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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6211)
    Performance
    (5378)
    Story
    (5372)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Unexpected Delight"
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    One of my favorite pastimes is to browse the audible website which is how I found this book. Based on other reviews, I decided to give it a try....someone mentioned they heard high praise of it on NPR which was good enough for me. It took me an hour or so to get into it....I can honestly say I didn't like the whole Donner party stuff but weathered that storyline well enough. In the end I think this will go down as one of my all time favorite reads. The wonderful reading by Edoardo just enhances the characters. It was a wonderfully and inventively woven tale which ended with me shedding a few quiet tears...though it's not sad.....just the richness and fullness of life.

    40 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3551)
    Performance
    (3218)
    Story
    (3236)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Not as difficult as expected"
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    I have a few bad habits as an audible listener. First, I tend to only review great reads (can't seem to be bothered with the so so). I often bookmark where I am and then spot listen here an there so I'm never surprised. And I almost never read anything super tragic.
    Sooooo, not only did I jump completely out of my box on this one, even when I knew what was going to happen, I continued to listen. I think that's a testament to both Jojo Moyes and the narrators (all who are superb). As tragic, poignant and sad as this is, it's also not. It's entertaining, thought provoking and beautiful too. It also helped that I listened to One Plus One before this and loved it. So even though Moyes deals with challenging themes, the characters are so engaging that you care for them. And in this case (SPOILER), even though there's not a happily ever after, you can be comfortable with the final resolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Behind the Window

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Gerri Halligan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia. THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

    DHackney says: "Dual Time-Line: Modern & WW2"
    "Bittersweet but with satisfactory resolution"
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    I've read a number of novels that flip back in forth in time and for the most part, enjoy the premise. There were a few minor weaknesses (spoiler here - Faulk, although you could see his cruel streak, never seemed so in relation to Constance. I therefore found his treatment of her (finally) hard to fathom. I know there was a "history repeating itself" theme in the 2 sets of brothers, one out to destroy the other (and the good one finally prevailing in each instance) but I don't see why that even had to be an element in the story. I think the basic plot would have worked regardless…i.e.…have the modern brothers but the 2 in WWII could have been non-related. Nevertheless and although it certainly covers a lot of sad ground, it's ultimately uplifting. I'm not one to spend much time mucking through relentlessly sad tales and this one, probably as much the success of the narration as not, engenders hope throughout. I loved the ending with was a wonderfully satisfying resolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5001)
    Performance
    (2389)
    Story
    (2404)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "For the reader who needs one more review…."
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    There are some books which you are driven to read to find out what's going to happen and then there's the other kind, those that you read for the sake of the enjoyment of every word on the page or every utterance by the narrator. This is definitely the latter. There weren't huge highs and lows or major plot events….though there are a few given the length of the book. I was never worried for the characters even though I was invested in them & cried with and for them. I don't like sad or tragic reads and I would never classify this as such…it's just a beautiful read about the life of a family & what makes family. It's also about Ethiopia, medicine, poverty, culture, politics. I hope Mr. Verghese continues writing as I will read anything he writes. I've already downloaded additional books narrated by Sunil Malhotra…a perfect match up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1960)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1785)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    ""There's never a pot too crooked for a lid to fit""
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    What a fun read ! It epitomizes one of my Mother's favorite quotes. I hate insipid romances but this one is just sweet, with quirky characters and many laugh out loud moments. I also liked the voice of the novel being a character on the asperger's scale. It was a fun exercise to see the world through his eyes. Dan O'Grady's narration is flawless which is key to any audio listen as it always makes or breaks the tale. This was spot on. Will be listening to this one again (spoiler) just for the drinks orders at the Drs' reunion, the dance at the faculty ball, and the "dead fish" incident.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18796)
    Performance
    (12902)
    Story
    (12797)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Even Fuller Experience the Second Time Around"
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    I discovered the Outlander novels on audible 2 yrs. ago, so was able to listen to 6 in a row....and didn't have too awfully long to wait for the 7th. Thankfully due to audible's sale of extra credits, I didn't have to wait for my monthly credits to roll around. have read 100s if not 1000s of books in my lifetime. I listen to about 3-4 a week via audible and read more
    on my e-reader. And this novel, and the subsequent ones in the series, are my favorite EVER. Davina Porter is a master narrator. She inhabits each and every character giving them each a distinct voice. I've "liked" Diana Gabaldan on facebook and most days, she gives a few paragraphs from the next book which will come out in 3/14. STARZ is also going to do 16 episodes from the books to air in the spring of 2014. To that end, Diana is encouraging fans to re-read the books. I am almost at the end of Outlander for the 2nd time and will finish tonight or tomorrow. I am amazed how much I'm getting out of this re-read. I'm getting a better picture of the minor characters and am committing little details to memory which I'm sure will come in handy as I advance through the rest of the novels. Am planning on re-reading 1 a month until MOBY is published. And last but not least, I'm enjoying the second "listen" every bit as much as the first. Diana is great at writing dialogue. There are too many wonderful quotes to mention...laugh out loud lines as well as moving, melt your heart moments. These novels have it all - romance, history, fantasy &
    memorable seemingly real characters. Well, they are to me anyway...they've been a huge part of my life since I learned of the books. I expect that before I exit this life, I'll re-read them many times & that's saying something when the books are almost 1000 pages long.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1017)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "Will dream about these characters"
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    I LOVE this book. I've read all of Kearsley's novels and have enjoyed them all but this is my favorite to date. I love historic fiction and romance genres and this was the best of both. Although one needn't have read The Shadowy Horses and Winter Sea, having done so, the reprised characters felt like old friends. And now with this read, I've fallen in love with Rob and Nicola and hope they will start a series of books.....am thinking there could be lots of areas to explore with their gifts.

