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  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (873)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Dina says: "An Educational and Epic Oddity"
    "Really loved this book"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Signature of All Things to be better than the print version?

    This narrator is fantastic with voices - while I didn't have the print version, I really enjoyed it as audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the sweeping scope of the story, and the way that all the details of Alma's life matter. We are treated to the careful consideration of how she becomes the woman she does, and how she is sometimes a product of her times, and how she sometimes rises above her times. I missed her when I was finished!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way Elizabeth Gilbert's mind works. This book is deliberate and thorough in its examinations and explanations, but I never found it tedious.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (578)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "Interesting story, annoying narrator"
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    Would you try another book from B. A. Shapiro and/or Xe Sands?

    I enjoyed the story line and would try another book from this author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Xe Sands?

    The narrator's male voices were, well, smarmy-sounding. Each one sounded as if he was attempting to seduce you in a cheesy, trying-to-be-suave way. It was distracting at first, until I got into the story.


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

    This book would make a great movie.


    Any additional comments?

    The details of the art world an the mechanics of forgery were engaging and enjoyable. I enjoyed the story line more than the writing style, and definitely more than the narration!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1897)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1179)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Couldn't get through it"
    Overall

    I tried really hard to finish this book, but I just can't. There are so many characters and such complex relationships that it's extremely hard to follow. For a real history buff fluent in the events of the time this might be wonderful, but it became a chore for me. This book might be better in print, when one can flip back to refresh character's names, etc.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26745)
    Performance
    (13382)
    Story
    (13427)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The best audio I've ever listened to!"
    Overall

    I LOVED listening to this book - I laid awake late at night listening because I couldn't stop. Not only is this a wonderful novel, the narration is fabulous. There are three narrators for three different characters, and each is perfect. I fell in love with the voices and characters, and can still hear them now! My husband listened after me and loved it just as much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unnamed

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Joshua Ferris
    • Narrated By Joshua Ferris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Tim Farnsworth walks. He walks out of meetings and out of bed. He walks in sweltering heat and numbing cold. He will walk without stopping until he falls asleep, wherever he is. This curious affliction has baffled medical experts around the globe--and come perilously close to ruining what should be a happy life.

    Judith Seaboyer says: "Sad, tender, brilliantly clever"
    "Lyrical and Thoughtful"
    Overall

    The author is an apt narrator for this novel, and his voice seemed perfectly suited to describe the experience of the main character. There is an easy flow to the narration that is nice to listen to. This novel explores illness and its effects on the arc of the characters' lives. While the actual illness suffered by the main character is a fictional, improbable one, the way in which his work, family and self must adapt is thought-provoking. Anyone who has dealt with chronic illness will find threads to identify with here, but there is much in this book about the human condition in general. A little slow to start - I enjoyed the second half more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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