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Sharon

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  • The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Kate Nelligan
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    Set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s, The Last Days of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and "witches". Nearly a decade ago, Diamant found an account of an abandoned rural backwater near the Massachusetts coastline at the turn of the nineteenth century. That pamphlet inspired a stunning novel about a small group of eccentrics and misfits, struggling in a harsh, isolated landscape only fifty miles north of Boston, yet a world away.

    Alison says: "October Reading"
    "Engrosing & fabulous"
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    I love this Diamant! Her fiction reflects her background as a historian. Well researched and vivid with details. Like The Red Tent, these characters will inhabit your life from now on. This audible book is excellently narrated

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jewell Parker Rhodes
    • Narrated By Francis Francis James
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    Spanning six decades of the 1800s, this mesmerizing story is a fictional biography of Marie Laveau - one of the most haunting characters in New Orleans’ history. Part of a long line of voodoo priestesses and healers, Marie tells of the mystery, passion, and violence that pattern her life. Like her grandmother, Marie sees visions from an early age. She never knew her mother, who practiced a spiritualism so potent she was murdered by those who feared her.

    Melissa says: "Colorful verbal illustrations..."
    "just couldn't listen"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    perhaps it was the faux accent, who knows. I found this book intolerable. Restarted half a dozen times, haven't gotten past the 3rd or 4th chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark Harris
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    Here is the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde - and through them, the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood and America forever.

    Sharon says: "A good listen - A valuable book"
    "A good listen - A valuable book"
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    Pictures at a Revolution offers a well researched detailed account of a time at which an industry and a nation was shifting values. I only saw Doctor Dolittle in theatres of the 5 discussed in the book. As a child I had no awareness of the political or social climate of the times. As an adult, I was to appreciate the relevance they had to the history of film and Harris' assessments are spot on. His description of Dede Allen's editing brought the film alive for me despite the fact that it has been decades since I last saw the Bonnie & Clyde.

    As someone who works in "the industry" I found this book insightful and believe it would appeal to anyone with an interest in film. It makes accessible the process of actually getting a movie made; the business and politics of it all in addition to the creative process. It is so much more than you will find in a glossy magazine.

    But really, someone should have done something about the mispronunciations. The narrator is very listenable, but Sidney Lumet's name is, as mentioned in other reviews, NOT pronounced LUMMIT. It's just not.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (683)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "Brilliant example of historical fiction"
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    The multiple narrators create a rich and full picture of Jane's world. It's wonderful to see Henry from the point of view of his family. And his court. The readers are all excellent, I believe that i originally found this book by some of the narrators.

    To hear Jane grow from a child of 3 was captivating. On Jane's description of her birthday I paused when I suddenly realized that, my God, the girl was 4! And to think that the girl never reached 20.

    Alison Weir gives a well rounded look at the circumstances of Jane's experience from a variety of people in her life. The effect is stunning. The details of a dinner party create a lush picture of daily experience in Tudor England. And show how individuals navigated a complex social structure. And the intrigue.....

    Can't recommend this book enough. I plan on listening to more of the Author's books.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2008)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (993)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "A CLASSIC...What more can you say?"
    Overall

    Ray Bradbury and Christopher Hurt. Great book that is a well know and well deserved classic read by the perfect selection for an author. Hurt's reading reflects perfectly Montag's world. And Bradbury's afterwords is relevant given the direction the 20th century has thus far taken. Purchase and enjoy! May the images of these firemen haunt you for as many years as they have haunted me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappeared: Retrieval Artist, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1220)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (265)

    Retrieval artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a retrieval artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

    Joshua says: "An Intriguing New Universe"
    "spare me the next time"
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    While not my usual fare, it was offered as a free incentive as an introduction to a new series. It was awful. I could tell that it was poorly written in the first 5 minutes....I kept listening as it was the only book on my iphone I hadn't listened to yet and I was stuck in LA traffic. After an hour I kept listening if only to make sure I never wondered about the characters again.
    As far as I can tell, half the attraction of SciFi is the futuristic worlds created. Not sure about this future as there was barely enough description to give the characters a sense of location. And as the character arcs were weak and predictable it was rather hard to really care enough to follow which alien race was which.
    I am absolutely positive that I will never listen or read to anything in this series, free or not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7000)
    Performance
    (4633)
    Story
    (4625)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    I love Davina Porter's narration of this series! I bought this audio book the day it was available and listen all day while doing housework. When will the rest of the series be available in unabridged versions!!????!!!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • V for Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steve Moore
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (360)

    Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

    John says: "Visceral Vindictive Vicarious Vicissitudes?"
    "An Unexpected Story"
    Overall

    To be honest, I had seen the film this novelization was based on, and bought it based on that positive experience. The story so not what I expected; not that I remember what that was. I was spellbound by the film. And decidely to appreciate the whole story a bit more slowly. Without the visuals. And the story holds up. The narration works with the tone of the story. And I have listened to it several times since my first purchase. Perhaps not the greatest of literary works, but a rememberable experience nonetheless...

    Remember, remember......

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4794)
    Performance
    (1680)
    Story
    (1688)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Riveting!!"
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    I am admitted addict to historical fiction of any kind. Add a bit of intrigue and mystery and I am hooked. However, for me to rate a search highly (4 or 5) it also needs to be literate and as well narrated.
    The Thirteenth Tale is all that and more. The story structure kept me listening for hours straight instead of just on my daily commute. The twists were wholly unexpected. And the characters vivid and remember able. I have recommended this to several of my friends who all agree....WOW...RIVETING!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5239)
    Performance
    (2124)
    Story
    (2139)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Magnificent...Hauntin..Glad I stuck it out!"
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    I am not a big sci-fi fan, and had I known the genre of this book, I would have never purchased. That would have been a tragic loss. I purchased this book because George Guidall is my favorite narrator. After the first chapter, I was unclear WHY I was still listening. Except for the narration, which is captivating, I just thought, "this man is a convicted felon, why do I care??" But care I did, and as the tale unwinds and then begins to weave in upon itself (am I mixing metaphors? sorry) I found myself taking sides in a non-existent conflict. I felt, along with the American Gods that my entire existence was at stake. I have not, by any stretch of the imagination become a Gaiman fan. But wow! I have re-listened to this book several times and will listen again. The originality and complexity of the characters is delightful and well thoughtout. And perhaps more than a bit relevant today.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (436)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Very Magical...Very Real"
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    Joan Didion is one of America's treasures. She has always skillfully held her matter of fact mirror up to Americans and says, "This is who you are...love yourself for it."
    In this book she provides an honest telling of what a human being does when confronted with ordinary, extremely emotional, sudden shifts of life when their world as they have known it is somehow no longer that.
    This is not an inspiring book if you expect to feel as you would after plugging yourself into an episode of OPRAH. It is an inspiring book if you are moved by how the machinery of the human being moves through daily life when that daily life has become unreal. And that unreality becomes what is normal, if even for a time. And, although we know we are not mad, we supposed others are. Because they are not walking the path of our magical world, where somehow we are able to make sense of the chaos. This book is a comfort to anyone going or having gone through mourning. It doesn't give you any answers. We don't need any. We only need to know that our magical world an ordinary experience and it is ok not to feel or be as those not on the path with us think or say we should feel or be.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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