    At first was unsure of Katherine Kellgren but only because I thought her voice was too old for Nicola. That is my only constructive criticism as she was fantastic overall. All voices were distinct and beautifully accented.

    I now think I'm off to re-read (rather, re-listen to) Winter Sea as I think I'll have a different experience of it after this.....

    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
    (9146)
    Performance
    (7220)
    Story
    (7257)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Haunting"
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    The senselessness of war devastates me and none more completely than WWII. So, once I became an adult, I avoided the subject completely. I purchased this book for my library months ago but kept passing it over for lighter, more mundane (happy happy happy) novels. Then some of my more intellectual family visited and I didn't want to be caught out with my sappy escapist listens. However these stars aligned, I'll be forever grateful. This book will stay with me forever. The performance could not have been better and I do believe the life given to the characters by the voice of Allan Corduner made each come alive for me in ways not possible if I would've read it. I fell in love with all the main characters. I'm now in mourning for them...and for we humans who keep creating events that underwrite like sorrows. All that said, it shows that beauty, love & resilience somehow survive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3348)
    Performance
    (3056)
    Story
    (3076)

    Gideon Cross: As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction…my every desire…mine. My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful…except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession.…

    Bexlyn Wright says: "Fifty Shades Minus Twilight."
    "over the top angst culminates in satisfying ending"
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    I hate over the top angst in my romances but I do like both these characters. And as much as I hated Gideon on occasion, I wanted to trust him. Maybe I'm a sucker (or incredibly distracted with my new puppy), I enjoyed all most all of this listen and look forward to the next. I read all the Fifty Shades novels but can't seem to relate to the bdsm thing. Maybe Sylvia Day's novels wouldn't exist save for the idea/success of the others, but I do think she improved on the premise. It will be interesting to see where she goes with the last novel in this trilogy....we still need to unravel Gideon's story in its entirety. Overall, I think this was a good listen. I sometimes had trouble distinguishing the voices of the characters, but the performance was a pleasant one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5267)
    Performance
    (3033)
    Story
    (3076)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Hopeful"
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    Although melancholy seemingly permeates in many of the characters and plot lines, I didn't feel that emotion at all when listening. Even in the conclusion, though you wish life would've been happier for Eliza, there's hope that sadness and regret will be forever put aside in the lives of Casandra and Christian....and new life given to the secret garden.
    The fairy tales were a wonderful touch to a beautifully written novel & the beauty of Eliza's spirit lives on in them. The performance gave just the right tone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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