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  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Parker J. Palmer
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Finding one's calling is not just about finding something we can do - it is about finding what we can't not do. "Let your life speak" is a time-honored Quaker admonition to live one's life as witness to the deepest truths one knows. But as Parker Palmer explains, those words can also mean "listen to your life, and let it tell you what your truth is."

    Julia Davis Coffey says: "Deep Wisdom in these pages"
    "More depressing than inspiring..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps because of the tone of the narrator I did not find this story about finding one's vocation especially compelling or helpful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3697)
    Performance
    (2607)
    Story
    (2611)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, except for a few very funny moments. The main story, with its religious tone, did not engage me.


    What could John Irving have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Preach less.


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

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader, who in general is very good, has to "reproduce" Owen Meany's shrill voice, and this did not sound convincing to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guards! Guards!: Discworld #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (535)

    "Where have all the dragons gone?" Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines.

    Glen Phipps says: "The best satire available"
    "Great fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a completely unexpected treat, since I knew nothing about this series. The book is deliciously goofy and the reading is stellar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall, Kirby Heyborne, Lincoln Hoppe, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    An exploration of love, need, and the ineluctable force of the past, Nocturnes reveals these individuals to us with extraordinary precision and subtlety, and with the arresting psychological and emotional detail that has marked all of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed works of fiction.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "Wow!"
    "A masterpiece"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    These stories were extremely moving for me, and most admirable. Especially the first story is haunting and the narration is spectacular, more than masterful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Audiolibro: Episodios nacionales [National Events]: El 19 de Marzo y el 2 de Mayo

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Benito Perez Galdos
    • Narrated By Macu Gómez
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    El 19 de Marzo y el 2 de Mayo es la tercera novela de la primera serie de los Episodios Nacionales de Benito Pérez Galdós. Continúa con la historia del joven gaditano Gabriel de Araceli, quien es también protagonista de los dos anteriores episodios, La Corte de Carlos IV y Trafalgar.

    RDP says: "An entertaining way to learn history"
    "An entertaining way to learn history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The rebellion of the Spanish people of Madrid against the Napoleonic invasion is well told by Gald??s. Macu G??mez has a great voice, but she only reads the text very seldom becoming a real narrator. A further problem is that she is a woman reading the first-person narration of a sixteen-year-old boy.

    La rebeli??n del pueblo de Madrid contra la invasi??n napole??nica est?? bien contada por Gald??s. Macu G??mez tiene una voz grata de escuchar, pero solamente lee el texto y muy pocas veces llega a ser una aut??ntica narradora. Otro problema es que es una mujer leyendo un texto que se supone es la voz de un muchacho de diecis??is annos...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1640)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1292)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Did not keep my attention"
    Overall

    I found this novel confusing, uninteresting, and plodding. It tries to create a romantic story in addition to the crime story itself, but that also could not make me care about the characters. I am usually entertained by most novels in this category (police, detective, crime, legal issues), but I had to struggle to get to the end of this one.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Julia Navarro
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    A cop as well as an art historian, Marco Valoni leads a crack team of investigators in a race to solve a crime he's certain is about to shock the world: someone is planning to steal the Holy Shroud of Turin.

    RDP says: "Trivia"
    "Trivia"
    Overall

    An entertaining story about Christ's shroud and the Templars, absolutely predictable, psychologically clumsy, and ultimately unremarkable. The reader's voice did not captivate me, and her imitation of Italians speaking English with an Italian accent (as they speak Italian, their native language) is funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When We Were Orphans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-20th-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when both his mother and father disappear under suspicious circumstances. He grows up to become a renowned detective, and more than 20 years later, returns to Shanghai to solve the mystery of the disappearances.

    Everett Leiter says: "Just short of 5 stars"
    "Unconvincing"
    Overall

    Well read, but the plot is completely unbelievable to the point of being absurd. For me, it was a waste of time, even if I admire other Ishiguro novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2469)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (503)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Unbelievable fun"
    Overall

    This book is superbly read and fun to listen, but the plot is unbelievable. The last part, which takes place in a London court, is especially entertaining and hard to believe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5999)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (575)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Amusing"
    Overall

    While this book is not profound and it seldom takes seriously alternate arguments, it is definitely entertaining and will make you see teachers and doughnuts in a different light. It's mantra, "ethics is about how people should be, economics [numbers] about how they are," does make some sense after listening to the book. It is well read. Great for the road.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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