The Richest Man in Babylon] worth the listening time?

    Una historia corta que vale la pena.


    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
    (10651)
    Performance
    (9784)
    Story
    (9833)

    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"
    "Heart warming story."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    The characters, very lovable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Augustus, he is very charismatic.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    None before


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

    Yes, i liked it from start to finish plot twisters...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Baseball Writing

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Editors of Sports Illustrated
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When Sports Illustrated was launched in 1954, baseball was, indisputable, the national pastime, its stars America's epic heroes, its rivalries the era's mythology. As baseballs fortunes rose and fell over the next 50 years - and then rose again to new heights, drawing more than 65 million fans to ballparks in 2004 - the game never failed to produce great drama and inspired storytelling.

    Jake says: "You'll grow on Dennis Holland"
    "Great baseball stories"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Some stories are really great some others lame


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I loved the final stories, great for all baseball fans.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Didnt linke his voice. No emotions.


    Could you see Great Baseball Writing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No its just magazine articles brought together.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13312)
    Performance
    (5735)
    Story
    (5809)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Nice story.. havnt seen the movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Water for Elephants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would be a top ten but not the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story line between present jacob and old jacob


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The stampede


    If you could rename Water for Elephants, what would you call it?

    A circus life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (1249)
    Story
    (1251)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "A fresh story from NY"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would because it involves love and loss. A contemporary story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arthur Op, nice fat teacher


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never heard them


    Do you think Heft needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It would be nice to know what happens after the dinner, with Yolanda and Artur.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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