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Margaret

Huntsville, AL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Until I Find You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father, William Burns. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam, William, a brilliant church organist and profligate womanizer, is always a step ahead, has always just departed in a wave of scandal, with a new tattoo somewhere on his body from a local master or "scratcher".

    Katharina says: "Great story, annoyingly read"
    "John Irving, please stop"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I was once a great fan of John Irving. No more. I listened to this ridiculous tome for as long as I could, and then gave up. It's one thing to write about quirky, unusual characters. It's quite another to have them doing, saying and thinking things that just aren't possible within the confines of the character as written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6436)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1782)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Luminous!"
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    Would you listen to The Kite Runner again? Why?

    I read The Kite Runner when it first came out. I saw the movie. I enjoyed them both (if one can use the word "enjoy" to describe a book like this). I bought the audio book because my 84 year old mother and I were taking a two week road trip, and she requested this book. I was uncertain at first, because she has issues with violence, but she was insistent that we listen to this book.

    I was mesmerized, as was she. Having the author as narrator made the experience so much richer. I found myself hearing things that I hadn't picked up on when I read the book all those years ago.

    This book sits right at the top of my "must listen" list. I know I'll listen to it again and again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7412)
    Performance
    (5647)
    Story
    (5660)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "What an amazing book!"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. When it began I wasn't certain I would like it. But it sucked me in and held me tight. The writing is glorious; just the way the author strings words together is sheer joy to listen to.

    If there are awards given for audio book narrators, Allan Corduner should receive one for this performance. He was amazing, and the final scenes of the story had me weeping. I will search for other books narrated by this man.

    It's not very often that I prefer the audio version of a book, but I'm certain that hearing this one enhanced both the story and my enjoyment of it.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (172)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "Time and Time Again"
    Overall

    I read this book when it first came out and loved it. I hesitated buying it in audio form, but finally gave in and am not sorry I did. The narrators are excellent, the story still captures my imagination and my heart, and I'm only sorry that it has to end. I don't often re-read books, but I know I'll pull out this audio book time and time again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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