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James

Richmond, VA, USA

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  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    If Max Brod had obeyed Franz Kafka's dying request, Kafka's unpublished manuscripts would have been burned, unread. Fortunately, Brod ignored his friend's wishes and published The Trial, which became the author's most famous work. Now Kafka's enigmatic novel regains its humor and stylistic elegance in a new translation based on the restored original manuscript.

    Snorre says: "Brilliant"
    "An "important" work"
    Overall

    I missed this classic in my formal education, so since the reviews were so good and I knew the narrator was excellent, I took the plunge. Important, yes, and I understand why, at times the flow and dialogue sucked me in. But thank God I do not have to write a paper on this. It was too heavy and I wasnt in the mood to think that hard, especially not ready to follow that closely the parable chapter with the priest. OK, maybe I didnt appreciate just how "important" this book really is, but I am not going back to re-read it. Cliff note this one.

    1 of 4 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
    (26609)
    Performance
    (13254)
    Story
    (13296)

    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!"
    "Tho worried that most reviews came from females..."
    Overall

    ...and that it was on my wife's book club list, I went ahead and listened. Guys you will like this, too. Great choice of three narrators. Moving and poignant without being "preachy". Fresh and enjoyable listen taking one believably right into the life of Jackson, Mississippi in the 60's.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody's Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (181)

    Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.

    Steve says: "Russo is a genious."
    "Are you serious? He's the main character?"
    Overall

    How was I going to possibly relate to or care about Sully, a 60 year old, unmotivated, self-focused boor and his small town - seemingly so different and removed from my life - for a 24 hour "read"? I was told in one these reviews that Russo writes like Wally Lamb, one of my favorites - so I launched in. Not a bad comparison of authors. Russo takes us on a pleasant, meandering journey through the town of North Bath, New York and by the end of the story we get to know the characters of this town intimately, and guess what? I like this blue collar town; it reminds me a lot of my own. And as for Sully; he reminds me alot of me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Rob Bell
    • Narrated By Rob Bell
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (50)

    I thank God for anybody anywhere who is pointing people to the mysteries of God. But those people would all tell you to think long and hard about what they are saying and doing and creating.

    Scott says: "Absolute MUST listen!!!"
    "Refreshingly candid, crisp, and not-conservative"
    Overall

    My father, a retired religion professor of 35 years recommended this book to me as a psychiatrist. I put off reading it, expecting it to be just another apologetic by a mega-church preacher that I had heard so many time before. Not so. Bell is the real deal. He admits he has questions. He admits there is uncertainty. He admits everyone is desperately trying to interpret the way. And yet this man's faith appears to be rock solid, not one that induces a gag reflex. Contemporary in his presentation, Bell demonstrates he has done his studies, but refrains from going on and on. This books packs a punch in a few quick hours of listening and will keep you thinking for many, many more.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Clockwork Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (436)

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    Steve says: "Great book, great narration, but not for everyone"
    "Kubrick made it famous, but this is much better"
    Overall

    From the author's introduction explaining the lack of chapter 21 in the American publication and the film, to the outstanding narration, this is one of the most riveting audio books I have heard. I could not wait to get back to the car to finish, so walked around with the MP3 in my ear to finish it more quickly.
    Less bizarre than the classic film, the narration of the book is much more humorous, more thoughtful, and the neologisms are much more prominant and clever.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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